Saturday, December 25, 2010

This blog has gone in many different directions. From those first, frantic posts where I thought I was posting only for my own personal records, to when my list of readers grew and grew, because it was such a quick, easy way to get updates on sweet Leslie.

So now what? She's home and has a very long road ahead of her. I frequently get people saying to me "Don't stop writing!" or "You haven't posted anything in soooo long!" Well, it's not necessarily that there is nothing to post about. It's just now Leslie is a lot more aware of what is going on, so I want to respect her privacy on some level. I can tell you that she is really struggling with depression and a TOTAL lack of motivation, and this has been really hard on all of us. Leslie is usually the go-getter. She was always in the kitchen, making new dishes and hosting little parties. None of this happens anymore. Give her pajamas, a couch, and a warm blanket and she is golden.

Therapy still happens twice a week, but it's getting a little frustrating. She is officially done with physical and occupational therapy now. She just has speech, but we really don't see how it's benefiting her anymore. She is also going to start seeing a neuro counselor for her depression and lack of motivation. I think this will help her a lot.

So. Where do we go from here? I can't update Leslie's life day to day, because there isn't really much of a chance day to day. What direction should this blog go so that we can all stay connected without everyone getting bored?

My thought was, aside from Leslie's updates (and I promise they won't stop...they'll just be less frequent), to fill in the gaps, we can discuss wellness topics. I have had a slight heart scare myself just recently, so now I have to go in for a stress echo and I have to wear a Holter monitor for 24 hours. Deep down I know NOTHING is wrong. I have heart palpitations, but that is nothing serious. If it might give us a glimmer of an idea of what was going on with Leslie's heart, then, I will continue to go through with the testing.

Let's post about things we all are doing to promote wellness. Yearly physicals? Check-ups? Losing those last pesky pounds? Walking a mile? Getting educated on AED's and CPR training? Let's all set some goals. And as we chit-chat and talk about the changes we are making, it will lead us right up to the American Heart Walk which will be this Spring and we can all walk in honor of our Leslie... the one who brought us all together.

1 comment:

Calicocath said...

It seems so wrong to blog about my nagging health problems with all that Leslie and her family have been through this year. But here goes. I went to the dentist this morning and have resolved AGAIN to floss regularly. I am heading for the gym for the first time in about a week and will do my best to lose these forty pounds that have crept up on me in 2009. Appointments for yearly exams will be made this week and I am determined to find out what this gnawing pain in my stomach is this year. So I will continue to think of Leslie and how I take good health for granted and remember how quickly things can change. You are not alone in this dear friends.