I didn’t mean to leave the blog silent for so long, but sometimes what you plan and what actually happens couldn’t be more different. Long story short, I spent a week in the hospital for various issues, and ultimately I ended up having back surgery to fix a herniated disc that has made my entire year almost unbearable. I canceled my trip to the USA from my hospital bed, and had a tough few days that I got through thanks to my wonderful family and some great friends who really put a smile on my face in a dark time for me. I’m now the proud owner of a scar on my lower back, but am pain-free (!) and working on getting back on track, in all areas of life. And since this is supposed to be partially a food blog, here’s a pic of breakfast in the hospital 🙂 (!)
I’m still fighting to be 100% healthy, and now truly understand the meaning of the phrase “If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything”. I never thought I would be in this position at 26 years old. However, if there’s any positive that’s come out of this situation, it’s realizing how lucky I am to have so many people who care about me so deeply. From my wonderful, sweet, supportive husband who slept with me in my hospital bed every night, and combed my hair and dressed me when I absolutely couldn’t do it myself, to my dad who flew to Guatemala to watch over my care and make sure I made it home, to my in-laws who ensured I was taken care of and always do so much for us, even when I’m not so sick.
I have a little while still for my recovery, but I’m excited to start cooking and sharing my life on the blog again. Facebook reminded me that 1 year ago today, we boarded a plane to Japan and Thailand, before making our way to Guatemala. I’m excited to be able to travel again soon!
So much has changed in this past year. It’s been the hardest year of my life, from learning a new language to understanding a new culture to accepting a shift in my career, and finally, to dealing with these health issues that have literally knocked me on my butt. However, I know life has a way of balancing itself out and I know I must have some good things coming my way soon.
I’m looking forward to Easter in Antigua with my parents, celebrations of which have been going on throughout Lent here.
and moving into a new house at the end of next month (with grass)!!!
and hopefully making it to the USA in May for a well deserved break and time with my family and friends before heading to Mexico City for a special guy’s birthday!
See you soon for more Eats by Em!