The quieter you become the more you can hear ~ Ram Dass

Sunday, April 27, 2008


Mom's back at home. We took her there after lunch today. The swelling all went down in her legs. Ron picked up these arm rests that went on the toilet which seem to work well for her. Hopefully, she'll be all right for a while again.

Only three more days and Ron's retired ;-)

Friday, April 25, 2008


I hope you have a good last day, Kay. HAPPY RETIREMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Update on Mom

Mom is doing much better. As soon as we got here, I gave her a water pill. When she got up this morning a lot of the swelling had gone down already. Last night after Ron went to bed she finally seemed back to normal - no confusion. This morning I talked to her about what happened. As far as the sitting on the toilet, she said she just couldn't get up. She has the riser on the toilet and I'm not sure if because she was retaining so much water if that's why she couldn't get up or what. They have these bars that go to the floor but I don't think they would fit around the toilet so she could use those to help herself up. As far as the confusion, she says she realizes she has that sometimes. I don't know what we'll do about the toilet situation. She said she'll just go on the portable one but maybe Ron can rig something up for the regular one. I will probably keep her here at least until all the swelling is done with. I might just have to bring her here every few weeks for a few days. Only one more week and Ron will be retired. Thank goodness!!

Monday, April 14, 2008


We didn't do much over the weekend. Ron worked Saturday and then we went to mom's to help with her shower, some laundry and straightening/cleaning house. Before we went to mom's I finished up our laundry.

On Sunday, Ron went to the union meeting. The cable guy came in the morning. Some of our stations weren't working. When the guy checked, one connection was loose. Oh boy, was I embarrassed. Usually when you call, they tell you to check your connections and we never thought to look LOL. I asked him about the wires outside. Ever since we had the house done, one wire in particular is very low and every time the garbage men come their truck touches the wire. I couldn't figure out if it was the phone, electric or cable wire. He said it's the phone so I'll have to call to see if they can fix it. I keep thinking one of these days it's just going to fall down on top of the garbage truck.

I got about 4 books I wanted for Christmas presents and haven't had a chance to start reading. I also have a couple I bought before that I hadn't gotten to yet. Sunday, after doing some laundry I brought home from mom's I decided it was the day I would make a dent in the pile of books. I don't know what kind of reader you all are but I'm the type, if I start it I keep reading until I'm done. I started around 2:30 and finished by 11:00. Of course, I pretty much didn't do anything else except read but I kind of felt I deserved a little bit of time just for myself. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Diet and exercise

I've had so much trouble losing the weight since chemo ended but it's finally coming off. What diet and exercise did I use, you ask? It's called "Have your mom go into the hospital, rehab and at your home diet". Yep, since everything that happened with Mom, I lost like 12 or 13 pounds. Probably because when I'm stressed, I don't hardly eat. As far as exercise - not so much. In fact, NONE. Now that things seem to be getting back to normal I noticed I already put back on a pound or two. I'm really going to have to get on top of this so I don't put it back on. I'm almost back to the weight I was in 2004 which was still not great but better than it has been. I need to get back on the treadmill, pronto!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

This and That

So much for our nice weather. Rain and colder. Looks like in the days ahead we might even get a little snow. Blech!!

Mom's almost done seeing all the home health care workers. The only one she will still be seeing yet is the nurse and that might be only one more time. Tomorrow, we go to her regular doctor and she will probably get her blood test done afterwards. The doctor is having a hard time getting her blood thinner regulated. We'll see what happens tomorrow. Yesterday, for the first time when I talked to mom on the phone she seemed back to normal. I don't know if it was the weather or what but I feel a lot better about her being home.

Only three more weeks from today and Ron will be retired. Only two weeks and two days my sister-in-law, Kay, will be retired. Yippee for them.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


Wasn't it just gorgeous yesterday. Today, looks like it's going to be a beautiful day as well. With the terrible weather we had this winter, these last couple of sunny days just makes a person want to jump for joy. I've been able to open the house up a little bit and let some fresh air in which feels great. Now, all I need to do is get in the cleaning mood. We'll see if that happens any time soon.

Monday, April 7, 2008


I've had several people ask me how to post comments. I'm not real clear myself but I tried a couple of test comments and just used anonymous, wrote the comment and hit publish. That seemed to work. Make sure if you leave a comment that you put your name so I don't think your some anonymous wierdo that somehow got to my blog ;-)


Second - First time blogging

Well, I don't know if my first post is ever going to show up. But anyhow........, I've wanted to blog for awhile now. So, I thought I'd give it a try. As most know, our year has been pretty crummy so far. With mom being in the hospital, rehab, our house and finally her home. Hopefully, we'll be getting back to normal soon. Ron will be retiring soon. Everyone's asking if he's excited but he says he has no feelings one way or the other. I think he's in shock that he finally made the decision LOL. It's going to be a beautiful day today. I think Spring has finally arrived although we're not putting away the shovel just yet ROFL. That's about it for now. Who knows how many posts are going to show up if any. I hope to get this blogging figured out soon;-)