Thursday, October 18, 2018

Neither healthy, wealthy nor wise

When I turned off my TV, the lights were still on downstairs because my nephew and his dad were still out at hockey practice.

This made me feel good, like I was going to bed on time. "Early to bed ..." and all that.

Then it was all I could do to stay awake at work today.

It might have been because of my morning. Wardrobe malfunctions -- actually the clothes worked correctly, my body didn't -- made two changes of clothes necessary. And while my sister has to do most of the work, these types of issues take a big toll on me mentally.

Monday, October 15, 2018

I am being careful

To use a urinal while in a wheelchair, one must edge toward the front of the chair, so that everything is, as my doctor said, "descendant." At least I need to.

This means undoing my seatbelt.

Until recently, this worked fine.

Twice in the past week, though, I have coughed after I set the urinal down but before I redid the seatbelt.

The results have been more or less obvious. I fall onto my upper legs and then take a header onto the floor. Actually, I take that back. The first time, I somehow steered my chair toward a little table in my bathroom and rested my head on it until my sister rescued me.

Not sure why this is happening or what to do.

Saturday, October 13, 2018


The cardiac surgeon gave me a lukewarm thumbs-up Friday, saying essentially I hadn't had big problems since I went off the heart drug so I might be fine. He told me he can't see the future, so he can't predict, but things are positive.

It wasn't the "YOU'RE CURED" I was hoping for, and I thought surgeons were a little more positive. But I'll take it. I guess I have to.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Careful as I wanna be does not mean stupid

My sister came into my room last night as Mom was helping me to bed.

As soon as I read this story, she more or less said, guess who I thought of? Mr. Careful as I wanna be. She didn't say the title with the awesomeness it deserves.

Since then, I have been trying to figure out how you could use a power wheelchair on an escalator.

My chair would be too lengthy for two steps, but I don't think the three wheels would rest well on three steps.

The guy was on an up escalator. The only way I can figure is if you turned around and tilted your chair as far back as it goes. You then might be able to maintain a level sitting platform despite the escalator's slant.

 But a reclined chair doesn't move, so I am not sure how you'd get off.

On a down escalator, you would not need to turn around, but the other issues would remain.

But all of my uncertainty about a wheelchair and an escalator will not lead me to attempt it.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Traumatized toes

At my physical, I asked the doctor to look at toenail that had a split in it.

You're going to lose that nail, she said, indicating that the toe and the one next to it had been traumatized.

For the life of me, I can't remember what I did.

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