Monday, October 03, 2011
This past week really presented a big challenge. My husband had to go to for a week to take care of his dying father while his sister and his father's other caretaker were out of town on an emergency. This left me at home alone with two small dogs and many very attentive, helpful neighbors. Remember, I have a hard collar on my neck all the time except when I'm lying on the bed or when I'm in the shower. Now technically my doctor would frown on the fact that I was left alone for such a long period of time. I am 3 weeks post op (out of 6) . I did have people calling and checking in with me, including hubby, multiple times daily. In fact, some of them took me to the store, out to breakfast and out to a craft fair just to get me out of the house. Aren't I lucky to have such wonderful neighbors? Of the two of us, I would say that he had the more difficult job. I know because I took care of my mother for years before she died and it is hard and very stressful.
What I learned about myself while he was gone was interesting. I found out that I can rise to almost any task if I have to. I'll say that again. I can rise to almost any task if I have to. I can also rise to almost any task if I put my mind to it. The doctor has put certain limitations on my movements such as no bending over, leaning, stretching to reach things, bending to pick things up etc. So you can imagine how creative I had to get in order to pick things up off of the floor, fill the dog's empty water dish, empty the dish washer or dryer or put on the dog's leash. Getting a pan out of the lower cabinet was an interesting venture too. I have a grabbing tool that I would be lost without! It took me forever to do everything, but hey, there was no time limit on anything and I got everything completed.
What amazed me the most was that I didn't take the easy way out and eat pre-packaged snacks, frozen or fast food high sodium/high fat meals instead of healthy food. I actually struggled to cook enough for several meals at one time (of healthy food). The first meal I made was ground chicken with tomato sauce, green beans, and unsweetened apple sauce for dessert. The second time I made Fiber One muffins (for breakfast) , BBQ chicken breast, spinach and unsweetened apple sauce. My neighbor sent over several meals which I've managed to get him to cook in a more healthy fashion. See, Spark People is invading our neighborhood! In turn, I sent over some Fiber One muffins where I substituted unsweetened applesauce for the oil and egg whites for the full egg with the yolk. He thought they were delicious. Those healthy Spark substitutions are very handy! I cooked enough food for at least 5-6 dinners.
Now that hubby is home, I really appreciate all that he does for me. I do know that if anything were to happen again, that I can take care of myself.