Reset Day 92: Enough already
Monday, August 31, 2015
The weekend is over, my birthday has passed, and I am so ready to move into September! I am exhausted, a bit disappointed in my efforts in August and stressed. However, I just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Soon this point will be in my past, just another blip in the road map of my life.
Saturday I had dinner with some dear friends for my birthday. I brought my friend who I have blogged about in the past, the one who is morbidly obese, with mobility issues and congestive heart failure.
Every time I am with her, it causes me to look at my own health and the importance of becoming a healthier weight. I literally see the toll being morbidly obese for years has taken on my friend. It breaks my heart. The once vibrant, laughing, strong woman has become pain riddled and immobile. She is no longer able to walk with her walker and is now in a wheelchair 90% of the time. She is working hard to become healthier. She has lost 70 lbs. She has quit smoking. I don't know that she will regain any of her lost health back, but hopefully she will slow down the process of deterioration. She is one feisty lady!
It was a struggle to get her out of her house in her wheelchair. Her home still needs to have some modifications done to make that easier. I thought I was pretty savvy pushing a wheelchair, but the first tight turn to get out the door was an extreme challenge! Pushing her 280 lbs, trying to get the chair over the lip of the door frame and make the tight turn seemed impossible. The front wheel was turned and I couldn't get it to straighten in the amount of space, so when I was trying to push the chair over the threshold, the wheel was sideways and bending from my pushing it! Finally after several attempts we got the chair out the door! There was a similar challenge making the turn out of her patio to the walk way. The chair kept getting hung up on the ramp. However, between the two of us we found a way! I was not going to let a little threshold or step deter us from dinner with friends!
I couldn't help but think what it would be like to not be able to go out my door by myself when I wanted to. I couldn't help but think of the number of people who would have given up on trying to get her out the door. A small, simple thing I take for granted was simple and challenging to us both!
inner was also challenging. Italian food, all my favorite dishes. However being with my friend and watching her struggles helped keep me on track with food selection and portions. I brought three quarters of my dinner home!
It was great to be with friends and I truly enjoyed the evening and their company! Lots of laughs and stories were shared! I am truly fortunate to have good friends and I appreciate them!
My steps for the day were light, which was disheartening. I didn't meet my 12,000 step goal for the day - even with walking 3 miles on the treadmill in the morning! As you all know, I hate it when I don't reach those little goals. It was nagging at me.
Sunday I spent the day with my family celebrating some more! We decided to skip lunch and get together afterwards for cake and ice cream. My SIL fixed my leaky bathroom faucet! Yippee! It took a couple trips to the hardware store, but finally it dripped no more..... only to find the water shutoff to the house was leaking!
That is turning into a bigger fix - a call to the city to shut off the water to the house, coordinating with the city and the plumber who is going to fix the shutoff valve. Turns out it can't be done until September 9.
My SIL rigged a pan with some tubing to drain the water into the drain so the basement wouldn't fill with water, but it didn't work. Last night the pan overflowed. The tile floor is soaking wet and the vinyl tiles are squishing water out! Because the shutoff is close to the floor lever, it is hard to put anything under it to catch the leaking water! Ugh. So this morning I emptied the pan and hopefully we will be able to rig up something better tonight! I am going to empty the pan on my lunch hour - I think It will hold out that long! It's going to be a long 10 days until it gets fixed!
I am sure my SIL is tired of my seemingly simple projects that turn into time consuming nightmares! I appreciate him more that he will EVER know!
So, yep, that is life! Positive side? Me and my house, we are the same age. My house was born in April of 1956. I was born in August of 1956. My house has a leaky valve. It can be fixed and repaired. I am grateful I don't have any leaky valves (yet)! Hopefully if I ever get one, it will also be able to be fixed and repaired!
Appreciating my health and doing that maintenance to keep get things in better shape for the years to come! Bring on September!