It has been a very long time

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Well, I had a giant blog typed out because I have been gone forever it seems like and when I tried to post it, my session timed out and SP ate it emoticon

To sum up, my mom had something happen to her in August of last year, it was misdiagnosed as a seizure and she was way over medicated. I have moved back down to Alabama to take care of her and help out my stepdad.

Mom's official diagnosis is dementia, but in the meantime...while the doctors all had their hands in the pot stirring and fishing for no one but themselves....mom has lost all ability to transfer herself from her bed/wheelchair/potty/etc. So my stepdad and I have a fulltime job caring for her.

I had let everything else go by the wayside over the last 3 months that I have been here, and have put on 20 pounds over the last several months. I am not happy with this. I have no energy and am worn out physically and emotionally. My beau and I were very close to splitting up but we have decided to work things out because it is worth working on.

I had been doing a lot of stress eating along with depression and boredom but am not willing to go back the way I was. The last couple of days have been pretty decent on eating, since the yellow squash and zucchini are looking so nice, I have been adding a lot of that to my diet and trying to cut back on the potatoes and carbs.

Mom is doing ok, but she is not able to pace or wander by herself so when she gets restless, we do a lot of transferring her to her wheelchair and bed.

I miss you guys and hope to have a bit more time online now that I am as settled in as I am going to get!
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    Great to see you returning to your SparkFamily! My hope is that you can call on the calvary in the form of some outside assistance so that this doesn't fall entirely on the shoulders of your father and yourself.

    DO call your local services for the aging / seniors and explore everything that could be made available to lighten your load.

    Begin to find teensy slivers of time for yourself for some form of physical activity and pampering.

    Remember: despite all the things that are beyond your control right now, you can STILL exercise control over your food choices. Laser-like focus on that factor could make a big difference.

    Rootin' for ya! Don't forget your SparkFamily is here 24 / 7 for support, ideas and inspiration!

    1659 days ago
  • KAREN608
    Oh my, a lot going on, but glad you are such a faithful good daughter, and also good you and your man are working on your relationship. It is a super stressful time all around for everyone isn't it?

    Sorry your eating got out of control too, just to add to the mix. We all are able to do that easily, to fall back to old habits.

    Your Mom is so blessed to have you there. Caregiving is hard work. Remember to take some time for yourself if you can. Can she qualify for a visiting nurse or something to help all of you?
    1660 days ago
    You have had a very tough time lately. Know you are not alone! WE are here for you! emoticon
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    Welcome back!
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