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Used My Dominate Hand Some

Yesterday, I wrapped packages! First since 2020 stroke. Tape was really fun, lol. The little pkg wasn’t so easy to do. But the flat pkgs were fun, my hand could hold the paper so I could wrap.

Good exercise for my hands and sticking my tongue out, lol.

I had to get the paper in the basement, so steps going down and I decided to do the weights. Played with the cats and gave them a treat.

I guess I dialed my youngest kid and didn’t realize it, side pocket dial. I could hear a voice say hello but thought I was hearing things. lol My phone is getting touchy. Deleted all apps til I am better. Except Instagram.

Ninja and Emo. I can’t wait to take care of them fully. I’m very thankful for hubby doing it but he doesn’t like them. He was always gone so it didn’t bother him that they were here but he knows I love them so he won’t get rid of them even though I was in tears and said I would be ok if he did. Good hubby, but they will be our last ones.

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More Exercising

This is in the library, I love this. I’ve done very little this year because hubby is a worry wart and feels I will fall, or the cats will trip me. I just go slow and watch for the cats, so now I am trying to do it every day. Right now, just the weight of the bars and leg thingy. It’s more to move my arms and legs. Will add weight later as I feel I should.

I used it more in the beginning before I got sick with my teeth last year, hubby would take me down. Getting sick takes a lot out of me. If I don’t move around, walk, stretch, simple exercises not aerobic but easy stuff my body gets unmovable. It must move! The stroke recovery is a weird thing. I can’t go backwards must move forward in recovery. Slow moving is a must.

It’s like I can’t just lay in bed or on the couch, must get up and move. I can’t wait til I move at least as fast as a rabbit and not like a turtle. lol

I try to do 30 reps of arms and 30 reps legs. It doesn’t seem like much, but a stroke makes you tired, extreme fatigue. I hate it. I wish I had never complained before the stroke.

I do 10 mins on this, sometimes I’ll do more if I have a burst of energy.

My little bike, lol, I use this 10 mins sometimes more. Just depends on what I do on the other things.

The treadmill in the back, granddaughter and hubby. πŸ™‚ I use it mostly when I can’t go outside or do no walking around the house. 1000 steps at a time. Last week I did 3000 steps one day, full of energy. Then somedays I do laundry, go downstairs, etc. We have a flight of stairs up to Jessup’s room. Another flight going downstairs so lots of moving around.

Laundry is quite the exercise! I can’t hold a lot of clothes or towels so takes many trips which is steps!

I have hand weights and squeeze balls, so I do keep busy but sometimes that ugly procrastination creeps up.

I did love my therapy at the center downtown, but my teeth got in the way and had to stop. Sad face. It made me lose energy to go and don’t drive yet so it was an added problem. But I learned a lot in the short time I was there and try to do it at home. It got expensive for our budget also. Plus, I was not liking the cold, even in the heat, crazy. My temperature was out of wack for a year. So much better this year, feel normal. I tell you a stroke has been quite the experience. Don’t wish it on anyone.

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Exercise or Just Relaxing

I ordered this off of Amazon to do floor exercises. It will also be a twin bed cover on our downstairs twin bed. We had to throw away the top mattress because cats peed on it. I was determined to get the smell out but hubby won to throw it away. I give in a lot post stroke time. lol So it is killing two birds with one stone, two functions so it saved us money. πŸ™‚

It’s comfy. It does lay out flat and still comfy.

I want to get my arms and wrists flexible. It’s like being 90 years old when getting up. Really sucks. Nothing like going from 40s to 90s in warp speed.

I want to get into learning yoga. I feel it is a super soft yoga mat too. πŸ™‚

One thing my butt has changed to being boney from being fat and cushy.

It definitely has been big changes in my life, I don’t wish it on anyone. Hopefully people will learn to take care of themselves from my experience. I’m lucky I have a wonderful hubby and great kids helping. My daughter and I have grown closer thru this.

Posted in Puzzle House

Oberlin Puzzle House (nickname)

I miss our backyard. Though these days it is nothing but grass weeds. lol This was in 2012. I worked on it for the oldest son’s graduation party. Fun.
Definitely no stepping stones anymore. i put them out front. Grass has grown over now.
Grass has overgrown it. The bottles were a sugar drink that the son drank.
Can’t even see the white rocks anymore.
The middle son’s tree from school. The only one we planted. lol It’s grown into a bush like tree.
Most is all grass now or rather weed grass. lol
No longer have the swing. Winds blew it many times so we threw it away. Miss swinging. The canopy is here in JC in the garage. Maybe someday put it up.

The driving on the road hubby did after army retirement kept us not coming back, and then the pandemic didn’t help any, and finally the last year and half my stroke really changed stuff. I like to take charge with stuff on my own and can’t now. I still have little use of one arm and slow energy. I hate it. But not giving up just less I can do. Changes things a lot. Won’t look like that anymore but glad I took pictures.

Stay in shape people because you may regret it. I do.

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My day usually :)

I try to stretch everyday, all limbs. Most days I do the treadmill for 10mins. .25 mile and 8-10mins. then I do the row step machine where I sit not stand 10 mins. and throughout the day I use my leg cycle for maybe 250-1000 steps each whatever I can handle. Somedays I have energy and other days I don’t. πŸ™‚

I used my right hand to click to add all the pictures! A new for me.

The hand movements have come a long way. I’m happy. A ways to go. Putting my right hand on the treadmill has helped my movement, my grasp especially. Before the stroke I had to hold on, I couldn’t balance on my own. My hand use to not let go and it’s slowly releasing it. My hand doesn’t completely fan out yet, when doing the pushups with my knees up but I like doing them in the last month. Need muscle! Walking the stairs have gotten easier. And doing the laundry is better. It feels good to improve more. Makes the day go faster. Makes me happy.

And doing dishes is getting easier. I’ve been doing them since I was 5 years old, mean stepmom, πŸ™‚ Never thought I would miss it. Makes my cuticles soft. I switched to plastic dishes, lots easier than stoneware. We have a dishwasher for when there is a lot to do. My energy isn’t there yet for lots of work. πŸ™‚

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Hi to 2022 lol

I haven’t felt like writing just being a bum and exercising my arm and walking. I can’t wait for 70 degree weather. πŸ™‚ Just to go to the pond and walk. Hubby and son brought the treadmill upstairs, at least I can walk there. I like my row/step machine also. I have much to keep me busy but I want all whole again so I can be me again. I was normally busy body so this hard to get use to just doing slow motion. A year down.

Yesterday i did break out the word search and read some.

I read a physical book with my right hand. I miss doing that. I like ebooks but a real book is so nice. πŸ™‚

My daughter got me a cool bracelet for christmas. I tried to get a picture of it so one can see it’s all about me. She is knows me well. πŸ™‚

I also got my laptop out with the help of hubby to get my fingers moving more, only 400 reps. lol Thats what it takes to get them moving more. lol

laptop is harder to use than I remember. I like my desktop right now for speed. πŸ™‚

I can tell typing one handed is going to hard to break once the right hand moves more. lol Actually it will be the best thing ever!!!

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Exercising and WRITING

I think I got this to work after changing different themes.:)

I think I even got the easy part set up.

I spend most days exercising and writing on Nanowrimo!

This will be short because it took me Forever to change themes. At least it works now. No error. I had to go buy myself leggings instead of jeans the other day. I can’t wait to get into jeans, I miss them. But I have no butt right now. lol The leggings are way cheaper and comfortable. So I can live with that. πŸ™‚

I can do some things with my right hand. Can’t wait til I can type and write. I miss journaling, art, scratching, make-up, putting my earings in, and cooking. I can do some things but would be great to do them all. πŸ™‚

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I wrote the first three days and I am writing today. πŸ™‚

I took a break from it yesterday. I wish I had both hands it would be easier. I’m exercising my arm so hope it will happen. Building up muscle. I look like a beam pole with the weight that I lost. lol

I’m listening to Christmas shows. I was watching Castle. And I’m drinking a coke, small. I’ve definitely downsized. Somedays I don”t drink any, now it’s WATER. I use to drink 32oz cups one or two a day with 4 glasses of water. I know bad habit but I don’t drink or smoke soooo ..but I know change my thinking pop not good. I use to drink once a week, then it was once a month, then none. lol Things change couldn’t handle the hangovers!

I suppose I better get back to writing and more walking around the house, my legs get water retention. πŸ™‚

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Little Things

I am so tickled with myself! I put hangers on our shirts and put them away. It’s taken until now to use my right hand to put the hanger on. I can now do the laundry. It wears me out but at least hubby has one less thing to do while he works all day and I did the task before!

The grandson helped me unload the dishwasher. I’ve been doing that for awhile. I wash a few dishes by hand but it’s still difficult to do. I even cleaned some surfaces off the other day. Feels good to get them done. I still get tired as heck. I get my steps and exercise in!

Hubby got me a GoFit Tube to exercise on my own. Excited for that, think I’ll wait till son and family leave because I’m sure I will be tired.

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I’m going shopping for a new puzzle and canvas for last puzzle finished.

This was fun. The cats were difficult. A few pieces were in the wrong spot but once i changed them it came together. For awhile I’m sticking with 750 pieces. it gets tiring with my right hand not fully moving.

And I think my new blood pressure is keeping my pressure 120/80s which I’m not use to. Tiring but good. It is a patch no pills to take. Yay!

I must keep up the walking, though weather is going to change. I will have to walk inside. I get up and move every so often and walk around. I need to build muscle. Hubby is going to make an arm exercise up here since I cant go to the basement. soon I hope! somedays I’m weak. I just want to be lazy but I got to push it. I’ve found some yoga stroke exercises. I need to do those and quit being lazy. Walking the park has been great. 1 mile each time. I wish my treadmill was up here but no room. got to get creative! I like that my family goes with me. πŸ™‚