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Update on my Dad

Monday, January 07, 2013

Dad got admitted to ICU with pneumonia early this afternoon. Abrupt onset shortness of breath and chills at the breakfast table at his assisted living facility. For those who never realized, elderly can get terribly sick terribly fast, because their weaker immune systems don't recognize the illness and get mobilized quickly.

I had sent out quick threads on four of my teams asking for prayers. Now I need to update all my SparkFriends in the easiest way possible. Thus, a blog.

He was very critical from about 10-3, because the stress of the pneumonia triggered a congestive heart failure crisis. Also, he was having trouble maintaining his blood pressure - top number hovering at or a little below 100.
He was not incubated ( doesn't want to be) but was put on a breathing machine that uses a snug mask and head straps to keep it in place. Then the machine can blow 100% oxygen in under pressure. His breathing was so shallow that on just 100% oxygen mask he wasn't breathing in enough to make a difference.

But he didn't survive a WWII torpedoing and additional combat time, plus assorted heat attacks, diabetes, etc. by being a wuss. He's one tough cookie! The family decided to treat aggressively for 24 hours and then re-think the situation in terms of his response to treatment.

The IV antibiotics have stopped the worsening of the pneumonia already, so he can begin to actually fight it off. The IV meds to take fluid off his lungs have also worked very well, and he is breathing comfortably off the machine. If he has some trouble tonight in deep sleep, there are a couple of mask options to use and hopefully not restart the machine.

Elderly often don't spike high temperatures even when they're critically ill. So he maxed out at only 101* but is already down below 100*. His heart was racing over 150 beats per minute trying to get oxygen around his body, but he's been in the 90s for several hours now. And his blood pressure is 120-140; just right when he was at his worst, his breathing rate was >30 and now he's stable at 18-20. So all in all, he's doing amazingly well, and I hope he'll come out of ICU tomorrow.

So thanks to all of you who have been praying for him. And in some cases I know you put him on prayer chains. God has been very gracious to him today, and I'm so thankful that he is comfortable.

Of course, we'll still be looking at physical therapy to get some strength back. And it's too soon to know of he'll be able to return to the assisted living he's been so happy in since May. But we'll be taking one day at a time and go from there.

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DOTTIEJANE1 1/9/2013 9:41AM

    Thank God dad is doing better. Hope you are taking some time for your self . Shall keep Dad on my list as well as the family . emoticon

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CATLADY52 1/8/2013 3:54PM

    Hoping you have time for yourself what with the worries about your dad going on at the same time. You won't be taking anything away from him but you do have to keep yourself healthy so you can ultimatly be there for him. emoticon emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 1/8/2013 5:44AM

    That is good news to hear. I'll bring him before God's throne and ask for healing.

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LINDA! 1/8/2013 12:40AM

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MRLDCTYGRL 1/7/2013 10:57PM

    Hang in there! Prayers still coming.

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 1/7/2013 10:38PM

    Thank you for updating us. I'm glad he is showing some improvement. I will add him & you to my prayer list tonight.


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Surviving Today

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Just wanted to let you know that today was not a total disaster, despite starting off with more than 1000 calories before 1:30am. Protein and carbs were within range. Seven veggies and 10 glasses of water. I came in just under 2000 calories for the day. Of course, fats were 51 per cent and that binge accounted for 53; but such is life! The important thing is that I didn't write off the day as a total loss, as I probably would have done pre-SP.

I still did my easy day in terms of weekly exercise. No attempt to punish myself or even to compensate. And my eating is back on track.

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OAKBORN 12/26/2012 5:26PM

    We all have those days! Sometimes several!

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CATLADY52 12/17/2012 2:05PM

    It sounds as if you are back on the right track. emoticon You have a good idea of what you can do when you go off track and need to get back on it. emoticon

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MRLDCTYGRL 12/16/2012 7:37PM

    While "blowing it" is important to avoid, it's more important to take control in how you respond to "blowing it" in order to mitigate the damage and turn the wagon around to the right direction before you get back on it! Good for you for figuring out a way to cope in a way that honors your commitments to yourself and God. My pastor says the real definition of "repent" isn't just saying you're sorry, it's feeling regret, confessing your sin, TURNING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION and resuming your walk towards God with Christ at your side. Good job "repenting"! Keep it up! You can do it!

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The Good - The Bad - AND... The Ugly

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Well, I wrote last night about planning for a Christmas party challenge. And yes, the good news is that I passed that test with flying colors. One small sparerib with BBQ sauce scraped off as much as possible. Estimated 1.5 oz of skinless grilled chicken breast. Three Little Smokies. One unfrosted tree-shaped sugar cookie. One chocolate covered strawberry. I came home happy and almost 100 calories under my max.

I was pleased as punch, delighted that I'd finally gone to a buffet and not pigged out. I didn't even go near the "munchy" end of the table - all the crackers, chips, and dips. Paul had scoped out the dessert area, and he brought me back that strawberry (a typically romantic gesture). He also told me what my choices would be and where each was located so that I could decide in advance, pick up one cookie, and leave.

Unfortunately, I also came home proud and self-absorbed. I (yes I-I-I!) had done it!!! Did I thank my husband for helping? No. Did I thank God for strength and wisdom when it came to those food choices? No. It was all about me, and there begins the rest of the tale.

I spent all evening in a smug session of self-congratulating. In retrospect, I think that let me consciously and subconsciously spend the evening thinking about food and my super handling of it. So, no, none of us should be surprised that I set myself up for a fall of equally grand proportion.

So Saturday night continued as "normal." I stayed up to pick my adult son up at midnight from work. I got home a bit before 12:30, took the dogs out, sat down for a bit of SparkTime and maybe some reading to unwind and to be in bed within an hour.

Instead, I got out the butter and some English muffin bread to toast. I also fixed myself another holiday treat - eggnog with Southern Comfort. It tasted so good I just went ahead and fixed myself more of each! Now I don't eat white bread, and I certainly don't eat English muffin bread, because I know I will simply slather it with butter. And I couldn't tell you when I last had two drinks in one day. So that was the bad.

And now for the ugly - the stopping eating, going to bed with a too full stomach and a too heavy heart. The waking up knowing I needed to do some major soul-searching. The scariness of knowing that somehow I would need to find the strength to put this out in front of you.

So where do things stand now? I haven't been particularly hard on myself over the binge per se. That was a mistake, pure and simple. And now I just need to start over. But what led to the binge, the emphasis on myself and my good works at the party - that's what I needed to confess to God and to my husband.

Both, of course, have forgiven me. But sin has consequences, and here are some of them. I have to examine where the initial self-centeredness led me. Did I reward myself with food for my good behavior at the party? Did I have a pity party and console myself with comfort food? Did I sabotage myself because success with SparkPeople is in some ways scary as well as exciting?
Yes, yes, and yes.

I also have to figure out what, when, and how I will eat for the rest of the day. I will have to either go over on calories or sacrifice nutrition. I'm opting for the former, but that means all vegetables and no fruit. It means deciding whether to eat some whole grain (a goal) or not be within carbs (also a goal). It means deciding whether to put the healthy fat of olive oil on some salad (a goal) or limit fat severely for the rest of the day to stay within range there (also a goal). And the matter of protein means I need to scrap today's menu plan and seek out my best sources of low-fat, low-carb foods.

But I will also stand tall as a Princess, a daughter of the King of Kings. And I will consider this the first day of the rest of my life.

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JACK714 12/18/2012 7:28AM

    Thanks for sharing some personal introspection. I think we can all idenify with that. We know we aren't perfect. We can do through Christ who empowers us to overcome. Good blog.

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MRLDCTYGRL 12/16/2012 7:42PM

    Ocean, in this context, "sin" really just means to do something that you know isn't God's best plan for you. In that context, we all sin every day, all the time, and keeping "short accounts" (confessing and choosing different behavior in future) with God (and anyone else that may have been affected by your behavior) is the only mature response. It's not the shaming thing that the world has tried to convince us it is in order to help us avoid fixing it.

When you love someone and are loved completely the way God loves us, and recognize the sacrifices that He's made on our behalf, and start to really internalize what that means in the context of relationship, then the realization that you've done something that makes him unhappy leaves you with a sense of regret and a desire to fix it. Lucky for us all He requires is for us to fess up when we mess up and try not to do it anymore, while He commits to help us in that trying as long as we let Him.

Just my 2 cents.

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/16/2012 12:28PM

    I love to write myself and because I do, I realize that chosen words have powerful consequences in our inner selves. When I saw the word "sin", I felt sad because I think you are just to hard on yourself. Also, it is okay to give yourself a pat on the back AND thank others, all at the same time; like a balance of sorts. God does want us to feel good here on earth and be happy too, and give ourselves credit for the hard work we do and not just the mistakes we make.

And thank you for sharing your blog. It takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Tonight's Christmas Party Challenge

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tonight is the family Christmas Party at the assisted living center where my Dad lives. It's at 5:30, which is supper time for me. It's not for a meal, though; the invitation says "finger foods and holiday treats." So I've made my plan and decided to share it with you.

This morning was my usual type of breakfast, including plenty of protein, one fruit and one vegetable, and a whole grain serving. I ate a late lunch today, so I won't be particularly hungry in just four hours. I fixed a BIG salad, with three veggies and a fruit. Added in sesame seeds and plenty of low-fat cheese protein. As you can tell, I'm not expecting much in the way of unadulterated fruits or vegetables tonight!

Now I can keep an eye out for relatively high protein finger foods and maybe some more (whole grain?) carbs. I'll be sticking with water to drink during the party. And that will leave me room for one holiday treat. A cookie? A peppermint brownie? I'll have to decide after I get there, and I can count on my husband Paul's support for my choice of just one treat.

Then I can track after I get home and see where the holes are. I have plain nonfat Greek yogurt and other possibilities if I come home needing anything in particular, I always have fruits and vegetables around if I find myself short on calories or just needing a snack before bed.

So now I'm off for a nap, a warm shower, and plenty of time to dress and do makeup. Planning to feel rested, look great, and have a wonderful time - and all with knowing that I'll still be within the calorie and nutrition goals of my food plan!

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XNANNY 12/15/2012 6:44PM

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PHAMS85 12/15/2012 3:57PM

    emoticon It's awesome to plan ahead and be prepared. Good job!

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MALA77 12/15/2012 3:01PM

    Sounds good to me. Good luck and have a good time!!


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CAROL494 12/15/2012 2:59PM

  Sounds like a great plan! emoticon

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What a Morning!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Well, I had outlined a possible first blog, but...

Paul woke me this morning to tell me I HAD to come and see something outside. So I headed out, and heard the strangest squawking cacophony. All I could think as I went toward the lake was , "What on earth?!?" As I got out beyond our trees, I could see the source. Morningside Lake was absolutely COVERED with geese! Body to body, shore to shore, COVERED with geese.

Paul went to get his camera; and, as soon as he lifted it to his face, I guess that goose instinct kicked in and said, "He's got a gun!!!" They started at the shore closest to us, and wave after wave of them took wing. I ran for my I-Pad and got a video and then some stills.

My first impression had been that there might have been a thousand geese. But after I considered it, I'd have to triple that or more. They came up perhaps a hundred or more at a time, one wave after another! And even after we left the lake and went back to our deck, they kept lifting off. At first, they had gone south, off to our right. Once we got to the deck, though, the waves were coming west over the tree in our back yard. I tried several pictures, and this one might be one that shows the incredible number of them through the branches.

I have never in my life been blessed by God to witness such an amazing mix of sight and sound!

A half hour later, this was the much more typical - beautiful - morning by our lake.

Thank you, Lord, for your creation!

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WATERMELLEN 11/18/2012 7:03PM

    Love your first blog! You live in a glorious place: no wonder the gees wanted to share it! I saw a couple of Vs heading south late this afternoon . . . making an M against the sky.

Thanks for the candle goodie and the very kind comment on my blog about losing: nice to hear from you.

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WATERDIAMONDS 11/14/2012 5:57AM

    What an astonishing sight. Thank you for sharing the peace and tranquility as well as the amazing geese!


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CAT-IN-CJ 11/13/2012 8:50PM

    How beautiful! thanks for sharing the pics!

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GMASANDIE 11/13/2012 8:59AM

    Such a lovely location. So amazing about the geese. Thanks for sharing Pam.

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RUNNINGOMA 11/13/2012 5:16AM

    How beautiful - the lake, with, and without the geese!

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MILPAM3 11/13/2012 12:16AM

  Quite a sight I'm sure. Nature is amazing for its never-ending ability to produce wonder and awe. I've thanked God many times for that. I also thanked God tonight on the way home when the vehicle in front of me eased to a stop to let a fawn run to the berm, then cross back to join its mother. We could have had one less deer were it not for that driver's good sight.

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