Day 7

Today I am so thankful for God’s protection.  I don’t even know how to tell you what happened today.  It’s embarrassing, horrifying, hilarious, and disgusting all at the same time.  Interested??  The next paragraph will leave you wondering what kind of careless air head you are dealing with.  All dignity I think I have at this point will fly out the window.  You will probably never think of me the same and most certainly you will understand why I am so very thankful for God’s protection.

Okay enough stalling here it goes……

Last Saturday my mom and I worked together to make some meals that I could throw in the freezer and use on busy days and for lunches.  I have been doing my best to eat healthier and was finding it a challenge on some days.  I have been back at physical therapy the last few weeks which means that I am rolling in even later in the evening these days.  Friday I planned the meals and went shopping.  I was quite proud of myself for having a solid plan and woke up Saturday morning very ready to roll.  Most of the time I was making the recipes while mom cleaned up after me.  (Trust me, if you know my mom this is exactly what she wanted to be doing.)  When it came to making the chicken Parmesan recipe I knew that she had made it many times and she was eager to take it over.  I went about making each of the other meals and cooking them while she made the chicken.   By the end of the day we had a freezer full of recipes and I was so thankful for what she had done to help.   I have slowly began using the meals and was excited about having Chicken Parmesan for lunch yesterday and today. 

Yesterday I ate it and must admit I enjoyed it as always.  I did think that it seemed like a really small portion but I didn’t think much more about it.  Today I had the second part of the dish.  I sat down in the lounge to eat lunch quickly while also preparing for the afternoon’s conferences.  As I was eating I had this thought……the chicken seems a little too chewy……and then I took a much closer look.  Now, there are those moments in your life when you are absolutely frozen with the thought “I can’t believe I just did that.”  This my friends was one of those moments for me.  You see upon further inspection I realized that the chicken seemed a little raw.  At that moment I replayed the following phrase I had heard just a few days earlier.  “I am going to put these into pans of two servings each and then you can just cook as many as you need.”  COOK them, not heat them up but COOK them.  Oh Anita what have you done?

That’s right for two days I had eaten raw chicken for lunch.  Unbelievable.  Of course as soon as the reality had set in, I was sure I could feel the bacteria growing inside of me and attacking my body from the inside out.  I imagined tiny little green salmonella monsters marching through my body and eating away my organs.   After being absolutely horrified, and a quick call to my mom to confirm what I already knew, I began a quick internet search to see what if anything I could do about it.  As you could imagine everything I found said I was most definitely headed for a road of serious food poisoning and all I could do was wait for the inevitable to happen.  I also found many different comments about people saying “who would ever do something so dumb?”  Well……apparently.  There was a little bit of comfort in knowing that other people had clearly done the same thing.  If not why would there be so many internet threads on the topic?  Of course that wasn’t a lot of comfort when you consider people do a lot of really dumb things I hope I am never associated with.

However here I sit almost twelve hours later and feeling just fine.  Now trust me I know that I am in no way out of the danger zone but I still stand in awe of God’s protection to this point. I am thankful that this life is not my own and in the midst of all of the careless and crazy things we do, he holds us in his loving and graceful hands.  I hope that I have avoided the bad that could have happened but if not and I wake up in the middle of the night with the horrific reality of sickness I will still be amazed, humbled and grateful for God’s protection.

Lord it’s in your hands!