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Friday, September 20, 2013

Busy Summer

Hoarder-house! Everything here went to auction.
Someone I used to know recently informed me that it has been over 2 months since I have posted anything new. I have a reason. I also have several excuses, but the reason is that with bvFTD for me thinking about doing something is just as good as actually doing it ...well - maybe not everything. Definitely writing a blog post. I thought about it many times. I really enjoyed thinking about it.

Now for my excuses. Basically they all fall into the category of: I was busy!

First off, Cindy demanded a large amount of my time and energy this summer dragging me here and there to do this or that just to make sure I didn't turn into a vegetable.  In addition to that we were still trying to get items to various auctions, and the Antique Mall. That has gotten to be a little overwhelming for me, and I am trying to cut back on the amount of "stuff" we have to move in and out. There were times this summer when my house looked like I was some kind of hoarder. Happily that only lasted a few days as we were sorting and packing to take things to auction. It is not as much fun now that it is profitable. Go figure!

...after 8 hours of surgery
Then Cindy had surgery on her ear. It was a major procedure which took over 8 hours. That was a long day for both of us. She is going to kill me when she sees that I posted a picture of her right after her surgery, but I am too stupid to be scared.  Her surgery was very successful, but took a few weeks to fully recover. Her doctor even says that eventually her sense of taste will return. We were hoping the surgery would end a series of ear infections, and had the added bonus of a 60% recovery of her hearing on that side. That brings it back to slightly better than average, and a hearing aid is no longer necessary on that side. That is a life-changing difference. Hopefully there will be none of the complications down the road with can sometimes occur with this type of surgery. My fingers are crossed!

Then both of my boys came for a visit. It was the first time in over 2 years that I had seen the both of them. A wonderful time was had by all. This big old house just seems happier with 5 or 6 people, a skunk, and a dog in it. We went to the
A nice dinner party.
Zoo one day, and hosted a huge dinner party one evening. Then my youngest son helped us move.

After 2 years of dating, Cindy and I finally decided the time was right for her to move in with me. Our friends said, "What took you guys so long?" I guess we were the last to know. Anyway- She listed her house for sale on a Friday morning, and sold it that afternoon. She made a great deal, and got a great price, but we had to get her all moved in just a couple of weeks. That was not in any way fun, and we are still trying to figure out what goes where ...and what to do with a storage unit full of odds and ends.

The move went well, and we are adjusting ...not easy all the time because bvFTD is always there to make everything just a little more challenging, but it is worth it. Though Cindy is well aware of my symptoms, my disease, and my likely future, she is not my keeper or my caretaker, but she is certainly my partner.

My kids caught us at the Zoo when we weren't lookin...
Just when we were really making progress getting things squared away, and everything was going great, I injured my right ankle again. I have a chronic issue with my Achilles tendon, and I strained it. It had been sore for several weeks because of all the moving, but I actually pulled it squatting down to clean out Kroozer's litter box. Hard to believe that after moving 20 car-loads of boxes up and down stairs I would injure my ankle cleaning Kroozer's potty-box. Well, it was pretty serious this time, and I was unable to bear any weight on it at all for over a week. Then I went grocery shopping when it started to feel better, and was
unable to bear any weight on it for another 3 weeks. Today is the first day in over a month that it does not hurt, but it is still feeling stiff and tight. I am being overly careful not to re-injure it. Somewhere in there Cindy started a new job, and we managed to have a garden, and I canned about 20 quarts of spaghetti sauce. We also made a few quarts of sweet relish, but the cucumbers didn't do very well this year. Maybe because it was cloudy, and rainy, and cold most of July and August. The pool was a waste this summer.

So those are my excuses, and my reason. I am sure I could come up with a few more. Overall, I have had a busy summer. Some days are better than others, and right now most days are really good.