10 VM: Véronique, Virginia(GinieMie)Vicky, Valerie, Vanessa, Viviane, Vance, Vaughn, Vincent, Vernon
BK: Vaughn, Vanessa, Véronique, Valerie, Viviane, Vernon. Frnt. Vance, Ginie(Virginia), Vicky. 9/10
Between a Rock and a hard place. God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit get me through it.
So much has happened to me since I started SP April 9th 2010. I've lost weight of course and regained some, I've learned to stop eating when full and I've made some great spark friends. I'm sparking much of the time. Many know about my son's accident (6/17/2010)and the changes that has wrought on my life, my sister Vï¿½ronique's death (11/7/2012) due to a brain tumor and Vicky's congestive heart failure, diabetes and a host of other problems. I also have been blessed with a new grand-daughter in May 2013 for a total of 5 grand-daughters and 1 grandson-the first and eldest of the grands..
I try to keep smiling and stay positive-not always easy, but the good Lord helps. I love life from infancy to old age.
I retired May 25th, 2012.
My 5 children and 6 grandchildren are an important part of my life.
With the exception of my cholesterol levels and a mobile blood pressure I am relatively healthy. Both my son's care and my weight contribute the occasionally elevated blood pressure. My cholesterol has been high since I was in my 40's and I am allergic to statin drugs which limits what I can take for the cholesterol problem. (I am in gray in the first picture, and turquoise in the second)
1. track all of my foods, striving to get 5-8 fruits & veggies per day.
2. I will walk no LESS THAN 5,000 steps and work my way past 10,000.
3. to be more positive, and supportive to those around me, especially new widows.
To watch what I eat, most importantly cutting back on cholesterol and sodium. Work to change a sedentary life into a more active life, which is difficult for me. Even though retired, I'm knitting and sewing more that makes for a still sedentary life.
I was born in Bedford, Ohio of a Belgian mom and an American GI. I have lived in Belgium, Ohio, Florida and am currently in Georgia. I am widowed and have five grown children, one of whom had a traumatic brain injury June 2010 and for whom I am the court appointed Custodial Guardian.
I like to knit, sew-when I have time and play with my grandchildren.
I'd love to be able to travel again, to go back to Belgium and Austria, to see Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland and Italy.
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| current weight: 179.0
I didn't have time to direct the dogs' poses in their 4th of July picture. They expected to get in the car and go for a walk so I was lucky they stopped at all.
My sister is coming to visit in a couple of weeks. She won't stay much with me but will be with Dad which will give me a bit of a break.
64 days ago
Ginie, thank you so much for reading my blog about being "fired" from being my adult daughter's twenty-four-hour-a-day therapist. It's good that I've been officially freed, but it will take some time to completely stop doing all the things that I did for more than twelve years. I'm working on it, though, and feel hopeful.
I hope all is well in your world. I pictured you having a great time with your granddaughters. I know it must be such a treat for them to spend time with you, and they will treasure their memories with you forever.
65 days ago
I'll be sure and check out your answers to the high school blog. I wasn't sure how to do it either.
66 days ago
Ginie I did have a good time. I used to drive it but DH likes to drive.
He is still allowed to drive but I told him I wanted him to be a passenger so I can become as good a driver as he always was.
I should have done it 5 years back but my back was still having problems. Now I am feeling older today. I was thinking about when I cannot drive. HUGS, Pat in Maine.
I will catch up. (((HUGS)))
68 days ago
Life sure can get crazy, huh? I thought once my stepmother was placed in a facility, life would calm down for me but that has not proven to be true. I don't mean to be complaining, though, I am getting to sleep now without having to worry she will slip out the door in the middle of the night.
Following her hospital stay, my stepmother was placed in a nursing home and that seems to be a good place for her. She has made quite a bit of improvement since the stroke that put her in the hospital and the stroke while she was in there. We are seeing more of the dementia behaviors come back -- the wanting to go home, not the combativeness (yet?).
Dad is adjusting. Someone checks on him every day and takes him to see his wife. It is about a 30 minutes drive for him -- 10 for me. He has not wanted to go alone and now the drive is long enough that we'd prefer he didn't drive there. This last week he had appointments every day. This week will be calmer.
John has started to use a walker. He still struggles a lot with the pain and weakness in his leg. He sees a neurologist tomorrow but I no longer have any expectation that he'll be helped medically. I would never say that to him though.
As for me, I do what I need to do and try to have a little fun too. Today I am having lunch with a long time friend who has been in town for a knitting camp. I think I will also try to reschedule my haircut. It was originally July 1 but that was the day we moved my stepmother into the assisted living place so I had to cancel. I haven't had time to reschedule it yet and I definitely need my hair cut!!
I hope you enjoy these next 10 days no matter how hectic they get!!
73 days ago