My Year in Review
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The last day of the year is always a time for review and speculation. What did I do right; what did I do wrong or could have done better? Am I doing enough, and on and on it goes.
Last year 2013, was one for the books in my world. My father is reaching that point of needing a care taker at least on occasion. He started the year with pneumonia, recovered slowly from that; only to catch a very bad case of the flu in January, probably do to his weakened immune system. After finally recovering from that, he was left with poor balance which lead to a number of falls, which he didn't feel necessary to relate to us. Finally, he broke his elbow on one of the falls, resulting in a 3rd hospitalization. By this time the staff & my sister & I are on a first name basis. Then to top it all off, his grand finale is a stroke in July, which has left his vision very limited, and taken his ability to be able to drive, and a log of his independence. He was very blessed that he made a very good recovery except for his vision, and now is doing as well as can be expected.
In all this, my husband suffered a pinched nerve which kept him from working for the month of August. He went to many doctors & specialists before getting relief. I, while taking dad to a doctors's appointment, picked up my purse from between the front & back seat of the car, twisting my shoulder and resulting in a tear to my rotator cuff, which I'm now paying for by having had surgery on the 16th of this month.
But, before I start to sound like a totally negative Nora, I have had a few successes. I went on the "Spark Solution Diet" in the early spring and lost 20 lbs, most of which I've managed to keep off. I want to start again as soon as I can exercise again. I learned to be a lot more patient with others & having this surgery has given me a lot of insight into how it feels to have to depend on others for help. I can't hardly get dressed some days with out help.
I also have an aunt, and two uncle with various forms & stages of Alzheimer's disease; my aunt is in a nursing home, but my uncles are still at home. We visited my aunt yesterday. It's so sad to see one who was so active be reduced to laying in a bed, day in, day out, not being able to speak; but can hear & see what's going on.
I don't make resolutions, but I will make a list of things to try to do in 2014:
1. Be grateful for the health I do have, so many others are suffering much more than I am.
2. Take care of the health that I do have, and try to improve it for 2014.
3. Encourage my immediate family to switch to a more healthy lifestyle.
4. Thank God for the ability to have a clear mind and to be able to live independently for now. So many out there with Alzheimer's, debilitating arthritis, stokes, and many others diseases that rob the body & mind of your ability to do this.
So I'll start this year of 2014 with a positive attitude of trying to make a difference in my life and others for a better, healthier lifestyle. God bless you all with a happy and healthy New Year!!