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About swilkinson

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  1. swilkinson

    It is great the way you push through the physical hurdles to regain a previous level of activity. I have noticed those changes too. A tidy toolbox makes a difference to the time it takes to do a job..
  2. Deigh I was just thinking the same thing. Seems I get on top of one problem and another appears. I had an old friend who used to answer the question: "How are you?" with the answer: "As well as can be expected." And I think that goes for most of us. Janelle, hang in there. All problems have a solution, the list may be long but one by one you will find an answer and hopefully cross one off the list. When I had the PET scan three years ago I had a lot of major problems. Now four operations later I have just the normal problems of old age. Unless the next PET scan in February uncovers
  3. swilkinson

    ASHA, your blogs inspire me to be more grateful for my life both through the caregiving days and now. Your insights into the way life can be improved by being grateful for what we have is a good roadmap for me too. Happy Thanksgiving to you and family. Keep safe.
  4. swilkinson

    Great that you are realising how far you have come with your recovery, that is the benefit of blogging. Congratulations on the new normal for you including the pants thing. Ray never reached that but he did have a lot of strokes and each one took him back to the starting line again. I hope the effort you have put into your recovery makes your family proud too.
  5. swilkinson

    Pam, my lymphoedema is mild compared to yours but I think of you too. I think you are very brave and an example to us all. Enjoy your colouring and your other hobbies. Take what happiness you can, life is short and we have to make the most of it.
  6. swilkinson

    Family matters

    I have been busy with family the past three weeks. I went up to Armidale for a little break and while I was there my daughter misstepped and ruptured the meniscus behind her right knee. Luckily the injury required rest not an operation, that meant no work, no driving, no more than a few minutes on her feet. Her husband took care of her the first week then I came home and was asked to go for a week to drive her daughter to school, take Shirley to doctors appointments, physio etc and do the shopping. Cooking Naomi and I shared. I must admit that in a strange place I found the traf
  7. swilkinson

    Always wanted a fire pit, used to have a round BBQ we fired outside in winter to sit around to keep warm in winter so I will look into that for next winter.
  8. swilkinson

    Pam, so pleased to see you blogging again. It has been so long since we've heard from you and I feared the worst. Those nurses don't deserve to have you as a client, they are not civil enough in their dealings with you. I am glad you have reported them. I am pleased you can talk to your son daily, that must make a real difference. Welcome back.
  9. swilkinson

    I remember the saying: "once in a blue moon" meaning rarely. Good photo.
  10. swilkinson

    I have a nephew who has that breakfast for his birthday too. For me it is a very occasional indulgence. Good that so much has improved that most movement is possible now. There is no substitute for good health.
  11. swilkinson

    Being a caregiver is hard, everyone seems to blame you for everything but it is not like that really as a lot of people will be thinking how great you are doing. If anyone compliments you treasure that and store it against the bad times as there will be many. I don't have any new advice. I found myself hobbies, deliberately took time out even of it was ten minutes. I got carers in sometimes. I joined a stroke recovery group on real time and on here. Somehow I managed to find the energy to look after Ray for 13 years. It wasn't what I thought our life would be like but it wasn't al
  12. So true ASHA, we also have to be whole to share ourselves with another. You can only give what you have. Learning to accept a compliment graciously has been hard for me because of my background too so I know where you are coming from with that. We are never too old or too busy to learn new things.
  13. swilkinson

    Can't believe we are in November already, where did that time go? I am minding my daughter who has ruptured her meniscus in her right leg so I am driving, doing housework etc Still able to keep up will you all on here fortunately. So keep up the good work Janelle, Kellli, and all of you. I will post a blog when I am finished here.
  14. swilkinson

    Janelle, I play the more obscure ones the shopping centres don't have on loop.
  15. swilkinson

    Banjo, a friend of mine who works in retail thinks that Christmas Carols played in a loop should be banned as some form of torture. I agree that from September would be over exposure to me. Won't play mine till December.