The Pandemic Battle Curse

I don’t know your age and maybe it doesn’t matter much when we speak about the lack of moving due to our pandemic.

I can’t believe I have been pretty much in my home since March of this year. It has been long enough now, that it feels normal to me, but what doesn’t feel normal is the aches and pains I have.

I am pretty sure that some of it is due to my age and the other part is due to lack of movement. I have aches in my knees and hands and sometimes hips. I think there are also days of slight depression as I argue with myself about getting up and moving. I am really good at making excuses up.

I don’t stand very well. It’s way too hot outside. I don’t feel good today. I’m tired. I’ll do it tomorrow. Have you said any of those things to yourself? I am not talking about an exercise program or running a five k.

I’m talking about just beginning to do some stretches here at home with some music in the background. This is when I think I realize I have depression days. A time where I know what is best for me but a matching excuse on why I can’t.

It is summer time and each summer for the past three, I have had issues with swollen ankles. My doctor says that as long as the swelling reduces each morning, there is no reason for alarm. Maybe if I moved more, I wouldn’t have this issue. I’m not sure, but if you watch TV or read articles, living is all about the exercise.

The bad thing is, I never liked exercising unless it was fun and others were involved. I love swimming and used to do that a lot until the lakes around my area became more polluted. There is the YMCA and I tried that too but didn’t enjoy it so much in the summer as the pools were packed with kids and I didn’t like being cold in the winter after leaving the building from exiting the pool.

I used to love to take walks. I actually miss it a lot. It isn’t fun to walk any longer as it is more work than pleasure because of my Ataxia. I can remember as a youth, I loved to play tether ball and bad mitton. Did you ever play either of those?

After reading back my words, I believe I am too used to sitting and a bit depressed and not very energetic. Shame on me. This is one area that no one can fix but me. It sucks when we realize the truth and then battle with ourselves on what to do with that truth. I hope that you are dealing with this pandemic much better than I am. Hopefully, one day it will be over and we can go back to our old normal.

Now, let’s talk about that weight gain throughout these months of the pandemic. No, on the other hand, let’s not. That’s a whole other story.

Are You Ready for the Day?

Today is Monday and what will this week bring for me? I know that tomorrow my experience in being a caregiver will kick back in as the friend I watched over a few weeks ago is now going to have surgery on the opposite arm.

I hope all is going to be alright. The arm that was first done began healing and then I was told a feeling of a snap was felt and ever since then, there is more pain than in the beginning.

There were no guarantees to get a permanent fix, but the surgeon was hopeful that more damage would not be done to the arm and hand and a great relief of pain. Prayers for this friend will be said.

The Ulnar nerve is what seems to be the problem.

You can’t see it good from this photo but there is a little groove that this nerve fits into and it runs from the shoulder to the tip of the last two fingers. When it isn’t working properly, tingling and numbness and much pain take over. The last two fingers don’t work well and when you are a type one diabetic on top, there are risks of the surgery not being a great success.

We just never know what life is going to throw at us do we? Some people seem to have an easy, flowing brook in their life. Smiles and good things always happening. Great sight of future dreams and then there are others who because of an illness just seem to have one issue after the other. I suppose God allows the mentally strong ones to take on this type of suffering. He uses us you know. He uses us as examples and places us in the view of those who need to see our lives and their own.

I was able to purchase a hand-help shower nozzle this past weekend. With the aid of my shower chair, I took an awesome shower with no fear of falling and I even got to wash between my toes! Believe me, when you are a high-risk faller, washing the toes can be quite tricky. Today the men who fix things in our complex are supposed to come place a grab bar I have on the wall. This will lower the risk of falling so much better. I can’t wait until it is done.

This past week, I have been hooked on watching Little house on the Prairie. It amazes me at the strength in the parents to bring their children up properly. They pay close attention and make sure all homework is done before play time. The meals are eaten all together too. It’s no wonder I seem to connect to this show. That’s pretty much how I was raised. If I didn’t bring at least a C home on report card, I could guarantee I wasn’t doing much socialization for the entire next grading period.

I can remember having to go to bed at eight on school nights in elementary, nine in seventh and eighth grade and ten in tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade. When I began working I could stay up until eleven. Did you have rules at bedtime?

We had a routine during the school year. We got home from school, we were to do our homework and then I did anything my mom left a note for, sometimes a load of laundry or iron a basket of clothes, After that was done, many times I began or fixed supper. After mom and dad got home, we ate and then us kids cleaned up and did the dishes. The rest of the evening was our free time. What were your school evenings like?

With this new schedule of virtual learning, E-learning or going to school, life should be most interesting for the schools and the parents. I am so glad my children are all grown. I pray that God shuts this virus down for our country. We have so many issues in our world, we really don’t need this on top.

Well, you each have a great day and I will talk to you later on.

Schools Today

I don’t know about your area, but here in Indiana the topic lately is schools. The question is; go to school or E learn at home.

I know people personally who have had their families affected by this Corona virus. I can’t say I wish I was in their place when it comes to this decision. We all love our kids. Why would we risk sending our kids to maybe come in contact with this virus. We would never forgive ourselves, would we, if something happened or became tragic.

What are parents thoughts? There is probably thoughts of a proper education or if the children stay home; who’s going to care for them if the parents are working outside the home. Even if the parents work inside the home, can they afford to be interrupted?

There could be issues of transporting to and from school and maybe food becomes more of a problem if the kids remain home each day and all week.

I don’t know what I would do. I would want my kids to have the best education I could give them and I know socialization is very important to having a well-rounded adult. What are your thoughts and what might you decide, because after all, these are our kids and we want them safe.