It was a bright sunny morning when I innocently answered a call from a number I didn’t recognize. I was in complete shock when the voice on the other end told me that my husband Dan had suffered a heart attack and was in critical condition in the hospital. He had never complained about any ill health, was still working hard at his job as an architect and seemed as strong as a horse.
I later discovered that men often put their health last. They figure that if they can accomplish all their daily tasks then they are perfectly healthy. They ignore symptoms until they can’t anymore, and when they finally go to the doctor, it’s often to find out that they have a serious condition.
Dan suffers from atherosclerosis, a blocking of the arteries, which men tend to develop at a younger age than women. After his heart attack, doctors advised that he retire and focus on his health. He started to control his blood pressure and cholesterol levels with medication and tried to eat more fruits and vegetables.
Luckily, I had retired a few years before Dan had, so I was available to monitor medication, cook healthy meals and take Dan out for exercise. For a number of years, we kept heart disease at bay and enjoyed a slow but leisurely lifestyle. But now Dan has become significantly weaker and I am feeling the effects of my age as well. I decided it was time to bring in some external help.
My two daughters live in the neighborhood and visit often, but they have their own families and careers and can’t be expected to pick up the slack. So I turned to Towne Home Care and hired a part-time caregiver to do some of the heavy lifting. Now I can relax and take care of myself, as well as helping Dan. Sometimes one of my daughters will pick me up and take me out for some shopping or a restaurant meal, so I can recharge my batteries. I know that Dan is in good hands while I am away, so I can fully enjoy myself.
Home care isn’t for everyone, of course, but I have been fortunate that Dan and I are healthy enough to stay at home, at least for now. And I am grateful to Towne Home Care for their professional caregiving, cheerful smiles and true compassion.