Is it Always Going to be This Way?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

My mom is back in the hospital and had to go through another surgery to remove some MRSA infection near her replaced hip. What a drag. We thought she was on the road to recovery and was actually home for more than a week. (She's been at home a total of 3 weeks since mid October. Ugh.

So, I up here again trying to help my dad (he's 85) and listen to the drs and figure out what to do next.

I have to admit my first reaction when I heard of my mom's surgery (her 3rd) was to eat everything in sight. After all, this is a stressful time. I deserve to eat to calm my emotions!
And, I have to admit that I have indulged in things I wouldn't normally have indulged in had this not happened.

But here I am at my mom and dad's and I realize that this is the way life is when you care about people. It doesn't matter if they are you parents or your kids. Maybe it's your siblings or your spouse...but when you care about people then life is going to be a roller coaster.

So, I'm putting those indulgences in the past and I'm going to refocus. I still see my parents health issues as reminders for me to pay close attention to my own so to avoid some of the things they have had to go throw...especially my mom's issues. Plus, I've been making progress with some of my goals and I don't need to mess them up just because I'm a little stressed.

I have to say I do have one thing to be particularly proud of. My sister, who has always been an exerciser and loves it (and does not struggle with her weight), has (obviously) been feeling stressed too. When we were talking about t my mom's latest setback I told her that I got on my treadmill after I heard and walked for 45 minutes and I felt so much better! She said she hadn't exercised in weeks. I reminded her of how good it feels and I actually motivated her to go back to the gym! I did that! That's amazing to me!

So, I think it is always going to be this way...I can handle it!
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    I enjoyed your post! Obviously not the part about the troubles with your parents, but the part where you are realizing that life has its ups and downs, and that is normal, and it is up to US to learn how to deal with the roller coaster without using food to cope. Why does it take so long to understand this?

    I'm one year shy of 50, and my kiddies are also leaving the nest in the next few years, so we seem to be in the same stage of life. I hope you don't mind me adding you as a friend!

    Take care of yourself!
    4097 days ago
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