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We voted!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Arrived at the polling place this morning at 6:40. There was one man ahead of us. Polls opened at 7:00 and people were starting to arrive. I'm surprised there weren't more there early but glad we were. My husband was number 1 in the precinct to send forth his ballot and I was number 2. I said my prayers this morning for Romney/Ryan to prevail and that God would inspire the undecideds to cast their votes for Romney/Ryan. I don't believe we can go through another 4 years of what we have now.
In 1960, then Senator Kennedy spoke in Manchester, NH. My husband was there to see him with his father. The next day he was president. Last night, Romney was in Manchester, NH! By chance or a methodical choice? I believe the latter. Romney is making every additional effort today to finish up the campaign and speak in different areas of the country. THis will be a long day. emoticon

  
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LKWQUILTER 11/6/2012 8:27PM

    We voted early and are praying too.

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LJCANNON 11/6/2012 9:19AM

    emoticon Praying that God's Will be done, and for Healing in our Country.

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MIL IN HOSPITAL

Monday, October 29, 2012

MIL had a good 6 days where she seemingly was recovered from all her ailments. In fact, a hospice nurse came to evaluate her and deemed she wasn't bad enough for Hospice yet. Then Saturday, hubby was gone to the FSU football game and I was at a sewing workshop all day. When I got home at 3:00. SHe was asleep, hadn't eaten lunch that was sitting ready for her and said she wasn't feeling well. She was weak and having trouble breathing and I almost called 911 not knowing what was going on. But I put her to bed with her oxygen and she said she was feeling better.
Sunday morning at 5:00 we hear her yelling. Hubby got her up to go to the bathroom and she started gasping for breath. Could not even get up off the toilet. So we called 911. ANd off the hospital she went winding up in CCU. They said they would keep her 3 or 4 days and yesterday she had recovered somewhat. Her left leg is swollen and red as it gets that way periodically.
So that was our weekend. I guess we are going to have episodes of this off and on. From good to bad. I'm going to call the hospice nurse today and tell her she was a week early.
The most complaining MIL did in the hospital was that they hadn't fed her. When she stops eating, we will know that is the end.

  
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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/3/2012 11:40PM

    Hoping MIL is better and back from hospital soon.

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EBURGITE 11/1/2012 10:57AM

    praying for strength and peace. emoticon

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SANDYW1945 10/29/2012 5:55PM

    Oh goodness. This is so hard on her and you and your husband. Sending Good thoughts your way.

Sandy

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KASEYCOFF 10/29/2012 3:46PM

    Oh, it is so difficult, for her and for you. I don't know if it's much consolation, but you are doing the right thing - taking care of her at this stage of her life. You're in my T&P, hon...
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LKWQUILTER 10/29/2012 1:55PM

    Sorry to hear about your bad weekend with MIL but you did have 6 good days. Hate to say but that is the way it goes--good day/bad day. Sending prayers your way. Remember to take time for and care of yourself. (((HUGS)))

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A DIFFICULT NIGHT!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

MIL was up at 2:30 trying to get dressed. My husband made her get back into bed but she was up again at 5:30 a.m., half dressed and mumbling to herself. We've been tracking her blood sugar readings in the a.m. and this morning it was 146. Been close to that each morning. She was lethargic and I would describe her as "in a stupor". Maybe she does have diabetes and this afternoon we have an appointment with the doctor so there will be a lot of questions I"m sure. We will both go. I made her an egg sandwich and coffee and hopefully she will perk up.
Last night, after nearly 3 weeks of this, my husband and I just looked at each other and wondered how we were going to manage. There are other family issues going on as well and I just keep taking my meds and saying my prayers.
Also, last night, she said she had a visitor, a woman, sleeping with her. She sees people all the time and has for years. So this morning she asked us if we had seen the woman. Of course we hadn't. When she dressed herself this morning, she is braless with a dirty top. So I've got to help her with that. I"m thinking that this is what has been going on with her for sometime as when she was at the retirement apt, we would call her and she would be mumbling and not awake. So it will be interesting to see what is up.
Does anyone know about Hospice? I've been told that Hospice can come even if death is not imminant if the doctor prescribes it. At 93 and with all these health issues, you would think we would qualify. I know they have people other than nurses, like social workers and volunteers that will come and help. Thanks all!

  
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EBURGITE 10/19/2012 12:22PM

    hi, again--someone posted this, and it made me think of you. http://stg.do/9i0c hope it encourages you and brings some laughter. i've learned that stress can usually be managed as effectively with laughter as with tears. emoticon

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EBURGITE 10/19/2012 10:36AM

    i don't think hospice will do that, but they may. like lkw said, there are home health care providers. in washington, they also have something like "chore girls" who help with non-medical stuff. is there an area organization on aging, or elder care or something? a lot of communities have elder day care services. making connections that will get you the services your mil needs will allow you to go the distance.
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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/18/2012 2:01PM

    Being up in the night sounds like having children all over again. I hope you find a way to manage your MIL's sleep so you two can get your rest, something we all need plenty of.

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LKWQUILTER 10/18/2012 10:47AM

    I know there is home health care providers but not sure how that works. Mama had some after she had a stroke--helped bathe, do light housekeeping 2 or 3 days/wk, and a nurse came several times to check her. Daddy was at home with her so they didn't do a lot of visiting.

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MY LIFE HAS CHANGED!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Today is two weeks that my MIL has moved in and it is okay. A bonus is that I am cooking healthier meals most nights of the week and I have to make sure I have something for her lunches. Last night I cooked stuffed peppers We each had 1/2 of a pepper and I have 3 halves left for tonight or another night. I'm not sure she liked it all that much but she eats what is put in front of her. One problem we don't have is her appetite. She is ready to eat when the food is put down and she eats it all. Today she goes for a fasting blood sugar test.
My house is still a mess with stuff that belongs to her sitting everywhere and we don't know what to do with it. She won't let us part with it so I'm trying to find places for it or pack it up and put it in the shed. We already have packed boxes that I have no clue what is in them.
One of the things I regret is not being able to plan a trip to North Carolina to see my son and family. We always go in the fall and sometimes to a football game to see FSU play one of the Carolina teams. But this year is a no go. We also go to Disneyworld the first week of January every year for the Marathon. We already have our rooms booked and my son and family meets us there with her family as well. This is about our 10th year to do this and something we look forward to. So what to do with MIL? Can't leave her alone as she can't cook. There is an assisted living place that sent us a note with info about respite care, taking a person in for a week when the caregivers had to go away. We will look into that. I've also talked with a woman who cares for seniors and maybe I can start having her come occasionally and line her up to check on her while we are gone.

One good benefit, I'm more anxious to get out of the house and exercise. Sat a.m. I went to the mall with a friend and walked for 3 miles. Went out last Tuesday and walked for 2 miles and took the dog for a walk also. This coming saturday, my ladies group at church is having a min retreat from 10 to 2 and it sounds refreshing, ending with a walk on the beach. I might go to that. I would not have normally done so but I know I need to get out and socialize. In the meantime, my business has picked up considerable. I'm booked with appmts all week. Thanks Spark friends for all your kind comments! I appreciate it.

  
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SANDYW1945 10/15/2012 7:23PM

    So happy to see everything is all working out. Change is hard but we cope in the end.

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Sandy

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SEWINGMAMACDS 10/15/2012 7:12PM

    Those are good benefits! Definitely look at substitute care, so you will be able to go to your annual family time.

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LKWQUILTER 10/15/2012 3:18PM

    So happy that things are working out Carol and you are handling all the changes. WTG!!! ((HUGS))

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/15/2012 12:41PM

    It sure has! Congratulations on your great attitude.
I am glad you are getting the respite care worked out and what a good idea to build a relationship with some alternative carers.
I do feel for you with the stuff everywhere , and I am wondering whether you might need to get DH to put his foot down and shift that stuff into the shed. Then he can bring it in when MIL says she needs it. It's just that it will clutter up your environment forever if you don't take a firm position on it, my fear is you will get used to having it around and that it will drag you down without you realizing the demoralizing effect it has on you. emoticon

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EBURGITE 10/15/2012 10:41AM

    what a huge life-change! good on you for all you're doing to care for yourself (one of the hardest things for us to do, sometimes!) i hope you can get the respite care thing worked out. that's all so huge. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 10/15/2012 8:37AM

    Good for you for finding ways to care for yourself as you shoulder the burden of elder care. Blessings for you and your family!

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CARLANNIE 10/15/2012 8:07AM

    Those are some unexpected benefits. I'm glad you are looking at some of the positive aspects of this whole new life changing experience. It will be good for your mind and soul!

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AFTER VENTING

Thursday, October 11, 2012

So after venting today, and hubby coming home expecting me to go to the doctor's appmt and me exploding, a lot has happened. He took MIL to the doctor and I went to a decorating appmt at the funeral home. At 11:00 I called him and he had just gotten home with her. Her blood sugar was 172, way too high, her blood pressure too low. Nurse was very concerned and he had to go off and get some new meds, etc. So she is verging on diabetes which puts another wrinkle in the mix. This may have been going on for sometime, thus her feeling so bad on many days and sleeping all the time, dry mouth, excessive thirst. Constipation. At any rate, I have an appmt at 3:00 today and then going to guild tonight. She is not going to go to guild but stay home by herself and she should be all right. Later. Carol

  
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JIBBIE49 10/14/2012 8:38AM

    At 176, she has diabetes since anything over 126 is diabetes, but glad she is getting medical attention and will be under control. You certainly have a lot of stress to deal with. My son's gf's grandmother has diabetes and is 93 and she does well.

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SANDYW1945 10/12/2012 2:55PM

    You are doing such a good job. Sometimes you need to take a little time for your business and that just has to be. Curious. Was this a fasting blood sugar?

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/12/2012 1:44AM

    What good care you are taking of MIL. Who knows with her blood sugar alright she may feel much better able to do for herself and you might feel much better about leaving her by herself. Who knows, she might feel more confident to spend time visiting independently?
We can always hope!
In the meantime you are doing great I just know you will find a way to get your alone time, you must not do without it!
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LKWQUILTER 10/11/2012 4:42PM

    Carol I do so get where you are coming from. Let hubby know that he will have to help you. You have to take care of yourself to help with her. ((HUGS)) and prayers going up for you.

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