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My Journey on Spark So far....


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Saturday, June 07, 2014

As I was just reflecting on my last 8 months of my life which have altered the autumn days of our life, would like to share some thoughts with all my friends.

It all began sometime around the end of October 2013, I seemed to be getting heavier by the day, I was almost im-mobile if my nurse or one of the kids where not dragging me by hand. My walk was basically a cane in one hand and heavily depended on a caregivers support to drag me. Walked from my bed to my rocker, twice a day, to the bath room may be 5 to 6 times and then the dining room twice & at times choosing to have dinner in my room itself. Was barely doing about 50 to 100 steps a day. Sundays I would be carried on a plastic chair up the church stairs and down. The last straw, at a get together at home, I needed 2 of my grandsons to haul me up from my rocker after having sat there for almost the entire evening. My nurse Chanda couldn't do it as I had become so heavy. This kind of became the norm, every other day when Chanda started getting Mahesh (DH's nurse & her husband) to help with me even for the basics. This is when Anita my DGD stepped in, enlisted a physio therapist's help, then an ayurvedic doctor's help to help me with my weight loss. The rest of the Children and Grand children joined in by escorting me for walks and helping me around.

Then around the third week of November, I was again faced with the prospect of being incapacitated when I went to visit my sister Lucy who was ill and needed to be hauled the stairs to her room in a chair, ditto at little Rahul's birthday party... to add to this, our regular health check-up revealed that DH had dementia....another episode to goad me into losing weight, and getting more mobile and independent.

I gave up non-vegetarian food, no eggs either, went on a strict low carb diet & followed the Ayurvedic doctor's advise to the last letter, swallowing the gooey concoctions & the bitter smoothies... In almost a month's time, I had lost about 4 Kilos...the walking continued.

Then in Dec I was hit by a viral infection - Dengue, a debilitating mosquito borne disease. It attacks all the joints in one's body and leaves you almost immobile. I was in hospital for a week and then completely confined to bed for another 2 weeks. I even needed help to turn from one side to the other. Lost drastic weight and muscle loss. Was confined to a wheel chair for almost 2 months. Lost my gum muscles, can't wear dentures, which I had been wearing for the past 20 years as I have no gum mass to hold the lowers and find it very awkward as the uppers will just keep slipping out. So have shunned them completely.

However my recovery journey begins from here and a big thank you for all the support I got from my Spark Friends and family.... yes spark family as I have acquired, Sons, daughters, grand daughters and sisters along the way. They encouraged me for all my little efforts at PT, some gave me ideas, some just sent me hugs to keep my mind of the pain. While my family present with me, egged me on by physically caring for me and pampering me and spoiling me my dear Sparkies too played an equally important role to cheer me on.

Right from my first few baby steps, when I learnt to walk again, then moving on to the walker and now back to the cane, from where I started.... But wait, there is a difference here, I started at 103 Kilos - that is what i weighed in Oct 2013, I am now back to using a cane, but weigh a healthy 70.5 kilos.... Yes I do need help to get up from my rocker, but thankfully Chanda only needs to give me a hand, she doesn't need to run for help or call for a crane... I don't need to be dragged to put one foot in front of the other, but can manage with just a little support more for confidence, I am slower, but that is ok, i am not running a marathon.... most importantly I CAN WALK. I CAN WALK comfortably.... i don't hurt as much, but joints with RA for over 25 years and Osteo Arthritis to boot will creak.... But Praise The Lord for this wonderful journey which has made me so so independent and this wouldn't have happened without all of you...

This thought came to me just as I recalled when my Great-Great-Grand Daughter Megan was born in Dec 2013, and I had to wait for almost 2 weeks to hold the dear baby in my arms as I was in bed. Today I just returned from the hospital after having seen and blessed our hour old twin great-great-grandson & grand daughter. My DGGD Nadia wanted me to be the first to hold them....In celebration of the new babies and in gratitude to all of you....




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WHITEANGEL4 12/6/2014 1:47AM

    Love the blog, thanks for sharing

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GRAMPIAN 10/14/2014 6:27AM

  Wonderful. emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 7/12/2014 11:21PM

  What wonderful accomplishments!

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STILLMENEWBODY 7/9/2014 10:37PM

    Muwahhhhhh! You are a wonderful writer Mani. I love how you share, care and open up to all of us. You are thankful to SP and we are all thankful you are here! xo

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MAYBER 7/3/2014 4:52PM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us
Keep your flame burning brightly One day at a time
Wisdom with age
Love prayers peace
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NEMESIAS76 6/27/2014 5:47PM

  So good to hear from you and your lovely health news. I suppose the best thing about getting all your appointments together is that it is all over and done with for another three months. It is cold- six degrees this morning down here in Australia but now the sun is out and the day is warming up- or maybe it is simply that reading your blog has warmed my heart. Best wishes to you and your amazing family,lots of love nemesias

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ALICE_TENNIS 6/25/2014 2:41PM

    You are amazing! emoticon

Thank you for taking the time to share your story on SparkPeople.

I love how SparkPeople joins people from all over the world in a common purpose of health and support.

Take Care!!!!

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TWNOMWE 6/25/2014 11:53AM

    Thank you for a wonderful blog and story. I have no excuse to stay down and drown in self pity.

Hugs.

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HAWTGRANNY2014 6/24/2014 6:24PM

    What an awesome inspiration you are. You never gave up but kept on going and that is so important. My mom is 85 and just this year started slowing down. She has always had a garden but this year she is having trouble with her legs and the doctor told her no garden this year. She had no choice but she still keeps going. Bless you and have a great day.

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MANDY36 6/20/2014 9:38PM

  Great post

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AALLEY2 6/20/2014 1:15PM

    You are awesome! We love you! Thanks for the continued support. I would love to have the recipe for that jam you were telling me about. I have the fenugreek and cumin, what else? I wish you continued health and success! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/20/2014 6:12AM

    So great to meet you... thanks for commenting on my blog "For whom the race is run 2" that pointed me to find you! Your journey is inspiring and amazing. A little encouragement from our Spark friends can keep us going when we are down, and inspire us to continue when it's not easy. Thank you for being here!

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BGOLIC 6/14/2014 10:16PM

    You are such an inspiration !!!

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GLORY- 6/13/2014 12:17AM

    Great Blog! emoticon Congratulations on getting Featured Blog Post!

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PASTORSHA 6/12/2014 4:18PM

    I am so honored tohave a Spark Friend like yourself. Your story is so encouraging and motivates me to keep moving. I will keep in touch. Continue to be Blessed emoticon

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TORTISE110 6/12/2014 7:56AM

    Your story is remarkable and inspiring. Congratulations for all you have done. What a legacy you are giving to your family.

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ERIN1957 6/11/2014 7:06PM

    You are so very special and bless so many of us.
You are a true blessing and I am so happy that you are doing so well.
Blessings Dear One!

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NEMESIAS76 6/10/2014 11:16PM

  You wonderful lady.
I am so happy to hear that all is well. That was such an inspiring story. Thankyou for sharing it with us. I am so excited to hear from you today and to know that you are making tremendous progress. Every word you write gives me hope and inspiration.
Mani you are writing your life story for your grandchildren and greatgrandchilden are you not? To be related to such an inspiration as you must really give them a life time role model to strive towards. You have a wonderful way with words. Please put your gift to work. Love you always

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WOOLRIPPER 6/10/2014 5:16PM

    Wonderful......so encouraging. Thank you for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YIDDLE 6/10/2014 4:45PM

    You are a fantastic well loved lady. So proud of your determination to get back into life once more. God bless you dearly.

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MRSRIGS1 6/10/2014 2:18PM

    You are an inspiration! emoticon

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VDALE4 6/10/2014 11:16AM

    Just wanted to say you are doing Wonderful on your Journey, Please know I am one, among many admires, here to cheer you on in your continued success. Hugs, emoticon & Kisses emoticon Virginia

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DICHTAS2 6/10/2014 10:53AM

  WOW ,You have done so well. Keep up the good work.
You are so blessed to get your health back on tract. And to have so many wonderful Grands and family.
Joanne

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C2BFIT 6/10/2014 9:43AM

    emoticon Beautiful!!! You are such a beautiful person from inside out. I'm rejoicing with you of your accomplishments through such difficulties. You are TRIUMPHANT ! YAY!


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RAINBOWHARMONY 6/10/2014 5:59AM

    How amazing you are, GranJerry. Thank you for inspiration. God Bless you and all your family.

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ERIECANALGAL 6/10/2014 12:17AM

    emoticon Blog by an emoticon Lady.

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MELITAG 6/9/2014 9:33PM

    You are truly an amazing woman! A real inspiration and proof that we can all achieve a healthy lifestyle and even more importantly a healthy body. God bless you and your family - both genetic and Sparks.

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SOUL2SHINE79 6/9/2014 7:45PM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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GREYGRANNIE 6/9/2014 5:12PM

    Mani - you are an inspiration and an encouragement to all of us. Your accomplishments are tremendous, your persistence and dedication are marvelous. You are a blessing to the whole Sparks community. You make me want to hold my head higher and to stand a bit straighter. You make me want to eat better and to plan my older years more carefully. Thank you! I am glad to be your friend.

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LOVEGERRY 6/9/2014 5:01PM

    AMMAMMA, you are an absolute marvel and so very courageous! What an inspiration to so many.

When I grow up, I want to be just like you! I love you

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MORGANSMOM52 6/9/2014 4:52PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are an inspiration. You worked hard and were knocked flat, only to get up and challenge yourself again.
A wonderful story of courage and determination.

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DOILIEQUEEN 6/9/2014 3:45PM

    You are an inspiration.

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PODO82 6/9/2014 3:44PM

    You are amazing! You also remind me of my grandmother whom I lost Jan 2013. She had also been bedridden/wheelchair bound. She lost weight over the last several years too and was my biggest cheerleader. I had made her a promise that if I had not lost my weight before she passed, I wouldn't let another day pass without changing my ways. She was worried that nobody in our family would be able to wear her skinny clothes lol and I was the one with the best chance of doing it, which she knew. I'm keeping my promise to her and have lost 43 lbs so far. So you have given me the gift of reminding me of my own inspiring grandmother, Thank you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NREBKOWICH 6/9/2014 2:32PM

  Wow! What an amazing journey! So inspiring that despite everything you haven't let it stop you. You are amazing :)

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NANDJMOMMY 6/9/2014 2:23PM

    You are a true testament to the human spirit, please keep up the work!

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YVETTEB57 6/9/2014 2:08PM

    You are an encouragement

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COOLRAIN 6/9/2014 1:53PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. You are so inspiring!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 6/9/2014 12:18PM

    You are living proof that you are never too old to change and get healthier. I am so happy for you--getting to enjoy those new great-great grandbabies. WOW! I only hope I live so long to see my grandbabies grow up and have babies of their own. When I started on my own journey to lose weight in 2009, I was nearing 60, and decided I was facing an existence of immobility if I didn't change, and I feared it. Young people who think their weight is not affecting their health, need to know it will catch up with them eventually! Thank goodness we came to our senses and made the choice to change our ways and get healthy, so once again, we can MOVE! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!

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DIDMIS 6/9/2014 11:22AM

    Mani I am so glad for you. When I sent the link to all of my spark teams I didn't know if the clicked I like this blog or not. Looks like they also forwarded it.
You are amazing my friend.
We missed you while you were gone and then glad when you returned.
I also sent it in to I believe Jen to consider it for a motivational blog.
I did not do it but you did it and you inspired me so much I couldn't let it go and bless only me. That would be selfish.
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KAREN-IS-HERE 6/9/2014 10:43AM

    You are wonderful to do what you've done! that you didn't give up and get old in the head, but instead looked up from the problem and took a chance to make a difference

Look at you! you are wonderful, an inspiration, thank you!! emoticon

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JENNYBLUE3 6/9/2014 10:35AM

    Beautiful post and beautiful lady! You are blessing and inspiring others every day! emoticon emoticon

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SLOWDETERMINED 6/9/2014 10:22AM

  You are an inspiration! I am so thankful you can walk and enjoy your family. emoticon Thank you for sharing your story.

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JERICHO1991 6/9/2014 9:42AM

    Good to hear your regaining your health and independence. Great job!

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FAIRHAVENQUEEN 6/9/2014 9:32AM

    I'm so glad you are feeling so much better. Wow, it's amazing how it's never too late to make changes, isn't it? So glad you found Spark, and your family sounds amazing and supportive!

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50PLUSBABY 6/9/2014 9:27AM

  Ohh if I could live long enough to see great-great grandchildren I would be as blessed as you are. Live on and continue to improve your health and enjoy your family. Great job. emoticon

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PUPPYWHISPERS 6/9/2014 8:54AM

    Your blog brought tears to my eyes and warmed my heart. You are incredible, and I feel lucky to have found this blog. Bless your beautiful heart!

Pattie

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KATESCAPE 6/9/2014 8:10AM

    Very motivating, inspiring and a basically joyful story...thank you for sharing~

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