Haven't blogged in a while so I thought I would today. As many of you know I recently retired to stay home and help take care of my elderly father(he is 89) he has several health issues and has Alzheimer's. My sister lives with him but has difficulty handling his ups and downs and mood swings. She is very good with him most of the time. She gets tired easily and then has emotional issues that get worse when she is stressed and tired. She depends on me to be there and gets upset when I am gone for more than a couple of hours. Taking care of my home and animals and trying to make time for me is challenging to say the least. But at the same time I am so blessed to have my dad here. He is such a dear man. He has severe short term memory loss but remains quick witted and very observant of what is going on around him. He writes himself notes about everything he sees outside so he can remember. He loves it when his grandchildren come by for a visit. He enjoys his pets and they are his constant companions. I have had time to spend with my sister and become closer to her than we have been since we were children. We both enjoy reading and watching TV and getting outside in the sunshine. We both have animals that we spoil terribly. Everyday offers something new to experience. As I become older I enjoy each day more and appreciate all that God has allowed me to be part of. I know that everyone has pressures and stress and unique problems but I hope everyone is able to sit back and enjoy all that they have been given. Go out enjoy your family and friends, share your feelings and experiences with them. Smile and dance every chance you get.
This is a precious blog--My dearest and closest friend just lost her husband of 50 years to Alzheimer's related complications. I know how tough the journey can be and how precious the special moments are. If you need to share any of those sort of things, please let me know--my door is always open for you.
Take care--love those pets and enjoy each moment. They are our true blessings! Gentle hugs, Sylvia 1565 days ago
I didn't know you had retired but I'm thrilled you were able to do so. Caring for your family seems to give you a great deal of joy and that's an important component of life. It also gives you more opportunities to take care of yourself. Best wishes as you pursue this new direction in your life! 1566 days ago