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    JAVAGAL47   28,178
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Today is the day!

Monday, April 22, 2013

I said I would try to get back in the swing of things here on Spark on the 22nd, so here I am!! Now I may still miss a bit as I am much busier here than when I was a the assisted living place. There are dishes to do (or put in dish washer, which is no easy job from a power chair) washing clothes, yelling at our dogs as they go nuts over two big dogs behind us, and checking mail etc. etc. By the way one of those dogs jumps high enough that I can see his whole head. I hope he does not find a way to get a good enough hold with his hind feet to come over! Archie (14 lbs. would try to eat him up) While in the facility I did a few dishes, but cleaning and laundry were done by staff. It is quite a challenge, but being home is great. I don't have to go out in pouring rain or 110 deg. heat, staying long enough for Archie to find the best spot to accomplish his duty. There are also two cats. One who loves to "talk' to you and really tells you off when you push her off your lap as you are trying to type. The other needs Spark, she will lie in front of me as I pass, or try to pass, pushing her with my foot means to her, that I want to rub her belly, so she obediently rolls over to make it easier for me.
I am very lonesome for "my family" at the facility. Here I am alone all day, where as there where ever I went there were staff or residents to say hi to or chat. And Archie got so much attention he was really spoiled. Some went so far as to say I could leave, but Archie had to stay.
Watching calorie intake was easier there as I could ask for half portions at meal time. Although desserts were always offered I did pretty well saying no thanks. Since it isn't easy to reach things, I have to stand for many items or to turn on an appliance it is easier to snack which is not good. My daughter does not appreciate my standing, since I have to grab onto something, or lean on something. She is staying on here with me, she lived here while my hubby and I were at the facility to keep everything up. (I lost my hubby Dec. 10th of 2011 on his 91st birthday, after our 64th ann.) She rented her house out. But she is gone all day and that makes it lonesome.
I am doing a few stretching exercises, the Spark video for seated exercising requires a chair with no arms so that is not too helpful, plus post polio muscles are not too happy when you reach too high, etc.
Have I written a book yet?? I do tend to go on and on.
I have checked in on you daily, but did not have time to greet the newbies. I shall do my best to get back to that again, Being the greeter at the facility was my "cup of tea".
Who ever reads this I send lots of hugs, and hope this week will be a losing week for us all! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 5/22/2013 9:52PM

    Welcome home! I'm sorry to hear you're missing all the people at assisted care, and completely understand that all your friends here at SparkPeople can't replace that. Nevertheless, we are here for you and are rooting for you at all times. Take care, my friend.
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JLLOVETT 4/26/2013 4:42PM

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ANGELHRT1971 4/23/2013 2:27PM

    I surely wish I could come stay with you all day cause we would have fun :) sounds like you miss being at the facility--it sounded fun there--lots of interactions! Well you still have us to talk with :) I miss talking with you--Hope you are having a beautiful day & hope to chat soon--keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWVINE 4/23/2013 12:43PM

   
Thank you for the up date.Please be careful reaching. Is there a Senior Day Care where you could go a few days a week so you are around others?There is one near where I live and they play Bingo, cards and wii, or just visit. The ones that can drive go visit and join them when they can. emoticon

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MEEMAH2013 4/22/2013 9:50PM

    emoticon I am proud of you for getting on the computer to share with us! I am an old nursing home nurse in heart and I will always hold those in my care close to my heart as well as any who will let me adopt them. You have become dear to my heart and I love reading your " mini novels!" Keep sparking!

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KERRYG155 4/22/2013 4:58PM

    I didn't realize she was leaving you there alone-I thought she was staying there with you. I would be lonely, too, and much as I love cats having one who won't get out of the way can be very dangerous. Your daughter needs to realize that you do need to stand to keep some strength in your legs since it is necessary to get to and from bed, bathroom, etc. Please take care of yourself! emoticon

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