I am glad your Sister has you to be with and take care of her. Our Cousin Dick had Downs Syndrome, he was the sweetest, most gentle person and pretty clever in his own way. The family misses him dearly and we have many favorite stories about him. This one is mine:
When I was in high school I used to help his Dad, my Great Uncle Delos with his accounting, as he was loosing his eyesight. Cousin Dick, his son, lived with him. Whenever Uncle was busy and had to be really focused on something, Dick had various "assignments" he would do at that time.
Afternoons when I was there, Uncle had him read the Bible. One day when Uncle was in the kitchen and Cousin Dick was reading; I was watching & listening to him, he always read aloud. Then I noticed he wasn't looking at the page, he was actually looking out the far window, yet he was saying the passages perfectly.
When my Uncle came back in the room, I whispered to him "Uncle Delos do you know that Dick has memorized his Bible passages, he is not even looking at the page now?" Uncle didn't know, as he had always been busy doing his own work. So he stopped and listened to Dick too. I could see that he was very proud of his Son, for figuring out how fool him all that time, when in fact he was daydreaming out the window!
I imagine it's hard having a permanent 5-year old some days, but I bet there are similar rewards too
As for not budging weight-wise, well you're doing it all perfectly, both eating and exercise. I see from various journals that people hit plateaus and this 218 thing has plagued me for years. I swear I psyche myself up for failure as soon as I see that number, and today it was starring me in the face again! I walked and ate right today, so maybe tomorrow!
I am going to see if I can foil it with my new trick. Hmm, let's see how I can put this delicately. I noticed that reducing to just two fruits a day slowed me down a bit, things just weren't moving the way they used to. Last night I switched my morning apple to my after dinner dessert and that helped lighten things up before bed. It also helped the morning weigh-in, I do believe