Wound up losing the arm. Not misplaced, cut off. I knew this was coming and found that I was becoming bitter and not a whole lot of fun to be around. And that is the reason I left. No one likes a continual rain cloud. My thought processes were getting skewed as well. Kinda got to me for a few months. So...I have become a big fan of those spring clamps in the kitchen, a firm believer in fish cleaning boards with the clamp on one end, a supporter of ground beef, fairly adept at cleaning veggies too. You mount the brush and move the veggie! Electric can opener and jar opener are my pals now. Can't operate those wretched resealing bags at all so try not to buy anything packed in them. My kitchen area looks like something Rube Goldberg would be ecstatic about. The voice to print setup on the computer works okay most of the time, although if I do not speak clearly it goofs up some. I try to correct for it. If you see any goofs it is my fault for not catching them.
Phantom feelings of the arm plague me, and I find the nightmares are sometimes interesting. My balance was off for a while, but other than that getting along. Shoes are a challange-have become a fan of loafers. Sold off most of the tools and such. A one armed chain saw attempt did not seem too wise. Best wishes to all-Dan
Thank you, Colorado. Not sure about the phone to print setup, but I find that if I speak too rapidly I get some curious results on the screen! And too, I have to be careful about muttering. I am sending off many hostile comments to politicians these days-which will result in nothing other than making me feel better. Oh-I found a toy at the thrift shop about a month ago. A Salad Shooter! Laugh if you will, but it helps me a lot. Just have to cut some things down to fit in the carriage. Very handy for making fried potatoes! You think the heart pill needs to be cut in strength some? I was on some stuff for a month or so that made me very stupid and odd. Like being underwater. You take care of yourself. Dan
Thanks Spuds. Nice to be 'home' again. You are right about no choice. Well, there was one but it wasn't too keen. I came through it medically okay, it was the mental adjustment that was and still is a rough thing. An orderly took me on a "tour" through the quad ward. Best thing he could have done for me. I have it very easy compared to those guys. Daily chores are tough now and some things I just haven't figured out yet. Feeding the wood stove is mostly okay, but i have had a kid split the bigger chunks down for me, Pellet stove probably in my future. Or Tahiti!! Ya gotta keep a sense of humor about this stuff.
Dan, The heart control pill had to be increased in late Aug. I was going afib, too fast and so on. My heart beats in the 60's again. Little higher than before on this pill but I am older and little higher. I told my new Dr monitor I hate this diet, the pills and getting jabbed. Got to get jabbed next week again as blood too thick now. Was too thin. Stress I think and Dr said it could. When he increases the blood thinner back I will be fine. He will next week I feel sure.
I got to be ready for the bus to go to rec center and then to store for milk. Friday I will have bus take me to town hall to pay the water and gas..
Roll with the punches as best you can Colorado. I know a fellow out here that is stopping his meds and consistently lies to his doctor. To what end? I guess he thinks he is getting away with something. he is 84 now and I suppose he may just be tired of all of it. His choice, but i know he will be bitten in the bum before long.
hey Colorado-you hang in. I think in my friend's case he is just tired and running out of interest in life. And I guess once that spark is gone there is no more flame. It happens. i was pretty down for a good while and had considered offing myself,but figured I could do better than that. There are lots of people out there with far worse situations than me. Besides, I always wanted a collection of spare shirt sleeves.... We do what is needed and keep going.
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."