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One more week to go...

Monday, January 18, 2010

I have one more week to go staying with my elderly friend. She was sick and in the hospital just before her daughter left to go overseas, so she has been recuperating and I'm happy to report that yesterday she was pretty much her old self, with a little less energy. It has been challenging, to say the least. The home health care workers have been wonderful. Today another lady (who is also in my TOPS group and does home health care as a profession) is coming over for 4 hours, so I will get a break. With all the stress I have managed to get a cold, though luckily I am not running a fever--I'm a really bad sick person and I don't think I would be too much fun if I was! I'm running back to my house during my break to pick up my birth certificate as I've been asked to get my passport application in. This means a trip in my future hopefully as I don't travel much. It would be a working vacation, as I would be going to help out with my elderly friend (quite literally a "mother's helper" as I'd be helping out with the mother!) but I love this family and it would be wonderful. So we'll see what happens.

I haven't been very diligent in tracking my food, and I've had a cookie here and there, but doing okay. At TOPS last Friday I gained .2 lbs but I'm not concerned too much about that. I haven't been able to get on the treadmill and I did lose 1.8 over the holidays, so once I'm home I'll be able to get back on it. I got my Wii and hooked it up here but I'm waiting for my Wii Fit Plus (backordered and expected at the end of the month) so I've been playing tennis, bowling, and baseball (and making the cousin who also lives here laugh as I run around the room looking like an idiot!) and we've played Family Feud and Deal or No Deal. Fun!!! I received my Spark book and read the intro but haven't gotten any further. This has been a very difficult past 11 days and I have a higher respect for people who deal with Alzeimers patients on a daily basis. I get to go home after all of this is said and done. I'm glad that I can help my friend get away for awhile. She needs it, so I can last another week. But I will be really relieved to walk in through my own door next Monday night. She asked me if I could stay with her mother again for 3 days in March and I told her that 3 days will be nothing compared to the 18 that I've been here this time! Piece of cake! I love her mom so much and it breaks my heart to see how she is now (her picture is on my sparkpage with me; that was when she was completely healthy). Anyway, I've got to run and make sure her breakfast is all put together for when she wakes up. I hope everyone has a great day!
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    YOu are a very special person to take on that responsibility for a friend. I know how hard it is to take care of an elderly person as I had to help some with my mother (daddy did 99% of the caregiving and didn't want much help). You will be blessed.
    4064 days ago
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