Thursday, August 7, 2014
In view of all this information I've come up with (apologies to David Letterman) my top eleven tips for widows. I'll be posting one each Thursday. Some are aimed at new widows, others are appropriate for veterans like me or for people who aren't widows at all but would like to know some of the things I didn't know until the worst happened.
So here we go with Tip Number One.
Of course if you're caring for a loved one, you want to do the most you can, but think of yourself, too. It's hard to be a competent caregiver if you're not at your best. And it's hard to be what I would call a "successful widow" if you let your health deteriorate because it's too much trouble to get that mammogram, schedule your annual visit with your internist or gynecologist or dentist. It's easy to skip that exercise program that used to keep you in shape. It's easy to forget to refill your medications or even to take them. And cooking for one can be heartbreaking. Grocery shopping can, too, when you see couples shopping together or you pass an ingredient in your spouse's favorite dish. So you skip meals, live on snacks or fast food takeout--not a good idea. Widowhood is tough enough without letting yourself get sick because you let yourself get run down. About cooking for one: I always figure if you cook for yourself, you'll probably have leftovers for the next day. Amazon has lots of good books on single person cooking:
Going Solo in the Kitchen;
Help--I Gotta Cook It; \
Serves One: Simple Meals to Savor When You're on Your Own
Take care, and come back next Thursday for Tip #2
Posted by thelmaz at 12:57 PM