Ok warning on this blog post……I really don’t know what got into me when I wrote this!
Today I am sitting down to chat with Sandy on how life is going for her these days
Jesus and Dark Chocolate Blog – So Sandy, how are YOU doing with all that is going on ?
Sandy – (smiling and sipping her coffee) Thanks for asking. Life has been just weird for me. I miss the days of normal chaos. They have now been substituted with unexpected, unknown days of chaos and unexplained tiredness. Days don’t go as planned, and that is hard for me since I am a planner. Things come up and I am learning to quickly switch gears and adjust. It’s all a new normal for me….but I am making the adjustment, seeking God’s wisdom, and living life! No need to get bitter and angry…that would lead me no where! Hey can I get you some coffee or dark chocolate ?
Jesus and Dark Chocolate Blog (JADCB) – No thanks on the coffee, but I will take some chocolate! Thanks! How is Curt doing these days?
Sandy – (pouring more half and half into her coffee, and sipping it) Well, overall he is really doing well. He is NOT bored at home. He has the greatest friends. He routinely has one or two different friends (and even former students) who stop in to say hi, take him out to lunch or breakfast, or just hang out and watch sports with him! He is also busy practicing drums for Sunday mornings where he still plays twice a month on the worship team. He is also working on recording drums. I am telling you that man may loose all of his other abilities down the road, but he will still be able to play drums! :) He does get VERY tired at times, so he will also sleep some during the day. That helps since the evening and nights are often busy with sports and the kids activities. He is also trying to get to the Rec Center once to twice a week to work out.
(JADCB) Hey this is good chocolate by the way, what is it?
Sandy – Wilbur Chocolate…duh!!
(JADCB) – So what can friends do to help Curt out?
Sandy – Good question. It seems that he enjoys just hanging out with friends the most. His humor and social skills are still quite intact, so hanging with friends is a real blessing for him.
(JADCB) – What does he struggle with?
Sandy – (At this point Sandy puts down her coffee, and in a slow and deliberate voice she tells me) He can still do so much, and I try so hard to enjoy those things and focus on them!
But if you must know………. he continues to struggle those short term memory things like, “where is the game tonight?” “what’s for dinner?” He may ask things like that 2-3 times with in an hour. Or he needs frequent reminders as to what he needs to do. I put up a big white board in the kitchen and write down things he needs to do each day on that. That really seems to help. And those elusive spatial concepts seem to get the best of him. Things like buckling a seat belt, filling out a form, hanging up a coat properly, and so many other routine spatial concepts that daily elude and frustrate him.
At this point, Sandy asks if we can continue the interview another time….she is heading off to the Rec Center for a workout. So it looks like we will continue with FAQ Part 2. So check back later in the week for Part 2.