I heard a sad tale today about a guy I've know for about 40 years. He moved away about 25 years ago for his work, so I have not seen him regularly although we share enough friends in common that I've kept up with his life. He married a great gal about 40 years ago and they've been married all this time, living here and there, working, no kids.
A few years ago - probably 10 by now - this guy suffered a health set back which started with back pain. He's a tall guy, almost 7 feet tall, and large all over. With his back pain, he began using a walker. He worked every day, but fell one day, broke his shoulder, lost his job, and things went from bad to worse.
Now, he walks only from the hospital bed in his house to the door where his wheel chair is as he can't fit the wheel chair through his bedroom door. He sits all day, plays video games (often with another friend a couple states away), eats, bathes in his special tub, and then hobbles back to his bed. Such a life I would wish on no one.
The friend who told me about the tall guy is heading to visit him in a few days. We discussed our friend's miserable life - and miserable it is! He has only his wife and his sister, no money, and a world that is encompassed in three rooms (one of which is a bathroom). I think one guy is gonna take on the other guy, demanding that he do something with his life besides play video games! We both think that our troubled friend could improve his life with just a little effort.
He doesn't seem to be depressed. His wife is a great gal who loves him with her whole heart. His sister is nearby, but he is almost unable to leave his home. He owns a converted van to accommodate his wheelchair, but traveling is an ordeal to say the least.
Why did this happen? How did this otherwise healthy, happy, friendly guy allow himself to fall into a deep well of unhealthy behaviors that resulted in his almost complete withdrawal from his own life? How can he continue on this downward path when it would take only a few minutes a day to improve both is health and his outlook?
So, what can be done? We discussed an intervention. I can't be there physically, but all his friends can bombard him with phone calls and emails on the same subject. Dude, we want you healthy. We want you happy. We want you alive!
Since he is still able to walk a bit, it makes sense to me that he would build on that to improve his outlook. Walking only a few extra minutes each day - plus the 10 steps from his bed to his wheel chair - would quickly add up to benefit him. The day might soon arrive when he could more easily walk to his van and fulfill his promise to drive to St. Louis to visit all his old buddies.
We can't make him do it. We can only inform and encourage. We can hope......
Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude. You can trust the information you find here. It's from a dedicated walker. Trust me and your life will get better! I promise.
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