Hugs back at ya..............I can only imagine what you went through for those 4 years and trying to be strong and brave for him. So happy to hear he is doing fine now.
Oh I do take time for me. We live in a very active over 55 community. There are alot of activities during the day time I can run out to for a few hours here and there. I'm a bigtime linedancer and do that 4-5 times a week, go to Curves and of course I do most of the shopping so I am in and out alot during the day. I am in most nights unless we are able to go out together to do something.
My best friend of 41 years & her husband just moved here a few weeks ago which has been a tremendous lift for my husband as we are super close with them. Their daughter (my Godchild) and family also lives about
40 minutes away so that makes it even better. My sister lives here and about
4 couples from back North plus a ton of new found friends....we have been here 5 years now and settled in really well.
It's a good thing we don't have the big house, large lot of land and winter and snow to deal with as it would be too difficult for him. Everything is at our fingertips here and not far insofar as all our medical care (except the Mayo Clinic) and tons of social amenities so we are in a good place having this to deal with. That in of itself helps to keep him grounded and counts his blessings daily.
I try to keep it balanced so I am home when he needs me to be for lunch, etc. But he is always saying to go out and do things too which is great. I make sure I keep all the appts straight, medical stuff up to date and take him to all the different appts.
One day he was kind of down recently with the discomfort and put on My Cousin Vinnie that he has seen a ton of times..............just what he needed to get out of the funk. I came home and he was in such a good mood.................as I've said you need the humor and laughter. Get it any way you can!!!
Thanks again Stacey for your concern.....
60 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 ... left sided ulcerative colitis now & fully involved and trying to get in remission. Acute inflammation-pancolitis-tenesmus rectal pain-granulation is showing some healing started. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 July 07 starting to feel somewhat normal 75mg Imuran 40 mg prednisone (tapering 8/07) 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 3X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Colocourt enemas at night.