Friday, February 26, 2016
I haven't blogged in a very long time, and I wanted to update my status for my Sparkffriends.
My father's dementia continues to get worse, but we are still keeping him at home, not sure for how much longer. He rarely knows who I am now; my visits either frighten him or anger him, and this is difficult for me at times. He still recognizes my husband and smiles, so I take pleasure in that. We have great caregivers 6 days out of 7. Saturday we always get the luck of the draw with caregivers.
Jon and I enjoyed his professional conference in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. My sister helped out at home so that I was actually able to forget about dementia for long periods of time. I had never been to Las Vegas, and I am glad that I saw it once. We aren't gamblers, smokers or partyers, so we skipped all of that. We did enjoy wonderful French food at the Paris where we stayed. We dined at Giadas and Guy Fieris (sp?) who both host shows on the Food Network. We also walked a LOT looking at all of the hotels so that I didn't gain an ounce during my 8 day vacation. The highlight for me was taking a helicopter ride over the Las Vegas strip, over Hoover Dam and onto the floor of the Grand Canyon for a champagne lunch. Beautiful!
I have gotten serious about my eating and my exercise in 2016. I joined the 5% challenge and actually lost more than 5%. I am quite proud of that and feel so much better in my clothes. I still have a way to go, but I am moving in the right direction.
Tuesday I will be working as a poll worker for the presidential primary here in Georgia. My trainers tell me to expect a long, demanding yet rewarding day as a volunteer.
Wednesday morning I will have retina surgery on my right eye. Doctors are having to redo the vitrectomy they performed five years ago. The macular pucker (like a wad of cellophane) is growing back in that eye. With today's technology they now remove an additional layer of tissue, and they believe that the tissue will not regrow to distort my vision.
I am not sure how well I will see to be Sparking on the computer for awhile. I don't know when I will be free to drive again or when I will be allowed to return to water aerobics. I am the only driver since my husband is legally blind with macular degeneration, so my eyesight is always a big worry.
Please say a prayer that all goes well. Thank you so much.