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Saturday, May 11, 2019

It's evening and I've been surfing my happy place, SparkPeople. I caught up on some blogs and my Friend Feed. Printed off a recipe for Crunchy Taco Casserole that Kitt52 rated. It's easy enough and family friendly. Here is the link: recipes.sparkpeo

It's been an eventful week in my little world. I m retired so my world is smaller than it was when I worked. I love retirement and thinking I am in charge of my day. Then things don't go quite as planned. I use the word "planned" in a loose way since I am a meanderer, easily distracted, and wondering off in a carefree, upbeat way. Life is too short not to enjoy each moment.

A few years ago I replaced the La-z-boy recliner with a lift chair/recliner. You know how it gets as these bones get older and arthritis takes it's toll. The chair is really comfy. So annoying when I miss the end of movies because I fall asleep!

The repairman has been out a few times when things go wrong with the chair. Glad I bought locally instead of online. Now the hand-held control may have a short in it because it stopped working on Tuesday evening when I decided I needed to get up to go to the bathroom. Panic! Getting stuck in a reclining position is always in the back of my mind, so I have ambivalent feelings of wariness about the chair. Have you ever tried to get out of a chair stuck in the Recline position? Easy feat for the young but not for someone my age. My niece was pushing me from behind as I tried to stand up, and my great-niece was trying to push the footrest down a little so I could slide out the side. We must have made quite a picture. Oh, my quirky sense of humor is making me laugh at the picture.

The nice repairman came out Wednesday and said he had to order a new hand-held control. Today is Friday and I am still waiting to use my chair. I have a stack of books to read and favorite television programs I am missing. I can't sit in any old chair if I want to get back up without calling 911 to get me up, so I've been banished to my desk or bed, being mindful of doctor's orders to elevate feet as much as possible. As a friend said this week, "The struggle is real."

In the Summer we spend one week every month visiting family up north. Thursday was to be our first trip of the year. The car was packed, ready to go.
Sis hasn't been feeling well, fatigued and not breathing well. She has trouble breathing caused by exposure to a toxic substance years ago when working. She woke early and felt she should go to the emergency room to make sure it wasn't pneumonia again. It wasn't, but they decided to keep her for a few days to give her meds and get her breathing better.
Upon discharge, they set her up for home oxygen. She is having a hard time accepting that and learning to adjust.

It reminds me of times I've thrown an inner hissy fit and asked God "Why?" As caregiver for my mother years ago, I was upset when she would think she was "no good" because she had always been full of energy and industrious and creative, and now she could no longer do the things she wanted to do. I didn't understand then, but I sure do now. It is little help to know that your value to your loved ones comes from WHO you are, not based on what you can do. For those reading this, you will understand when you reach your golden years.
I copied this quote from SPEDED2 awhile ago: "if you don't move, there are no golden years. just years of pain." My aunt used to remark with a chuckle that the golden years are a bit tarnished. Oh my gosh, when I think of the fantastic plans I had for retirement, not realizing that they depended on my health remaining the same as when I made the plans!

So this week is being spent at home, and I'm loving it. Our monthly trips have been getting harder for both of us. As always, I work on improving health. I love Spark People and all the wonderful people here. You make my world bigger and brighter.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    So true. It is so worth all the effort you put into good health now, it reaps benefits now and in the future. Once you get to the golden years, just a trip to the bathroom can become a major adventure. . .starting with getting up out of that chair!
    191 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    191 days ago
    Daily groan and ache club! I'm a chartered member. Mad at myself many many days for not being more active and staying active. Great blog.
    191 days ago
    All I can do is sit here and nod in agreement w/everything you've written!

    191 days ago
    It IS so much harder to get up from ANYthing any more! Or just to get out of swimming pools or step over small barriers! I had to chuckle in recognition as I read your account of trying to rise from that recliner! It feels so undignified, doesn't it, but at least it happened at home, where there was no audience of strangers. i'm afraid I'm going to embarrass myself someday soon in public (like tripping on an escalator and taking everyone down with me), but I guess we all need to just be as careful as we can and keep our sense of humor if anything happens.

    So sorry your sister has trouble breathing due to substances she was exposed to in her work life. That must be so hard! I hope she feels better soon and that you two can get on up north and have a good time with family!
    192 days ago
    What a great blog... I love retirement too and don't mind when I thought today was Sunday. We all can use a little WD-40 and just keep moving. Glad you're getting your chair fixed. emoticon emoticon
    192 days ago
    Terrific blog.
    192 days ago
  • MAMALOU1942
    I just love your story. It hits home for me. You seem so outgoing and friendly and also have a good outlook on life. Thank you for writing a fresh and also nice story.
    192 days ago
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