Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
As I look back over the past month, if it was to go wrong it did. First my hot water tank, car battery, my Mom's fall and hospitalization. Then the hot water tank "again", parking ticket, door key breaking in lock, luckily there was enough of it to pull out. The tank needed to be replaced, the parking ticket was issued at Save on Foods parking lot at 4:18 p.m. stating I was parked there since 13:00 p.m. (2 hour limit) which was impossible as I was at the hospital. Finally figured out what went wrong, the chalk mark on my tire was from the day before. I disputed the ticket and they "forgave" it this time only. Since I am usually there every day I will now need to check my tires, hopefully it does not happen again. I'm sure there was something else, just can't think of it right now :)
Took my Mom to the cast clinic 4 days after she came home and there is a fracture, so the cast will be staying on till at least the end of January. The cast dr. who saw her will not be there so I need to make an appointment with another and their office is closed till Jan. 4th so we may even be looking at beginning of February. She hasn't been wanting to go for her coffee and donut, so I go and bring it home for her. She's making do with a pair of readers I got her, I know they are not the best but she does use them. Finally convinced her on Wednesday she needed to go and see about getting a new pair. We did and they will be ready in 2 weeks.
I've been doing a lot of thinking about my stitching and plans for the new year. I was tempted by the 15 day challenge, but decided that really was not right for me.
I now think I have one in place for myself and with some tweaking, it should be ready for revealing tomorrow. So come on back to see what it is and there will be some pictures of my latest stitches.
Posted by Irene at 11:14 PM
Friday, December 24, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
It's been a hectic and stressful week, with my Mom coming home from the hospital yesterday. More on that later.
I received The Recipes for A Cure cookbook from The Attic and am very impressed. Not sure what I was expecting, but this was way beyond anything I thought it would be. As I was flipping through I came across this recipe and immediately thought of my Mom. I read through the recipe and sure enough they are the same cookies she used to make every Christmas, only I think she used rum, but I suppose you could use any liquor :)
Mom with my Dad's help would make dozens upon dozens of them, pack them up tin cans and we would all get them for Christmas. Oh how I miss them, now that I have a recipe I'll try and make them one year.
Then I came upon this free pattern from The Sampler Girl and thought of all the years Mom had Christmas Eve dinner, where these cookies always made an appearance.
Funny, how memories can make you happy and sad at the same time.
Now onto my Mom. She was admitted after spending 2 nights in emergency. At this point she was very confused, didn't know where she was and just was not herself. Without going into too much detail, she has a UTI, no head injuries, minor blockage to her heart and as she kept complaining about her wrist the dr. had another x-ray taken and they put a splint on, but as she kept taking this off she now has a cast.
My brother and I now believe she has dementia and this has been going on slowly for about a year and this hospital stay made it all the more recognizable. My dr. once told me the Mayo Clinic web site is very good for information and upon reading what they say about dementia, she has all the signs.
While getting her to bed last night, I think she may also be having "sundowning". I'm going to get a notebook and start making notes about the "little" things I find different and see where we go from there. In the meantime I will do my best to look after her. Which may be easier said then done.
Posted by Irene at 9:36 AM
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Earlier today I wrote about how things happen in 3's and told about my first two. I should never have asked what #3 could possibly be. First off, let me say that my Mom is and will be okay.
Late this afternoon we went for fish and chips at our favorite place. Not sure if this was related, but she had a terrible coughing fit, so bad I was almost gagging myself. Luckily this was at the end of our meal, so we left. Just outside the restaurant Mom fell, it was like slow motion I'm behind her watching this and trying to grab her but can't reach and she falls flat on her face. I get down to see if she's okay and there's blood gushing out. Some people come to help and I ask that they call for an ambulance as she has hit her head. Even before the ambulance guys look at her, one asks did you push her, meaning it as a joke to lighten up the moment but of course I'm panicking at all this blood, forgetting that head wounds always bleed profusely. Thinking back I should have replied that if I did there would be no witnesses :) Seriously they did handle the whole situation professionally.
Now we are at the hospital, the condense version of 3 1/2 hours later is:
2 stitches to the cut above her eyebrow, where the eye lid is starting to swell and bruise. A tetanus shot, boy was that needle long. X-ray of her left hand as she says it hurts badly, nothing broken, but it did take the brunt of her weight. Blood tests and ekg. The doctors wanted to keep her overnight to monitor her heart but she refused. I tried to talk her into it, but she kept saying no she wanted to go home then says " If they are going to keep me you should go home", this went on for some time. They were going to arrange for her to come back and have a portable monitor put on for a couple of days, but in the end the final blood tests came back and her blood was elevated so she really had no choice. I asked what they meant and was told there was indication of muscle damage to the heart. So I'm guessing the drs. are thinking she had or has had minor heart attacks. This is not the first time she has fallen for no reason, meaning she didn't trip on anything but it is the first time she has hurt herself. I'm hoping they can find out what is happening or at least rule some things out.
She also broke her glasses beyond repair. This will make for a hectic week of getting her eyes examined and finding new glasses without her being able to see :)
All this stress is not good for my health, so I'm off to bed now, hopefully to sleep, if not at least resting and thinking soothing thoughts to calm me. Maybe a tropical island with my stitching and no worries haunting me.
Posted by Irene at 10:55 PM
"They" say things happen in 3's, well here's my first two.
1. This happened two weeks ago. Go to take a shower, water is "ice" cold. Look at hot water tank, no pilot light and a "bit" of water in tray. Try to turn pilot light back on no luck. Call Sears, this happened on a Thursday, first available time was Tuesday. Okay, guess I don't have much choice. Monday morning repair guy calls and we are on his schedule for that day. Goodie,but I have a dr's appointment, so we'll try for late afternoon. He doesn't call first just shows up, good thing I was home by then. The tank is still under warranty so I only pay for labour. $100.00 plus taxes and 45 minutes later he has it going and so far all is well.
2. Yesterday I woke up and for the first time in many a day it's not raining. Took Mom for her morning coffee, drove her home and said "I'm going to Trout Lake before Tiger disowns me." We had a nice short walk about and the fresh air did me a world of good. On the way home we pass Wal Mart so I decided to stop in and pick up a couple of things. Get back to my car and it won't start, all that happens are a few dash lights flickering. I call CAA and tell the girl that I don't think it's the battery but something electrical. BIG MISTAKE ! She sends out a tow truck. Thankfully the guy was really nice and helpful, he jumps my battery and the car starts, but as soon as I try to back up, it dies again. He takes a look at the battery and sure enough it needs to be replaced. I then have to wait for another CAA guy to come with a battery to install. This all started at around 2:30 and after picking up some fast food for supper, I got home close to 5:00.
3. Wonder what will happen next ????
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