A Family that Does Chores Together
Keeps Mommy Sane!
Before my husband had his stroke, he helped around the house; a lot. We did dishes together. He cooked breakfast. We tag teamed house cleaning day. We did yard work together.
It takes so much energy and mental focus to recover from a stroke. The person has brain damage, so parts of the brain no longer work. New neural pathways must be developed to compensate for the damaged areas. Some people must re-learn to talk and change their dominant hand. Let’s not forget the depression and any other cognitive defects.
Strokes double suck!
For the first time in 18 months my husband cooked breakfast AND cleaned the entire kitchen: stove, dishes, behind the canisters and baskets, and did so with a smile. (Secret alert: I haven’t cleaned behind the canisters or baskets since we moved in!)
He’s finally getting comfortable with using his left hand to do everything and a little more control over his right arm.
It was fantastic to see him have the emotional and physical strength to do something that he used to do with ease.
Nothing is easy anymore, but his strength and determination is inspirational. It even inspired our kids to get their noses out of their tablets and pitch in with vacuuming, window cleaning, and even scrubbing the toilets. And they loved it!
Maybe it was the promise of water balloons that spurred them on to get the chores done, but I’m not above bribery.
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