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My Year in Review

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The last day of the year is always a time for review and speculation. What did I do right; what did I do wrong or could have done better? Am I doing enough, and on and on it goes.

Last year 2013, was one for the books in my world. My father is reaching that point of needing a care taker at least on occasion. He started the year with pneumonia, recovered slowly from that; only to catch a very bad case of the flu in January, probably do to his weakened immune system. After finally recovering from that, he was left with poor balance which lead to a number of falls, which he didn't feel necessary to relate to us. Finally, he broke his elbow on one of the falls, resulting in a 3rd hospitalization. By this time the staff & my sister & I are on a first name basis. Then to top it all off, his grand finale is a stroke in July, which has left his vision very limited, and taken his ability to be able to drive, and a log of his independence. He was very blessed that he made a very good recovery except for his vision, and now is doing as well as can be expected.

In all this, my husband suffered a pinched nerve which kept him from working for the month of August. He went to many doctors & specialists before getting relief. I, while taking dad to a doctors's appointment, picked up my purse from between the front & back seat of the car, twisting my shoulder and resulting in a tear to my rotator cuff, which I'm now paying for by having had surgery on the 16th of this month.

But, before I start to sound like a totally negative Nora, I have had a few successes. I went on the "Spark Solution Diet" in the early spring and lost 20 lbs, most of which I've managed to keep off. I want to start again as soon as I can exercise again. I learned to be a lot more patient with others & having this surgery has given me a lot of insight into how it feels to have to depend on others for help. I can't hardly get dressed some days with out help.

I also have an aunt, and two uncle with various forms & stages of Alzheimer's disease; my aunt is in a nursing home, but my uncles are still at home. We visited my aunt yesterday. It's so sad to see one who was so active be reduced to laying in a bed, day in, day out, not being able to speak; but can hear & see what's going on.

I don't make resolutions, but I will make a list of things to try to do in 2014:
1. Be grateful for the health I do have, so many others are suffering much more than I am.

2. Take care of the health that I do have, and try to improve it for 2014.

3. Encourage my immediate family to switch to a more healthy lifestyle.

4. Thank God for the ability to have a clear mind and to be able to live independently for now. So many out there with Alzheimer's, debilitating arthritis, stokes, and many others diseases that rob the body & mind of your ability to do this.

So I'll start this year of 2014 with a positive attitude of trying to make a difference in my life and others for a better, healthier lifestyle. God bless you all with a happy and healthy New Year!!
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  • ANNIESADVENTURE
    It's been awhile since you wrote this. I hope things are going a little better for you now.I was the caregiver for my folks. I understand about health issues and having to ask for help. Thanking God for all the parts that do work, and trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Excellent goal.
    73 days ago
  • MARIWELL
    What a lot you and your family has had to go through. I'm hoping you all have a healthier and better year.
    2204 days ago
  • MILLISMA
    Kay, you really did have a lot of challenges in 2013 and I enjoyed ready your positive. You have a great attitude and I know that with your positive approach to 2014, you will succeed!!!

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    2204 days ago
  • SOPHIEDO13
    It sounds like you have had your fair share of 'strife' for the year good thing 2014 is beginning and congrats on your weight loss.
    2205 days ago
  • LOUIE-LILY
    Hi Kay, Your long list of challenges this past year serve as a reminder how resilient you are and measure the strength you have. Your list of resolutions are wise and filled with compassion.
    Good for you! I will try to apply some of your lessons to my own life and hopefully continued growth.
    Great blog, well written emoticon emoticon
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    Nancy
    2205 days ago
  • MILLIE-MILOU
    What a year you have had! Shifting that 20lbs is a real result though, well done.
    Have a great 2014 and I am sure that with your positive attitude you will help others and help yourself.
    Happy New Year
    R
    2205 days ago
  • BLESSED2BEME
    Looking forward to sparking with you throughout 2014!
    2207 days ago
  • EABL81
    What a great list of resolutions, Kay! Good for you for taking a positive approach after the year you've just had. I hope that 2014 brings you and yours all of the best.

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    2207 days ago
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