End of 2013. The following was written on December 23, 2013:
I don’t write or speak about it often, but one of my nutrition contracts is with Healthy Start, in the county that I reside in. Let me start off by mentioning the county I live in is one of the top beach destinations of the country (per various survey groups). Clearwater Beach or Fort Desoto beach ring a bell? Well, the pregnant clients I meet with in this county do not own beach property. I’m writing this today because one of my “goals” for 2014 is to reach a broader audience and that includes those that focus on wellness and nutrition, but also humanity to include in your daily prayers.
The woman I met with today is due with her third child soon and living in a facility that prevents her from having control over her finances, material items and apparently her food choices. This mother is smoking a pack of cigarettes daily, not liking any foods at the facility that she resides in during the pregnancy (limiting herself to fruit punch and pasta) and…she is sending this baby when she delivers to a loving, adoptive family. I was sent to this mother to assist her with nutritional supplements that she cannot afford, to evaluate her nutritional status and to ultimately teach her to eat instead of smoke until she gives birth.
I found it interesting that I was asked to reach out to her today…the day before Christmas Eve. I did not ask her religious beliefs and I wrapped up a lot of nutrition and vitamin/mineral supplements for her in Christmas-themed wrapping paper. I’m giving this mom a chance to take control of her body and I also wanted her to know I care about her and her baby and I care (and especially pray for) the parents that will adopt this child. Knowing that Christ’s birthday is this week I can’t help but feel this: Jesus was born in a barn and it wasn’t pretty. This baby in the womb of the mother I counseled today could be our next president or something greater. Hey—don’t laugh—we don’t know. All I know is that a hug and gift to someone in need is something we can all do…especially to those that we think may not appreciate it. When you pray, please pray for all pregnant mothers because the outcome is for sure an unknown!
It really doesn’t matter what time of year we are in: end, beginning or middle. As long as we strive for wellness, goodness and any sort of health….just know that any of it is for the best!