When I was a little girl, I loved science and math just as much as recess. I guess that’s why I enjoyed the playground so much.
I learned a lot about both physics and life from something as simple as playing on a seesaw.
A seesaw is all about leverage, so picking the right partner is important! Going up and down with someone you are equally matched with can be a lot of fun, but if the person on the other end is bigger than you, you can easily find yourself helplessly suspended with no way to come down.
To be at the mercy of such science is scary enough – but what’s worse: being stuck 5 feet in the air … or crashing down with a painful thud when the playground bully suddenly jumps off at the other end?
I found that the best way to even the playing field when faced with a seesaw heavyweight was to ask some friends to hop on my side with me until we achieved proper balance and could regain some control.
When I became my husband’s caregiver, my life felt frighteningly ‘up in the air’ and I realized that I had to find my balance and get some help quickly! I needed people on my side to help me regain the control that Alzheimer’s had stolen away from our family. As the disease progressed and things got heavier and heavier, I found that I needed more and more people on my side to keep things balanced.
Alzheimer’s is never a fair fight.
When Glen passed, Alzheimer’s jumped off the seesaw and sure enough, I came crashing down so hard that I feared I might not ever be able to get up again. Amazingly, the same group of friends and family who helped me weigh my end down when I was a caregiver were the ones now lifting me up and helping me get back on my feet as I began to recover.
Ask for help. Grow your team. Care for each other.
Let’s beat this bully!