Caregiving stuff (good)
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
I went with DH to his regular cardiology check yesterday. He was in and out exceptionally quickly. “No problems. You’re doing fine.” It’s nearly a year since his last serious illness, which is a long time compared with his past history. I’m thinking at this rate, we may make another nice record of two years trouble-free. In a year and a half, I’ll be retiring. A few years ago, I thought it was very unlikely he’d still be here. I thought I would have a hard time making my retirement a fulfilling experience. It’s nice to be able to look forward to a retirement which may not be as challenging as I once thought it might be.
I have some widow friends I admire enormously for their strength of character and their full lives. They’re physically very active too. I use them as role models for now and whatever my future turns out to be. I look at my long summer vacation as a rehearsal for using my retirement well and right now, I’m pushing myself to get out to the pool - a two-train journey. Of course I love it once I’m in the water.
Lunch at the pool restaurant. Sesame seed dressing on chicken salad, and a lot of ‘udon’ noodles hidden underneath - delicious and filling.
And I will get some goggles with prescription lenses. Unusually for Japan, other swimmers are not reserved and come up to me to chat. My eyesight is not too bad, but I need to be able to see them a bit better.