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Resting Comfortably At Home

Friday, December 19, 2014

I had my radio frequency ablation in my lumbar spine this morning. I am a bit sore but am experiencing some degree of relief already. I slept for four hours upon returning home after the procedure. I am feeling tired again so after finishing this blog, I will go and lie down. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 12/22/2014 7:57AM

    Be well, my friend.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/20/2014 7:57PM

    Hope you wake tomorrow feeling really good. Take care, Cyndi

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Nesting Mode

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Since I am going to have a radio frequency ablation on my lower back on Friday, I am spending today and tomorrow completing chores around the house, finishing gift wrapping, putting boxes away after decorating the tree, grooming and bathing the dogs, cleaning and straightening up areas where Christmas stuff is sitting temporarily. I will do some additional grocery shopping tomorrow and make dinner that will last for two nights. I need to make a trip to the pharmacy tomorrow and run few other errands. I am in full nesting mode! I know that if I see something that needs to be done (as I am rest after my procedure) I might be tempted to get up and do it. If I complete all of the tasks before the procedure, I can just rest and relax. Pre-planning really helps!

  
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L*I*T*A* 12/17/2014 11:08PM

    all the best with your procedure tomorrow!!
blessings and hugs..............lita

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SLENDERELLA61 12/17/2014 10:15PM

    Wishing you rest and relaxation. Hoping the ablation goes well. You should be very, very proud of yourself for getting all those chores and housework accomplished!!

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ROBBIEY 12/17/2014 9:00PM

  The best of luck.

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A Lovely Service

Sunday, December 14, 2014

We had a lovely service yesterday for hubby's brother. It was hard to see all of the tears and feel the sadness all around us. The only joyous one was Jackson. He did a happy dance when we walked through the door of our house. Hubby and I were so exhausted that we were dragging. Still, I took our little dogs for a nice long .66 of a mile walk. Then, I came back home and took Jackson for a walk that was almost 1.5 miles . When I was finished, I could barely put one foot in front of the other but our pets were overjoyed! Just watching how excited they were, made my day. Sometimes, even when I am tired, doing some easy exercise helps me feel better. Last night, I think I just needed sleep. The dogs were very affectionate - almost as though they knew what we were feeling. All three of them wanted to snuggle and made a supreme effort to do just that. It was wonderful. We are blessed!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 12/16/2014 3:34PM

    Glad to hear all is working out so well.

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L*I*T*A* 12/16/2014 1:07AM

    so glad the service went well!!
i know what you mean my knees are so soo sore with too much waslking!!
take care...........

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PICKIE98 12/15/2014 5:07AM

    You are doing great considering you are now the proud parents of a bouncing baby 80 pound boy too!! Hugs!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/14/2014 8:37PM

    Cindy, I'm glad the service was lovely. Such a hard thing to go through. It's not always easy to be there for your spouse, but I have a strong feeling you do it very well. So glad that the dogs were empathic, affectionate, and motivated you to exercise. You are blessed and very wise to recognize it -- especially with what you've been through. Take care. Love, Marsha

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Good News, Bad News

Friday, December 12, 2014

The good news is that Jackson is adjusting pretty well. After over a week of silence, he has started barking again, eating normally, drinking lots of water and is sleeping more. He is pacing less at night - good news for hubby and me since he was waking us up with his pacing. He does need a lot of cuddling and tummy rubs and sometimes wakes me up at night for ear rubs and gentle stroking. Our two smaller female pups have gotten Jackson back into playing mode and the three of them are hilarious to watch.

We have discovered that Jackson is a very smart dog. He sees what the smaller dogs do to get affection and he copies it. I often sit in an easy chair with Razzle and Missile in my lap. Tuesday night, Jackson decided that he should join them. Imagine, if you will, an 80 pound dog trying to crawl up into the lap of a person sitting in a recliner chair, who already has two other dogs in her lap. Then he got upset when the smaller dogs jumped down! I laughed at his antics until I cried! Yesterday afternoon, the two smaller dogs were sitting on the back of the sofa, looking out the window. I came along and asked them for doggie kisses and hugs. The next thing I knew, Sweet Jackson had climbed up on the arm of the couch and was unsuccessfully trying to lay on the back of the sofa so he could give and get doggie kisses and hugs. The problem was that he is 80 pounds and he couldn't balance on the back of the sofa. So, he figured out that he could sit on the arm of the sofa and drape himself over the back of the sofa so he could get his share of pats, rubs and kisses. It was so cute and the three dogs were totally adorable! Jackson hasn't yet mastered the art of a doggie kiss and instead he slurps the side of your face, but he continues to make good progress. 😀

Most of hubby's family will have arrived in town by today. The family is a large one and most members are loud and opinionated. Add in the stress caused by a death and there is plenty of potential for disaster. Hopefully everyone will be on his or her good behavior and will comfort one another instead of vie for dominance. Since hubby and I have been having nightmares about finding his brother's body, the doctor has given the two of us some medication to help with the trauma. The doctor said that the trauma usually only lasts a month or so and then starts to diminish. We sure hope that she is right. We are supposed to check in with her if the trauma lasts too long. I found her to be very reassuring as did hubby.

Today will be the start of four days of family activities, including the funeral, helping BIL's children get a handle on settling his estate and moving and packing BIL's personal effects. The process will be a sad one for everyone involved. I am not looking forward to many aspects of the weekend, especially the part where people ask about when hubby and I found the body after he had been dead for 4-5 days. It will be like reliving the trauma many times over. I don't blame the family for being curious about the situation, I think if the rolls were reversed I might feel the same way. I hope this weekend brings some closure and comfort to all of us. When and if it gets to be too much, hubby and I will simply go home to our own house and see the family when we return the next day. (We live about an hour away).

I know with some self nurturing and gentleness, we will get through the weekend in one piece. We have a safe haven (our own home and loving pets) to which we can retreat. I know hubby and I will be glad when it is all over.

  
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L*I*T*A* 12/13/2014 11:34AM

    here's hpoing all goes well.........
great Jackson is adjusting so well


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SANDYSHORES24 12/13/2014 7:52AM

    Take Care. It sounds like you have your own troubles to deal with. It sounds like the dog is adjusting after his owner passed. (Sorry not good with names.) emoticon emoticon

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Jackson Seems To Be Adjusting

Monday, December 08, 2014

Finally, Jackson seems to be adjusting! He played with hubby and our other dogs today. He is drinking gobs of water. We were worried about dehydration but he is drinking and eating well. I bought a rope for him to play with when I went to the store this morning. He tosses it up and wants to play tug of war. This is good!

Jackson still wants to sleep on our bed and he still gets up at night and paces the floor. We got two blankets from our BIL's house and put them on the floor in our room. Occasionally, Jackson sniffs the blankets and sits near them but he doesn't sleep on them yet. He needs time. We will give it another week, then if he still paces at night, I will take him to the vet and see what she can do for him.

Hubby and I are still having difficulty sleeping at night. This is partly because Jackson wakes us up and partly because we discovered his brother's body after he had been dead for 4-5 days. The sight of him was very traumatic and disturbing. Sometimes I close my eyes at night and I see visions of my BIL. It makes sleep almost impossible. It has been getting a little better as time passes but just the thoughts of that vision kills my appetite. That is a positive and I have lost some weight because of it. However, that isn't a very healthy way to lose.

We have been walking Jackson at least twice per day, which also helps us. We are all getting exercise and the endorphins sure do help give our moods a needed lift. The other two dogs are loving the walks too. I just wish hubby and I could get tired enough to get some good sleep!

  
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L*I*T*A* 12/11/2014 3:29PM

    i agree with Daisy about focising on the great memories you both had!!
gald to hear Jackson is settling in better.......
blessings and hugs............lita

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AQUAGIRL08 12/8/2014 8:10PM

    That is a good suggestion. Thanks!

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DAISYBELLEKIA 12/8/2014 4:29PM

    I'm glad Jackson is adjusting, and sorry to hear about the poor sleep and what you saw.

All I can offer besides praying for you is this idea...when those bad memories come to mind, focus instead on a happy memory of your BIL. Maybe that will help as time passes.

Hugs to you and your husband

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GINGKO711 12/8/2014 3:00PM

    Oh my, how sad. Time helps with these things, and I'm sure the fresh air does too!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/8/2014 2:51PM

    Thanks, that is very helpful.

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PICKIE98 12/8/2014 2:28PM

    Please try to remember that BIL's spirit is right there with you throughout this process.
He will give you signs and hopefully you will see them. Keep in mind that the shell of a body you saw was not the spirit of BIL..He is now his old self, ..

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