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Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

The only holidays I know of are Passover & Easter - and I wish everyone a happy holiday of their own choosing!

My dad is doing much better! He has become afraid of sleeping pills and we now believe he was addicted to the Ambien which is why he kept needing more and they weren't working. Even though the new pill was reduced by 75%, he is hesitant to use them after having such a bad reaction to them. Apparently still being doped up after Dialysis is not normal - the procedure of Dialysis is supposed to remove all medicines from the body & bloodstream. They were shocked that even after the Dialysis last week he was still groggy from the half a pill.

My dad is now much more alert although still quite weak. The truly scary thing is, had he been in a nursing home, they would have left him on that too high dosage and just let him sleep! This is why I have to try to keep him at home.

Thank you for all your prayers. I do believe in the power of prayer and I know this has helped my father and my family as well as me!

Love you,
Linda
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JERSEYGIRL24 4/7/2010 8:07PM

    So glad your dad is doing better. My grandmother was in a nursing home in the 80s. My aunt had a particular home in mind, but when the time came they did not have room, so she went elsewhere. One day my cousin (a nurse) looked at her meds, and apparently she was really being doped up! So my aunt kicked and screamed and got her into the nursing home she wanted. I believe things improved.

I know Dad is better off at home with you, but I have seen some very loving relatives (and some not quite so loving) who had to move their parents when they became too much too handle. If my mother goes first, there is no way I will be able to handle my father. You are truly a saint, but we already knew that.

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 4/6/2010 12:38AM

    I am so glad to hear that your Dad is doing better. You are right about the nursing home. They would do what is easiest for them and not necessarily what is best for your Dad. He is very lucky to have you!

I also believe in the power of prayer and will continue to hold you, your DH and your Dad in my prayers. Blessings to you all! :)

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GRALLEN 4/5/2010 11:03PM

    So glad to hear of the improvements for you dad. You are right, there is power in prayer, I believe it!

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WRITERGIRLMEL 4/5/2010 10:24PM

    I'm glad your dad is improving. I'll keep him and you in my prayers.

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WALKINGANNIE 4/5/2010 4:14PM

    Happy holiday to you and your family Linda. They are so blessed to have you.

I hope that you are managing to find some time to safeguard your own health and wellbeing as you are so busy caring for others.

Loving thoughts to you and yours.

Annie x

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/5/2010 3:21PM

    Glad to hear that your father is doing better.

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 4/5/2010 9:40AM

    Thanks for the update, you really have lots to be thankful for.

So glad he has turned the corner and that he has such a loving family to care for him.

Keep up your great work and thanks again

Hope your Easter was the greatest! emoticon

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LOPEYP 4/5/2010 6:42AM

    The elderly need advocates in nursing homes and hospitals, if not they will get lost in the shuffle. You are fortunate that you are able to keep him with you and care for him. You are a good daughter!
I'm keeping you both in my prayers. emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/4/2010 10:37PM

    Linda, you, your dad & your family will remain in my prayers. Bright blessings to you. I am so glad that your father seems to be getting better. I am so proud of you for taking care of your dad. You are blessed. Love, Dawn emoticon

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KALIGIRL 4/4/2010 9:46PM

    Glad to hear you're over this hurdle. My dad was on too much morphine until we intervened.
Good thoughts and prayers for you and yours.

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SUPREME5 4/4/2010 9:18PM

    MAY YOUR EASTER BEEN GOOD AND I PRAY FOR YOUR DAD AND FAMLIY TO SEE YOU THROUGH THIS ROCKY SPOT
DORENE


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MSLZZY 4/4/2010 9:00PM

    Glad you are there for him! Happy Easter!

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/4/2010 7:32PM

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KALLY95 4/4/2010 5:24PM

    happy easter to you and your dad enjoy your day

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NANCYMT6151 4/4/2010 4:07PM

    Prayers for your dad and your family and best wishes for this glorious Easter Day!

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CICI510 4/4/2010 3:49PM

    Happy Easter! I will definitely lift your dad up in prayer. emoticon

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RISSASPIECES 4/4/2010 3:10PM

    Nursing homes and hospitals can be very scary places. It makes me sick to think about how many people believe a quiet patient is a good patient.

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CAPECODDOGFISH 4/4/2010 2:18PM

    You are an angel. I just hope that if I have to be in a NH, I hope some will watch out for me the way you do with your dad. Bob emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/4/2010 1:36PM

    wishing you and your dad a happy easter emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 4/4/2010 12:08PM

    He is truly blessed to have you. You are a blessing to many. Joyous Easter to you, too, Linda. -Marsha

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MOB8/2009 4/4/2010 12:01PM

    I'm so glad he has such a vigilant daughter to take care of him. That's a scarey scenario! I hope he continues to do well, under your care.

Happy Easter, Passover, or Spring, my friend!

Linda 2

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