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Home from the Hospital and Doing Fine!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

emoticon George got to come home -- in fact we've been home about 10 minutes and he's in the shower! I know what he means by that "wish for a hot shower" as the shower in the room dribbles out of the shower head, and it's not very warm either. I looked at it when I was there last month and thought to myself "How am I going to shampoo my hair in THAT??"

Another thing that happened this afternoon is that I went to see the Cardiologist and he said he wants to see me "once a year" and they will do an echo cardiogram each time, and -- who knows, maybe I'll never have to do the surgery thing! All good news!

So life is sort of back to normal now. George is dying for some solid food -- anything but the chicken broth they've been feeding him! So tonight's dinner is scrambled eggs with a tiny bit of minced ham for flavor. (lucky George!)

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CATLADY52 12/18/2010 1:21PM

    Good news for both of you. Enjoy being together and at home. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/17/2010 10:06PM

    So glad that George is home and doing well and that your also got good reports!!! Get some rest and have a blessed and Merry Christmas!!!

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THPEAKY 12/17/2010 8:07AM

    I am so glad to hear GP is better! You both deserve to have a lovely and PEACEFUL Christmas!
Love and Blessings,

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/17/2010 7:32AM

    emoticonGlad you both had good news now enjoy being home
Take care God's Blessings

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PSMITH3841 12/16/2010 10:07PM

    So glad George is home and feeling better....Tell him to rest up for the holidays!

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Now it's Hubby's turn for the hospital

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

emoticon Just a month ago I found myself entering the doors of the EMERGENCY ROOM the term alone is enough to strike fear into the heart of big strong men! And I was quaking in my boots! Was I having a heart attack? Would I be home in my own bed tonight -- or could I be gone forever? Lots of thoughts race through your mind when you're scared.

Monday morning got up and decided to shower and dress up right away -- stay away from the computer for a change and go out and finish up my Christmas shopping! As I was busy blowing my hair dry, George appeared at the bathroom door. He looked dissheveled and tired and his words sent a chill up my spine. "I don't feel well at all . . . . . I think you'd better take me to ER," What guy will admit he needs to go to the doctor -- much less ER? He said he had diarrhea, vomiting and he was having difficulty breathing. So off we went -- this time for him instead of me.

About 2 hours later came the shocking news that they wanted him to 'spend the night." They thought he might have a gallstone blocking his pancreas. So instead of getting a quick fix, I found myself returning home to a big empty house -- alone. I now know how he felt while I was gone.

Today I spent much of the day as a Caregiver -- my usual Tuesday. But when my work day was finished I went home, walked my dog, did a few chores and headed for the hospital once again. This time the surgeon had been to visit George -- but it was more bad news. He might not be coming home until SUNDAY! Apparently they are trying to calm his pancreas down so they can operate on the gallbladder, and are also checking on a couple strains of bacteria they are suspecting. So it goes on. And is there anything more boring than being in the hospital when you aren't deathly sick? NO! To top it off he's not allowed to eat or drink any thing at all -- all his nourishment is flowing into his arm via that little needle. All I can say is:
"What a way to lose weight!"

The silver lining in all of this? It's for my dog; while George is gone, I'm letting Amber sleep with me. She's in 7th Heaven! lol

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/17/2010 10:00PM

    Prayers for George and you!!! Hope the doctors can resolve his problem quickly so he can come home. Glad you have amber to keep you warm...

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CATLADY52 12/16/2010 2:40PM

    I'm wishing the best outcome for George. emoticon for all of you including Amber emoticon

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CBEVNOW 12/16/2010 3:17AM

    Hope things go well for George. I know what you mean about hospitals, it can make you so tired just being there for your loved one, and when you get home you are wore out. Arent you glad you have Amber.

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THPEAKY 12/15/2010 11:14PM

    Well...All I can say is your life is never boring!!!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/15/2010 3:53PM

    Sure hope your GH has all this resolved in time for Christmas! If they can operate by lap, he'll feel much better in a few days, but shouldn't return to work, etc for 6 weeks. At least that's what the Dr told me when I had mine out. It's been a few years now. Rules may have changed, but I went back to work in 2 weeks and found I couln't work a whole shift and only worked half shifts for about a week and then stayed home another couple weeks till I really could stand 8 hours without feeling puny. (I was working as a cashier at a store).
I know your Amber is loving sleeping with "mommy"!!! Bruno likes it, too!

Sorry about DH, but glad it's not you! hehe


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PSMITH3841 12/15/2010 11:31AM

    Aww, hope George gets well soon...It so stinks being sick, especially around the Holidays...Let him know he's in our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery...(although, I bet Amber is hoping he'll take his time, and make sure he's better before he comes home to his bed.... Ya Think? Tee Hee) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/15/2010 8:46AM

    emoticonto hear George is having trouble hope all is better soon keep us updated and glad you have the emoticonto sleep next to you until George gets home.
Take care

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JUDY1676 12/14/2010 11:54PM

    Saying prayers that the Dr. can get everything fixed and your dh can return home well and happy.

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Party's Over, took me a day to recover!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

emoticon OK, I was a little stressed getting ready for our "Open House" party -- I love having parties, but not knowing how many people to expect can be stressful, because who wants to eat party food for a week afterward? But the day and hour finally arrived, I was tired but happy that people DID SHOW UP! I think as I went around the neighborhood passing out invitations that most of the people I spoke with personally (those who were home) did come over. . . . maybe 30 to 35 people. And that's a pretty good turn-out with no more notice than most of the people had. SO I THINK I'LL DO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR!

Unfortunately, because I was over-tired or because the food was higher fat than my body is used to I was sick, sick, SICK ALL OF THE NEXT DAY. I fell into bed exhausted about 9:00 and slept until about 11:00. Then I started with the all too familiar bathroom trot, or whatever you might wish to call it. I didn't keep track of the trips, because when I'm creating memories I like them to be happy ones! But my guess is close to 30 -- I should have had my pedometer on, right? Probably lost out on 1000 steps right there! GROAN!

S0 after sleeping something like 14 hours all day Saturday, did I sleep Saturday night? You betcha! My BF says he's never seen anyone do that before. He checked on me about every hour or so to make sure I was still alive. lol And he laughed when I got up Sunday morning and he said I seemed very quiet and calm -- but by afternoon I was back to my usual -- and we won't go there!

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PSMITH3841 12/13/2010 9:23PM

    I just knew the Party was going to go well...but I wasn't anticipating your malady..ewww! Sorry you had to go through that...But, chalk it up to lesson learned, and you won' make that mistake next year, smart lady that you are! Glad you had a good time, until...well, you know..... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 12/13/2010 5:07PM

    Glad the party was successful, not glad you had the aftermath (for lack of a nice way to put it). Hope all else is going well today. emoticon

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THPEAKY 12/13/2010 8:40AM

    Ahh.. the end of the party is rather like having jet lag...glad the trip was good!!

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/13/2010 8:00AM

    Glad you had a good party but sorry you got sick over it all
Glad your feeling better

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Today was an IMPORTANT Day!

Friday, December 10, 2010

emoticon emoticon Today was an important milestone in my life. George and I went over to the courthouse and got our Marriage license! He pretended to be a nervous wreck, but I know he was happy as a lark about it.

Then, as our Open House Party is tomorrow, we came home and George made the two Pineapple Upside Down Cakes, and while he lorded it over the kitchen, I got out of his way and did the "Party" shopping. Several bags and about 1-1/2 hours later I came dragging in, tired out. But before leaving the house around noon I had boiled potatoes and eggs, and left them to cool; so I made a spot for me at the table and proceeded to peel and chop up the eggs and potatoes, minced some onion and mixed up the dressing to pour over it. I don't know if it is the exact flavor that George is used to -- but it's how "I" make it. Next I finished off a 3-layer jello salad in a mold. Sugar free, of course! But not everything will be on the low calorie menu -- after all, it's a party, so people can make their own choices. My next task was to make the Salmon Mousse and put it in the pretty fish mold that I have. It looks so pretty at a party, on a platter with fresh parsley around it. Tomorrow will be hectic, but I know I will enjoy myself regardless. Many things have to be done the day of the party, and when my back hurts I wonder momentarily "why do I do this?" but deep down I know why, and I'm glad I still have the energy to do it.

Wish all my Spark friends could come -- I'd really have a house full of people! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 12/10/2010 5:47PM

    Ok, now you have the license..did I miss reading about the date set? Congrats! I just know your party is going to be a huge success..geez, you're going to serve Jello Salad...Yum! I'm 64 years old and my eyes still glaze over when you mention JELLO!!!!! emoticon Have a great time tomorrow! emoticon emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 12/10/2010 1:33PM

    Anticipation and counting the steps up to a big event are what make it so wonderful! Congratulations on getting your license!

Enjoy your party!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/10/2010 11:48AM

    Oh, wow!!!! A trip to the courthouse!! So happy for you and your lucky bf!!! Sounds like a great open house, too!! Don't work yourself too much as you'll really want to have a nice time at your own party!!!hehe Wish we could come, too, but you know we will be celebrating with you in spirit!!!

SPark on, my friend!!!

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THPEAKY 12/10/2010 8:49AM

    Oh...everything sounds wonderful! Felicitations on your upcoming wedding!

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/10/2010 7:22AM

    emoticonon getting the Marriage License - Now have fun at the Party
and my back is killing me for getting ready for my Open House also Sat but it will be worth it also for loving having friends over to party.
Have fun at your party wish you could come to mine also.

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CBEVNOW 12/10/2010 1:27AM

    Congratulations, to you and George, on your up coming marriage. Hope your party is a good one. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Contrary to Your Goals -- Enjoy Your Holidays!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I get as wrapped up with the "Holiday Spirit" as the next person, and I also think of myself as a fairly organized, efficient person; so it was still the latter part of November when I pulled out my Christmas cards and the ever diminishing "Christmas Card List." It's very sad to acknowledge, but at my age instead of "growing" my card list is "getting shorter." So many of my friends have included a little note with their annual cards informing that their spouse has passed on. It is sometimes the wife -- sometimes the husband. So sad, but so true.

With that in mind, it gave me a new perspective on Christmas, or any other holiday that I particularly enjoy. Don't deprive yourself of something you really enjoy for that short little time -- make new memories, or add to the old ones. If one of your fondest memories of Christmas is the fact that you can enjoy eggnog -- then enjoy it! Maybe you will come out of the season a couple of pounds heavier! You'll just have to be a little more conscious of what you eat and get in your exercise at a later date.

Next Christmas -- or on that next birthday, or whatever holiday, what if your friend has passed on? So go ahead and have that eggnog, the birthday cake or whatever it is! When we talk about a "healthy lifestyle" we don't mean it to be a "deprived lifestyle" but merely one where we are responsible, realizing if we splurge now, we'll have to be extra good sometime in the very near future!

Enjoy your holiday and . . . . MERRY CHRISTMAS! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 12/9/2010 6:03PM

    I have to agree with you. Live your life to the fullest every day and let your enjoyment show. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/9/2010 7:12AM

    I agree too lets enjoy the Holidays but be some what good don't go over board but enjoy being with family and friends
We can do it in Jan to be really really good
emoticonHappy Holidays All

PS emoticonHappy Birthday PSMITH3841

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PSMITH3841 12/8/2010 9:22PM

    Thank goodness I'm not the only one that feels that way...Tomorrow's my Birthday, my 64th to be exact...I think I should be able to enjoy a Birthday treat or 2... Especially since I'll be going out dancing on Friday night, and will probably burn off any damage I might have done!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 12/8/2010 7:26PM

    I am so with you on this. With the exception of watching my blood sugar levels, my goal is to maintain and so far doing well on that goal. Otherwise I will enjoy my friends and family.

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OLDERDANDRT 12/8/2010 5:52PM

    Oh yeah! I totally agree! Life is too short to life in total self-omposed deprivation! Your first commenter said it. "life style" implying you have a life!! Oh yeah! Totally!

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STILLFLYIN 12/8/2010 12:19PM

    A "healthy lifestyle" implies that you have a life, not just a number on a scale. Live that life!

Yup, I agree with you for so many reasons.

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