Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I pulled him out of his chair and pointed him in the direction of the car and took him to the ER. He had an infection and is totally miserable! We got antibiotics and will revisit doctors tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Mother continues about the same. No real improvements at this point although the doctor did call in a specialist who came by this afternoon.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
That was an exciting discovery today! I am so pleased with the way it turned out.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Meanwhile, back at home hubby is very irritable and "irritated" (in more ways than one) because of his recent urinary tract blockage. We see the urologist tomorrow, so maybe things will improve for him. The only glitch is that Mother will probably be released from the hospital about the same time hubby is due at the doctor's office. And I have not yet learned the art of bi-location--ding it!
My sister came in last night and we spent quite a bit of time with Mother. It was good to have another person to consult with and help me with decisions. However, she had to return to work tomorrow, so I put her on the plane this afternoon.
And, my sister-in-law in NM continues to have serious health problems that are keeping her in the hospital, in serious pain, and stumping all the medical professionals. My brother is wearing down after two weeks of this. Fortunately, he is getting good news from our neck of the woods and one of his sons has flown in to be with them this week.
Thanks to everyone for the wonderful prayers and support.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
During the day Mother had terrible periods of pain, coughing and congested breathing interspersed with periods of wakefulness where she was congenial and talkative. She woke up before lunch and dinner and looked forward to eating although she picked through her food, tasting things that looked good and rejecting other things, leaving them untouched.
Although the day at the hospital was difficult, the people caring for Mother were wonderful. The doctor said he was off over the weekend but would probably come in to take care of Mother. The two nurses assigned to Mother were sweet, attentive and caring--both with Mother and with me. Our priest came by to give Mother a blessing and gave me a boost along with a chuckle or two. My poor, ailing husband came to let me cry on his shoulder. My nephew came to lend his support although he is also concerned about his mother who is very ill in the hospital in New Mexico.
We could use your prayers at this point because--bottom line--the outcome is really in God's hands.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I finally got upstairs to visit Mother in the same hospital this morning and found that the doctor had already seen her. She will be released tomorrow to return to the Summit, but this time to the skilled nursing floor for a couple of weeks. She needs the close attention that they will give her until she gets her strength back again.
And so, I am going to fall into bed now and say a few prayers for all who are sick--including my sister-in-law in Albuquerque who was admitted to the hospital with a severe stomach problem. Enough already!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I arrived at the hospital ER and in walked my nephew, my brother's son. He stayed with me all the time Mother was processed into the hospital, saw that I got something to drink and ordered something for us to eat. His support and calmness was invaluable during the 3-4 hours we sat in the ER.
While we were in the ER a doctor walked up and I recognized him as the doctor who treated Mother the last time she was in the hospital--two years ago. He said he thought he recognized us and then left. About half an hour later he came back and said "July, 2007!" That was the last time he treated Mother and he said he had reviewed her case, entered all her data and ordered her treatment. He said she was serious but he thought she would be okay. He said he would see me in the morning and left. After he had gone the nurse said that it was strange to see him in the ER--especially that late in the evening. I like to think that he was just another one of the sweet "guardian angels" who showed up to take care of us on a difficult day.
Today Mother is much improved and may possibly be released from the hospital either tomorrow or Friday. The doctor said he would like to get her back to the Summit before the weekend. Tonight I put her back in her guardian angels' care and pray that she will indeed go "home" before the weekend. Thanks to all who have been praying for her!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Mary Palmer tells me that we can hear the broadcast in the Amarillo area on High Plains Public Radio (105.7) this coming Friday at 10:30. After the broadcast the program can be found at the following link: http://www.hppr.org/hpw.html . The program is called High Plains in Words.
Prayer for the Beginning of the Week
by Jim Manney
AN EXAMINATION OF MY USE OF TIME
Killing Time--How do I kill time? Let me count the ways.
By worrying about things over which I have no control. Like the past. Like the future.By harboring resentment and anger over hurts real or imagined.
Jesus didn’t kill time. He gave life to it. His own.
—Leo Rock SJ
Friday, September 18, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Early Saturday morning we got up to attend Son #2's triathlon at Lake Tanglewood. The weather was very cool with a bit of drizzle at first but clearing before the race began. I had never attended a triathlon before and it was exciting because my son was participating. Below is a picture of all of us. Note the matching shirts we all wore in support of WB (Son #2's nickname--it stands for Wrangler Boy).
And WB is being congratulated by his girls upon completion of the race! Congratulations, Son #2! I am proud of you--and your girls!
In the afternoon I was treated to a tour of their place in the country and a view of some of the wildlife that visits their front yard. The picture taken from their front yard looks like it might make a terrific painting!
I hated to return home on Sunday, but was consoled by the thought that I will return in two weeks for my high school reunion at the end of September.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
- I will have a new experience of being in a recording studio and reading one of my stories for lots of people to hear.
- I will also get to spend the weekend with my #2 Son and his family with three of my granddaughters.
- AND I will get to see Son #2 participate in a triathlon for the first time.
- I will also get to visit and have lunch with my good friends at Amarillo National Bank--these people are the greatest!!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I am so proud of Son #2. He is running in a triathlon on Saturday to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. This is the second year he has participated in the triathlon and he explains why below.
"On September 12, I am competing in the fourth annual Lake Tanglewood “Tri to Make a Difference” sprint triathlon benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network of Amarillo. I am once again excited about this opportunity to challenge myself physically and to contribute to an organization that does so much to help sick children and their families.
This year’s “Tri to Make a Difference” campaign will help purchase desperately needed equipment for sick children in the Neonatal and Pediatric units of Baptist Saint Anthony’s Hospital, a beneficiary of the Children’s Miracle Network. I am asking for your help in sponsoring me to raise money for the special equipment.
As you may or may not know, Emma, our oldest daughter, spent a week in neonatal intensive care after she was born. This was a very difficult and unexpected time for us as new parents. However, because of the excellent care she received, 9 years later she is thriving. Please join me in supporting the wonderful staff and other children that need this specialized care. Please help me with a generous donation !
I feel strongly about donating to this organization because 100% of all money raised goes directly toward meeting needs of children and their families in the high plains region.
You can help support me by making a secure online donation by clicking on the following link http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?registrationID=725203 . If you are unable to contribute financially right now, I ask for your thoughts and prayers for me and the other athletes competing next Saturday. Thank you for supporting my efforts and making a difference in the life of a child!
Friday, September 4, 2009
The thing that caught my eye was a table of books labeled "Frugal Living." I immediately went to see what was there. They had books on traveling cheaply, saving money on food, shopping wisely, simple living, making your own mixes, and even preparing your mind to live in a more frugal manner. I guess this is what our economy has led us to--a more frugal mindset.
I think the past year or so of focusing on frugal living has made me much more aware of ways to save money. Since my husband and I are living on a retirement fund that has no cost-of-living raises built into it, (AND the government takes a portion of that each year!) we have definitely become much more aware of living frugally! Perhaps I need to go back to B&N next week, pull up a chair near that "Frugal Living" table in B&N, and begin taking notes!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
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