Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Yoga for the caregiver

Last night was wonderful... I actually did something for myself. I made it a point to leave work by 4 - this put me home at 4:45. I did the "routine" with Dad and then headed to the YMCA for a Yoga class. We have been members for several months now but I have yet to take a class. Husband came with me and he went to the gym while I went to Yoga. It was amazing. It was one hour all about me and my body and mind. After class we grabbed a smoothie and headed home. I took a shower and put my pj's on and still had plenty of time before I had to put Dad to bed. Why haven't I done this sooner?? It was also some nice time with Husband away from the house. Not quite a date night but still real nice. The best part was when I went in to put Dad to bed and he asked "How was Yoga?" Too Cute!!!!

Today my body is a little sore.. uh yeah - who says Yoga is not a workout??? I can't wait to go back tonight!!!!! I love this feeling!

It was 90 minutes away from the house that changed my whole outlook for the night and even for today.

They say that caregivers must make it a point to take care of themselves, this is so true and as time and Dad's MS moves on I feel that more and more.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Multiple Sclerosis causes curfews....

A side effect of Multiple Sclerosis is curfews... I am 39 years old and I have a curfew... that curfew is 8:30. I guess it is a good thing I live in a 24 hour town right? Yeah right!

Tonight we have no kids... I couldn't tell you the last time this has happened... whew hew... time to enjoy an evening out.. or not. Dad goes to bed at 8:30 and that means I am here with him helping him "go to bed". It's not physically hard... and I wouldn't change it but the truth is that sometimes it is emotionally hard and sometimes it brings me to tears. I am so lucky to have a wonderful husband who is here by my side... we fit in a dinner out then come home so I can put Dad to bed. My oldest daughter has learned the routine but if she has plans I won't ask, she is a teenager for goodness sake and she deserves to enjoy her teen years!!! But... tonight she is at work.... did I mention my wonderful husband who just goes along with the routine? I love you husband!

Well... time for a glass of wine and a movie... thank you technology and pay-per-view!!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

When it just doesn't feel right...

Don't you hate it it when something just doesn't feel right? Especially when everything else is indeed right.. and you have no issues.. but you just change one minor element and suddenly things aren't so right anymore... and you hate to think that way about a situation or a person but you know deep down that it has the potential to go very wrong.... and you don't want to give up on all the other parts - the good parts.. but you know you have to watch one certain part so closely..... because it just doesn't feel right.....