Though I am certain there are many who would not agree with the title of this post, particularly those who have been affected by Irma and Harvey. Even my brother who had planned on taking his husband to see the gardens in Victoria after selling Joh's art in Washington
but took the rain as an opportunity to rest and visit with family rather than spend yet another day driving. For those of us who have been surrounded by smoke and fires, it has been a desired gift for some time. Hopefully more fires will be put out, much of the smoke has already cleared. I know it will help with my breathing, my poor dry skin, and my balance.
I actually hadn't considered my balance before, but have been fighting off ear infections in my right ear. That would be related to my balance, right? Sometime after Roland and I had moved to West Valley, I started having issues with my balance. My theory was low ceilings and lack of ventilation had contributed to my instability of movement. Of course, the balance thing was even a greater challenge when I felt distorted whenever I’d first wake up or because of the tremendous amount of sinus infections I would experience (all in the West Valley house; I have not experienced that degree before or since)
After my dad had had a series of strokes and was unstable on his feet, we had purchased him a tall cane and then a tall walker. He must have been bent over when using the walker though, as I can reach my arms out at a comfortable position and I don’t have to bend After we had cleaned out my mom’s house, Patrick ended up taking my dad’s walker. Apparently, he also had the one that had belonged to my maternal grandma but I did not know that at the time.
Because of my instability to move around during the night (because I drink a lot of water and my bladder is not as large as it used to be) I asked him if I could have the walker and started using it not long after my mom had passed away. That’s when I realized he had two walkers as he had given me both as he thought dad’s might be too tall for me.
Oh, like a really could have used grandma’s! I don’t even remember her being that short! She must have really been hunched over! I don’t even think that thing came up to my knees! I think that is seriously the tiniest walker I have ever seen. . What is it with getting such short walkers to assist with the walking. I don't recall many walker users who haven't ended up leaning over and creating an even greater problem with their deformed backs as they had with their unstable legs. But that's beside the point.
We brought dad’s walker with us to Oregon. I had no need for it when we were living in the first house we had rented. I never felt distorted or unbalanced and hadn’t used it for over two years now. But I have recently started using it again. Ever since our trip to Medford.
I think if we had a vehicle that rides high up – like a truck – where I have my legs bent at the knee in a dinner-chair-seated position, it might not be an issue. But long rides with my leg in a straight or semi-bent is too much hard on my right leg. I noticed that before we arrived in Medford last month that my right leg was really hurting.
I believe I could have done without the assistance of the walker this morning. I no longer feel distorted. My hair feels soft again and so I think the rest of me will be feeling better like how I was meant to feel - our entire purpose of moving to Oregon. I'm very grateful for the rain. Overall, I really love this time of year. Still missing my Utah family. I know that coming to Oregon was/is the right move for me. Now that we've had a wonderful rain, I can breathe again.