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Just checking in with my friends and whining a bit.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Sending a BIG hello to all who have stood by me during my move, and all who have not forgotten who I am!! I am not going to be back full time as I still have MUCH to do. When there are 5 people packing things for you, and, who are in a hurry to get it over with, finding things becomes an ordeal, especially when you are in a power chair and have to lean over much of the time to reach into boxes. Sometimes my stomach complains. When I left here of course most of my things remained. Then my daughter moved in to care for our home, bringing all her things (she rented her house out) so it is like looking for a jigsaw puzzle piece and trying to fit it into the picture. We are packing many duplicates items away to give us more room necessary items.
Don't tell a soul, but I never knew my daughter was a "pack rat" every possible shelf , nook & cranny (is that how you spell it?? never saw it written) or drawer, runneth over!! I have been trying to organize some of it, that is part of why I have been so busy.
When I lived here before I was walking part of the time and could stand also. Now I am finding it hard to reach faucets, shelves, etc. etc. My chair rises so that is a help in some cases.
I could use my trampoline which is such a great way to exercise, now I do a few stretches, move my legs up and down, twist my body and use very light weights, so lbs are pretty hard to get off. I will keep at it, watching calories and trying to drink enough water.
I really don't know how most of you can drink so much. When I manage I must head for the bathroom every half hour. They say that will slow down, but they didn't tell my bladder that.
We share the house with my Archie, Catherine's dog Earl, a cat named Blondie and anther Peepers. Earl and Archie do well as long as Archie doesn't try to sleep on Earl's pillow or bed. Blondie needs Spark, she is overweight and does not like to move when I come with my chair. I try to move her with my foot and she thinks I am trying to rub her tummy, and rolls over for more. Peepers is sleek, and a talker. If you talk to her she talks back, and lets you know quite loudly that she does not appreciate being pushed off your lap when you are working on the computer. She definitely a lap cat.
Getting used to smaller doorways is not easy. The kids painted my bedroom a beautiful lavender and I don't want to scratch it up. Lots of backing up and turning around (carefully) in the bathroom.
I miss my friends from the facility. Every day I had people around me and a special couple with whom I shared a table at meals. He was full of stories and she was like the sister I never had. She was having trouble eating or drinking for months, Her doctor finally had her really checked out and there is the possibility of cancer in her esophagus, He has Parkinson's so walks VERY little. I would appreciate any prayers said for them. They take so long to get results from tests, so they can figure out how to treat her. She does have a feeding tube, so has gained some weight. Catherine took me to see her at the nursing home where they are giving her physical therapy, on Sat. it was such a treat to see her. I still have not been able to go visit the facility, when Cath starts getting her every other Friday off again we will go. I am sure Archie wonders where all those people are that stopped to pet him many times a day.
Being the greeter there I had many opportunities to visit with residents. Now I see no one, and have been outside only twice so far. It will be better when a sidewalk is repaired and a small ramp to get onto the patio is done. I have not tried to go out on the patio but want to try. A lot different than when I went out 3-4 times a day taking the dog out at the facility. Also no more bus trips to shop. Now I have to consolidate and shop when Catherine can take me. Her work has been working on a new project and she has had 12+ hours for some times.
I have been seeing new members come into our team. I peek in every day when I check my mail. Glad to see that, I know you all are very helpful, and are giving them any info they need.
I have not seen any of you but feel very close to you all. I estimate that my permanent return
won't be before the middle of this month. Sending all of you my love along with big hugs, Betty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Good to hear from you, glad things are working out for you.
    emoticon Sandy
    1811 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    Good to hear from you. I hope they get a ramp for you so you can start getting outside when you want to. Maybe you'll be able to spend time with some neighbors then to make up for not being greeter. I think there should be narrower chairs available for people who don't live in homes with wide doors. When my son-in-law couldn't walk after breaking his heels the had to scoot around on pillows to get to the bedroom and bathroom-a wheelchair just wouldn't go through the doors. Hope you find the stuff you need and want!!
    1811 days ago
  • JAISON60
    Wow Betty you have been through so much since we have talked! Sorry to hear you had to move back home again. It is really hard when you have formed friendships and have to leave them behind.
    You will get used to your new lifestyle after you and Catherine get organized again. I am glad that you are not alone at your home!!! And all the animals will get a pattern going too!
    Sending prayers and Love to you and your friend in the facility!
    Take care of you and try to keep smiling!! It will all even out!!

    Big Hugs--Kathleen
    1811 days ago
  • MEEMAH2013
    I am in awe of your spirit! I am so proud of you! you are doing great! I know how hard change can be. I will keep praying for you. I know you can do it! Just a little bit at a time and soon you will be done!
    1811 days ago
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