Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Monday, April 25, 2016

Wise Words

Read this article yesterday
in the New York Times
and it inspired me on this onward journey.

She has a daughter that helps her continually
and I have had my son
now going on the third week,
will end soon but he has helped me immensely.

Always a mover in the past, slower at this time and pain never leaves
but I vow not to stop and continue stretches on the mat morning and evening even though
it is painful (but pain is less after 15 minutes.
After reading her story
it may become a reality that I live longer then my desire of 90 :)

Her words "I don't beg nobody for nothing, I wash, cook, iron, scrub, clean, mop, shop and put
gas in my car,"  pierced me deeply as I remember
the first of the year with 2 hospital stay after calls to 911 and arriving
home and needed some help and emotional support for several weeks
Now I was not neglected as so many have helped me to arrive where
this one is at this very moment.
There were some I probably begged
and said the words "I need you now"  they did not arrive for many reason.
Issue closed and will not look back.

This day my son went with me to orthopedic doctor, his assistant Stacy
so knowledgeable about the what is going on with my neck and shoulders.
Just ongoing arthritis and it is going to get worse but I vow to not stop....
Wanted to make sure that rotter cuff surgery was not in the future and more information
on exactly what is going on.

Learned nothing new, no surgery, arthritis has deteriorated much in my shoulders,
just keep moving, rest more (not a good idea to get up at 4:30 and by 1:30 collapse
after none stopping,  good diet (which I strive for.)

Cortison shots in both shoulders, must consider them every 6 months if they help
and they do immensely.   Stay on Tylenol 8 hr Arthritis Pain morning and night
as it helps more then anything and is inexpensive over the counter medication.

Down to 1 mg of prednisone  - like retreating from the Devil...

A beautiful day, doctor appointment, drive to Nashville to a Vietnamese restaurant(so good, a pancake filled
with shrimp, pork and sprouts).drive through Sylvan Park and viewed my past home,
stop at Dunkin Donuts for a latte and now home.....

The past 3 weeks so special
and son has helped me with over 90% of my to do list.

This time has helped me immensely
appetite has increased double - did gain 2 lbs :)
So onward I go.....


Sallysmom said...

So good to hear your news. Take care of yourself.

Nan said...

What a hopeful posting this is. I'm sorry your boy lives so far away, though. When they say 'good diet' are there certain foods you should or shouldn't eat? Wonderful that you gained weight!

Wisewebwoman said...

You sound in so much better space my friend. Your son, bless him, has made all the difference to his mama.

Rest aisy, as my people say :)


lil red hen said...

Thinking of you daily...sending hugs!

Tabor said...

You are strong and brave and a marvelous example for us all. I do not know if I would have your inner strength, especially to ask for help! That is the wise one in you. Glad you are gaining weight, keep up that optimism. I wonder if anyone here would come to my aid??

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

*Onward you go.* Way to go Ernestine! Your positive attitude and your keeping on going really inspire me.

Love, hugs and prayers for you dear heart ~ FlowerLady

Val said...

My Journey To Mindfulness said...

thank you to all who think of me :) and have such kind words...

now - the cortisone shots give you a false sense if energy and wellness,
a sleepless night, no pain is wonderful and usually last for weeks and sometimes
months in the past, not good for your bones - need to not overdo which is my bad habit and I am working on it...

seems my words in what I shared
upset some
and I am so sorry - no one special on my mind and was just sharing a very
needy time and will never do again... was so inspired by this 100 year old, liked her attitude and her words that they seemed
to attach their self to me.

Rebecca said...

Yay! How good to celebrate EVERY positive - no matter how small.
To THIS one, there is a fine line between acknowledging hardships/challenges and marinating in them..... I try hard not to cross it -- nor do I want to live in denial. Sometimes it's hard to stay on the right side of the line!

Judy said...

Onward--ever forward!! The title of my blog and for all the reasons you listed.
I've seen my neighbor just quit. Pain was too much. She won't exercise or do a thing to help it. Just quit and sits all day, which of course, makes it worse. We stop moving those joints and then when we want to move them, they are seized up and won't move. Press on Dear Friend, it really is the best choice!

joared said...

Glad much is going better for you. Sounds like exercise though painful is beneficial. A friend of mine finds movement in water good for her but perhaps that's not an option for you. How fortunate to have your son be able to spend so much time there helping you. Constant pain is very wearing and challenges maintaining a positive attitude as I saw with my husband who also required periodic shots, took prednisone. Hopefully, you're establishing a routine you can continue to your benefit.

Pienosole said...

I echo the many kind, encouraging and supportive words of your other friends. I also admire and respect your determination and perseverance and appreciate your sharing your journey. Wishing you joy and peace on this Wednesday. :-)