I tried to sit down and blog just a bit ago, but could not remember how to get the microphone to work with my dictation software. I considered one-finger typing, but knew I wouldn't have the patience for that - despite a sermon this morning about patience! So I pulled out my clipboard and a good pen and decided to write a post by hand and then ask Mom to type it for me (Thanks, Mom!)
I know I always write that I miss blogging and promise to be more consistent in the future. But I haven't . I'm sorry.
Today - this one time - I will claim technical difficulties as my excure! Grrr...!
For the rest of the blog-less summer, I'll go with busyness - moving, camping, getting settled, finding a new routine and a new normal.
I normally think that busyness is a lame excuse, and I still do. In fact, I feel totally lame for saying I've been too busy to blog. Urgh. Yuck. But it's done now, so on to the rest...
We are mostly settled in our home and it is great! I love it! I've found a lot more independence and general ease in day-to-day life and routine.
I'm just about completely independent in the bathroom and need Mom only to dry my back after my shower every night--it's pretty tough to do with only one hand!
We have quite a full routine...bedtime is a wonderful time of the day after lots of activity!
On Mondays, I attend an art therapy group at the Rocky Mountain Stroke Center. We talk and paint or draw and generally hang out all morning.
On Tuesdays, I go to a PT group and come home exhausted. I'm working on balance a lot. Standing up straight with head,shoulders, hips, knees and feet aligned is harder than I remember it being. Last week I rode a stationary bike a bit - lots of balancing required to stay upright-- it got my heart pumping and felt like real exercise!
On Wednesdays, Dad drives me down to Colorado Springs for my weekly counseling appointment. We stop for lunch on the way home and tend to go somewhere with good onion rings!
On Thursday mornings, Mom and I go to Bible study at a local church. We are on week 4 of Children of the Day and look forward to seeing Beth on screen every week. Thursday afternoons alternate between a massage and warm water PT class. I prefer massage therapy above all other choices!
Fridays are mostly free and a good day for being with friends - coffee, breakfast, lunch, or just hanging out.
Weekends include our small group from church twice a month, and Sundays are full with church, teaching Sunday School with Dad (we now have Middle School students--we've been promoted!), and relaxing, and rest.
There is time in our weeks for things like the local symphony orchestra, a movie night here and there, book reading, and everyday tasks and such.
Life is full - and good!
My stamina is increasing little by little - which is necessary just to keep up with the calendar. Like everyone else, I could use more energy!
I do post regular updatesand photos on Facebook(Joanne Heim) and Twitter(@joanneheim) with more everday kinds of things.
Love to all,
P.S. Hi Diane ;)