Monday, February 27, 2012

There is nothing like birthdays to make one reflect on past memories and on how very quickly the years seem to pass.  My son will be thirty one years old March 2nd.  It seems like yesterday he was the age of his beautiful 10 month old son.  I was blessed to have some time to get to know my little grandson.  They were in need of a babysitter the first week of the month and Nanni(me) heeded the call and packed her bags for a week of fun.

My husband and I had jokingly discussed if it might be a good idea to take my knee pads along.  Typically I just use them in the garden.  I most definitely will take my knee pads the next trip I make.   I have energy and mobility issues but when it comes to my grandchildren I push myself to the max to make the most of every second I am blessed to be with them. 

I had a wonderful week with Andrew.  I forced this body onto the floor where all the play things and Andrew were and had a blast.  We had the best time getting to know one another and creating our own games.  I had prayed for the endurance and strength to get through the week and my prayer was definitely answered.  I was blessed to be present for a major milestone in every baby's life.  He said "Dade and Dada" for the first time.  I even got it on video.  That is always an exciting moment for a couple when baby says his first word.  I must say I felt sorry for my sweet daughter-in-law who like most Mommy's want Mommy to be the first word.

When I got home my body let me know how much I had pushed my limits.  My knees hurt for 2 weeks so bad and I was very fatigued.  But that is what we disabled do, we push our limits and pay the price later in lieu of letting precious moments pass us by.  All the pain I felt later was so worth it.  I would go back tomorrow if I was asked except I hurt my back a few days ago following doctors orders.

My rheumotologist has been reinforcing to me the benefit of exercise for my Fibromyalgia.  She recommended Tai Chi first.  Cognitively I am unable to do the upper body and lower body movements in sync.  I tried the chair Tai Chi and I just can't seem to get the hang of it plus it sent my neck and shoulders into a Fibro flare.  The other day I tried to follow a video supposedly for arthritis patients.  Oh my gosh my pain level is off the charts at times.  My lumbo-sacral area of my back is crying out "you crazy woman you should know better."  What can I say, "the doctor made me do it."   Blame doesn't get you anywhere and it sure doesn't ease the pain.  I just hate it though when you get in a position and your back gets stuck and you can't move. 

I have been crocheting and did complete one of my projects.  It turned out to be a beautiful scarf.  I found the pattern some time ago on http://www.herrschners.com/ but was unable to find the pattern there today to link to it.  I am presently working on a baby afghan in pink and white.   My fingers have been very stiff though so the crochet time is limited too.

My back is now saying I should get out of this computer chair and walk about.   I am off to walk around the house.  Wishing everyone a great week....

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