CAROLPRESTIGE

SparkPoints
 

The Report of My Demise Has Been Greatly Exaggerated...

Sunday, January 24, 2016

To paraphrase Mark Twain, who apparently had an erroneous report published about him that he had died.

A similar thing happened to me in that someone with the same name--Carol Smith--died in our area a few days ago. When I saw that name listed in the day's obits in the local newspaper, it was somewhat of a shock. That name will appear one of these days, and it won't be someone else. It will be me. Which gives one pause. Given that I am of the age at which the best has probably already happened, I began thinking about what I should do with the rest of my life.

My initial reaction was to get to the gym that morning for a zumba class--no sitting around making excuses. And I will try to be more consistent with my workouts (at least whenever my driveway is plowed as now it is covered with about a foot of snow)!

But a re-evaluation must go further than that superficial resolution. The problem is my situation at the moment of being a caregiver for a husband who has developing Alzheimer's, which is sometimes severe and other times hardly noticeable. It could continue indefinitely.

I do have help with a live-in caregiver, but I am still the main one as far as he's concerned. So I can't do volunteer work--he gets upset when I have to be away for longer than a few hours. I can't travel, which I dearly love to do, because it wouldn't be right to leave him, and he certainly can't travel. So what is left?

A few things come to mind. First, my writing. I have a memoir in progress about his disease and am keeping a log regarding his symptoms. With some luck and determination I could probably turn it into something readable for a general audience.

Secondly, exercise, which has become an important component of my life and I believe the reason for my staying healthy and in pretty good shape all these years. So I must not let that slide.

Thirdly, there's my music. I've been continuing my piano lessons for about five years now and they are the main reason i keep playing my beautiful Steinway piano. Learning a piece keeps my brain active and gives me satisfaction and pleasure once I master a selection. So I will continue that and try to be more consistent in my practice.

Life has thrown me a wicked curve ball but I'm doing my best to deal with it...without losing my mind as I deal with his erratic and sometimes maddening behavior.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
  • DS9KIE
    emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1483 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment


    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.
 

More Blogs by CAROLPRESTIGE