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8 years as a caregiver



Time flies...having fun or not. William is still not able to walk on his own. We do make it to the pool about 4 times a week. I have decreased our workout time to 30 minutes. We used to do an hour. That is about all that we do.
Our day goes as follows:
William gets up around 6 am and Wa Him to the recliner. He takes his morning meds and has something to drink. I get him back to bed and I get to the YMCA and start my morning routine. I usually do laps for 30 minutes and then take a water class. I do a yoga class or weights or a cardio machine. I usually have 3-4 hours at the gym.
I make it home and get breakfast for William. I next take the dogs out for a walk. We usually get to the park and walk for an hour.
Now it is noon or 1 pm. I take William to a different YMCA that has a therapeutic pool. We will get home in an hour or so. I usually buy a subway sandwich for William on the way home. He is usually hungry.
By the time we reach home 30 minute drive...William is ready for a nap.
I do the laundry and walk the dogs. The usual clean the house and cook and shop.
I take William to the Ymcas monthly luncheon. I have stopped going out to eat since I have retired. I have more time to cook.
I have my weekly ladies bible study and monthly luncheon with friends.
I have not been taking William to church since he has gotten more confused. I watch church on Tv.
I got rid of cable and have an indoor antennae that works well. William likes to watch Patton over and over again.
We are used to our new routine.
I enjoy my free time at the gym. I have not missed work. My day is filled up.


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I hope soon I can get back to Houston to see William and you at home so you two can meet my wife as you already met my daughter I had with me when we stopped in to meet you and William a few years ago now....


All the best to both of you until we can get that way to stop in for a visit hopefully soon..... I will let you know when so I will check with you for sure....

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Ruth, settling into a routine is good as long as you vary it from time to time so it doesn't get boring.  I am glad you get that time away from William as  you need that.  I am sure when Spring comes you will find some outdoor activities to add to the list.

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Wow, Ruth... you are a dynamo!   and on the 8th year!     I find I am more tired on my 5th year.    I think it is partly because I'm getting older too(!)  and then the big one, -the adrenaline I used to get from terror is gone now, and it's just me propping us up.   My house could use a good cleaning....

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