"It's like someone turned off half of your body."
That's how Diane describes the physical disability of a stroke.
Her balance is completely gone, as is most of her eye sight and physical coordination. We currently live in an extremely small living space, about 400 square feet. The 4 inch step-up into the kitchen and 4 inch step-down into the bathroom presented Diane with some severe fall opportunities and I held my breath every time she got up to move from one place to another.
We have made arrangements with her son Adam to rent a 3 bedroom, two bath house about 3 blocks from the HeliOS shop. Having her son there will be a great relief for me. There will now be two people helping to look after Diane's needs. Trust me...I am thankful for the help.
A few people that knew ahead of time that we were moving asked if there is any thing we will need. If anyone local has any usable furniture, we can more than certainly use that. What we have now is serviceable but not enough to furnish our new place. A decent vacuum cleaner would be fantastic as well. We fully plan on having a house warming party in September so those that wish to attend, can email me and let me know. We will announce the date a week or two in advance.
Again, thanks for helping us with this move. Diane should be able to more fully do her physical therapy with the additional room. Plus, the psychological chains this cramped and dumpy place wrapped around her will be gone. Oh, and the picture on the left? That's Skip Guenter's immediate reaction after I asked him to help us move. I'm not feelin' real good about my chances here.
Did I mention it's three blocks from the shop? Now I can go to work without worrying about not being there when she needs me. That in itself is uplifting.