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Friday, March 16, 2012

Again I have been away. Whether on purpose, or memory loss I can't tell you. But I did not remember that I had even written a blog. I read my posts and so you know I am in an assisted living facility. Not anything I would have ever anticipated. We came in Jan. of '10 so it has become more livable. I miss all the things that could not be brought with us but, It is a nice place. Just WAY too expensive. Because the VA gave us "aid and assistance" we could swing it. Unhappily I lost my husband of 64 years. He passed away on his 91st. birthday. Now I am trying to get used to being alone. Lots of others around but not many I would call my friend, I am a greeter here (probably because I love to talk and meet people) I was given no instructions so have been "winging it" and I guess they are happy with it as I still have that job.My memory problem started in '06. Nothing can be found to understand why these lapses happen. I do quite well with the people's names so that is good.
The daughter that is living in our house (rented hers out) is so great to shop for me or take me out with Frank's power chair (his can lock down in the van). I do go shopping and to the doctor using the shuttle bus here. That is a VERY bumpy ride.
I thank the Lord that I can still get around even if it is in a chair. I could be stuck in a bed all day and have tubes hooked up to keep me alive. Post polio can continue to worsen but I am going by faith that I will still be able to care for myself. It is not easy getting dressed in a chair or (pardon my frankness) or using the bathroom. I have fallen 3 times and there is no way I can get up. We do have 3 pull cords to summon for help, but you have to be able to crawl to them. Some have a button to push for help but it cost $40. a month so we could not use that. I did have help eventually and there was no damage except bruises.
Trying to lose weight is so hard. I am ordering 1/2 servings of meals and no desserts, that is hard for a Swede! They make the best pecan pie, my favorite. I am doing some stretch exercises as I use the Internet and in bed. Not much else,but I do get sunshine and fresh air when I go out with the dog. More than I ever had at home. The dog is loved by everyone (well, as far as I know) they want to pet him and he endures it. He was adopted and we don't know his background except it is evident he was abused. He was afraid of my husband for 3 months, then they were together all the time. He is afraid of anything that looks like a stick so must have been hit by his owner. He thinks he is the only dog that should be allowed around here and will try to attack no matter what the size. He never learned to play with a toy, no matter how I try he just ignores them.He plays with his pal from the adoption place (my daughter went back and took the other dog that was up for adoption) they have a ball running around the room. I wonder if the lady who lives underneath me can hear them! Well, it is way past my bedtime so will quit, those that remember me from before, I hope they will see I did not purposely ignore them. Hope I didn't bore you to death. I will tell you next blog, what the kids have offered me if I lose a certain amount of weight. Hugs to all. Betty email is inglimab@gmail,com
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