This is the second time I’ve been the executor of an estate, but Daddy’s is much more involved than Pop’s was. Luckily, we have a niece who is a lawyer, so I’ll have some help when I’m ready. I’ve tried researching what I need to do on the Internet, and I’ve been surprised at how little help I could find. Everything seems to be geared toward Estate Planning, rather than settling an estate.
April 15th is getting closer, too, and I’ve just not been up to dealing with important numbers. I did get a good start today, though. Starting is half the battle for me, as I find I’ve become quite the procrastinator in the last few years. I don’t know if that’s a sign of old age LOL, stress, or Parkinson’s!
We walked again this morning, but I was slow as mud. I made it around for a half mile, using the walker. I’ve been using the walker all this week, but I depended on it more today, as I could feel the tightness in my shoulders when I stopped. That slow as mud feeling is the first Parkinson’s symptom I had, so it’s looking less and less like I’ll be able to continue on just the Zelepar. The Neurologist told me I could go back on the Requip as well, if I felt like I had to. I’ve resisted, because the Requip gave me stomach troubles last time. Well, I had stomach trouble when I was on the Requip – that doesn’t automatically mean the Requip was causing it. It’s that uncertainty that has kept me trying to do without it. I’m just not ready to cope with stomach side effects yet. Maybe next week.
I taught 4th and 5th graders for 25 years, but I’ve seen the “Smarter than a Fifth Grader” TV show a couple of times since I’ve been back home. It’s scary how much my mind goes blank on stuff I know I should know. I hope it’s just remnants of caregiver burnout, and not the PD effecting my mental abilities. Stress can really do a number on such tasks, so I’m trying really hard to relax as much as I can. But getting things accomplished is part of what’s needed to lower my stress level, too, so it’s a matter of finding a balance, I guess.
I continue to be uplifted by all the loving comments. You all really are helping. Just a thought for you, if you need to send a sympathy card to someone. One of our friends included a neatly cut out copy of Daddy’s Obituary notice in their card. It was very much appreciated.