A we bit of stress.
Monday, May 29, 2017
So my life these days is taking care of me, My brother and my sister. Well, she's in the hospital and not getting out for over a month. Usually she helps me with my brother but she's out of the picture and I am finding it easier to always be the one when there is one of me. Brother is unable to rise from bed so needs fulltime care.
Stress #1 is being sole caregiver.
Stress #2 is my sister in hospital (worrying about her care)
I had pneumonia which is over but the cough from Hell continues on. Not all day, not all night, but I cough and it is serious business. I am less tired because of the lovely medrol dose pack from my Primary who is a nurse practitioner. he was afraid to give me more antibiotics I hope I can finish kicking this without them because See Stress #1
Stress #3 is being sick (like forever so far)
Stress #4 is worrying about getting sicker because see stress #1
My sister's boyfriend wants to come stay here and visit her in the hospital. Which would be fine if he weren't himself. He requires lots of care and feeding. Not a self-starter at all and has had a brain injury in the last 2 years which makes him forget key details like how cranky I get at him when he wants me to eat meat (because I have been a vegetarian since he met me in the 1970s and I am not changing for him, no matter how banged up his brain is!)
Stress #4 is possible terrible boyfriend visit
We ran out of money because this month has been expensive mostly feeding everyone frozen food as I am not up to cooking as usual. So we cannot have the housekeeper Monday and I will have to take trash out myself and keep the dishes up. Luckily I have felt up to cooking more and will not be purchasing nearly the convenience food this time. On Wednesday the checks come and I will go to the grocery. It's a bit of good news because I am feeding one less person. So I can make what I buy go farther. I'm trying to use up the box food we have which we won't be buying again because for the most part there is no cake I cannot find a recipe for and My brother doesn't love cake anyway so maybe he won't have it.
Stress # 5 Low cash
Stress #6 No help til Wednesday.
Stress # 6 planning Wednesday, Unless I am feeling better it will be brutal.
On the positive side. I have been cooking and preparing meal for him and myself (2 menus usually - He's not a vegetarian I am) I actually swept the floor and most of the dishes are done. I have leftovers for several lunches and a dinner or two. I am working on cleaning out the fridge of anything we will never eat. So I can see what's needed and get it and make it. Considering I am on prenisone my blood sugar is almost perfectly controlled and I am very happy about this. if I could get my cough under control, it would be a big step toward being able to walk or perhaps swim.
I have been working on talking myself into cooking more elaborate food for myself (making my own veggie burgers. I have a recipe for veggie loaf that will knock your socks off however it is a 3 hour ordeal. Maybe I need to run it past a wise woman or two to help me cut down the steps.
I feel much better listing my stress. I think considering everything I am doing super. :)