Saturday, October 1, 2011

TODAY - That is what matters

Give the gift you were saving - TODAY
You may not have TOMORROW

Go for a walk and enjoy nature - TODAY
You may not have TOMORROW

Tell your loved ones "I LOVE YOU" TODAY
You may not have TOMORROW

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My trip to the Past

This is a picture of me last September, when I actually took four days away from my beloved husband to attend my 50th high school reunion (wow).  He was well taken care of by his two daughters and by in home services that sent someone to do his showering and changing.  I actually spent four days connecting with old friends and seeing my birthplace for the first time in 35 years.  I was amazed that I did not worry one bit about my husband because I knew he was being cared for with much love.

It was a wonderful, reflective time and gave me a "refreshing" so I could come home and continue caring for my wonderful "better half".  This was a change for me because at no time before did I feel a need to do something like this.  I couldn't stand the thought of being separated from my husband even for a few hours, let alone a few days.  It worked out wonderfully and I am so glad that I did this.

Now we are back into our routine, but with some slight changes.  We moved to the state of Washington last November to be near grandchildren, it has been an experience.  I always thought I liked the rain until I was confronted with it day after day.  Then, I developed double pneumonia and was quite sick, but am now on the mend.  My husband recently fell and suffered a compression fracture in his back and we have been receiving wonderful, supportive care through the state of Washington and it has helped me tremendously.  He is now on the mend and we are back into our routine.  Will try to keep this blog going because it gives me a focus, and hopefully at the same time, may help others.

Another focus I am working on is an online store concentrating on garden items - it has been fun and a lot of work - but I can do it.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

It is hard to believe that I have not posted anything on this blog for a year.  It has been a busy year.  We have moved to the great state of Washington and we are trying to get used to the weather.   It is very different from California so will need to adjust.  Moved here to be near grandkids who moved in order for dad and mom to find jobs.  Could not bear to be parted from them.

My husband just turned  75 and I am continually amazed with how well he is doing.  He has reached a plateau with this brain injury and may never go any further, but that is OK.  He is happy and content and doing well physically. 

Me on the other hand not doing so well.  Just got over case of double pneumonia.  Caregivers always take care of themselves last and I am no exception.  I have learned through this illness though how important it is to take care of oneself in order to be a good caregiver. 

I will continue this blog - and hopefully, not wait so long to post.