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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Mom got discharged last evening!. They didn't figure out what was wrong really just ruled out that it wasn't anything to do with her heart attack or stroke. Maybe it was a spasm of her esophagus. She was back to her usual grumpy self and was upset and irritable when they released her. Figured we'd get a late night call with another spasm that would send us back to hospital but didn't.

Went to bed at decent hour but still tired this AM...

Women in Leadership Luncheon today.

We got the air back on at work. That is a true blessing. Makes work more comfortable.

Off to make it a great day!

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DGFOWLER 8/3/2012 5:45AM

    Sitting in the seat of the decision making is so very hard to do. Thoughts & prayers coming your way ~ Donna

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MARYJOANNA 8/2/2012 7:46AM

  It is a tough row to how and you are coping well. God is with you and will guide you if you have to make further decisions about your Mom.

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EDITOR 8/2/2012 6:07AM

    It is rough, Kathleen, and I hope we don't do this to our children. It is not her fault, but there comes a time when they cannot live alone. Is there a possibility of assisted living or nursing home, or is this out of the question. Decisions were made not without disputes between hubby and I.
God watches over us even to our grey hairs.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Hope today is smoother...but we made it through yesterday. Made it through no air at 5:15 it was 91 in our office. Repair people are supposed to fix it as fast as they can. We'll see...we have fans that move hot air....but that is better than nothing. Meeting with policy holder adjustor and contractor went well...but HOT. God answered another prayer was afraid it might have been explosive.

Went to visit Mom last night for a couple of hours. Hubby had been with her all day. God answered my prayer by the time I left work my anger was gone. Went down to gift shop and got her a couple of magazines and word search book to work on and look at. Didn't want TV on but think she didn't want to learn how to work it. She seemed fine at the hospital. She did have a spell for the Dr so maybe something going on. No problem with EKG when spell happened...could be a spasm. They will monitor her and do more blood work and maybe a stress test today. A good check up will do us all good and maybe relieve her mind and put her at ease. I know she sits and stews that something is wrong with her. Every little twitch and she gets worried. I still think she either worked herself up into whatever is going on or she wanted attention which she is getting. But maybe it will reassure her and settle her down for awhile. Noticed she has trouble telling time with a regular clock. Seeing signs that she is gradually slipping. Hubby is so good with her. Keeps her laughing and gives her lots of attention. You can see how she relies on him for everything. When they come in to ask a question she always looks to him. She looks like a child. Good that she allows him to help her. His sister she wouldn't be that way with and thankful there is someone she will listen to. What a long journey we have ahead of us. It is my prayer we can help her through this season and ease some of her fears and treat her with dignity and love her, love her, love her. It would help if she were an easier person. She has to have bottled water in the hospital. That's only what she can have and only certain kinds. She is so quirky. Maybe we can look back and laugh at some of the funny things.

Didn't get in any exercise yesterday except walking up and down the stairs at the hospital and to her room and back.

My motto for the day....More like my Heavenly Father and less like me!

Off to make it a great day!

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    emoticon Hang in there! I'm sorry your family is going through a difficult time.

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AVANELL 8/1/2012 7:11AM

    emoticon emoticonSomeday you will look back on all this and be thankful you were able to make her life a little easier and more enjoyable. In the end it will all be worth it and you will feel good about the sacrifices you made to make her life worthwhile! God bless you!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Trying to think on things above today. We have no air at work and no windows. Fortunately it's not in the 90's today. Had a old cranky lady chew me out for 25-30 minutes because her insurance is too high...she says.

Hubby got phone call to pick up Mom. She was complaining of chest pains. Took her to ER and they are keeping her over night. Guess they can check her blood to see if she's had a stroke or heart attack. Doesn't really show any signs now. My first reaction is that she hasn't had a lot of attention and got things all confused over the weekend and missed out on our company because she got mad. My thoughts are she is just wanting attention but I hate that those thoughts go through my mind. You never know. Yet I feel angry she is pulling this stunt. Then I feel mad at myself and what if this is something. We have had her to ER serveral times with Panic issues. Praying God calms my spirit and lets me love her and be kind to her as HE is to me. I know she's frightened as she walks this part of her life's journey and I desire to be there for her. This does pull our attention to her.

Got a 4:30 meeting with disgruntle policy holder. Today must be my day....

Praying that God helps me to see things from his perspective and not mine. That I become more like Him today and less like me

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DGFOWLER 8/3/2012 5:47AM

    If we didn't have these thoughts Kathleen I don't think we would be human. We can only try to do what is right and you did take her to the ER to rule out potentials. Do you pray with your mom? Donna

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MARYJOANNA 8/1/2012 6:03AM

  You are a strong person, and all the things you do for your Mom are great. Your family is your first priority and Mom will have to understand that. She is a part of your life, bit hubby is not to be neglected either. God bless you!

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EDITOR 8/1/2012 5:57AM

    I honestly think and believe it is her that needs the reassurance. And from experience that will be the case. Honestly, I hope I don't live as long to be a source of concern to anyone.
I think the cross search puzzles and mind stimulation activites will occupy her. My dad only wanted TV. You will find the right combination! My MIL only wanted her son to be around her.

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EDITOR 7/31/2012 4:05PM

    Hang in there, Kathleen!

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    hold on emoticon

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Magnificient Monday

Monday, July 30, 2012

Whew! Trying to recover from the weekend! Hosted dining out Saturday night and had 8 people over for lunch yesterday to celebrate our dear friends 50th anniversary. They stayed until 6 pm...guess they enjoyed themselves.

Mom was supposed to join us but somehow she thought she was going to the dining out Saturday night. We always try to call and reminder her when she is supposed to go but sat around wating for us and a 6 pm called us during dinner/meeting and hubby didn't take her call. I called her when we got home to remind her of schedule on Sunday and she was upset and not going anywhere the rest of the weekend. Of couse she blamed it all on me and that I had told her she was going with us. Don't know how it all happened. Guess I should get used to her getting confused and let it roll off. I am trying to...

Ate way too much over the weekend. All they wanted to do was sit around and eat and talk. I'm used to being more active.

Company leaves sometime today,,,,'

Off to exercise and get to work....

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LEANJEAN6 7/30/2012 6:36AM

    Great to hear other fellow Sparklers are exercising early---Enjoy the day!-Lynda emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 7/30/2012 6:35AM

    As our relatives get older, they can sometimes be a bit trying. My aunt who is 84 got the time wrong every time we had dinner together during my visit. I stayed with my sister and my stepmother (age 89) stayed with my aunt. My sister cooked dinner, my nephew cooked dinner, my brother-in-law cooked dinner and we ate out a couple of times and EVERY time she showed up either early or late and swore we told her a different time than we had. We love her anyhow but she can be something of a trial.

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ROX525 7/30/2012 6:32AM

    What a nice weekend you had. Have a great and healthy week.

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EDITOR 7/30/2012 6:29AM

    Have a wonderful Monday and keep on trucking, Kathleen!

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Fabulous Friday

Friday, July 27, 2012

Eating's been better the last few days. Focusing on counting calories and pre-planning and preparing meals and keeping track of what I eat. Of course we're having company this weekend so I will probably blow the weekend. Our dear older friends are stopping by for a few days. They have been traveling around for theie 50th wedding anniversary and asked to stop by for a couple of days...Sat - Tues or so.

Hubby's in charge of our club's dining out Saturday night at a BBQ place. Little nervous about that...our first time to be in charge and there is over 50 people coming. Hope most of them like it. I'm sure some will and some won't. Our friends should have arrived in time to go with us.

Sunday I invited 2 other couples over for lunch to visit and help celebrate our friend's Anniversary. With Mom and our friends makes 9. So it should be a nice time. Don't do as much entertaining since I work full time...but think I have it under control.

I have been able to make it to Curves with Mom 3 times this week. It has really perked her up. She has been doing remarkably better. Says she exercises in bed...but even she admits the machines are making her work and she can feel it. I know it does her good...just seems hard to get there recently. Have to put it back on priority list.

We survived the new phone system. We did OK. Didn't drop any calls. New learning curve. Guess God is determined that I will keep learning to change and adapt to new environments.

Planning to get up and get to Farmer's Market tomorrow morning and get some fresh cantelope and green beans for meals...and anything else that looks good. The farm market produce is just so tasty and good. No comparison to grocery store food. Yum! Yum! It seems to have so much more flavor and sweeter and not so woody tasting.

We have also gotten some rain the last few days. Been a nice break and the flowers and grass are enjoying it.

Off to make it a great day!

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EDITOR 7/27/2012 5:36AM

    The way you work, entertain and take care of Mom is always amazing to me! God is really directing your path to keep you so well functioning!

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MARYJOANNA 7/27/2012 5:35AM

  Bless you for your optimism! If you determine it is going to be a great day, it will be. Enjoy your weekend!

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