December 11, 2013
This is Renee, Arlene’s webmaster, Gal Friday, and good friend.
For anyone who has read Arlene’s blog lately, it is apparent that this year has been a time of many big changes for Arlene. She has shared her struggles with a chronic nerve disorder (cervical dystonia) and now her husband Bob’s leukemia diagnosis here on the blog. (for more, please read: Life Happens When You Are Busy Making Other Plans, A Pain in the Neck in More Ways Than One, and A Long Life Isn’t Always Possible) Recently, she and Bob have moved from their home of more than 40 years to a local retirement community.
Because of the tumult in her life, for the first time in about 14 years, Arlene and I have not been in almost daily communication about the Support4Change website, the blog, her books, or the other many irons she has always had in the fire. (Really, her varied interests and abilities are quite remarkable.) Last week, we were finally able to catch up, and she asked me to share a brief update with you.
She is settling in to her new home, doing the things we all do when we first move into a new place: discovering what she forgot to bring, buying new housewares, and finding the quirks of her new place. However, much of this has been a distant second to ensuring that her husband Bob recovers enough from a recent health crisis to be able to move from the nearby rehabilitation facility to their new apartment. Walker-proofing the home (no area rugs, bathroom safety equipment, etc.) has led to new considerations.
Once things are settled a little more with her new life, Arlene is hoping to blog about some of the challenges and experiences of moving to a retirement community and changing health issues. Please stay tuned…