January 2017 is All About Possibilities

Welcome to 2017. January 2017 is all about possibilities. What does it mean to you?

To us, it means looking for other options for treatment and cures for diseases. It means looking for other ways to support all caregivers in their journeys. It means bringing you information to keep you motivated, alert, alive, healthy and to keep you current on what to expect for the new year.

This blog is not interested in politics. However, if a politician finally helps us with any legislation that will make the life of our loved ones better, I will be sure to talk about it. If we need to start or help a petition that might make our struggle less severe, that is where our efforts will be.

So, let’s recap the first two days of the year. We discovered that certain medical, physical conditions, have an impact on my loved one’s mood. There is a possibility that medication will improve that situation. We will keep you posted.

In the last 36 hours, my aunt passed away from complications of lupus (and possible signs of AD), the year started and we started working out. We consoled several friends that have seen their loved ones move on. We offered support to those that are experiencing changes in LO (loved ones) behaviors. We also started including work out in our daily schedule in the hopes that we keep them going. We have decided to take on a new philosophy about life and death: they are just two sides of the same coin and we need to be selfless and let our loved ones transition however and whenever they see fit.

2017 is all about possibility. Do not let the true negative people affect your well-being. What do I mean by that? Not all complaining is negative. If your LO is in a facility and you complain about a CNA, that is not negative. It is a necessary part of the process. If you are at work and see something wrong and know some options on how to fix it, complaining, done the right way, is not only positive, it could be a game changer. People that don’t want to listen to complaints? Those are the negative people and we don’t have any space for them in our life now.

So what are your possibilities for 2017? I can’t wait to find out.  While I wait, I leave you with a motivational video I found on YouTube to start your new year in the right direction.

 

Caregiving can Lead to Death?!?!

Recently I went to the supermarket and took my weight, BP and pulse in one of those free machines.  I was not shocked by the weight.  I was flabbergasted by the blood pressure measure.  You see, I live with a condition where I normally have low blood pressure.  My primary back home always told me that if I had normal blood pressure, it was the equivalent of high in my case.  So, when I saw that the measure was borderline high for a normal human being, I almost had a heart attack.  I need to do better.  I also watched a video from the Home Instead Senior Care (I said Alzheimer’s Association in the video by mistake) where they explained that people caring for loved ones may develop chronic diseases or worse.  Caregiving can lead to death?  How can that be?

I volunteered for this job.  I wanted to take care of my family member.  If there is a mold on how this is going to go, I intend to break it.  I have no intention on getting any chronic diseases.  So what to do?  I can’t leave the house unless we choreograph an entire setup of humans.  I can’t pay for that many nurses during the day.  So, I figured I would let the exercise come to me.

I have always liked having exercise machines at home.  Rarely do I live somewhere and I don’t have my own stationary bike.  Come to think of it, this is the first place where I have lived without one.  I used to own a Total Gym and loved it so I just purchased a new one.  It should be arriving on Saturday.  I have to do whatever it takes to stay in shape and be the best person possible to take care of my family and not develop any chronic diseases.  In the meantime, I started adding more fruits to my diet.  If I am going to consume sweets, they might as well be the healthiest kind.

I leave you today’s video below and ask you, any suggestions?  Leave them in the comments section below.