CINDYSDAY's SparkPeople Blog CINDYSDAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Everyone keeps asking me how I am doing. I don't know...... My leg is still bothering me from the heart cath last Thursday. So I am still taking it easy. <BR> <BR> It is still so unreal that Mom has gone. I knew that the Alzheimer's was getting worse but I saw her on Thursday (September 4) She was her usual self. Then bed ridden on September 5th and in heaven on the 9th. We had her at home. So from Friday to Tuesday when she passed away I only left the house for 11 hours. <BR> <BR> My Aunt and Uncle that lived with Mom is going to buy the house. S... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:37:22 EST I am glad Mom is now an Angel but I miss her so much! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was me and Mom at her 70th birthday party last year. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:24:43 EST I am so sorry that I haven't kept everyone up to date.... but........ Mom had a seizure last Friday that was the beginning to the end. Mom said her last words on Saturday. Monday was my middle sister's birthday and I guess Mom was determined that she wasn't going to die on her birthday. Mom past away on September 9 at 1:05 am. <BR> <BR> Today (9/11) I had a heart cath since I was having chest pains but my heart is fine. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow (9/12) we will have visitation and on Saturday (9/13) we will have the funeral. <BR> <BR> I have dropped one of the ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:53:14 EST Life is doing its best to pull me down I found out yesterday Mom is having trouble swallowing. Unfortunately this is the progression of Alzheimer's. I am going to pick up some ensure today for her. <BR> <BR> I also found out yesterday that my financial aid for my 2 college classes this fall has a hold on it and I have to fix it our pay $975. I spent part of a day in May and I thought that was taken care of. Ugh. Not what I wanted to do on my day off. I so want to craft. I had so many projects I wanted to get finished before c... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:02:35 EST Just wanted to say thanks for the support and Birthday wishes! If you read my blog on July 13th you would know that I didn't have a great birthday (July 10th). But instead of feeling bad I am just trying to make everyday special for me and those around me. Caring for Mom has taught me that life is precious and there is no time like the present to love those around us. We don't have to have a lot of money to show love. I have a great friend on here that struggles financially and physically but I believe that her son and husband loves her beyond words.... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:52:10 EST update on Mom and me Mom fell Sunday morning sometime and bumped her arm. It skinned it so now we are trying to get her to leave the bandage alone <em>40</em> Her stomach is doing better but I think the antibiotic that they have her on is making her feel weird. Only a few more days of that. <BR> <BR> As for me I am hanging in there. When I feel stressed I am working in the yard or exercising or cleaning. So I am not thinking and working myself up. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the support! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:47:02 EST Sorry I have been MIA but Mom has taken much of my time.... On June 15 Mom was admitted to a hospital about 2 1/2 hours away. They were the only ones that would take an Alzheimer's patient that was aggressive. I have been on the phone or driving there quite often since trying to get updates on her. But they wouldn't tell me much because she was in a hospital in Tennessee that doesn't acknowledge our guardianship of her from Kentucky. for the last two weeks they kept telling us that she would be going home some. Then last weekend my sister and Uncl... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:13:22 EST Update on Mom They said last week Mom would get to come home this week but it isn't looking like it. They are still working on her meds. I am finally feeling some better from her attack on me. I go to the doctor tomorrow. I am sure that he will fuss about my weight and blood pressure. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 16:31:50 EST Getting to know me Getting to know you <BR> <BR> <BR> Your go-to chewing gum flavor… watermelon <BR> <BR> Best time of the year… Fall <BR> <BR> If you were a toe nail polish what color would you be…. cotton candy <BR> <BR> Favorite pie... Derby Pie <BR> <BR> First record you ever bought… Bee Gee's <BR> <BR> Current perfume you use...Body Spray wildflowers <BR> <BR> Do you have any trophies or awards…nope <BR> <BR> Worst day of your life…May 18, 2000 (dad died) and 6 years ago when we found ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 16:03:46 EST Update on Mom I called yesterday and they have added another medication trying to help with her moods. Some family members went to see her and she was no where near reality but she wasn't angry. At least that was better. <BR> <BR> I am really sore from her hitting me last week. It hurts to move. Oh well this will too pass. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:21:10 EST update on mom Mom is at the hospital two hours away getting evaluated to see if her behavior is medication, Alzheimer's or something else. Currently we have no idea how long she will be there. They should be called me or my sister sometime today and we going from there. We saw her yesterday afternoon before coming home and she was doing better. She had eaten and bathed for them so that is a plus. But you could tell she was still really out of it. <BR> <BR> As for me and how I am doing. I am numb. I... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:24:06 EST fun on vacation but boy when i got home Cumberland falls was beautiful. It was really nice. <BR> <BR> We got home on Wednesday evening. Thursday my aunt called, Mom was hitting and being ugly. So I went down. While my aunt and uncle took a walk, I was cooking lunch mom tried to get out of the house. But the door was locked (mom has been getting out and running off). She started yelling at me for not letting her out. I told her I couldn't let her out. So she started hitting me. She hit me on my neck and shoulder. I finally got ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 02:08:20 EST hoping to destress We are leaving for a couple of days. I am hoping mom will behave (see yesterdays blog). Thank you for the nice words of encouragement! Mon, 9 Jun 2014 09:03:54 EST Help. I am so stressed! As some of you know Mom has Alzheimer's. Since Wednesday, she has ran down the road that she lives on 5 times and hit my uncle that lives with her. She tells everyone that my Aunt and Uncle is trying to kill her. I had to leave church this morning because she had ran away again. I got there and she wouldn't go into the house because they were going to hurt her. I said you want to go home with me today. She did. But it was awful. She talked awful about my Aunt and Uncle. She accused me o... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 22:48:52 EST finally a day with no drama. but its still early We worked the the yard until noon. We had four trees cut down. I have some family that is cutting it up for firewood. We raked the debris and hubby mowed. He also smoked a sholder for supper. I have read some. Daughter and the finace are coming for dinner. So good day so far. Sat, 17 May 2014 17:23:12 EST update Mom has gotten more upset lately. I have had to go down a lot lately to help calm her down. I am going to call the Neurologist tomorrow if her meds can be change or any other ideas. It is taken a toll on us all. I know that this is just going to get worse but the longer we can help her stay at home the better for everyone. <BR> <BR> Now that I am out of class I am trying to craft and get projects done ahead. I seem to fall behind when I am taking my two college classes, taking care of t... Thu, 15 May 2014 21:57:40 EST My job is in question for next year. I had posted on on my status about my job and if we will stay open. Here is the reason. Since the new government insurance has came about and making everyone have insurance it has dropped out patient numbers. People who were coming as cash patients are not coming because it costs them more for a visit now with insurance and some people cannot afford to come after paying for the insurance. This year everyone's co pays and deductibles are higher that makes those that were coming monthly not ... Thu, 8 May 2014 10:24:45 EST Mom is home. They said with the sinus infection, a few days later the flu and then the following week she had the uniery tract infection, it took its toll. But she is home and doing well at this time. Thank you for your support. <BR> <BR> We are putting off Easter at Moms to let her rest. So next Saturday we will be our family gathering. We will be with hubbys familr tomorrow but that is a much smaller group. <BR> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> <em>451</em> <em>4... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:08:51 EST Mom isn't doing any better. :( I stayed with Mom last night. She kept trying to get out of the room. She took her iv out. She has had diarrhea since Sunday. But today it's worse. They have changed her bed 3 times. So she is mad she has her iv in, she is having to wear a hospital gown and a depends. I am at work and i went home on my lunch and took a shower (I was afraid to at the hospital with the way she was acting) . I will be staying again tonight. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:33:08 EST Mom is in hospital. A month ago Mom had the flu. We took her to the ER she was dehydrated. They only kept her a few hours and snet us home. This was a Thursday then on Tuesday my sister took her to the dr because she was sick again. They said she had a UTI. She was put on meds. She has thrown up a few times since but this morning she threw up for 15 minutes straight. So the dr has put her in for testing. Maybe we will know something tomorrow. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:07:39 EST April fools day started out good after lunch it went down F A S T ! ! ! Work was steady until lunch. I grabbed some lunch to meet my Aunt and Cousin at Hobby Lobby. I dumped my purse getting out of the car. Of course some of it went under the car next to me. There was people in that car waiting to leave. So I am on my hands and knees trying to hurry. I thought I got everything so when I was finished I close my car door and went into the store. When we were finished I found out that I locked my keys in my car. I had to wait for Hubby to go to the house to get th... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:59:06 EST Sunshine is wonderful even if its Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend. We had a good weekend. I got some homework and housework done. Yesterday we went to Kentucky Dam hubby rode his bike and i walked with my dog. It was nice. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:57:15 EST slow Sunday. Not much going on today. I went to church and afterwards went to get groceries. I finished a book. I worked on ironing and homework. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:44:55 EST March has been crazy as usual! I was going upstairs the first week of March (in my arms was my laptop, college books and Mouse) the books were sliding I tried to catch them and was in mid step. So I fell and hit my right leg on the step. I have been to the doctor twice and they tell me that I have bruised my bone. It only hurts when I walk. <em>313</em> I was told to stay off of it, put ice on it, use a walker and physical therapy. Sure I have time for that! On the way home from the doctor's visit with my leg, my Aunt... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:45:50 EST some pictures outside <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> These pictures are taken from my upstairs porch. Pretty. But so ready for spring. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:22:22 EST rain, sleet, snow, thunder and lighting. OH MY Yup we had all that today. It is still sleeting and has for the last 5 hours. My work along with a lot of other businesses and schools are closed. I have to take my Business Math Midterm on campus this by the 6th. So I hope that it clears up soon. I finished my paper for my other class and turned it in today. <BR> <BR> I feel last weekend and hit the front of my leg on the steps. I finally went and got x-rays on Friday it isn't broke just bruised. But if it is still hurting I am to com... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:36:00 EST wedding dresses <img src=""> this was our first favorite. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> then we found this dress. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I think we have decided she likes the last one tbe best. We are going to put it in layaway. We are going to another city in a month see ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 22:43:22 EST Damsel in Defense. every woman should have something to help keep her safe. <link><BR>x?eventId=E24800&from=DIRECTLINK </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Damsel In Defense is <BR> Equipping and Providing women access to products that can protect them. Most women have never held a stun gun and can’t tell you where she could find one to see, hold and purchase. We are changing that! <BR> <BR> EMPOWERING women to protect themselves. We are hearing it from customers time and again. Having an item in your hand in that dark parking lot just m... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:21:13 EST Friday I am so glad you are over! I got up yesterday and tried to finish my homework on Compound interest. FYI - my brain doesn't do math. I got 9 finished before I had to leave. I had to pick up Mom to take her to get her eyes checked. (Mom is 70 with stage 4-5 Alzheimer's). She was mad at the lady for putting hurtful things in her eyes (the puff of air). Afterwards I asked her where does she want to eat lunch ( had her for a few hours to give my Aunt and Uncle a break) she said Chick-fil-a. So we go there order our foo... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:55:46 EST So far so good. I haven't been logging my weight because I was embarrassed. I had got up to 269.7 but I am proud to say that I weigh 262.2. My daughter is now engaged to her boyfriend so I have until May 2, 2015 to get this body into a better shape for all those pictures. <BR> <BR> I want to at least be out of the 200's by then. So I am going to work on me!!!! Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:56:21 EST Feburary 1st already January has came and gone. I have really worked on eating better. I am making a consciousness choices of what to eat and not to eat. Its a start. <BR> <BR> Classes are going well so far. Lots of papers and Business Math but I am doing my best and that is all I can do. <BR> <BR> It hasn't been such a good month for Mom. She spent 2 weeks of not knowing who I was and a few other people. She has been really mean with her words. But that is to be expected with Alzheimer's. <BR> <BR> I ho... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 21:57:08 EST Plugging along I have started my two college classes. Business math and office procedures. I always struggled with math so this is no different. Though this time I have to take my tests on campus (I am taking all my classes on-line). I am working really hard but this teacher isn't helping much. But hubby is helping and SIL is a math professor at a local college and teaches high school so between the two of them maybe I will squeak by. <BR> <BR> I want to thank everyone for all the comments when I post ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:50:26 EST Good morning 2014 Its another year. Like most people I am hopeful for what might lay ahead. I begin 2 college classes. I am looking forward to it. For every semester that I finish is closer I am to meeting that goal. with me taking 2 classes a semester I should be finished 2016. <BR> <BR> Instead of resolutions I am setting goals. I am going to make two different goals a month. <BR> <BR> So for January my 2 goals is (1) 5,000+ steps (2) 3-4 servings of fruits/veggies. <BR> <BR> In December my goals... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:00:55 EST oh Monday you are so mean On my way to work today I was doing so well through the snow then a truck in front of me started sliding. I slid when I got to the same area. He went left and I went right. He pulled out and went on his way. Meanwhile I was stuck. I tried to get out but I couldn't. So I called my boss. He came and pushed me out. <BR> <BR> My tires are 6 months old so I guess it was me. Mon, 9 Dec 2013 21:15:14 EST ice, snow oh my <img src=""> <BR> This was out our second floor looking down the driveway. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is my front yard. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The line of snow and ice is where my garage door was. When we opened the garage doorthe snow and ice was up on it. We got about 3 inches of snow with another inch of ice. <BR>... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 19:44:03 EST Making Progress I have been doing Walking Away the Pounds before work. Today I even did 10 times up and down our stairs in the house. It isn't much but it is a start. <BR> <BR> Not much else going on. I am working on homework and the usual. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:58:32 EST just stuff I went to Mom's on Thursday so my Aunt and Uncle could go to their doctor's appointments without her. She was aware for most of the time. She wanted to talk about how things were. I don't know which is harder talking to her about how we are taking care of her and her being upset that we have to care for her or keeping things from her and taking care of her like she is a child. But at least for Thursday she understood what we were doing and why. <BR> <BR> Though I would like to go to my... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 08:56:07 EST Father in law is home not sure when the next surgery will be FIL was having a two part back surgery. The first was Monday and they put in spacers in his spine then they were to go in on Wednesday to put more spacers and the rod. But since his heart acted up they had to put off the surgery. The doctor wants to wait until his is stronger before they do the second stronger and his heart is better. So he is home. He was doing well, just having a had time getting comfortable. We made dinner and cleaned up afterwards. He looked good just really tired. ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 22:55:34 EST up date on Father in law He is still in ICU for observation. They cannot let him go home until they get his heartbeat in rhythm. He looked so much better last night. They are not able to have the rob put in his back until he is cleared by the hearth doc. So it may be a couple of months before he gets the next step of his surgery. But for now he is doing well. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:43:11 EST hUMp Day news My FIL had back surgery on Monday they put in 6 spacers and was supposed to put in rods today but his heart rate spiked last night and they moved him to ICU so the sugery is cancelled for today. <BR> <BR> This is a long week. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:01:04 EST Sunday the 27th Not much to report. I went to church this morning. It was a nice service. I came home we had lunch, watched some tv ( cross-stitched) and now I am catching up on Sparkpeople. I will work on home work and chores. I guess I am doing better. I have to remember that I cannot understand what my cousin was thinking it is one of those things we will never know on earth. <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone is having a good weekend! Sun, 27 Oct 2013 16:46:47 EST So much on my mind today..... My mind is just spinning with the last 3 days. Monday after my Aunt called me about Mom getting out in the middle of the night. I had to order some things that will make a noise if the outside doors open. I also ordered mom a bracelet so f she does get lost then maybe someone will help her. I got her an appointment with a neurologist but couldn't get in until December. <BR> <BR> Then yesterday finding out my cousin is dead. The police think that she killed herself but they are still inv... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:47:52 EST Today my cousin Committed Sucide My cousin was 5 years older than me, had a daughter and a grand - daughter. Her and her husband was getting a divorice. When we were children we played together all the time. She was like a big sister. Just happened sometime this morning. <em>459</em> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:30:35 EST Alzeheimers strikes again :( Yesterday morning at 6am my Aunt that lives with Mom calls me to tell me about their night. Mom got up in the middle of the night, gets dressed and goes outside. My Aunt wakes Uncle and tells him, "Your sister just went outside!" He jumped up went out and almost hit her with the door since she was right there. She wanted to go home. She was upset that he wouldn't take her home. I am not sure where home was in her mind but she is still in her home. <BR> <BR> So yesterday I put some la... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:17:36 EST OH the fun that I had today! My hubby took me to the Amish stores. On our way we saw that the local city was having a craft fair. So when we finished we went back to the craft fair and saw a Mineral Museum. It was awesome! We are planning to take our son back in the spring to the digs that they have. <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone is having a great weekend! Sat, 19 Oct 2013 21:48:09 EST Guess what day it is? HUMP Day!!! LOL. I got off from work early today. I went to a informational class about Alzheimer's. Then had lunch with my sister, Aunt and cousin. We all help with Mom. I tried to find Spark people and then on to homework! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a great day! Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:19:06 EST I got in a lot of exercise this weekend. moving and corn mazes. Saturday we help to move our daughter from one apartment into another nice and more safer apartment. <BR> <BR> On Sunday after I got home from church we went to the mall did some shopping. Then went to the corn maze and walked for about 2 hours. <link> </link> <BR> Then we did our grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> So I got in a lot of walking this weekend!! <BR> <em>465</em> <em>342</em> <em>465</em> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:25:24 EST My craft camp crafts <img src=""> <BR> This Santa I painted to replace the one that broke a few years ago. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> tassel angel. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> a pot holder that I quilted. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I did this for my Aunt for Christmas she loves the Wizar... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 17:43:06 EST I am soooooooooo excited for this weekend!!! I am a craftaholic. I love to craft. I knit, crochet, quilt, make cards, and sew. I am trying to learn how to tat. This weekend is Craft Camp. We get to sleep in a bunk bed and eat cafeteria food then do all the crafts you can pay for. This will be my eight year. I go with a friend. It is a 45 minute ride away and we talk the whole weekend. When I come home on Sunday I usually take a nap. I am so excited and can't wait. It is the only time that is just for me. It is even out of range ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 22:26:59 EST I have stumbled a few times but I am not giving up I am struggling in my Medical Insurance and Billing college class. There is so much to learn and do. I am trying to do it and I will get it done but ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh there is so much work. <em>40</em> In my keyboarding class I am doing ok but I did have a question on my last assignment and I emailed the teacher and she never got back to me. I called her on Thursday but had to leave a voice mail and still nothing. REALLY! You get paid for this. <BR> <BR> On Thursday was a very tryi... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 12:55:58 EST