Monday, June 15, 2009
Okay, so I took my daughters and two nephews to the library's summer reading program today. It was the kick-off day. They have a special act each Monday throughout the program. Today was a magician. My kids were at the very front. They, I do have to say, were being obnoxious telling him to do certain acts... because they had seen him before and knew his tricks. So it came time to "chop someone's head off" and he volunteered me. Now, I hate having anything touch my head (I don't really know why) AND I HATE BEING TRAPPED IN ANYTHING (small rooms, elevators, even finger splints make my skin crawl.) I played along, but I didn't like it. A lot of the kids at church were there and kept asking me at church tonight (it's VBS time) if it hurt, or they'd say "I saw you at the library, ha ha ha." Ugh!
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Thank you all so much for your prayers and concerns for my grandmother. It really helps knowing that I have so much support.
She is doing about the same as she was doing before the TIA. It is almost like it never happened. She still has moments where her dementia gets the best of her. She likes to tell people that I just moved her in with me without asking her. But we talked about it for about 2 years before we absolutely had no choice. (She had fallen in her yard. Thankfully, her neighbor had planted soybeans and not corn that year; and he saw her lying on the ground across the field that separates their houses.)
The Home Health nurses started coming day before yesterday. They are going to set us up with a Life Line. The nurse that was here today said she'd bring it with her when she comes out next week. I will feel so much more comfortable leaving her here by herself with her wearing that button.
Finally someone besides me got a high blood pressure on gran. I've been getting in the 150's on top. Everyone else gets in the 120's. I was beginning to think it was just me. Maybe it is being in this house that makes her bp go up. Who knows? Seems funny to me that it is only here that her bp is high. Hum?
Anyway, thank you all again for asking about her. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Well, I came home from church Sunday night to find my grandmother not speaking correctly. She was mixing her words and sounds. She'd say a "t" instead of an "l" or an "m" instead of an "s." My first thought was stroke! She didn't have any other typical signs... drooping face, numbness, dizziness, etc. But, I knew it had to be something.
So after chest x-rays, blood tests, and a head CT the doctor confirmed a TIA (or mini-stroke). An ultrasound of her neck arteries found blockages in both. We see a surgeon for a consultation on the 16th. We spent one night in the hospital.
She's 85, and I know that she will pass from this life. I just want every day that she has left of it to be the most comfortable that I can provide.
Friday, May 22, 2009
My twin sister's older boy was awarded today with one of only 7 Presidential Academic Awards presented at school today. The award has three criteria that have to be met that deal with maintaining an GPA above 93 for both the 4th and 5th grade years, maintaining above a 93 for all 9 week periods of the 5th grade, and scoring the highest ranking on the TCAP standardized test in the Math and Reading sections. It is very difficult to do all three, and we had 7 students to do that. My nephew was one of them.
At the same ceremony, he also received an Honor Roll certificate, 3rd place for his class in AR (accelerated reading) points, and perfect attendance.
My older daughter received 1st (yeah) in AR points for her class and also perfect attendance. I'm hoping she'll keep up the good work and be able to hang a Presidential Award on her wall at the end of her 5th grade year, too. She's in 3rd. Now, I have something to keep putting before her as a goal to keep on working hard to maintain an A average.
I just had to brag... again.
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