I know it’s better to live in the present, but I also like to run periodic assessments of myself to see if I’m the same or declining (improvement is never an issue!) Most of the time, I see the same old, same old, but my latest assessment does show more decline.
1. Hands: the left one is really losing it. The right is pretty much shot to blazes and serves merely as a paper weight, but I had taught myself to use the non-dominant left. I get looks in church when I cross myself with the left, but I’m beyond caring. I can print (not cursive, just manuscript) a bit with leftie, but it’s starting to get weaker earlier in the day. Conundrum: push it to the limit or rest it? I think for my survival it has to be the former.
2. Balance: losing it on a regular basis. I look like a Weeble at times, and I feel like I’ll keel over. BUT Weebles wobble, they don’t fall down.
3. Legs: Almost the same as before, but again, the left gets weaker. Now I need more help lifting it into the car and getting out of the shower. I still keep moving so I won’t lose it all. Thank God for my husband who’s always there to help me – despite my
4. Mind: I still seem to retain my mental capacity. Sometimes I wish I weren’t so keen – maybe I wouldn’t notice all the decline. No, I take that back – I love having my wits and memory.
5. Overall: There are some declines, but not as much as there could be.
The good side is that I haven’t fallen in over ten months. The stairs are still the most difficult part of the day, but there are still only three outside and fourteen inside. If that changes, I’ll amend numbers 4 and five above!
Oh, and I haven’t taken any DMDs in over a year!