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About heathber

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  • Birthday 05/23/1965
  • Age 55

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  1. heathber

    true and running away from change only creates more change.
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    Asha you are not a loser, you are an imperfect human person just like the rest of us. Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet. You can't undo the past, but you can acknowledge your mistakes and try not to repeat them. Say sorry to hubby and the family God and you will feel better. Then pick up from now and do your best, that's all any of us can do. Beating yourself up for the past only makes you feel bad, it doesn't change anything. Live your best life now and work for a better tomorrow and it will happen. Maybe not the way you wanted or planned, life is change, but that doesn't mean you don't work towards what you want.
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    HI Janelle No real need to worry about me. The active cases are mostly in the outer western suburbs well outside my allowed 5km bubble. The more strict lockdown has closed the hospital outpatients rehab this time, which is hard as now the only person I see is my cleaner when he comes in once a week (that's allowed for me because I'm disabled). Most people here are behaving re masks, although when I go for my walk I usually see 1 or 2 people with their mask not covering their nose. I only leave the apartment for my daily walk and to do the shopping.
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    Sounds like a good priest. Glad to hear all clear on those results. The waiting is the worst part. No matter how much you tell yourself "it's not worth worrying, cross that bridge when you get there" it's so hard to take your own advice. Let's not be "interesting" for a while!!
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    Hi Janelle, yes my left hand lives in a fist, and I can't voluntarily release my grip but it also has a nasty tendency to let go without warning when I put a weight in it. Hence using the strap when doing bar or kettlebell work. Also my trainer hovers ready to rescue me. Gym went online for lockdown 1, then we had 2 weeks of live but restricted contact classes before lockdown 2 started. With this lockdown and mandatory closure of businesses they are finding it harder to keep the online content going as even the trainers aren't allowed to go to the gyms to create online content this time. I'm doing my workouts at home with video supervision, not ideal and a bit limited but better than nothing.
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    Janelle Change is hard. But the one thing in life you can be sure of other than death is that things will change. So learning to accept and embrace change is a survival skill. I do hope your son finds a way to learn to work with change as a good thing.
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    I don't know about solve ALL your problems. And unfortunately NDIS won't fund it as they don't believe it's medical. But I find it very useful for relieving spacticity (in the short term at least, it works well) and I do it as stop gap when physio isn't available. NDIS won't pay for it but health insurance extras will cover some. It's one of those things where it shouldn't cause problems and it may help, so what have you got to lose. I won't say it won't hurt, it often does especially when working "trigger points" or particularly upset muscles. But it's a gain outweighs pain scenario for me. My physio does a lot of muscle release manipulation and walking needs a lot less effort after one of his sessions.
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    Tempting as it is Ed, I have enough permanent brain damage I don't need to add temporary brain damage as well. I fall over enough without the extra help.
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    Sounds like good progress Kev. A little challenge makes it much easier to not only progress but to see the results. Keep it up. Those vegies look great. enjoy.
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    Doing OK today, but had my share of blah days too. I keep telling myself this will end eventually. for now one day at a time is fine.
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    Absolutely Sue. It is a worry, I'm just glad that mum is pretty good with the computer, although video calls are tricky, she is persevering (I hope) and doing a semi regular video chat with her great grandbaby who will turn 1 just as we are scheduled to get out of this lockdown. Fingers crossed we can have some sort of family get together for that. It's amazing how resilient and adaptable little kids are, she is used to having video chats with aunty Alanna and video bedtime story with grandma, she loves when the faces in the phone talk back. Not sure how she'll react when she sees us live and full size again.
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    I do hope they let him come home to you soon. Especially as it sounds like there's not much they can do for him in hospital and he is getting distressed. I suggest you call the ward and ask the nurses to let him have his phone at night, although if he's in a shared room they are probably concerned that he is disturbing others. Hugs for you both. -Heather
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    Oh Sue, I understand so well, just be glad you aren't down here in stage 4 lockdown with a 5km travel limit and night curfew, I'm so cross at the idiots who couldn't/wouldn't follow instructions and resulted in us being at this point. Down here your charity shop would now be closed. Keeping this thing contained is very hard on a lot of people. I worry about my blind mother who lives past the Melbourne boarder and also relies on me for occasional support. I haven't been able to go up there for nearly 8 weeks now and that's now looking like at least 6 weeks more. Thankfully she has Dad with her, but she's getting more and more frustrated at having to ask him for help. She misses her independence Hang in there Sue This too shall pass. -Heather
  15. heathber

    Habits are hard to break but step one is noticing what you are doing. I still have to remind myself to bend/lift my knee when walking. Bend and reach still gets me too its a test of your balance and proprioception. So easy to just reach that 1cm further which is enough to send you headlong into a tomato bed or onto the laundry floor(I have a front loading washer). Look after yourself and keep going
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