It's almost 9pm here in San Diego... It's been a very, very, very long day. Spent the entire day at the ER with my daughter and granddaughter. My Granddaughter broke her arm at school today =( she fractured her elbow on the playground, and was in excrutiating pain. As you can imagine, the ER was jam packed with sick people... mainly upper respiratory infections, cold/flu symptoms, pneumonia (been there, done that!). We had quite a long waite.
Thank goodness I always keep a packed cooler in my fridge full of clean and healthy snacks. I keep things in it like bottled water, hard boiled eggs, string cheese, apples and oranges, nuts, fresh cut veggies, hummus, and small containers of plain Greek yogurt, a spoon, a fork, and napkins. I also keep a couple of Lara Bars stashed in the side zippers.... just in case.
I got the call from my granddaughters school to come and pick her up and take her to the ER. The first thing I did was call my daughter at work to let her know (She is doing her externship right now at a Medical practice, and she is not allowed to carry her cell phone with her), and then I grabbed my Eat Clean Cooler, my purse, and my Kindle. =)
I've never had an emergency like that since I've been eating clean, so this was the first time I actually realized that, WOW, I had a cooler full of clean foods that I prepared.... because I like to have it there for convenience throughout the day.... so I can stay on track, and not have to "think" about what I want for a snack. It was deffinately neat and convenient to be able to just grab a cooler out of the fridge to tote off to the ER!!!! It felt awesome to know that in case of emergency, I am prepared! I can just grab my cooler and go. I did remember to grab a few ice packs out of the freezer, too. My eat clean cooler saved the day!
It came in very handy... none of us had eaten lunch yet, and we had a bunch of healthy snacks to pick from as well as our own bottled water. I did end up having to purchase more bottled water out of the machine, but that was fine. The important thing was that we were able to keep healthy snacks in our bodies and not feel like we were starving, and we did not have to resort to junk food from a vending machine.
My granddaughter said that I was "magical" for bringing all of that food.... and my daughter said, "Man, there is really something to your clean eating madness, Mom!" Lol... yes, there is "something" to it... it's not just for fun. I hope that my daughter remembers today, and starts to pack coolers of healthy snacks for her and my granddaughter. That would make me so happy!
Understandably, I got absolutely nothing done today... but that is OKAY!!!! I'm still a warrior! I needed to be there for my granddaughter and my daughter, and I put aside all of my plans for today. I did get some reading done on my Kindle at the hospital, though. That was nice! Well, here's hoping to a better day tomorrow... no injuries! Lol! And please keep my granddaughter in your prayers for a speedy recovery, my KT friends! She is in alot of pain tonight, and I hope she is able to get comfortable soon. I love my granddaughter... I hate to see her in pain. I'm just glad I could help out, sitting with her in the ER, and providing her with clean and healthy foods for the afternoon and evening.
So ladies, keep your coolers packed! You never know when it might save YOUR day! =)