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My Dad is in the hospital...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Just found out today that my dad has been in the hospital since Sunday. One of the Brethren from his congregation saw fit to check up on him before the cold snap that was to hit Kansas Okla and Texas, and discovered him talking incoherently. It's a miracle that an email from Amazon inspired me to call my dad's cell phone, which he had with him at the hospital. Or maybe coincidence, for those of you with an alternative spiritual belief system - I don't care what it is called.

I was able to get the number for hospital case manager and I knew going in that she might not believe me ( HIPPA laws and all that privacy but really no privacy stuff.). Miracles - she was really patient with my deafness over the phone (as was the guy who gave me her phone number and was patient while I was repeating to make sure I really got it.). She had to know for sure about me, before she could share info on his condition, and I understood thst. It was really a bit of struggle to get through calmly so that we could both get the info we needed )exchanging phone numbers, emails, names, etc.).

Evidently his estranged wife ( like a cult bride) won't have anything to do with him or the hospital earlier when case manage was looking for info about him or his family. So CM ( case manager) was evidently already trying to find me on thr Internet. I think she was pleasantly surprised I called her. Or just as awed by the miraculous coincidence. I really don't know.

I need more sleep. Evidently the doctor will call tomorrow to gain permission to do some procedures. I had raised the issue that I didn't know enough of my dad's affairs to know if I was listed as a Power of Attorney or any such like thst. She told me that since I'm first born child, thst Texas law says I'm next in line, since he is divorced from my mom and his currrent "wife" evidently has nothing to do with him.


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CANDOSUE52 12/22/2012 8:18PM

I hope your Dad is doing okay, Julia!

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 12/16/2012 10:20AM

    Wishing your father a speedy recover.

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DOLLYHOLLY 12/15/2012 7:47PM

    Sorry to hear about your dad. Hope the doctors are able to help and that you get the rest you need too.


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JESSIKA_56 12/15/2012 12:51PM


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ITISABOUTME 12/14/2012 12:27PM

    So sorry to hear of your bad news. Hope things are getting better and your dad is on the mend

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LNSYLVSDOGS 12/14/2012 5:05AM

    emoticon emoticon SOOOO glad you called when you did. Hope he is now on the mend and the complicated issues will resolve themselves. Sending prayers. emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 12/13/2012 5:17PM


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PHEBESS 12/13/2012 5:03PM

    So sorry to hear this - hope it's something easy to fix, and he'll be back to normal very soon. (Older people can easily get dehydrated, forget to eat, etc.)

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1CRAZYDOG 12/13/2012 2:08PM

    Oh my! HUGS and major prayers for you and your Dad. It is sad how things turn out some times. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

HUGS my dear.

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SALTYCHOCOLATE 12/13/2012 10:24AM

    Will keep your Dad and you in my prayers.

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SALTYCHOCOLATE 12/13/2012 10:22AM

    Will keep your Dad and you in my prayers.

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NUMD97 12/13/2012 9:27AM

    Sorry for your travails, Julia. I hope that your dad makes a speedy recovery.

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JANNEPERRY 12/13/2012 7:49AM

    Sorry to hear about your dad. I'm glad you were able to get in touch with him and the hospital in a timely manner. I'll keep him in my prayers. emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 12/13/2012 7:00AM

    sorry to hear this hope you can help resolve the issues.

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AWOOD1973 12/13/2012 2:31AM

    Oh my goodness! So sorry to hear what is going on with your dad (and you). I hope that all goes well and that you get through this with a sane mind. emoticon

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JILLYBEAN25 12/13/2012 1:30AM

    I'm sorry you had such terrible news and feel so conflicted. I hope you both find healing in this time. You're in my prayers!

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My viewpoints on Math Word Problems

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I just saw this on Facebook and I just HAD to share this poster. It explains so much about me....

So now you know.

I'll understand if you feel you need to unfriend me...


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DOLLYHOLLY 12/15/2012 7:45PM

    Aww, cute!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 12/12/2012 12:09PM

    emoticon yup....that all makes sense to me.... emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 12/12/2012 11:33AM

    emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/12/2012 8:48AM

    Hmmm...thought aliens were green! Boy, that describes my brain on math too! LOL You're not alone.


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GARDENCHRIS 12/12/2012 7:17AM


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NTRACEY02 12/12/2012 6:23AM

    I like purple emoticon

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JILLYBEAN25 12/12/2012 12:30AM

    Um, we must have the same sort of brain 'cuz that is certainly how that feels to me.

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NORWOODGIRL 12/11/2012 11:31PM

    Love your sense of humor! emoticon

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I think I know what happened!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Remember last thursday's blog? that headache?? I think I have figured out what that was about!!

look at The DailySpark blog for today:

Many of those things I was doing wrong before, during and after my scrubbing-tub-like-a-mad-woman routine. and the things that I seemed to want to do afterwards - like drinking a big glass of water emoticon,
some coffee later on emoticon ,
and a meal later on emoticon, all are mentioned in the article.

I just hadn't PLANNED ahead how I was going to exercise in the tub.... but will try to remember emoticon to be more careful next time emoticon I am so possessed to clean the tub (sooner rather than later, so it doesn't get as cruddy and as much to do!).

Too bad I wasn't able to wear my FitBit in the shower while doing all that cleaning!! I likely rcked up some serious activity "points". Whew!

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JANNEPERRY 12/11/2012 8:16AM

    Thanks for the link! I used to tell myself that the kids would be responsible for the cleaning of their bathroom, and they were--until-----when it gets to that point, then I had to become the cleaning maniac! It's a marathon, not a sprint--pace yourself!


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HOPEFULHIPPO 12/10/2012 10:53PM

    glad it got all figured out :o)

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PHEBESS 12/10/2012 2:48PM

    Yup, water and nutrition after a vigorous workout! (And scrubbing is definitely vigorous!)

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JILLYBEAN25 12/10/2012 2:34PM

    WHOA! This happens to me every single time I run. In junior high and high school, I always dreaded that day during the school year where we'd have to run a timed mile and make it within a certain number of minutes/seconds. I'd always do just fine making it (usually, with a few seconds to spare) but for the rest of the day and the next day I always got what I figured was a migraine. I've never run for exercise since. Thanks for posting this!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/10/2012 1:50PM

    Interesting! Now you have an idea of what to do!


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Overdid things... (this is more of a diary or journal type entry....).

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Woke up and went for a walk. Kinda hard to start my FitBit and my MaPMyWalk app on the iPhone at the same time. Both agreed that I had walked basically 20 minutes, so, oh well, that's my "10 minute streak" for the day. One said I walked 17.8 mph and the other made up some random number about 20 mph. Maybe it was measuring only the very last part of the walk, rather than an overall average?

Had my bowl of oatmeal and later on a cup of coffee... read paper. Did some email.

Then I had to take a shower as I was running out of time and had to be one place at 11 am and then I was to meet my husband for lunch and then I'd go to the ENT doc for my audiology appointment.

Well... I usually wash my hair in the tub. (long story) Today I used the guys' shower and it was nasty! I put my swim shoes on to protect my feet from whatever cooties there since they don't clean up after themselves. Got my scrubbie brush and a bunch of soap and scrubbed the dickkens out of that tub. But it was hard - lots of bending down and back up and head between my knees practically and that just wore me out. Pretty soon, I felt this weird headache coming up behind my head over the top and the sides towards the front. Got on out of the shower and made it into my room to get dressed.... but was feeling ill. Just feeling odd...I must have overdid it in the tub, since I was scrubbing like a madwoman knowing that I really didn't have time but didn't want to do it later in the day, but still grossed that it was so dirty.

Got dressed, somehow drove myself to the first place to get the car worked on, had to take the back roads as I didn't feel like I was stable enough to drive on the freeway. I kept drinking water... felt like I needed to eat but also felt sort of queasy. I should have taken my blood sugar then but I don't know if that would have been good info...

Called my husband as he was basically across the street, and he came on over and then I debated whether to eat or to go get some aspirin or what. Decided I really wanted to eat since I had done quite a bit more exercise and with that cup of coffee that I don't usually eat before exercise (did you read the Spark article elsewhere in the Health news about not drinking caffeine before exercise?).

We went to eat lunch - I picked out a beef veggie soup and a chicken veggie salad. And water. I gradually started feeling some better but still just had that feeling like I'd been beaten all over.

My husband really needed to go back to work, but I had this 2 pm appointment and still felt cruddy so I asked if he could drive me there and be there with me. So he did (one of the huuuuuge blessings of being salaried and on flex time and well, just the corporate culture of the place he works for, plus he's been that career for 35+ years. Of course, now that I'm writing this, he's back at work so he's putting in his 8 hours just later in the evening!!!).

So we get there and we'd already rearranged our Flexible Spending so that starting in January we'd have Flex Spending funds for at least one of the two hearing aids... and so we just visited with the audiologist. I wasn't really sure why she wanted me to come back - maybe because we didn't have time to finish that discussion after the last session last week when I had the long audiogram session (which always tires me and wears me out and I don't know, maybe it's just always a hugely emotional experience for me, just so mentally and emotionally draining. I put up with a lot at various doctors - poked prodded, shots, mammograms, X-Rays, 2 years of braces, drill into my jaw to install the dental implants, MRI, caesarian section, spinal block, maybe not as many procedures as many people have had....but audiograms are the worst things for me to deal with! I guess there's some baggage in all that, but in any case, it is what it is.

So anyway today we're sitting around and she's kinda starting up her pitch a bit, trying to determine what she can and can't do, if a loaner is available, if we we have insurance now, whatever... and suddenly it dawns on her where my husband works and she says "Oh Wait!! We just got paid by your current insurance for a pair of hearing aids for this other guy at your office." See - we've got this insurance but effective January 1, our company is switching to a different health insurance company. I kept asking my husband what kind of coverage we had, and for him to give me the propaganda and listing of the insurance coverage details... so the past two years I never got this info out of him. And I think he was so pessimistic, he never would make the effort of looking it up (maybe he thought it would get my hopes up? We've had such horrible experiences in the past....).

Anyway, the way it stands now, maybe the insurance will cover it even though we're just about to run out of time. She's got a plan to contact the insurance company or have her insurance guru do it tomorrow . If they deny it, then back up plan B will be the Flex Spending starting in January, as she's pretty sure the new insurance company we are being switched to will be a step or two lower in quality (or extra frustration levels...depending on one's point of view, I guess.). As she put it, she didn't know exactly what benefits there were for the employees but as a provider, that company was really awful to work with....would deny claims for the most capricious reasons (joking that even the Pope would have problems dealing with this insurance company!)...

And of course, we don't get a choice as to keeping the previous insurance company, since they've evidently been "voted off the island" by the head poobahs and bean-counters. To quote some famous management expert, can't remember the name - "The beatings (floggings, whippings, etc) will continue until employee morale improves...."

Soooo I have these loaners... keep in mind, this isn't a quick fix. I'm still deaf. I am hearing a lot of "stuff" but not necessarily clearer speech... guess it's a learning process, so they say.

Right now, my Channukah album playing through blue tooth off my iPhone iPod is sounding really tinny and horrible...

I'm tired!!!

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MRSCLAUS46 12/10/2012 4:58AM

    emoticon Just went thru getting donated hearing aide programed for my loss and a new ear mold--it is a very difficult time making the adjustment--like you said: what sound you do hear is horrible at first. Hope it gets easier for you! Good luck with the insurance company too--mine just denied what I had done as it was not done by my primary care provider (must check into this--he isn't qualified to do it!) and they claim I did not have a referral (which I most certainly did). Take care of yourself and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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JANNEPERRY 12/8/2012 5:08PM

    Rest up! Difficult decisions are always exhausting for me!

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123ELAINE456 12/7/2012 1:12PM

  So sorry You had such a rough tough Day. I hope You are able to get a good night sleep and tomorrow will be better for You. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/7/2012 9:52AM

    (((((((HUGS)))))))) Our insurance starts on Jan. 1 with a new group. I anticipate LOTS of fun . . . NOT! Wishing you all the best.

Had to laugh @ your comments that even the Pope would have difficulty dealing with insurance companies AND "The beatings (floggings, etc.) will continue til employee morale improves." YUP . . . that's how to do it for sure!

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JILLYBEAN25 12/7/2012 12:25AM

    It sounds like a very difficult day for you. Glad it's over? I bet you are. At least tomorrow is another day. emoticon

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DIET_FRIEND 12/7/2012 12:16AM

    Thanks for sharing your day. It is a blessing to have a good husband. HOpe the hearing aid situation comes together in your favor ASAP. You are a blessing with your family for getting to that tub! I don't like cleaning tubs myself.

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UMBILICAL 12/6/2012 11:27PM

  Good note

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The Funny Laws of Life...LAWS YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU KNEW!!

Monday, December 03, 2012

I'm kinda brain dead and tired. Saw these funny "laws" in email, so thought I'd share - some are related to weight loss!!

Here goes:
1. Law of Mechanical Repair - After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.

2. Law of Gravity - Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

3. Law of Probability - The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

4. Law of Random Numbers - If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.

5. Variation Law- If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now (works every time).

6. Law of the Bath - When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

7. Law of Close Encounters - The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

8. Law of the Result - When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.

9. Law of Biomechanics - The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

10. Law of the Theater & Hockey Arena - At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always arrive last They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.

11. The Coffee Law - As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

12. Murphy's Law of Lockers - If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

13. Law of Physical Surfaces - The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

14. Law of Logical Argument - Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.

15. Brown's Law of Physical Appearance - If the clothes fit, they're ugly.  (My favorite!)

16. Oliver's Law of Public Speaking - A closed mouth gathers no feet.

17. Wilson's Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy - As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.

18. Doctors' Law - If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you'll feel better. But don't make an appointment, and you'll stay sick.

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DOLLYHOLLY 12/15/2012 7:58PM

    LOL. These are so cool & funny! emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 12/5/2012 12:30PM

    Cute! Thanks for sharing!

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SUNNYLIFE72 12/5/2012 9:02AM

  Cute - thanks for sharing.

I didn't see the Beautician's Law (similar to the Doctor's Law): When you make an appointment or a plan for a hair cut, you will receive compliments about your hair BEFORE your appointment! =)

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1CRAZYDOG 12/4/2012 8:05PM

    Too funny!

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MJ7DM33 12/4/2012 7:46PM

  All of these are true! Thanks for sharing!

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CATHYJR73 12/4/2012 4:59PM

    Very Fun emoticon

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BESEVEN 12/4/2012 12:32PM

    emoticon SO True!!!

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123ELAINE456 12/4/2012 9:34AM

  Awesome. And Very True. God Bless You and Have a Wonderul Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 12/4/2012 8:36AM

    So very true!

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GAYLE-G-63 12/4/2012 8:27AM

    emoticon emoticon

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DARLY55 12/4/2012 7:44AM

    They are like gravity - nothing you can do to remedy any of these situations!
Thanks for the funnies! emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 12/4/2012 6:03AM

    Thanks for sharing--reading these was a fun way to start the day!

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BARCLE 12/4/2012 12:17AM

    Oh so true! emoticon

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WINSTONSUZ 12/3/2012 11:52PM

    these really are true you know! LOL

they're always funny every time I see them..... thanks for sharing I needed a smile tonight!


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