Home for the week, burning off vacation before the year end. Nothing great planned like a trip to Vegas or Mexico. Well, wait. Great things planned like cleaning the house! Not the regular cleaning but doing the stuff I've been putting off forever. And now, with the guy's ALS stuff going on, there's a sense of urgency to getting these things checked off the list.
He can't lift his arms beyond waist high. 3 months ago, he could lift chest high. Now it's waist high. Try it. Keep your elbows at your hips and try to lift your hands no higher than your waist. Imagine getting dressed. Eating. Reaching for jelly at the grocery store on the high shelf. Brushing teeth. It doesn't work out too well.
My vacation plan = rearranging to make his life easier. I have tupperware and big bowls on a low shelf. Plates, bowls, glasses on high shelves. Isn't that sort of the way we do it? Those will be switched so he can reach the stuff we use most often. Rearrange the closet and make his clothes lower. I have to go to the hardware store and get key rings - those metal circles - and put them on his zippers. Gripping zippers is tough and I think if he hooks his finger in one of the rings and pulls, life could be a little easier.
It's these little things we take for granted that make things so difficult. Trying to think of new ways to make life less frustrating.