Going home to Colorado for the whole month of October

By ReaderReader12 Latest Reply 2014-09-15 14:24:14 -0500
Started 2014-09-11 11:51:47 -0500

My partner is sending me home to Colorado for a visit and I will be gone the whole month of October. I am excited and nervous at the same time. On a strong note I am planning ahead and I know that I will be shipping out some food supplies ahead of my flight so they are there at my Mom's waiting for me. I know that I can grill at my brothers house so I can keep eating the way I have been for the last 2 months. I know that Mom and I will stay busy while I am there she is very active at 78. We are getting a list together so we know what we want to do and I know we will be walking a lot.

I hope to be able to have salmon a couple of times and to stay out of fast food as much as possible. Mom is very frugal and we are paying for the flight, so she might be paying for most of the food budget. I can take some money for food, but will also have to work with her. I think it will work out just fine. I have many back up plans in my head and I feel strong enough to do this right now. Mom eats very small meals and then nibbles all day long. I need to do this just a little different than she does. So we'll see how it goes. Last time I was home to visit I ended up losing weight while I was there and that was the way I used to eat. I think it will be good, plus being home is awesome.

The biggest thing that has me nervous and I have huge wound on my leg that is healing slowly and I have to talk to my Dr. about it before I leave. I go every week and they scrape it. Yikes it hurts so much. The end of May I drove myself to the ER and when they asked if I wanted to be admitted I told them yes. I was in for 6 days. It was the best thing I ever did for myself. I have named my wound Janis (as in Joplin) because she is a hell raiser, does her own thing, is taking her time going away. The good news is she healed by 4 cm between August 25th and Sept 4th. I would have rather waited to go home for the long visit until after my leg healed, but then it just didn't work out that way. My brother is a paramedic and his wife is an RN so if it just a matter of dressing changes they can do it. Anyway I will find out from my wound Dr. what she thinks when I go on the 15th.

I will also have the use of Mom's computer so if I find I am having a melt down about something I can always jump on and scream for a sane voice to help out? Lol I do not see that happening, but you never know.

I know that we are going to one brunch that I have been thinking about cause for some reason brunch does not sound low-carb to me. I am thinking about what I can have with me just in case. I am taking raw almonds, and maybe a turkey, spinach, cheese wrap just in case. This brunch in at a little museum not someones house.

Any thoughts or ideas will be most welcome. Thanks so much smart people.


18 replies

rolly123 2014-09-15 14:24:14 -0500 Report

Going miss u comments hopefully this dc is on u phone! But have great time! Do u ski and r u going ski! Take care

GabbyPA 2014-09-11 19:04:50 -0500 Report

I hope that you and "Janice" have a great time in Colorado. Actually, I hope Janice doesn't go with you. It sounds like you have made great plans. Just remember to be flexible because we all know that the best laid plans....can get wonky. LOL I am jealous. I love, LOVE Colorado. Enjoy a mountain sunset for me.

ReaderReader12 2014-09-11 21:48:05 -0500 Report

I will enjoy a mountain sunset for you. I am super excited to go back home. I had planned on living there my whole life…geez talk about plans going wonky. Stupid ex-husband. Lol

GabbyPA 2014-09-13 18:10:00 -0500 Report

Yes, those ex's don't all live in Texas and they do mess things up a good bit. Have fun!!
My favorite place to stay is called the Ponderosa Lodge right at the entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Forest in Estes Park. The creek runs right by the cabin door. It's so wonderful there. Lots of good memories.

Glucerna 2014-09-11 16:25:05 -0500 Report

You're doing a great job planning ahead for your trip. Perhaps you could call the museum to find out what they're serving for lunch? Have a wonderful trip! ~Lynn @Glucerna

ReaderReader12 2014-09-11 21:50:19 -0500 Report

Duh…thank you that is a great idea my cousin is even the curator so that should be easy info to get. She is putting on the program. Sometimes I am thinking way to hard and missing the stuff that might be an easy fix.

Glucerna 2014-09-12 17:24:21 -0500 Report

Thanks for making me laugh :) Not at you - with you! You're right that often we overlook the easy, small stuff and work too hard on the bigger stuff. Have a wonderful trip! ~Lynn @Glucerna

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-09-11 15:17:34 -0500 Report

What part of Colorado will you be in?
The front range usually has lots of options at their stores. The Eastern plains, northern, and southern plains, and the Mountain areas may be more limited as to food choices.
As to brunch, that often means more lower carb options than a breakfast. Of course that depends on the place. Besides what you mentioned taking, maybe a protein bar would be good to have. That way no worries about keeping it cold. I usually have a couple with me. A few times they have come in handy for a fellow person with diabetes who is going low.
Last January I was a little anxious about a trip with my Mom and sisters to The Rose Parade, By planning ahead, like you are, I had the emergency food with me and was able to make wise choices from the group meals offered.
Oh yeah, wound care hurts like…well you know. I told my wound care Doc that I was positive he was using a big ol' wire barbecue grill bush on my legs. He laughed and said I should be very grateful he had.
With the paramedic and nurse handy that should help ease your mind about keeping up with your wound care. I remember how anxious I was when I fell and scrapped my still healing leg 120 miles from my wound care team. But since the next day I was going to be back at the Hosp for a surgery I was able to stop panicking and breathe. When the wound care nurse came to check me out after surgery I met the only wound care nurse I had not seen during my extended stay previously. However she knew my legs by reputation of being the worst everybody had ever seen. Some how I would rather be famous for something else.
Plan ahead, relax and ENJOY your vacation.

ReaderReader12 2014-09-11 22:06:44 -0500 Report

Oh I will be right along the front range. When I graduated from high school we had our graduation at Red Rocks. It was awesome for sure. We walked across the stage to get our diplomas. Every time we pull out of Mom's neighborhood I can see Red Rocks. I found a Whole Foods very close to her where I can get my ground peanuts that I need for my sugar free fudge. The sweetener that was shipped to my from Colorado is going to be put thru the coffee grinder and then I will ship it back to Colorado in my box. lol Mom does not have a coffee grinder so it is just easier to do that way. Pretty funny.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-09-12 00:04:19 -0500 Report

Check and see if there is a Sprouts in the area. They have a lot of stores all over the metro area. I am so hoping they come to the empty used to be Safeway across the street from me. Thee are 3 within 5 miles of me, plus Trader Joes and about 4 Whole Foods.
I have been making a no cook brownie/fudge with almond meal and cashew meal. What's your peanut fudge recipe?

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-09-12 00:00:22 -0500 Report

King Soopers has a store brand of almond meal. They have also recently expanded their alternative flour selections, at least the one across the street from me has. I know their selection really varies based on the local neighborhood. So, they might be worth checking out when you are in the Front Range.

ReaderReader12 2014-09-11 21:54:07 -0500 Report

Thanks I will for sure enjoy it. Wow…120 miles from your wound care team that could make one freak out a bit. Yeah you know the pain for sure. Much better the last two weeks so I am excited about that as well.

debcox 2014-09-11 13:17:26 -0500 Report

Pam, I know what you mean about being nervous about traveling. I'll be traveling twice this month and I'm a little nervous also. I think that your planning ahead is good. My doctor told me to graze while traveling and to make sure I have plenty of snacks with me. I'm going to have some with me as we go to the airport and I'm going to pick up a blueberry scone at the Starbucks to pop into my purse on the way to the plane. I'm glad that my hubby will be on the first trip so I will be able to see how I do but I'll be by myself on the second trip.

ReaderReader12 2014-09-11 21:59:28 -0500 Report

I am glad your husband is going the first time with you that is cool. I plan on eating a good breakfast before leaving the house and I am taking almonds with me. It is only a 3 hour plus a bit flight. I just really, REALLY don't like how at times we have flown over the mountains and then come back to land. Some of the roughest landings I have had to experience. Yikes. I try and help the pilot out as much as possible. If the plane tips right my left foot pushes down and if it tips left my right foot pushes down. Yes I have many issues. Lol…I fly to get there faster and have more fun times, but I do not like to fly.

jayabee52 2014-09-11 12:36:26 -0500 Report

Howdy Pam
Have a good visit with your mother

I am going to visit my mother during the 3rd week in Sept.

God's best to you

ReaderReader12 2014-09-11 22:00:33 -0500 Report

I remember you posting that you were going to visit your Mom. I hope you have the best visit.
Thank you for your post.