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5/29/11 6:50 A

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Welcome! I completely understand what you mean about depressed and sedentary. My husband hasn't gotten more sedentary with his disease and therefore I have. My problem is when I sit and do nothing I want to munch. I have a neighbor that has "bad" food and she will give it to us.
I would suggest exercise-even it is just walking or doing some stairs. Something to get out for a few minutes and be able "regroup".

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5/29/11 6:47 A

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It is great to hear from other caregivers. My family believes they know what I am going through but they don't. Our son doesn't even have the full grasp. My husband has Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy. It is a progressive disease.
I like to read that you go to Curves. I work at the Monona WI Curves. I really like Curves, it is a great workout!
I struggle with medical drs listening to what I say. I had a dr argue with me that his disease wasn't even MD. This was when my husband had gone into cardiac and respiratory arrest. I was in no mood for an argument with the dr.
Thanks for your welcome and I look forward to more ideas and words of wisdom.

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1/14/11 9:28 P

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Welcome to the team!! Feel free to chat with us here anytime... we understand very well what you're talking about!!
you have already been given some very good advice! :)

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1/14/11 9:21 P

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Welcome from the Oregon Coast!!

I am the caregiver of my husband who had a stroke in 2002 and I am almost 69 years old. I go to CURVES 3 mornings a week and the earlier the better so I get energized for the day. This is what I do for me and you need to do something like walking or exercise with a video from this site, go visit a neighbor, plan menus with healthy food and you may need to go to counseling or therapy to get professional help. Fight for your health, both mental and physical. Chat on here, join a book club and have them meet at your home, take a class at a local college, volunteer where you are needed. I am sure there are teams on here for Parkinson's Disease and for congestive heart failure caregivers. Type it in and go find them. It is too easy to get depressed and give up. Do you have a church family?
I depend on mine and my Bible Study gals a lot. I had lower back surgery in May and am doing well and now have to consider a knee replacement soon. These are my suggestions and I pray you find help soon.
If you can't leave your hubby, call Home Health or Sr. Services and find someone to come and stay with him. Good luck and God Bless!!

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1/14/11 2:49 P

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Hello all. I am 63 and a caregiver to my husband, who is 15 years older and has Parkinson's disease, congestive heart failure and other problems. We are very limited in what we are able to do. I spend entirely too much time feeling depressed and need to focus on positive things, of which there are still many.I don't have much weight to lose, but do need to live healthier. I used to exercise, but am now totally sedentary. Am hoping to find inspiration here to help me get moving and live better.

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