@imallears – uh oh…. poor Ollie. I don't know whether to feel more sorry about him being sent thru the mail or landing on the radiator…
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Oh @lizny – I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. And I understand the question of "what do to now?". After my dad died many years ago, I thought to myself "What did I used to do before I spent so much time going back and forth to visit/care for my dad?" Only one thought came to mind. I used to take dance lessons. So… I went back to the place for lessons, the first week there I met my now husband… It's been 25 years now, so I'm here to tell you that life has ups and downs all over the place but it goes on, and some of it is wonderful. Is there anything you remember that you used to LOVE doing before you were a caretaker to your mom?
@gingerw and @contentandwell – Yes, I'm glad you both got yours. I totally understand that if there are extraneous issues like cancer, transplants, chemo, etc. it's wise to be prepared early. Also, I think geography matters. In the Northeast, winter is coming fast! Here in Florida, it's not even quite cooling down to decent yet. My Florida winter will not be in full swing until late December. Yours will be much earlier. I believe that matters with the flu!
@ayeshasharma – Very interesting video. To echo a little of what @contentandwell talked about, I thought it was interesting that I didn't hear any questions that related to health – e.g., do you think your weight affects your health? or your ability to participate in healthy social activities? It seemed to focus entirely on attractiveness – acceptance of body image – etc. I guess, if I had to come down on one side or the other, I think I would view extreme obesity in the same way I would view addiction to anything – drugs, alcohol, nicotine. It's not healthy, it limits your life choices, and it shortens your life expectancy. I would try to help my children or family members overcome a food addiction that resulted in obesity in the same way I would try to help them overcome a drug, tobacco, or alcohol addiction. I wouldn't love them any less, but I would want them to be as strong and healthy as possible.
@imallears – you have the credentials to be a regular wildlife expert! It hurt me to read about that spider that broke open into 1000 spiders. I ran from the computer screaming when I read it and had to make myself a strong cocktail to come back and finish the post. LOL. Anyway, we have noseeums too, and we have your motto too – Close the Door.
I get mine in November too @merpreb. I have always thought that it took a week or so to become effective – then it lasted for a few months. I thought this would protect me in December, January & February when the flu season was at its strongest. This year, one of the nurses told me it would be good to get it earlier… but I didn't get to ask for her rationale. Does anyone know why you would want to get one much earlier than November?
Hi @lizny – I agree that caregiving is often underappreciated and challenging. My husband has dementia and it is sometimes a rollercoaster here! It sounds as if you gave your parents and grandparents a lot of love. You can always feel good about that. You use the past tense when you speak of your caregiving? Are you still a caregiver?