I have been known to take a walk through the lunatic fringe during my 17 years as a spouse caregiver. Sometimes this is triggered because I think it is unfair what has happened and is happening to Patti. … Yes, I know that life is not fair, yada yada. Because she must be, Patti is more accepting. Because I do not have to be, I get more nuts about it.
Through our daughter’s childhood, Patti’s Multiple Sclerosis symptoms prevented involvement in the more physical family moments such as sledding in the neighborhood after a snowfall. This just seemed so wrong.
Following the Blizzard of 1996, while shoveling and shoveling snow, I had a vision of an opportunity to right this wrong. Perhaps it was a hallucination from exhaustion?
With the inspiration and energy unique to madmen I turned shoveling snow into building a sledding hill right in our front yard. Patti could roll right out of our house and SEE and FEEL A PART of a family moment that MS had too often denied her.
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I will not even attempt to share how much snow I shoveled onto sleds and dragged to build my hill and mini bob sled course. <grin> While the Blizzard of 1996 may have crippled the East Coast I on the other hand, “had a dream” and I was going to adapt nature.
... and what could be better in hot and humid July than three refreshing minutes of sledding?
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer