Mother - a belated update
I didn't realize that it had been so long...
We did not get back up to Pennsylvania in March, though my sister (the one with power-of-attorney) was back and forth several times. We ended up setting aside most of the month of June. The sist... Read more
Scrapple - pork vs turkey
One of the things we deal with in our attempts to live a healthy lifestyle is the food traditions we grew up with. Sometimes its an issue because our family still eats that way and expects us to (or we think they expect that) and sometimes those... Read more
Mother - Update and cautionary tale
A day or two after I first wrote about my mom, my sister and I finally were able to go to Pennsylvania, where she lives. We thought we were going for a week or two. Until we got there, my brother and step-dad were dealing with all of this alone.... Read more
The past week has been over the top. I'm finally coming up for air enough to be able to form coherent thoughts. Last Sunday my 90-yr old mother slipped on ice on her walk. My brother realized quickly that something was wrong and took her to the ... Read more
This afternoon I'm lying on my couch watching basketball, with a box of tissues close by. The women's NCAA basketball season usually starts in mid-November and Division III games are never televised. And then came Lauren Hill.
Lauren Hill ... Read more
Where Things Are At
I realized that its been months since I talked about how things are going.
In February I was diagnosed with mild to moderate arthritis in my left knee and moderate to severe arthritis in my right knee. There are also holes in the cartilage... Read more
And yet more...
Good news from the orthopedic surgeon. He thinks that I can go about another ten years before I'll need a knee replacement. He gave me a cortisone shot today and anti-inflamatories and said that I should see some difference very soon though it m... Read more
More On The Knees
I saw the doctor on January 22. She ordered x-rays and blood tests (R.A., Lupus, Lyme Disease...) and she wrote three prescriptions and sent me for a knee brace that immobilizes my right knee. Prescription #1 - Painkiller. My blood pressure was... Read more
Knees and other things
I've been struggling for more than a month now with knee problems. I've had problems with my knees for years, but nothing like what I'm experiencing now. I've had many days when its been very difficult to get around my apartment. With rest thing... Read more
Time to Get Un-Stuck
Well, I've gotten down from 236 to 219, which I'm very happy about, but for the past couple of weeks I've been stuck there. Measurements haven't changed either. This is odd, since I'm up to walking about 15 miles a week and my eating has been go... Read more
A Good Start, Again
One of the things that I was happy to see, when my belongings arrived, was my scale. I knew that my weight was way up, but I had no idea how high it was. I was saddened when I got on the scale on May 10 and saw a weight of 236 pounds. I don't th... Read more
Since much of what I own spent the past year in storage in Seattle, moving into an apartment has been a 2-part saga. First I moved myself in with some furniture and just the basics, and then a month later the things that had been stored arrived.... Read more
The next step in my saga - I moved from Maryland to Virginia and into my own apartment!
Let me just say, over and over again, how lucky I am. My family has helped me at every step along the way and they're still helping.
I finally admi... Read more
New Year, lots of the same issues...
I know, I'm supposed to be starting the year with an optimistic, upbeat message. While I can't say I'm there, its better than it sounds.
I've been at my mom's house since Dec. 22. I'd hoped to be "home" by now, but it just hasn't worked ou... Read more
A Present from Mother
When I was roughly middle-school aged, I played the soprano recorder for a few years. I went to a very small school at that time (never had more than 6 people in my grade) so we didn't really have a band and certainly not an orchestra, but we ha... Read more