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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!!
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    It's been awhile since you wrote this. I hope things are going a little better for you now.I was the caregiver for my folks. I understand about health issues and having to ask for help. Thanking God for all the parts that do work, and trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Excellent goal.
    548 days ago
    What a lot you and your family has had to go through. I'm hoping you all have a healthier and better year.
    2680 days ago
    Kay, you really did have a lot of challenges in 2013 and I enjoyed ready your positive. You have a great attitude and I know that with your positive approach to 2014, you will succeed!!!

    2680 days ago
    It sounds like you have had your fair share of 'strife' for the year good thing 2014 is beginning and congrats on your weight loss.
    2680 days ago
    Hi Kay, Your long list of challenges this past year serve as a reminder how resilient you are and measure the strength you have. Your list of resolutions are wise and filled with compassion.
    Good for you! I will try to apply some of your lessons to my own life and hopefully continued growth.
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    2681 days ago
    What a year you have had! Shifting that 20lbs is a real result though, well done.
    Have a great 2014 and I am sure that with your positive attitude you will help others and help yourself.
    Happy New Year
    2681 days ago
    Looking forward to sparking with you throughout 2014!
    2683 days ago
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    What a great list of resolutions, Kay! Good for you for taking a positive approach after the year you've just had. I hope that 2014 brings you and yours all of the best.

    2683 days ago
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