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Time to start taking care of me again

Saturday, February 01, 2020

So I haven't been home since September 8th. My brother had his heart attack on September 21st and it took 18 minutes to restart his heart. Longest night of my life. Then next 9 weeks was 3 different hospitals and sleeping on a futon or the recliner at the hospital his last two weeks. I've been taking care of him out of the hospital since November 22nd. It's been so stressful but I've managed the stress okay. I haven't taken the best care of me. So it's starting today. I'm taking care of my skin and hair okay but my feet are horrible especially the right foot. My right foot is dry and cracked and painful. I've been hit and miss about it the past week but today I started with care twice a day. My brother's scales are a joke. I have no true idea about my weight. I get on them and weight 20 lbs less than September and I know that's not right. I get on them again and my weight is 10lbs less than that. Get on a 3rd time and it's in the middle. My scales at home quit working so when I get home next week I am buying new ones. So I can see where I am. I am trying to eat better but my brother has different tastes than me. His diet is lacking in fresh vegetables and such. He's never ate them. So while I'm home I hope to eat my kind of food. I have an appointment with my PCP and my retina specialist next week. I hope my labs aren't too bad. I'll get my meds refilled and back on track. I've run out of a couple and will run out Tuesday on one of my BP meds. I hope to get together with my cousins once I get back if we can get together. I have some things I want to do while I'm home too. If the rain ever stops, I'll be out walking again instead of walking around inside the house. I hope to get a haircut too while I'm home and dye my hair again so I'm blonder than at present. I'll be looking through my clothes at home and bringing a few more things back with me. Maybe some jewelry. I'm not much on makeup because frankly I can't see good enough to properly apply it. I have some so I may look into that. Other than that, I've ordered a couple Simple Abundance books. I'm having a hard time keeping up with my journal and datebook and gratitude journal. I'll probably just use the date book as my journal and continue the gratitude journal. I'll have to do a lot of iPad updates and my phone too. All sorts of things to do. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I always appreciate your comments and support. Sending you all love and hugs and prayers โค๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›
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    So nice that you took care of your brother! Now, it is time to take care of you. Hope you have a nice time walking outside again. Winter has been kind to us this year.
    117 days ago
    You must take care of yourself if you want to take care of another. You have a good plan. Your brother is lucky to have you in his life. Prayers and warm thoughts as you begin to put your plan in place.

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    119 days ago
    take care of you too , taking care of another is hard.. emoticon
    120 days ago
    Sounds like you know what to do to take some much needed me time..We all need that in our life.
    120 days ago
    It sounds like a great plan for yourself. Good luck with everything. emoticon
    120 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Glad you are now taking care of your needs. You have spent the last almost five months caring for your brother, now it's time to take care of Ramona.
    Wishing you a safe trip home, bet you will be thrilled to sleep in your bed again. Glad to see your son, your cousins and those little children you speak of on your blogs every so often. Just getting home is a darn good feeling. You will be able to cook foods that are healthy that you enjoy eating.
    Sounds like you have many things you want to do when you get home, just take your time getting them all done---it's better for your health.
    120 days ago
    Yes you need to take care of yourself. I hope your brother is doing better. Having a loved one sick is very stressful. Take care. ๐Ÿค— big hug
    120 days ago
    I'm glad you are starting to take care of you again!! I know it has been a long, hard road, but you are doing great emoticon
    120 days ago
    You are such a good sister, Ramona. Thanks for the update.
    120 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    The caregiver definitely needs to take care of themselves or they can't take of others. Glad to hear you are making yourself a priority.
    120 days ago
    Sending hugs and prayers your way.
    120 days ago
    Thank you for sharing. We all have responsibilities that we have to put before ourselves. But always remember we must take care of ourselves in order to take care of others
    120 days ago
  • HEDSTS58
    Last year I was where you are now. Taking care of Mom was priority. Take care of yourself. It's hard but necessary. That much I did learn
    120 days ago
  • DEKALB1966
    I really liked your blog and how you have goals and ways to take care of yourself. I have similar problems with sickness in my family and your blog was encouraging. Greeting and best wishes from Dixie.
    120 days ago
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