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Where did 2017 go?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Wow! I haven't blogged since February!

emoticon As you know, 2016 had a rough ending with my mother passing away and the loss of my two cats. I went into a deep depression and pretty much gave up on everything.
I quit eating right and exercising - just stayed alone and felt sorry for myself. I got weaker and weaker and had trouble doing anything.
emoticon I finally made a doctor's appointment for the beginning of April, she listened to my heart and sent me directly to the hospital. I was diagnosed with A-Fib and admitted to the Cardiac Care Unit. The doctors tried three times to shock my heart back to a regular rhythm but nothing worked. They tried different medicines and I had problems with them. So, I guess, I'm still in A-Fib but it really doesn't seem to bother me except for quickly tiring.
I left the hospital and stayed with my brother for a few weeks but got sick and ended up back at the hospital for another stay. I had not been walking and my left knee "quit" - I could barely stand let alone walk so I went into a nursing home rehab unit. I had a heart attack while I was there so it was back to the hospital. I had also developed the infection C-Dif while I was in the nursing home and it moved to my brain. I don't remember much because I was unconscious most of that stay. I do know I was in isolation within intensive cardiac care. I finally woke up on the sixth day. I went back to the nursing home from there and finally came home on August 30.
emoticon I have 3 wonderful caregivers, Shelly, Linda, and Kari, who have become valued friends. Someone was with me all the time the first month but I stay alone at night now. I have a med-alert so I can call for help if needed. The physical therapist came to the house twice a week but that ended on Wednesday. The visiting nurse still comes once a week. Shelly, Linda, or Kari comes in at 9 in the morning and stays till around 3 when the "second shift" comes in and stays until 9 or 10.
emoticon I drove for the first time in 8 months the other day. It was just a quick trip to take Linda to the store but I did it! I'm going Christmas shopping with Kari tomorrow but she's driving. We've also decided to use the wheelchair because I can only stand a little while and get tired so easily.
emoticon 2017 is ending on a happier note. I am feeling better and things are gradually returning to "normal."

Best of all, my nephew has moved his family back to Ohio from California and I get to see the kids now!
Cash will be five two days before Christmas. He recently had breakfast with Santa.
His little sister, California Grace (Cali for short) was born October 29. She's a sweetheart although Cash says all she does is sleep, cry, eat, poop, and pee.
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  • MAIZIEPAIGE
    What a year! Praying for good health and that things improve. It sounds like you're wrapping up 2017 on a positive note. Hugs!
    1063 days ago
  • CATHYSFITLIFE
    emoticon Sheila! Gosh, I'm so sorry about all that you went through this year!! I know how much you adored and loved your cats. I knew about Nellie but didn't know about Jake. I'm sorry you lost both of them along with your mom. It sounds like you really were suffering from a broken heart. I'm so glad you are getting better and healing though. Glad to know you have people looking out for you during the day. That's great news about your nephew moving his family back to Ohio. I know how much you really love Cash and now Cali. Sending lots of positive vibes that the remainder of the year and next year will be much better. emoticon
    1087 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon back I miss you. Sorry you have a bad year . I am praying 2018 is better for you.
    1088 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    emoticon you're back emoticon ... Sounds like your heart really broke Sheila and it's no wonder. So very glad you are healing in all ways and have such a wonderful support staff. Your attitude is infectious... I know Cash and Cali have a lot to do with that emoticon God bless you as we enter the holidays and welcome a new and bright New Year. emoticon Praying for YOU emoticon

    Love, Linda emoticon
    1093 days ago
  • TSHAWGER
    I love seeing children with Santa Claus.
    1093 days ago
  • IOWAGRAMMA
    Wow, Sheila! You have had a time of it this year, too. Good to see you here and I am sending you positive vibes for good recovery and great strength for the rest of this year! I hope you have an awesome 2018...it's time, right?? Prayers and warm thoughts, hugs...Jeannie
    1093 days ago
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