I went to a new chiropractor and I felt like a new woman when I walked out the door. I think I got the two inches back that I lost from being hunched over...LOL! He worked differently than my regular chiropractor, but quite effective. It felt so good to be manipulated and stretched after almost a year. He did not just snap, crackle, pop my spine so to speak, he worked out several knots in my neck and shoulders so I was able to turn my head again. He also stretched my legs and hips so much that my knee was almost up to my ear. It reminded me of when Frank (personal trainer) would stretch me out after workouts. He was a very nice person to speak to as he did his internship and residency at Bethesda so we chatted about the area in general. I will definitely see him again while here.
Mema had a good week overall. She was up most of the week and even a bit chatty on occasion. She is not eating much, but hates the pureed food. Even the staff noticed the horrible look on her face when they put the food down. So we are trying all types of food to see if she'll eat. Sometimes it's soup, yogurt, pudding, ice cream, etc. Technically, it's whatever she wants and how much she wants. She had a couple of extra visitors and even participated in a ball toss game. She did try to get out of bed the other morning, thank goodness her roommate yelled for help. They have her bed lower to the floor with rubber mats because she has tried in the past to get up on her own. She still does not like to be told she can not get up on her own. As I have mentioned before, she is not always sure who I am, but most of the time tells me she loves me and that's all that matters.
I finally started the tax paperwork that I need to do for both businesses. Doing the paperwork reminds me of how I have let the businesses take a back seat to my life. I know some day I'll get back to them in some way, shape or form. We'll see how caregiving impacts my future and businesses some day.
As most of you know I love to ask questions (about almost anything). I know some of you are probably sick of my questions...LOL! I promised my niece when she graduates from high school in 2018 that we would go on a trip together anywhere she wants to go, but she has to do some research. With that in mind, I told her on 1 July 2017 I will ask her four questions:
1. Where do you want to go?
2. Why do you want to go there?
3. What do you want to see when we are there?
4. When do you want to go after graduation?
I told her these questions would let me know that she has really thought through her choice. As I put these questions above, I think of the 5 Ws (learned way back when and always remembered) and how I use them almost daily or when I'm trying to problem solve. For those who may not know the 5 Ws - Who, What, Where, When, and Why. Also, the six question usually is: How? Do you have a repertoire that you go through to solve problems? For instance, deep breathe, start logically asking questions, etc?
I finally finished reading a book this week: "WALK IN MY SHOES" Edited by Charlotte J. DeWitt. It is a collaborative effort of 28 people affected by Usher Syndrome. Usher Syndrome is an incurable, genetically transmitted disease causing combined deafness and blindness. I cannot explain how these stories touched my heart and the inspiration is amazing. This book made me realize how many times I take for granted my vision and hearing.
There are lots of changes happening in the U.S. this week and over the coming weeks. Seems to me that lots of turmoil and confusion abound. As you know I'm not political, all I can say is, not everyone will ever be happy or satisfied at the same time. Whether or not you voted for the president-elect, the office he will occupy deserves respect. I hope he, at some point, understands that as well. We need to respect different opinions and work collaboratively to help resolve many issues.
I'm going to leave it here for today. I hope you have a wonderful week. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
"My horizon is broader than my tunnel vision." Rose Kamma Sarkany
"Destiny is what and how you make it." Ramona Rice
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.” ~Helen Keller