Witnessing sister's poor health...inspired me to try harder
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Hello everyone....I just got back from an overnight sleepover at my sister's house.
Every year my 7 sisters and I get together for an overnight visit. We start on Friday night with dinner and conversation followed by a movie and exchanging news, swapping pictures, etc. Saturday morning we get up to breakfast and then go shopping together for the rest of the day. This year was an eye opening experience for me. I watched one of my sister's who is about 8 year's older than me sit and cough and wheeze constantly. She had gained probably 50 pounds in the last year and was already overweight. She told me she was on 19 medications including some for depression. Friday night some of us took a walk after dinner. She could not tolerate it so she could not join us. Today at the mall she would get short of breath and have to sit down on a bench. When she saw clothing she was interested in she would walk away and not let anyone see her when she tried it on. From another sister who lives close to her, I learned she is unable to care for her yard and the grass and weeds are growing and the inside of the house which was built about 7 years go is in much need of housekeeping. My heart is breaking for her. I know her blood pressure is sky high and she suffers from sleep apnea. I would not be surprised if she had a heart attack, stroke or diabetes. My sisters are planning to get together within the next week or two and try to get her house and yard back in shape for her. I sat and watched her the last couple of days and felt even more inspired to work harder to get myself into a better shape. She commented to me that she noticed how much I had lost and how much better shape I was in. She told me she would like to lose weight also. I hope in some way I can show her it can be done and maybe inspire her to try to do the same. I do not want to lose her but I know it has to be her decision to lose. I can only try to change myself and this has made me want it even more.