in seems likes only a few short years ago I was wondering how my sixties and seventies would be and here I am a little bit shower in movement but still sharp in certain skills. My memory (short term) is slowing me down and frustrates me at times. All in all I am thankful for having a full life raising 3 sons giving me 9 grandchildren and 3 great grand kids with another on the way come April 2017. What is not to love?
I am going to see if I can break down my life into ten year periods and give my best recall into my achievements-friendships-employment. This is my plan for 2017. Stay tuned as this 80 year lady gets ready for the New Year……………..
I was torn between not liking either party but did not feel comfortable not voting. Now it is finally over and we Americans need to stand together. Love and respect each other. God Bless America!
Today is a day I am thankful for in so many ways.
It was just a year ago that I fell, fracturing my left hip. After surgery and a post operative pain medication that caused me complications, I ended up in CCU. Fortunately, with the help and guidance of all three of my sons and one particular doctor, they were able to get me on a path to being able to be discharged from the hospital after a few of weeks.
From there, I entered a rehabilitation facility where I had physical therapy and other forms of therapy to get my body functioning again, and helping me to resume an independent lifestyle. It was a difficult experience sharing a room with someone that may have been mentally ill. She had no clue that her television was always loud. Sometimes she just wanted to talk incessantly about nothing at all. My state of mind was not able to just ignore it all, and so they prescribed an anti-anxiety medication to help me cope.
My sons and extended family members came to visit and called, giving me lots of loving words and inspiration to keep hanging in and pushing forward. On December 27th, I was finally discharged from the rehabilitation center and went back home to living in my Independent Living apartment.
From then, I had my meals delivered and a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) come twice-a-week for my showers, and to help around the apartment with things like doing my laundry.
I can tell you this, it’s kind of hard to get used to not having a shower every day or being able to do it yourself. It seems the word “embarrassed” is no longer available to me these days.
While it has been a long torturous experience, I am grateful to be alive and where I am today.
I recall saying repeatedly, “I will never live with my children!” And yet here I am today, living with my middle son, his wife and the cutest 3 year old grand daughter.
I have lived alone for more than forty years working and raising my 3 sons and managed well. Then after an unsuccessful cataract procedure in late 2014 leaving me with double vision, I realized a change would be necessary. I needed a place with transportation to-and-from stores and doctors appointments. My driving safely days were over and there went some of my independence.
I luckily found an independent living residence that met my needs and I got busy selling my home and car. And so, in December of 2014, I moved to my new apartment and found it nice.
It didn’t have the amount of open space I usually like, but I adjusted somewhat. I walked to the dining area for breakfast (buffet style) and dinners with a huge salad bar and wait services. Everyone was friendly. The choices of entree were new to me and so I learned to like or not like some of my selections. I was free to always ask for something else. Their soups were delicious and I could make a meal out of soup and salad if need be.
As for the activities offered, there was Bingo, and that seemed to be a hit with the majority of residents, and a card game called Cardo that was fun to play. On Tuesdays and Thursdays there was a happy hour with entertainment, hot snacks, and drink of your choice. At 11 in the morning, there was a 30 minute exercise class that helped with stretching and toning, but there was no Yoga–my favorite–offered. My mind and my body missed not having Yoga, as it was its mainstay for years. Apparently it didn’t attract an audience to warrant paying for an instructor.
I needed to find a substitute and finally found Tai -Chi. Master Dennis Kelly knew from a 40-plus year career how to teach, instruct, and lecture. I truly fell in love with the practice and found it easy to incorporate the poses in my everyday life. Just sitting and performing the many moves calms and relieves my stress. The eye exercises are excellent for peripheral vision. Breathing is life and how we do it is crucial. Reach up and smell the flowers (inhale) blow out the candles (exhale). An easy exercise, but so beneficial.
That’s my update for today. Tune it again to hear of my adjusting to all of the changes in my life.
I am feeling like a kid again as I recall doing a countdown to my birthday that I always loved. Mom would make some chocolate pudding or jello for me and my sisters and brother as a special treat.
That is over seven and a half decades ago when my two older sisters and younger brother and I were kids. Since that time, we grew and married, had families, moved, visited, shared photos. But we never had one on one time and so I don’t really know about my older sister Jo. What are her likes, her preferences? I have always admired her beautiful dimples and her caring diplomatic style. And always a lady.
Me? I am non stop talking, laughing carefree silly and sometimes child like. I don’t see myself serious. Being free and carefree is my goal.
But is this the Millie she knows? We shall have this golden opportunity on May 3 for three days when Jo comes for a visit. Just the two of us. I can hardly wait!
Current Mood: Esctatic & Happy