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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Once again, we have family issues that we are dealing with. I am not going to discuss them here but I am so tired of these things happening to us. They say the Lord gives challenges to people he knows can handle them and I guess we are those people.

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JUST2OFUS 4/24/2013 7:19AM

    Carol I truly know how you feel. If I could I would just run away some days. However, If the Lord brought you to it, he WILL see you thorough it. Or so they say.

Take a deep breath and ask yourself "Can I do anything about this?" if not let it go. If so, do it, or try to do it.

Remember we are Mom's and we want to "fix it all", but we can't.

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LADYBUG1943 4/23/2013 10:56AM

    Carol, go outside and sit in the sun for a while, if you can. Dwell on all the good things in your life, and we all have those, too. Praying for peace to come to you.


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CYND59 4/23/2013 10:40AM

    Sorry to hear you are dealing with family issues. I have had times when I had felt "Lord, how much more of this can I take?" But...He has helped me through it. Keep the faith.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 4/23/2013 10:34AM

    Carol - emoticon

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GKENNEDY74 4/23/2013 9:50AM

    So sorry to hear this, Carol. I will be praying for you all. Sometimes you do want to say "Lord, I am not near as strong as you seem to think I am." I have to remind myself "God is good all the time......all the time God is good.".

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LKWQUILTER 4/23/2013 8:31AM

    Praying for you and your family Carol. I know it seems when it rains it pours "problems."

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MJRVIC2000 4/23/2013 8:29AM

    The Lord helps us to grow in our faith, to become stronger and to learn to lean and trust Him more during these trials. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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AKATHLEEN54 4/23/2013 8:24AM

    I know. Sometimes you just want to say "enough Lord" I've already proved to you that I can handle this. I just keep saying everything for a reason. Stay strong, keep your faith and the sun will shine. emoticon

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Yesterday I visited MIL and took some hand sewing with me. When I got there, she was sitting in the hallway and when she saw me, her first words were, "9 people came to visit me from Canada!" She hates sitting in the hallway and I hate for her to do that as well, but that is what they do, park the residents there, all lined up after lunch.
So I wheeled her into her room and I sat on the bed and listened to her talk for an hour while I finished the binding on a bag I was making. Now, the fact that she thinks 9 people came to visit is something that no one pays any attention to. But I knew better and I sat and listened. My MIL is very spiritual and she has been having angel visitations for many years. She has long thought it is real and we have thought she was crazy or hallucinating. But our pastor told us that she has a special gift and seems to be able to talk with the spirit world. Someone suggested to us that she may even be a medium and I now believe there is some merit to this.

So as she was talking about the 9 visitors, one of whom was her mother, I knew it was real. I believe that her relatives are trying to prepare her to come to them. She said her mother was brought there and put in another room and she so wished she could visit with her. But the Lord told her she couldn't talk with them. She also mentioned seeing Jesus and I believe her.

At any rate, I gave her much comfort just by sitting with her and letting her talk. When I got ready to leave, I helped her get into bed and rest. Back again today.

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LKWQUILTER 4/23/2013 8:30AM

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ANDI571 4/22/2013 11:29AM

    Please know also with dementia the mind plays scenario's with its past. My mom had Alzheimer's. Mom was a very special christian and lived her life as so. When the disease started taking her mind she also would see those she loved in her past. She also went through the part of God talking to her. It was so pitiful. She would tell me that God had told her I had breast cancer. She would want me to go right then to the doctor (her sister had breast cancer). God would tell her that my dad had been in a wreck and she would try to go through the door to find him (we were in a horrible wreck while on vacation when I was in the 8th grade). She had a miscarriage with her first child, and she would tell me that she killed her baby. That was so sad to try and convince her that she didn't kill her baby. I could go on and on, but dementia plays hard ball with the mind and can be very cruel. You did a good thing just sitting there and listening to you MIL. To her it is all real.

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Monday, April 01, 2013

My MIL is in the nursing home full time now. She wants to be gone from there but we can't do it. She is sliding into dementia at times and she can't walk or stand by herself now. Yesterday, we took her to brunch at our Yacht Club. When we got to the nursing home to pick her up, she was at a church service in the dining room. It was 6 members from a church whose members are primarily african americans and they were having an alter call of sorts. MIL was extremely moved and had tears in her eyes. WE felt so blessed to see her that way and she couldn't stop talking about it. I am going to make sure that she goes to every church service they have there. If it gives her that much comfort.

The are discontinuing most of her physical therapy as she has progressed as far as she can go. They will continue to monitor her and increase as necessary.
Our task is to make sure she is entertained and kept busy. She is now officially out of money and we have been applying for medicaid. That is interesting. I guess when you think about it, living to be almost 94 years old on your own money and supporting yourself is not a bad thing.

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JUST2OFUS 4/3/2013 7:22AM

You are a wonderful daughter to your MIL. She is lucky to have you. God's peace to you all.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/2/2013 1:44PM

    Yes it is an awesome achievement to go for so long independently and what a hard thing it must be to rely so much on the kindness of others in her last years.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/2/2013 9:21AM

    May God continue to grant grace, mercy, and His peace to all of you through this challenge.


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MURRAYGOLD 4/1/2013 10:11AM

    Watching our loved ones age can be difficult but glad that your MIL is finding comfort in her surroundings. My mom is 87 and her Parkinson's Dementia is progressing...yesterday she forgot it was Easter and that we were taking her out for breakfast...we found her in the diningroom eating. May all be well.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Something I ate yesterday gave me fits. emoticon Was it the chocolate donut that was fried and chocolate? It was delicious. Or was it the blueberries. Not sure but I had heartburn last night and this morning my stomach was rolling. I'm only supposed to have bananas and melon for fruite so maybe the blueberries. I'll never know I guess.
We are supposed to go out and eat with friends tonight and they suggested our favorite mexican restaurant. But what could I eat? Refried beans and rice? ANd what about the frozen margarita? Going to the mexican restaurant is an experience I love, chips and salsa, guacamale, enchiladas, beans, and rice, chile relleno. All those things I love but in my current situation, I'm not sure it is a good thing.
We'll see.

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MURRAYGOLD 3/29/2013 12:34PM

    Keep remembering how good you feel when you eat "right"...here's to healthy choices!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/29/2013 12:24PM

    Oh so hard...trying to find the things that don't agree with us. Sometimes staying away from temptation is the best thing. Hope you have a good time with your friends.

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KASEYCOFF 3/29/2013 10:21AM

    Good luck with it - when I eat out, I tend to get whatever salad's going, plain. I drink hot tea, water, and pretty much chatter away nonstop, since I can't eat and talk at the same time. Talking keeps me from eating, lol...

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Reflux diet update

Thursday, March 28, 2013

After 5 days of following the guidelines of the diet, I am feeling much better. I haven't had any wine or beer for a week and I've chosen only to eat foods allowed. Yesterday I made homemade chicken noodle soup which was delicious and I ate a bowl of it before we went to the club for dinner. My husband had a hamburger and fries and a couple of beers. I had water and a salad. I can't even drink soda and if I drink tea at night, the caffeine keeps me awake. So water it is. I finished up on my antibiotics and next week, I'm scheduled for the EGD and I have to go back to see the doctor as well.
Not having any stomach churning is nice and has spurred me on to eat better and choose wisely. Of course, weight loss is slow as usual but oh, well. April is doctor month for all my yearly and everything else appmts. emoticon

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ANDI571 3/30/2013 12:48PM

    I have those major stomach issues and eating right makes such a big difference. I get so aggravated at myself when I get feeling better, then creep back over to old ways.

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LKWQUILTER 3/28/2013 11:33AM

    Really good news Carol. WTG!!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/28/2013 11:20AM

    Glad you are feeling better.

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KASEYCOFF 3/28/2013 10:39AM

    Good news on the acid reflux! I drink two cups of green tea each day (and one of white tea, but that's another story, lol), and I wouldn't miss my camomile at bedtime. My morning tea is always regular green tea, but with supper, the green tea I have is decaffeinated. I've seen black tea that's also decaf, but I don't tend to have as much black tea as the others.

I have been known to bring my own teabags when eating out (let 'em think whatever they like, lol) and get a cup of plain boiling water. Voila. Others are having their after-dinner drinks or coffee or whatever - I have hot tea. Much better than water, especially on a cold night, thinks me!

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