SMIDGON's SparkPeople Blog SMIDGON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community HERE WE ARE! Here it is, Thursday, almost Friday and Larry is still in the hospital. Every day they say maybe tomorrow. Then something shows up and then once again it is maybe tomorrow. They have been trying to regulate his heart. They can't quite figure out what to do. <BR> <BR> Whenever he does get out, within a week he will see his family dr.. Then, he will have out-patient surgery to go in and adjust it.. Then, numerous visits to his Cardiologist. On it goes. <BR> <BR> For some reas... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:03:44 EST PRAYERS PLEASE I called the squad somewhere around 6a.m.. <BR> <BR> He is back in the hospital. Filling up with fluid aagain. He could barely breathe. Draining him of edema again. In running tests they found his engem zines in his liver was elevated. So that means more testing. As the liver wasn't in question before. IT was his heart, lungs and kidneys. <BR> <BR> His kidneys function is a Stage 4 (out of 5). 5 is a beginning of shutting down. <BR> <BR> The ER told him he is between a rock an... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:04:06 EST TODAY SO FAR. It's been a rather nerve- tasking morning. <BR> <BR> Larry had a bad morning. He weighed then he didn't know if he could redress. I sat him on the bed. I made a mad dash for the bathroom. Till I got back he had gotten dressed. He spent the morning napping most of the morning napping. I was talking to our eldest. She is 56yrs today.. I heard hIM tell hER he just didn't feel well. <BR> <BR> I went across the street and got the paper. He looked at it, then shortly put it in the re... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:44:32 EST SPEAKING OUT There comes a time in everyone's life when it's time to stand up and speak out! <BR> Now is that time for me. <BR> <BR> I am a born-again Christian and proud of it. <BR> For me, down talking any ones Faith is a no-no! <BR> <BR> If it weren't for my God I wouldn't be here. The heart break I have suffered in my life would have broken me. <BR> All you friends know about me, is what I have suffered since 2002. There was 51yrs before that that will remain unknown. <BR> <BR> By some standa... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:30:03 EST MEMORIES TODAY IS JOHNS 54 TH. BIRTHDAY,! <BR> Feb. 15th, 1964 ---Oct. 5, 2016. <BR> <BR> R.I.P. DEAR SON. <BR> <BR> YOUR BELOVED FAMILY <BR> <BR> DAD, MOM <BR> SISTERS AND FAMILIES <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS. <BR> Some day we will all be together once again. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:12:58 EST HOME! Larry came home yesterday afternoon. <BR> <BR> Nurse to check on him tomorrow. <BR> Several dr. appts next week plus blood work. I am so exhausted! <BR> <BR> After I got my morning routine done this morning, we went to the cemetary, then ate at Bob Evans. Afterwards we went to the grocery. I hadn't gone all the time hubby was in the hospital. <BR> <BR> He can be so sarcastic at times. But, I guess with what he's been through, and the fact that he's almost 82yrs old. I have a t... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:34:09 EST WONDERING Tomorrow Larry has an appt. With someone from the Heart Clinic. <BR> <BR> To date we know he is not eligible for open heart surgery. His heart function is decreasing, his lungs are effected, and his kidneys are going. Add to that his age is against him. The battery in his pacemaker / defibrillator is running down! <BR> <BR> I wonder what we'll hear tomorrow. It's can't get much worse. <BR> <BR> On the light side, here are three pics. I took this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 15:53:19 EST SOME DAY! TODAY it has been 16mos. Since Johns passing. <BR> It wasnt mentioned today, although I know it was on my mind all day. <BR> And, I know it was on Larry's mind also. <BR> <BR> He had a bad day yesterday. He didn't even feel up to going to Church. And, I wasn't comfortable enough to leave him alone. He didn't feel much better today. He called Cardologist ofc.. But the message must've gotten misplaced. <BR> <BR> His breathing was heavier his wt. Inches up each day. He has edem... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 18:11:39 EST MORE PROBLEMS Just when you think the worse has happened, something else comes along! <BR> Apparently, when he was called to reduce his diuretic, he found out that going along with stages he has Stage 2 or 3 kidney disease. In addition to his lungs and heart function decrease. <BR> I haven't mention it to him, but, when the battery runs down with his defibrillator, how will they handle that? To replace that, they remove the pacemaker /defibrillator which is a surgery. <BR> <BR> This morning I wok... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 15:39:17 EST A FUNNY THING--- I don't know if you would call it funny or not. We had something to happen today that was different. <BR> The phone rang this morning. Hubby answered. There was what sounded like a young man and somewhat with our one GSvoice. <BR> <BR> There is a scam going around where someone pretends to be a child or GC in trouble and is in jail. They know all about you, your family and the child. He was crying, said he needed OUR help in getting bail. What they do is get you to send a mail order w... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:21:56 EST UPDATE on HUBBY Last week we saw the Pulmonary Specialist. <BR> Yesterday we saw the Cardologist. His dr for 25yrs <BR> His heart is weakening. The battery has 6mos on it. Then it will need to be changed. This will be his 3rd Pacemaker. <BR> <BR> At his age of 81yrs he is no candidate for open heart surgery. <BR> They are watching his kidneys due to possible damage from the life saving meds.. <BR> Then they will check his liver. <BR> <BR> Also a leaking valve. Just a little at this time. <BR> <BR... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:04:08 EST HERE IT COMES, At 6:15 am this a.m. it was freezing rain /sleet. In Indy. <BR> <BR> <BR> Now, at12:51 p.m., here is our backyard with freezing rain /sleet. We live 94 miles from our daughter. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What's it like at your place? <BR> <BR> BE CAREFUL Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:59:04 EST HI ALL! Wow, I was hoping the new year would be a slower pace. But, so far, not the case. <BR> <BR> We have been busy with Dr and specialists. It's hard to keep up. <BR> The last couple of days I have been on down -time as much as possible. It seems I get to a certain place and I just collapse. <BR> It's like I look at the calendar and see another dr. Appt. The next day. <BR> <BR> I wanted all to know I hadn't forgotten you all. <BR> <BR> According to the weather man we are possibly goi... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 19:33:08 EST VENTING I hope you will bear with me. <BR> This is not a venting blog, or, is it? <BR> <BR> I like to think of it as a observation. <BR> You know, as a young person, I wondered if a lot of this was imagination on the part of the observer. <BR> <BR> But, I think not! <BR> <BR> I am in my late 70s. My hubby is 81yrs, a heart patient. Now with a slowing heart. Dependent nearly 100% with a pacemaker with defillator.At xs can barely get his breath. He's heart test and lung tests are done, wai... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 17:46:09 EST WISHES I WANT TO WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 16:17:40 EST BLAH Just a dismal day! <BR> <BR> Isn't it just beautiful? Lol! <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 30 Dec 2017 13:47:21 EST PIC #2 I wanted to share this picture with all my SFs. <BR> <BR> Christine and I are like 2 peas in a pod! <BR> I love my other daughter very much, also. But it is a different LOVE. SHE'S older and an completely different type of person. Pictures of her will be posted on a later date for our Christmas celebration. <BR> <BR> And, all the time yesterday I felt Johns presence. He is beside me most of the time. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:34:55 EST #CHRISTMAS GET-TOGETHER I am sure most of you are enjoying get-togethers. We just finished the first one. The second one as of yet not been scheduled. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of Christine and her family. The one in the first row clear to our right is our baby 13-yr. Old granddaughter. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Christine is on the clear left front row. <BR> <BR> MERRY CHRISTMAS DAY <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS <BR> JANET Mon, 25 Dec 2017 15:58:34 EST #add on to last post Just wanted to add a comment to the last post. <BR> <BR> At least an few thought there were three different decors. <BR> It is one taken from 3 different angles. <BR> <BR> It is so detailed. <BR> Could you find the Baby Jesus? <BR> <BR> Look at Marys' tummy! <BR> <BR> The best part? <BR> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <BR> I only paid one dollar! <BR> <BR> MERRY CHRISTMAS Sun, 24 Dec 2017 06:07:03 EST PRECIOUS MOMENTS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Where is baby Jesus? <BR> <BR> I found this decor. At a garage sale awhile back. I felt it was very unusal. <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS Sat, 23 Dec 2017 15:47:51 EST BEAR GUARDS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Three little bears sitting in a basket under the tree, waiting for Christmas. <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:24:43 EST HUBBY #2 Hubby got his diagnosis yesterday. <BR> Tomorrow he sees the Pulmonary Specialist for the condition of his lungs. <BR> <BR> In January he will see the cardologist about the working of his heart. <BR> <BR> When it rains it pours! <BR> <BR> When we start getting older we can expect to start falling apart. <BR> <BR> That's when you draw closer to your creater and your faith . <BR> Sometimes you wonder what is the purpose! That is not for us to know. We just have to keep our faith. ... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:28:59 EST Pretty dishes This is our table centerpiece in the kitchen. <BR> Note the serving pieces. They are stoneware. I don't know if I am permitted to advertise her name or not! So, I'll make a puzzle out of it. You all can fill in the remaining letters. <BR> <BR> She is also a chef, but I love her dishes. I have some other pieces, and hope to add to my s <BR> collection. I think they look vintage. I found them at "Walmart ". <BR> <BR> I think I have my decorating done. Now it's just the last minute ... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:36:45 EST HUBBY I am sitting here in my recliner listening to my hubby hacking. This has been going on all night! It seems he can't get his throat cleared. I think he should go to the ER. But won't suggest it. He has to make up his own mind! <BR> <BR> When he recently was at his Cardiologist, the dr. felt Hubby should have some additional testing. So, over the course of 2 days he will be having 3tests. <BR> <BR> One day he will be having a Spiromerty. <BR> Also, a Echo.Cardo. <BR> <BR> Anothe... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 13:18:12 EST ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS I really like this type of vintage decorations. Anything that looks older than me! LOL! <BR> <BR> I bought these at different stores. <BR> <BR> The bottle brush trees I borrowed from one of my dollhouses. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS Tue, 5 Dec 2017 15:37:40 EST OH, CHRISTMAS TREES! I got both Christmas trees done! I finished the 6ft. Year-round tree finished this afternoon. <BR> 1st. Is the close-of Johns 4'tree. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2nd is full view of Johns tree. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 3rd. Close up of our year round tree. <img src=" Sun, 3 Dec 2017 15:39:50 EST ANOTHER RUN-BYE I know I've posted a singular pic. Of the waterless snow globe! <BR> This is the group of the ones I have done. <BR> <BR> As of now, I am officially out of the snow globe business. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS. <BR> JANET Wed, 29 Nov 2017 05:48:31 EST BEAUTIFUL SEASON UPON US! Received these this morning. <BR> My youngest home. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy! <BR> <BR> HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY! Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:37:44 EST Wonderful Day <img src=""> <BR> This is Grandson Gregory <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is daughter, Christine and her husband, Shawn <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Christine <img src=""> <B... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:55:40 EST Wonderful Day <img src=""> <BR> This is Grandson Gregory <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is daughter, Christine and her husband, Shawn <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Christine <img src=""> <B... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:52:55 EST WEATHER We have a for cast of rain / thunderstorms / high winds / and very possibly SNOW! <BR> <BR> Warnings were put out for weaving semis. <BR> <BR> Also to take down loose decorations. <BR> Hubby took down the wreath from the front door, and the flags. We could have gusts up to 50 mile an hour, here in town! <BR> <BR> I went to the salon to get my hair done. before the wind blew my hair all over my head. <BR> <BR> I just put a cake in the oven for tomorrow evenings Thanksgiving Ch... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:23:29 EST GREAT NEWS! I just had to share. <BR> <BR> I had my appointment with the cardologist yesterday afternoon. Pertaining to the results from the Chemical Stress Test. <BR> <BR> NO BLOCKAGES,! PTL! <BR> <BR> I don't need to go back unless there is a problem., for a year. <BR> At that time , who knows, there may be reason for a heart cath.. But, no reason at this time. Just be sure to keep taking the meds.. <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS, <BR> JANET 😁 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:23:59 EST MYSTERY I am including a picture of something that I bought recently at a Church bazaar. I have no idea what the purpose for it is. I liked the muslin material and the Vintage look of it. <BR> It is hanging on a know of a cabinet. I keep looking at it, trying to decide what it's for. <BR> <BR> Maybe you can help me out. <BR> <BR> That is a pocket on front. <BR> Just 1 handle <BR> Made like a simple bag. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:12:22 EST THANK A VETERAN A big thank you to all veterans. <BR> <BR> From the oldest to the youngest. Including my eldest, Celeste. Now 55yrs. <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:58:53 EST NOT THE SNOW MEN! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my latest endeavor. Really quite simple. <BR> Now on to the next project. <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS, <BR> JANET Thu, 9 Nov 2017 15:44:57 EST A SECRET HIDING PLACE The pleasures of my back yard. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went out this late afternoon and snapped this picture. <BR> ENJOY! <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS, <BR> JANET Wed, 8 Nov 2017 18:30:12 EST READ FOR SOMETHING NEW I've had some 'down ' time. When my bod says 'time to take it easy, then that is what I have to do. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to start on my next project. All the supplies are gathered, directions availabile. Hopefully tomorrow after worship assembly and brunch, I'll be ready to start. It shouldn't take as long as the pumpkins. <BR> <BR> Until then, BLESSINGS <BR> JANET Sat, 4 Nov 2017 21:18:16 EST PRETTY, PRETTY,, PRETTY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my youngest g.d. as dressed for Oct 31st. <BR> Looks like she is back in my 1950's teen-age years. <BR> She went a little heavy on the eyebrows. Thu, 2 Nov 2017 10:15:36 EST DID YOU KNOW? I really like taking an item and turning it to look different. <BR> <BR> Which brings me to this. <BR> <BR> Do you know what the pumpkins are on my last blog? <BR> They started out as the cheapo Styrofoam pumpkins you can get in the fall for less than $1.00 each. I got those at Wal-Mart in the fall decor. Area. <BR> Add a little chalk paint, sealer, there you have it! <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS, <BR> JANET Sun, 29 Oct 2017 05:52:27 EST Here comes the pumpkins NOTE:I DID NOT handcraft either Pilgrim. I found them a couple of years ago at a garage sale. <BR> <BR> However, I did finish the pumpkins yesterday. As you know, I have been arrangements for a couple months. This is the first real craft I have done since John was diagnosed in August 2015 So, here goes. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS. <BR> JANET Sat, 28 Oct 2017 15:53:02 EST DIRTY SQUIRREL Last eve. around dark, we were watching TV at the back of the house. Hubby was napping. I heard something fall! I asked him if he had made a noise. He said he thought it was coming from his right. Either in the kitchen or out in the garage. I said it sounded like it was on the front porch. He opened the front door but didn't see any thing. <BR> <BR> This morning while going out to get the morning paper, he noticed that the urn on the front porch was toppled over. Needless to s... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:15:25 EST HERE IS SOME MORE FALL PHOTOS I wanted to show you some more fall. I must admit fall is my least <BR> <BR> favorite season. The colors are beautiful, so I try to make the most of it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Johns year-round tree for autumn . It's 4ft. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our 6ft. Year-round fall tree <BR> <BR> In time, I'll have at leas... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:26:35 EST Who is who Here is a picture of a grandma and granddaughter. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> She is my first grandchild Can you guess how old she is? Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:49:30 EST ANOTHER HARD DAY, ! <img src=""> <BR> 3mo this afternoon, our fur-baby Lexie left us to enter the RAINBOW BRIDGE. Just one day before her 14th b.d. <BR> 9mos and 2 days after Johns passing. <BR> <BR> With both of them leaving so close together, it has left a big hole in my heart! I am a care giver by nature. Now I have no one to care for. Every thing just seems so pointless. <BR> <BR> GOD works in mysterious ways I don't b... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 14:22:33 EST HARD DAY YESTERDAY WAS a very hard day. <BR> It was Johns first birthday in Heaven. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This pic is of John and his Dad, Larry. It was taken late summer, 2016. He was showing the effects of advancing cancer. He was such a handsome man before cancer , God chose to take him home to shelter him from the ravages of suffering. At the time of his death, he was still able to get out of bed with t... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 08:32:30 EST FALL MUSING <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the fall arrangement I put together for our kitchen table I li,e to make seasonal decorrect throughout the house and outdoors It's a hobby of mine. <BR> <BR> I am sitting here in front of my fan to help with my breathing. <BR> <BR> You all take care of yourselfs. <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS, <BR> JANET Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:03:52 EST MEMORIAL ABOUND I had always noticed while taking Lexie to normal vet checks. <BR> <BR> On the desk at the receptionist area is a battery operated candle. Next to it, is a framed sign which read that if you saw the candle lite, to lower your voice. IT meandt some family was saying goodbye to a beloved pet! <BR> <BR> When her remains came back in her little casket there was a little booklet for me to fill out like it was her writing it. Like her fav. people, treats, etc.. Then it is to be pinned ont... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:21:39 EST A KEEPSAKE I wanted to share with you a keepsake given to us from Lexies vet. <BR> This is a clay ornament of her 'handprints' just before she went to the "Rainbow Bridge". <BR> Fashioned after Paw prints on your heart <img src=""> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:34:33 EST MORE FAVORITE SPOTS Here are two more favorite spots. I like the effects of the shadows and being taken through a screen door. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My favorite subjects are animals and scenery. <BR> <BR> I HOPE YOU enjoy <BR> <BR> Janet Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:04:07 EST FAMILY TIME Our eldest grand daughter aND her husband came down from where they live about 45min away. <BR> Nikki and Jay met us at Bob Evans here in town. We had a most enjoyable lunch. On their way home they were stopping at the cemetery where Nikki uncle (John ) is resting in peace. Nikki is our oldest G.C. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is this Being with family. <BR> <BR> Have a safe and wonderf... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:16:30 EST