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Health Issues and Training – Week 9

Hi Family and Friends,

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This week was a little different for Braden and he expressed that he wasn’t able to write a typical letter home. He did write, but he spent a lot of time just answering questions that we had for him. So, this week, we are going to give a little breakdown of what is happening in Italy.

Braden’s Health

The main thing that we have been focused on for Braden is his health. Unfortunately, he hasn’t felt well since the day after he got there. He started feeling dizzy, light-headed and also nauseated. He  attributed those symptoms to the fact that he was quite tired from the travel and that he knew there would be several days of recovery from the jet lag. Well, after three days of feeling miserable, he finally mentioned something to his companion. They got Sister Dibb (Mission President’s wife) involved and she set an appointment to see a doctor. The doctor couldn’t diagnose anything at the time and gave Braden a prescription to see if they could pinpoint the problem.  Unfortunately, it didn’t help.

Well, that was 4 weeks ago now and he hasn’t seen any improvement. He feels the most sick right after he wakes up in the morning and also right after eating a meal (Although it is constant throughout the day)  He loves the food but doesn’t have the 18 year old’s appetite that he had before arriving in Italy. He still feels light-headed and they have now asked him not to ride his bike for the time being. He and his companion are out working each day which is a good thing. He is pushing through and enduring this.  He is feeling frustrated, of course, and is just hoping for some relief. He’s trying to stay positive but, after 4 weeks, it is taxing on him.

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A Very Good Week – Week 8

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Ciao, Ciao…

Good week this week. I’ve been reading in Alma lately and I don’t think I appreciated Alma enough before the mission. It was always just the long book in the middle but I have found so many good insights in it. It’s awesome! Like everyone knows but Alma 32 is stacked with great scriptures. I hope everyone is having a good week and I have really appreciated all the prayers, thank you so much! And I love hearing about everyone’s week. Emails are the best!  Grazie mile!

Verona Zone Conference

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Verona Tight Fit Parking

Thursday was zone conference which was in Verona, so that was cool to go see. (Above photo taken at dusk) We talked a lot about how awesome sister missionaries are and how the best part about the age change was that we have more sister missionaries and how they bring a different power to the work. Then we talked about how to better use our iPads. It was way helpful because my companion is kinda anti-iPad a little, but now we have to use them.☺️

Also we had a thanksgiving type lunch which was good except for the part where I don’t want to eat. I ate some though, but eating just makes me feel even worse. We had turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, a salad, and a piece of cake. I ate a little turkey, almost all of my mashed potatoes, all the green beans, half my salad, and I gave away the cake!  So, I thought I ate a lot but everyone else had like thirds of everything so…. yeah. Basically I just have no appetite. But, then I eat something because I know I have to, but that just makes me feel worse.

Missionary Friend

We went to dinner that night with a man named Claudio. He’s been taking missionaries to dinner for like 10 years. He’s very catholic but likes hearing about the gospel. We are actually going to start teaching him so maybe he’ll convert. Haha. We went to a really nice restaurant (apparently he’s loaded) it was 27€ each!!! We had these freshly made noodles with cantaloupe meet, (auto correct can be crazy…we think he meant “antalope meat” but we aren’t sure. Anybody know? Noodles and cantaloupe don’t seem to go well together – Wade)  That was good. Then we had donkey stew and some weird bread jello thing….and some veggies. It was pretty good. I didn’t know it was donkey until about half way through. It was pretty good though! It tasted normal! It was very tender! I liked it.Verona-Italy

Lot of Food!

I figured out why Nana makes so much food for our Sunday meals, it’s cuz she’s Italian. They make SO much food here it’s nuts. Friday we went to the Zamboninis and had lunch. They are members and they feed us every week. They’re sooooo nice. They have 4 kids. Their youngest girl is adorable. Their oldest is going to school in England.

We had spaghetti that was sooooo goood then we had potatoes and chicken that were baked and smothered in olive oil!  Haha, they love love love love olive oil here. But it was way good. Then we had some fruit and they have this fruit that’s only found in Italy. It’s called kacchi (no idea how to spell it) but it’s good. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s red and it’s sweet and it’s like jello-y and you eat it with a spoon.

It was like a TON of food and I’m not exaggerating at all. I was so full by the end of the lunch. And when I eat it makes me feel 10,000,000 times worse which is probably why I have no appetite. Yeah so my portions of eating are small. I never want to eat but I do cuz I have to. I still don’t feel good at all. But, the thing is…it tastes good.

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