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A Meteor Hits My Life

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My lovely bride of 48 years severed a big tendon in her foot when a big, sharp knife slipped off of the kitchen counter. Instantly, her mode is wheelchair, foot elevated, pain meds, no meal prep, disabled assist devices, and her new “residence” is only our downstairs for a while.

Shove the living room furniture into a corner, leave the hide-a-bed out, take doors off the bathroom and kitchen, squeeze the family room furniture, make accessibility paths.

We are now by necessity, “close.” I cannot leave the house on a whim: we have to plan for my absence. Instantly, I have the responsibility of 2 people in caring for our house and yard and chickens/dogs/cats and I have to help my bride.

A meteor has hit my fitness life. I was kind of independent in my effort, lots of time, hit the gym when I want, eat food prepared by my bride. She gave me time. Now, she is highly dependent on me, and requires a lot of bits of my time. I have to be at home. Now my time is demanded by 2 people’s household obligations. Worst of all, I can’t cook!

I can easily get 8,000 non-aerobic steps a day, mostly inside our home! So what can I do for aerobic fitness and strength? I have a treadmill buried in that stack of living room furniture. We live on a 2000 steps around the block, block. I have small hand weights.

Did I say a meteor hit my life? Poor me. It is nothing. It blasted my lovely bride! She has gone from active to sedentary, from helpmate to helpless, from chef to customer. Her recovery ends around Christmas and starts with 3 months in a cast.

How will we cope? I have loved her and will love her with much more tender care. I will treat her as the lovely queen of my life. While I love her, how will I achieve my fitness/weight loss goal? I will keep tracking all my food, I will get my steps, and I be wise as I bless my bride and prepare our meals with my friend, “take out.”
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    try getting up a half hour before your wife and work out, also a lot of grocery stores deliver I bet you two become closer and more in love after this emoticon
    1495 days ago
  • TSINSIN002
    This could be your "try something new" moment. Check with your senior service for meals, some deliver, check with you "church" to see if there are folks who will stay with her for a half hour some days, and consider this the next NEW adventure.
    1496 days ago
  • TCRANE522
    Life is always throwing us a curve ball. You will get through this with ease. You will adapt and before you know it she will be up and around. Unfortunately it wont seem like it went by fast until it's over lol. Your wife is lucky that she has you!
    1496 days ago
    I have a good idea! (I think.) Push her in her wheelchair around that 2000 steps block! That will definitely give you a workout AND get her out in the fresh air.
    Blessings to you both and prayers for a speedy recovery.
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    1496 days ago
    Being a caretaker is tough. Look for videos that use those hand weights. Carve 30 minutes out to walk around the block. Take this time to learn easy meal prep. You and wifie can do this!
    1496 days ago
    My heart goes out to both of you! As far as meal planning goes; why not make two or three dishes on the weekend and freeze single portions for the week? That would free you up on all but one days. Also aerobics videos with hand weights would work!
    1496 days ago
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