Chronicling my Journey
Saturday, August 17, 2013
I've decided to start doing a little chronicling of my current journey. This coming Monday will be 5 weeks since I had my knee injured by a shoplifter. On Thursday, it will be 5 weeks since my employer fired me because of it. When attending the clinic which is still covered by their Workman's Comp insurance, I was told my blood pressure was 150/110. A wake up call if I ever heard one.
I came home and decided I was going to have to seriously follow the DASH diet. I had been controlling by BP through diet, but it's been a rough year. My mother started having more difficulties last year, but in January, she had a small stroke. Since January, she's been in the hospital and then rehab at a skilled nursing facility three times. Before the last incident, her occupational therapist mentioned that she might have Parkinson's Disease. Her primary doctor refused to consider it, but while she was in the rehab facility, I got her an appointment with a neurologist. She started taking the medication while she was in rehab.
She is now in an assisted living facility near home and I no longer have to try and take care of her. It was at the point where I couldn't take care of her since she has difficulty walking and can't dress or bathe herself. Now, I have to heal. I wasn't eating right before because I was exhausted. It would take so much time to get her ready, but I did the best I could getting us fed. Then, after my injury, I have had difficulty standing for very long on my one good leg and the first couple of weeks, I had trouble just getting around.
I have made up my mind to eat better and I'm doing a lot better. Luckily, I have two of my sons at home to help me by buying groceries. I'm still struggling with lowering my sodium consumption, but I'm increasing my whole grains and concentrating on produce. I have lost 2 pounds and I'm trying to raise my heart rate by improvising some exercises while using my crutches. One thing I noticed when I first started using my crutches, they really work my core. I can feel the burn in my abdomen.
So, every week I'm able to do more and I'm hoping to keep up the momentum. I've done it before and my health depends on it. I have reduced my stress level tremendously since I know my mother is taken care of and I no longer have the stress from work. I know that being unemployed can be stressful, but I have been working on my finances for a while and I can use some of my retirement savings for the time being. It will be another 4 weeks until I can walk so I'm going to work on myself.