Sunday, September 23, 2012
Yesterday, I attended a Taking Control of Your Diabetes conference. It was wonderful!! I learned some new things and old things were reinforced. I really needed this kick in the tush to get me motivated to try to control my diabetes and lose some weight. It doesn't take much for me to fall off the wagon - but it's quite a challenge to get back on.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I've fallen off the weight loss/diabetes control wagon AGAIN!! I get so disgusted and down on myself when I can't control my blood sugar. Today - I am going to check my blood sugar before meals like I am suppose to, take my insulin before meals and write down everything that goes into my mouth.
Lots of things have been going on since my last blog over a month ago.
The craft show went well. Nadine and I found out that a small town near Alta has a craft show on Sunday. Next year, both Nadine and I will be selling at the MOPS Shopping Extravaganza in Alta as well as the craft show in Fonda. My husband admitted that he was dreading the craft show, but enjoyed it. Friday evening, he was gluing earring backs for me. He said he would be willing to learn to put fish hook onto earrings. I think what really helped was that we covered our costs of table fee, hotel and gas.
Roger received a call from an assisted living facility inquiring if he was still interested in their services for his Dad. We met with the Admissions representative and loved the place. It was built specifically for dementia/Alzheimer's patients. The facility is built in a square. Each resident has their own apartment with kitchenette, private bathroom and walk-in shower. The facility serves 3 meals per day. We moved my father-in-law in the day before Thanksgiving. He stopped shortly inside the door and commented "that this is nice". On Thanksgiving, when people asked Dad about his apartment, he told everyone "it is really nice, I like it".
Thanksgiving Day - I didn't overeat. I was so proud of myself.
I spent Monday night with Dad in his apartment. In order for medicare to pay for his oxygen, he had to go through another oximetry overnight test. There was paperwork that needed to be filled out and Dad isn't very good about doing the paperwork (if he'd even remember). It was a good night. I'm encouraged that he is starting to remember that his wife is dead - usually. He asking "when did my wife die" more often than "where's my wife". I'm thinking that moving him from the nursing home (most residents were a lot further gone than he is) to assisted living has helped. I know that Alzheimer's doesn't reverse, but I keep telling my husband that we need to celebrate the small successes when they come. I know my husband is very stressed out being the only one caring for his father. He is very frustrated that his siblings aren't stepping up and helping care for Dad (he has 5 siblings). Knowing he's stressed out - stresses me out.
My father-in-law was so funny Monday night. He was wanting coffee, I told him we could make coffee in his apartment, but he wanted to go to the "restaurant" (dining room) for coffee. The facility has decaf coffee and juice available to all residents 24 hours a day. So we went to the "restaurant" for Dad to have coffee and I had my water.
When he was at the nursing home he didn't want anyone to be around us because we were his visitors, but at assisted living, he was everyone to see that he has visitors.
Our oldest daughter, Carmen, has moved from Maryland to Rockford, IL to work for Heartland Hospice. She started her new job yesterday. We are soooo excited that she is only 5 hours away instead of 24 hours. She will be able to come home for Christmas! She is still working on her 2nd Masters Degree in Social Work online.
Our youngest daughter, Jackie Lynn, has found a full-time job that she likes. Her last 2 temp jobs were for receptionist jobs and she wasn't given anything else to do but answer the phone. Sure makes for a long day. She is working for a construction company as an Operations Assistant. She does everything from spreadsheets, payroll and unloading trucks. She likes being busy. Jackie Lynn also got accepted into the American Institute of Business for online classes. AIB accepted some of his classes from her Massage Therapy training. She's a licensed Massage Therapist but doesn't have the clientele to support her.
My online business has blossomed in the last month. I don't have much time to do anything but work on die cuts. I'm really excited to see the increased. I am trying to create ahead the die cuts that sell that best but right now it a little difficult.
Roger and I have decided to add beaded jewelry to our sale inventory. I have been checking websites to purchase beads and beading supplies. I am encouraged by the inventory available on the internet. I have also been researching cheaper shipping supplies and have found them as well.
Since my father-in-law in now in Ames, I will be having coffee with him every Wednesday morning. Hopefully, spending more time with him will help delay the progression of his Alzheimer's Disease a little longer.
I better close this blog, get breakfast then start working on die cut orders before coffee with Dad.
Monday, October 24, 2011
I didn't get out to walk yesterday, but overall, it was a good day. Picked up my father-in-law for worship service and potluck. We went to the cemetery to visit my mother-in-law's grave. Dad broke down, but he did remember what she died of. It is so difficult to see him having to relive being told Mom died almost 2 years ago. He has a mental block to her death. I picked up some pink roses for Dad to put on her grave. Mom loved pink roses.
Roger took his Dad back to the care facility. He looked very upset when he got home. He said he thought about his Dad and Grandpa and knows that since both of them have/had Alzheimer's that he's going to have it also, and he doesn't want to be a burden to his family. I pray that he will not be affected with this disease. It's in God's hands now.
It's now 3 weeks before I show at my first Craft Show in Alta, IA. I have a lot of embellishments to finish and my die cutting machine died. Roger tore it apart and has e-mailed the company to see if he can get a replacement for the gear I stripped. In the meantime, I have another machine, but it's not very user friendly - but we grow through challenges. Attitude, attitude, attitude - keep it positive. I'm really excited about the craft show, but also, a little apprehensive.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Kira and I went on a 35 min walk. It felt great! Both of us enjoyed the walk - me for the beautiful, cool fall weather and Kira for all the squirrels. We walked through the city cemetery. It is so serene and peaceful.
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