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GRAMMACATHY
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Barb, my heart goes out to you. Both my parents lived to old age too. It is a struggle watching them make this transition. I love what Merri wrote about the next life. It is the one thing she can grasp and gives her hope for transformation.

Dusty, so glad to see you again. I try to wash my mask daily, per the instructions I received with it, but it seems to go two days. I usually wash the hose with the mask. I should wash the water tank more frequently too. Thanks for the reminder about the filters and posting my monthly reminder. I wonder why I did not receive the calendar alert to send that notice out.

Merri, Thank you for sharing your experience as a chaplain. It helps me too even though your thoughts were meant for Barb.

We have a new member who started a new thread about compliance. I think I will make it a sticky topic so we can help her.

Also, probably time to start the Fall chat thread. This one is getting lengthy, and we might attract some new chatters with a new thread.

So......emoticon Look for the new Chat thread.



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How so very true Merri. Thank you for knowing this is the normal for
someone in her condition. It is really discouraging to me, to see
her like this every day. She often stated that she hoped to pass &
never go to the nursing home. I really did think that is what would
happen as well. I thought she'd fall, having had a stroke, and
would not have survived. She knows she has to stay at the home,
but she doesn't want to be there at all. Bless her heart. There is
nothing that I can do, other than visit her and do the best that I
am able.

"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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Barb, I was a Chaplin at our local hospital for over 5 years. In our 36 hours of classes, these are some of the things the Priest really talked about. your mom has nothing else she can control in her life....except how she passes in her new world where she does know she will be happy too....

MERRI

My birthday .. Dec 25,1940
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time for us to get back to work

)) -::-
. .))May you have Butterfly Mornings and Wildflower Afternoons!
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-::- ((.* Dusty



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I hope all enjoyed the Labor Day weekend!

Merri, you're exactly right about Mom. She has given up her desire to live.
She says her body is worn out and she can't work anymore. That is the
thing she enjoyed doing most. Now, she only feels like lying in bed. I am
hoping that she doesn't spend most of her waking hours thinking negative
thoughts.

I visited her today. When I got ready to leave, I could tell, she didn't want
me to go. But she is not sick nor in any pain. She tells me that they are
really good to her. I stay for up to 2 hours, then leave. I call my sister for
her, so they can talk, if she wants to talk.

Edited by: BRAVEONE92 at: 9/4/2012 (20:02)
"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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May you all have a wonderful Monday and for those in the U.S. have a great Labor Day!

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. .))May you have Butterfly Mornings and Wildflower Afternoons!
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I wash my mask, tubing and fresh distalled water every two days...I have Sjorgrens and I have to be very careful with my throat and lungs... I have Lupus too....Soooo, I guess it is better to be extra careful....

Barb, It just sounds like mom just wants to go to the Lord. She is ready and wants to do it her way...

MERRI

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Yes, I have cleaned thoroughly, mine & DH machines and replaced both
masks, filters and put in fresh distilled water. I'm good to go this month.

I visited Mom today. She seems to be doing okay. But, lying in bed,
most of time, I can tell she is growing weaker. It is her fault, she is
supposed to have therapy 5 days weekly. Then sit up around the
dining table to eat her noon meal. She doesn't eat anything on her
tray, therefore, she wants to go back to bed in her room.

"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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A new month! have you cleaned your macine from top to bottom. My cpap expert told me I could put a small piece of tape on either side of the black sponge filter to keep it and the white hepa filter in!
She also said you should empty & rinse the water container & air daily and wipe down your mask and take it apart once a week. If you have the flu or a cold you should rinse it in vinegar water too.
I have a new mask that just covers my nose & mouth ...it doesnt have parts that sit on my forehead.


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Cathy, I looked up Hypnotherapy, Boy, I can't see me being able to do that one LOL.....I would be too afraid of what I would do if I am not in control...That is why I would never try a drink....

I sure hope Barb is doing ok. I totally understand her reason for not being on here much right now....

But, Barb, if you are just stopping by to read our posts, we are here waiting for you....emoticonemoticonemoticon

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Hypnotherapy is a leap of faith. It only works if you believe it will work. If you get a chance to do it with someone you trust and respect, I highly recommend trying it to see if it helps.

I don't like anesthesia either. I have troubles coming out of it. No troubles going under though.

I also don't drink or do drugs, so I can maintain a little control over my life.

Quiet at shop today. Last concert on the river tonight. Tomorrow night starts the Pirate Festival. It should be a pretty great month once I sit down and do the books.

I must not forget the doctors appt tomorrow. Maybe, I should set the phone alarm now.



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Cathy, I wonder if someone like that could actually calm me down once in my lifetime LOL...I even fight going to sleep for surgeries....That is why I elect staying awake when ever possible. I do think that is why I have never tried a drink in my life too...I want the control LOL

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GRAMMACATHY
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Our weather is perfect right now in the mid 70s. I will talk to the doctor about the prozac again, but my hypnotherapist also offered to do an exchange with me. She can calm me for about three weeks with one therapy session. We shall see.

Busy day at shop. I never even read my book or did any of the fun sewing. I just sold things, priced things and cleaned things. The pacing is about perfect.

The Pirate Festival starts Friday. I don't know if that will bring new customers or drive customers away. We are next to the big parking lot, so there will be plenty of foot traffic. We shall see what happens.



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Cathy, I went through that same thing about five months ago..I just wanted to eat, eat and eat again...I think once this weather cools down some and we can get out more...I even hated going from the car to the store as it was just so hot!! I don't do good going from one temp to the other like that.....

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Busy day at shop, then took my Teen writing group duo on a field trip. Instead of writing they got distracted by the football players. LOL. Then, I went to writing class and had a lovely time with some interesting prompts.

All is well here other than eating too much and gaining weight rather quickly. I have to nip that in the bud.



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Well, We are very happy campers at our house this morning. They got the man who broke into our house a year ago last May. Oh it is so nice to be able to know who it was and also put a face to him too....

Believe it or not..he only lives three houses away around the corner!!! When they do get him in court tomorrow, if he shows up that is..LOL They are going to arrest him for ours and three other ones in a two block area here...

God is good..It might take time, but than God does do things at his right time for us....

I just want to ask him Why my house????

Barb, My heart just aches for you. I know it has to be done, but it seems like you are really carring this cross as Jesus did and he will help you when need be too...Like my son likes to tell me "God said there sometimes only one set of footprints in the said and that is when God is carrying you through all of this right now in your complicate and confusing life..

MERRI

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Merri, You know when we have had stuff stolen it was by neighbors or acquaintances. I pray this is resolved and you feel safe again.

Barb, One of the first teams I joined was Lost a Loved One. Some days it is all I can do to post and others I am there for my team mates who are struggling with grief. We have lots of leaders to help fill in the gaps.

From experience with the LALO team, give yourself permission to write books to us when you need to. Merri and I are here for you. Also, give yourself permission to skip out on Spark People and Facebook. You do not have to post if you just don't feel like it.

We will continue to check on you and pray for you during your mom's transition. I too struggled with this part. I hated to see the suffering and unhappiness. I also don't think the paper duties, estate planning, responding to friends of my parents slowed down for a good five months after Mom passed away either. Just remember to lay down in a quiet room periodically to care for you.

I am glad you have such a good family to help sustain you and that you have faith for a better life for your mom. That will help.

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Cathy & Merri, I am so overwhelmed with things to do, that I am
exhausted. I didn't have a clue that my work load would increase
when Mom went into the nursing home. I stayed tired! I did feel
better this AM, but before the day was over, way too much to do.
I told my DH tonight, that I wouldn't do what I have been doing for
months, for $20,000! Except for Mom & him. I am not kidding. For
one thing, I don't need, nor want anything.

I think the hard fall that Mom had, was caused by a stroke. When
I got to her, she told me she blacked out & fell. she still has good
mind, but her personality has totally changed. She has always been
sociable, now she very antisocial. She no longer wants to watch TV,
and she cannot use the telephone, except if someone dials the number,
and she only wants to talk. She doesn't even know how to press the
off button. She has never been this way before. It really aggravates
me, that she wants to lie in bed and absolutely do nothing, but die.
My sister & I have talked to her so many times, that I have quit. She
has her mind set and she has decided she is going to lie there and
breathe, but that's all. She gets great meals, but she doesn't eat a
bite most of the time. I continue to take Ensure, and she will drink
one or two daily. They don't furnish Ensure.

I've got endless red tape to go through yet! All of this stuff I have
written, is exactly why I don't write anymore. No body wants to hear
this kind of news. I check on what you post, but it will be awhile, or
longer, before I get back to posting.

Both of you know how to reach me, if anything goes wrong.

Merri, that is so scary, that the people who broke in your house, lives
so close to you! My goodness, I sure hope you & Ken can feel at ease,
and feel safe. You all don't need this kind of scare. I really feel for you.

Cathy, I hope that you can get the garage, insulated enough to sleep
in this winter. Ours is lined with OSB board, sides & top. Altho, our
garage door is fairly new, it isn't insulated, neither is one window. It
has a nice concrete floor. But I'd freeze to death in mine. Have you
thought about government housing? You pay rent, according to your
income. You also are assigned jobs to do, that helps to pay your rent.
That is what Mom lived in. They really kept the apts. really nice and
maintained. Best wishes to you. I worry about you, can't help it.


"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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Cathy, Is this place going to be warm enough for you by winter? I am not sure how cold it does get there, but gosh, I sure hope you can get it nice and cozy for you in time...

We had the detective call us tonight and tell us that they are very close right now with catching the two men that broke into our house a year ago May....If it is the right one, he only lives three houses away...Yikes!!!!

MERRI

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Today, I am scoring and snapping foam board insulation to plug the gaps around the garage. The problem is I am headachey and dizzy so I don't want to climb any ladders to tuck the foam board in the gaps between the wall and roof. The good news is that one board fits my horrible door perfectly and will help to seal it tight.

Think I need to put the cpap on and lay down. I have been inattentive to even writing here on SP.



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Cathy, I can check on Barb on Facebook too today and see if she has a chance to get back to me...I think things right now are getting very overwhelming for her.

Cathy, I just checked Barb's Facebook page and no new posts on there righ now either....

Edited by: GRAMSIECAKES2 at: 8/27/2012 (08:37)
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I think I need to go check on Barb. Will do that and come back.

Thanks for the support for our local store.

Had a fabulous day at the beach in the rain, wind and cold. Went with GD and her friend. They had great fun exploring the Battery from Fort Stevens. Concrete underground. We also rode a ferry and ate ice cream.

PS: She has spark points on her activity feed, so assuming everything is still okay with her mother. Continued prayers for Barb and her mother.

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Cathy, That is so nice to hear. I know there are still so many good people out there. It is so sad that we seem to hear only the bad things going on tho..

MERRI

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The original Les Schwab was an icon around here. His business chain was about integrity. He treated his customers and employees right. I hope the legacy was passed on after he died.



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Cathy, I am so sorry to hear about the tire store. When thoses tires get burning, it is one big black cloud for hours and hours...

I don't see why the employees wouldn't get unemployment...It is like being laid off of sorts...I wish them the best of luck..The owner that he had good ins too..

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Cooler here. It was 47 degrees when I got up this morning. Cold dash to house.

I had the day off so got lots of errands done and some more cleaning in the garage.

Our favorite Les Schwab tire store burned down today. It was rolling black smoke out like Mt. St. Helens. The Hood to Coast runners got rerouted. All the employees are safe, but I feel bad for them while they figure out what to do. I wonder if they can file for unemployment.





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Cathy, That was so nice that you were there for this young lady. Sometimes we just need someone to listen to us...It has been so hot here once again. I think it just zaps the energy right out of me..

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Strange day. A young former tenant from the Merchant Mall came by. Everything in her life kind of fell apart today. I listened, gave her a bottle of cold water and a hug and amazingly, I feel better. It is all about perspective.

GD went swimming tonight at the pool, first by herself and then her best friend showed up. This was huge because she doesn't like crowds and is a little slow getting started with new things. She wanted to go in the deep end and could not because she was afraid she could not pass the test for the life guards. She had freshmen orientation today and her locker partner did not show up. Her boyfriend was too busy to talk to her. So she was feeling a little down till she swam for two hours. Nothing like a good swim to fix what ails you. I need to find my smaller swimsuit. I am sure I packed it in a suitcase.



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emoticon Merri & Ken! You are a special couple, with wonderful
children. Hope that you & Ken did something special on your day.

By the way, I also sent you a goodie on your page. Take a look.

"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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I am glad your mom was able to make amends. One of my very close friends got married just a month short of her 18th birthday. She told me in Junior High she was going to marry her husband. He too was a farmer and so was her family, but his dad was unstable. So the consensus was that he would also be unstable. He has spent his whole life proving to the world and himself he is a good husband. Successfully, I might add. They have been married 41 years. I am glad that my friends family could see that she was right. That she had a glimpse into his soul. He is a kind and honorable man.






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Cathy, I still have a forgiveness letter that my mom wrote to Ken not long before she passed. We know she was just thinking for the best for me when she told Ken that he was just not going to be the one for me. He was just a "farmer" with no future than to work on a farm all of our lives...

Well, she did get to see Ken buy us a brand new house and two healthy daughters. She passed ten days before she would have been able to see our DS too...

Sometimes we do try harder when we know we have been told things like that LOL..We will be married 53 years tomorrow...She said we were lucky if we would last two years and not to get married in church...

We did get married by the Justic of Peace and than got our marriage blessed when we wanted to get our first DD baptized...

Today we have two DGS's with birthdays. One is 38 and the other 26...

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My heart goes out to you. There was something about one of your Mom's pictures that reminded me of my Mom. I believe you were just as close too.

So today, I was sorting and going through boxes to see what more I could toss, give away or sell and I found a most wonderful letter from Mom to my niece. She was talking about a time that she saw her Dad beaming at the grandchildren, which was my two older sisters at the time. I tried to find it again, but it is missing. I hope I didn't recycle it. I will have to check the bag in the morning. Anyway it made me cry happy tears. It has been a long time since I have had a good cry. It is like Mom is always there nudging me, giving me good advice encouraging me. I pray you will have the same relationship with your Mom after she makes her transition.

For as much cleaning as I did today, I can't see much improvement.



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emoticon Friends so very much, for the kind words. They
mean a lot to me.

This is the first day, that I can say that has not been crazy, in over
3 weeks. I did attend Bible study & worship, then visited my Mom.
Mom was feeling okay and looked well. She won't eat anything
from her tray. Today, I took two bottles of Ensure. She will drink
it, and she did. I left the other for later.

I will be glad when I feel rested and freedom from concern for
Mom. Kathy, I asked people in church this AM, to pray that
the Lord would take Mom. She has wanted to go, for well over
a year. I have been praying this way, all week. At first, I prayed
if it was His Will. Now, I am asking Him, for her sake, that He
will take her. Her quality of life is almost nonexistent. I can't
stand to think of her living and lying in a bed @ the nursing
home for years to come.

Though, no matter when she goes, it will be so heart breaking
for me.

"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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Barb, Such a hard road you have to walk right now. I know and you know that God will not give us more than we can handle. I know at times we think it it just too much for us to carry...I do believe like you do that this is where your beloved mom should be right now. We always wish you could have done more..

So sad to hear about your uncle. It had to be so peaceful to your mom tho that she did get a chance to see him in March. Sometimes life just doesn't seem to be fair and we wonder why God gives this all to us to carry.

I can only imagine how it must be for you as I had said on here before that I lost my parents when they were so young. They were only 54 and 53. So, I have not had all of the experiences that you have had to go through...

Stay strong and you know that Cathy and I are always here for you....emoticonemoticon

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Barb, I started praying that prayer for both my parents when quality of life was not so great and I was not sure they were getting the care I wanted for them. Please do your best to not heap the regrets and guilt on yourself. You know she is an amazing and kind woman and would not want that stress for you.

Praying for you to be gently with yourself through this transition for your mother.

Merri, I mowed today too. I do like yardwork too.

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I received a call from Mom's brothers family, that he had passed yesterday.
He & Mom were together in March, when they lost another brother. Mom is
the only surviving member of her family of a total of 10 siblings. She was
next to the oldest child. Mom is 92. It was so hard to go today, to tell her
that her only sibling was gone. She was sad, but was expecting it. I have
grieved all day. Wishing that I had stayed all night with her.

I hate that Mom is in the nursing home. However, I am physically unable
to lift and take care of her. She is bed fast and cannot walk, nor cannot
sit up very long. She just wants to lie in bed and sleep. However, 5 days
of the week, she is in therapy. They are hoping they will be able to get
her standing on her feet again. But I think she is just too old and weak,
to ever be able to ever walk. Falling, is what put her in there. This past
week, I got a call from the nursing home, that Mom had gotten out of
bed and fallen. They sent her to ER, to be xrayed. I spent hours, 'til
after midnight, to get the results from the doctor. I was so thankful
that she was not hurt very bad, and the test results were okay.

I am going through a lot of worry and concern for Mom. I hated putting
her in the nursing home. I never have a peace of mind. I keep thinking
about her, wondering if she is okay. I would rather that she would be
safe in the Lord's hands, rather than where she is. Though, she tells
me that they are good to her.

I

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Cathy, This is my sister that loves to tell me what to do, not the other way around LOL...I did tell her tho and maybe she will do it now that I have gotten on her case....

We got our grass all cut and edged once again. I sort of missed that this summer not being able to cut our grass. I so enjoy doing it like my DH enjoys cooking LOl...

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People can die from respiratory infections from dirty equipment. She rinses her tooth brush and changes it. She changes her underwear. It is the same thing. Get after her. Tell her you love her and want her to stay healthy.



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Oh Cathy, That had to be such a good "fuzzy" feeling helping that poor cat out...I like stories like that.....

When my sister was home, I asked her what she uses to clean her mask and machine...I thought maybe we could share some good ideas..You will never believe what she told me!!

She hasn't cleaned her supplies or mask in over a year!!!! Yikes!!!! She said she doesn't have a water chamber tho, so I guess that is ok LOL...She never changes her filters either...

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Last night after work I found a home for a cat that was slated to be euthanized. I feel pretty good about that and then my friends took me out to dinner.

Hot as blazes today, but the three customers we had all bought, so also very profitable.



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Cathy, I think the first thing that I would never do is take my first drink of liquor. I haven't missed it so far in 71 years LOL...

Than I would never cheat on Ken..

I will have to think of some more LOL..

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Thanks had a wonderful writing class last night to make up for my frustration. We had to write six things we would never do. I think I will start a thread on that. It was great fun. Then we had to choose one and write a character being forced to do that.



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Cathy, What an experience you had yesterday...You might be right tho about some floors being below that too..

It had to be such an ordeal trying to get the IRS happy. I have a cousin here in town that passed away in May. He had owed the IRS alot of money...I mean thousands and thousands. I wonder what they will do now to get their money?

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Hi Ladies, That launch site is only seven blocks from the house. We also can see Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood from various locations in town. I do love it here.

Today, I finally straightened out the IRS problem and took out a loan at the CU to pay my taxes rather than trying to repair the payment plan. They are cheaper and much more professional.

I am exhausted from the last two days. The IRS can't keep records straight but they do have a smart elevator. You have to key in your destination and it will tell you which elevator to take. I feel like a hick from the hills. I did not know what floor I got on. Ground floor was on six. What the heck was five stories underground? Also, I had to go through security and there were guards everywhere. Think maybe the Amish know what they are doing.

Then I spent three hours at the credit union and they were so kind and did the whole loan process while I was there.

Visited GKs afterward and calmed down. Nothing like small children to make you feel better.

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Oh Cathy, What a beautiful lake and view!!! It reminds me of Marquette, Mi where I was born and raised as a child...

I am so sorry to hear that your DH had to act like that yesterday and than with your DGD there too...I know sometimes he isn't himself and you do have a strong back bone I think...I think I would have walked right out of the room as I surely would have been so taken back with his behavior...But, I guess by now, you have heard him like this more than once...

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Congratulations Cathy, in successfully kayaking in beautiful waters.
Like Merri, there is no way that I could physically handle something
like this. Course, I am much older right now. But, even at 60, I
wouldn't attempt it.

I love being on the water, anywhere, but with a strong man who knows
what he's doing. I've have had some wonderful boat rides on the
water.

The last one I had, my son-in-law bought a new pontoon boat. We went
out onto a large lake with him. We had a wonderful time, for hours.

Cathy, so sorry about your DH. He has really gone down in weight
significantly. He problem never feels well physically anymore.

Merri, sorry you didn't find out anymore information about the lady
that you and Ken saw in the car. I hope that she is okay.

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www.panoramio.com/photo/10139469 I put in off the shore in the lower left corner of this picture. You can see the South tip of the island. I was shooting for the north tip. Wish the water had been as calm as it was in this picture. It kind of gives you perspective on how big the Columbia is here and why I thought most rivers were just creeks when I was growing up.

I wonder who Joyce is that I borrowed this picture from. Maybe she has been in the boutique.

www.panoramio.com/photo/4379340 You can actually see the beach I launched from in lower left of this picture. This was taken from a boat in the middle of the channel behind the island. So I actually was paddling in this location. I love how dark and moody this picture is. It is very typical of St. Helens weather. The main channel the ocean going ships travel in is on the other side of the island and is much larger. I don't kayak in shipping lanes, mostly sailboats and jet skis.

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Visiting DH is a hundred times scarier than getting in over my head in the water. Both Buddy and I had on life jackets and I am pretty confident of my understanding of how truly dangerous the Columbia is. It does not try to manipulate me. It does not get angry at me. It just is a force of nature. I need to back off when it starts to kick up. I have to say yesterday was a mixed bag. I am still running on high from the adrenal rush and feeling of success with the kayak. I am almost sixty years old and can still conquer a very large river. Well at least the shores of a very large river. LOL....

I am so confused over the DH thing. I was so over him yesterday. He was downright abusive and I had my granddaughter with me. He called and apologized this morning and I find myself melting. It is so dysfunctional. I need a back bone. I am going to proceed with untangling our finances though. He is making more bad decisions. I wish he was in an assisted living facility although, I am afraid he would be lonely. At least at the apartment lots of family visits. He looks like he lost another 20 pounds. He used to be 6'3" and weigh about 185. I would be surprised if he weighs 120.



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Cathy, You are on brave gal. I would never think of going out on the lake like that...I really don't like the water that much tho...

No news yet on our poor lady that was in the car. I am hoping she was ok as we haven't seen anything at all about her anywhere...

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I put in at the Columbia today rather than the bay because I could not get the kayak on top of the car. So stuck it in back with hatch open. Buddy and I stayed near the shore as the swells were really bad and there were lots of white caps. They started after I was on the water, or I would not have unloaded. It was quite thrilling and we are safe and sound. Still did not make it to the island yet, but will continue my strengthening attempts. Getting in and out is easier 50 pounds lighter, but I am not as strong as I was last time I kayaked.

Heading to Gresham to see hubby. Talk later tonight.



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No news yet with this poor lady we found in her car. I will have to ask Ken's brother if he sees anything in the news paper....It didn't have anything about it on line...

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I had a nice long message typed and deleted it accidentally. Dumb, I know.

Barb, Glad your mom is safe and getting lot's of company and that you are able to do pleasant things with your husband again.

Merri, I pray for the woman and her family no matter the outcome.

Quiet day at shop due to antique car and plane show in Scappoose. I wanted to go, and could have, but went to writers guild instead and then to the local Episcopal Church with two nuns from the guild. One I have known since she was 6 and a wild child. After walking the stations of the cross we went out to dinner. It was really nice. Went to dog park and Buddy met more new dogs and I met a very cute and very pregnant young woman. Dog park is like happy hour without the booze. Very pleasant social experience.

Tomorrow Buddy and I kayak. I got his life vest last night and the kayak wheels from the renters today. It is going to be a scorcher, so hope I don't make myself sick getting in the water. Once there it will be cool and we can paddle up the creeks in the shade.



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Cathy, so glad things are going well at the shop. You have really good
prices on your clothing. I can imagine that you enjoy talking to different
people & admiring the pretty clothing. I love Macy's! Glad that you
are feeling better. Have fun tomorrow, I know you will.

Merri, so sorry that you & Ken found the lady in the car. Especially,
if she died of a heart attack or something similar. You were in
right place at right time, to call 911. I know it had to be disturbing
to you & Ken at the time.

Please keep us posted

DH took me on an outing at the lake & air port. We had a beautiful,
sunny, day with 74 degrees. 6 planes flew in while we were there.
They were military doctors with a trainee, in each plane. They were
meeting in a nearby restaurant. A few stopped to talk to us. One
gal was a young doctor, who was a Captain in the Air Force.

We sat by the lake for a long time. Lots of boaters out. We saw two
gals who lost their footing while being pulled by a boat. We watched
to make sure they were able to swim. I don't think either had a life
jacket. It was good to do something besides working all day.

Mom was doing okay today. She has lots of company every day.
She is well known in our community.

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well, today was really a nice cool day to go for our walk..We were maybe 1/4 mile from our house and there was this car parked a little wrong and the lady was laying in the seat as we went by....We thought she was just resting waiting for the Radio Shack to open.

As we can back from our walk maybe 25 min later, she was still laying down in the seat...Well, we went into action and called 911...They couldn't wake her up either...They than took her into the ambulance...

When the ambulance left, they did not go with siren and lights...They took at lot of pictures of the inside of her car...It looked like her drivers license and ins cards were laying on the floor in the front...

Will, have to fill you gals in on more when we hear more later

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Cathy, Your prices for your clothes are very reasonable...I do hope your sales continue to go as good as they did yesterday...

Barb, Ken's numbers for his diabetis are very good now. He goes from about 89-130...It sometimes depends what he has for his snack at night too...

Our neighbor is gone camping once again, so it is very quiet around here for a few days....

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Thanks Barb. Pacing is what helped me gain my health back. I am still feeling a bit weak, but I did perk up this evening. I even drove to Longview tonight to purchase Buddy a life vest. I plan to go kayaking Sunday.

Afternoon was swamped at the boutique. I like calling it a shop, but it really is a boutique and I need to get snobby about it. A highschooler bought several back to school outfits, and I asked her if she noticed the dresses on the maniquins. She had, but she thought they were for display only. I peeled them off, had her try them on and she looked like a model. So I sold two more dresses. Most of our dresses are around $8.00. Sweaters $6.00. Blouses $5.00 Jeans $8. Most of the clothing are brand names like Hollister, Bebe, Ann Taylor, basically, Macy's and Nordstrom brands. So those high school girls are loving the finds which are unique to our small community. It has been so much fun.

My renter came today to pay me for a boat they bought and she hung out for a couple hours. Two customers sat down in the wing chairs and visited with her for about a half hour. It was so pleasant. This is stuff I read about in romance novels. I am loving it.



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Cathy, hope you're not over doing it. Our bodies let us know when we
need rest. I had to find out the hard way. My body isn't able to do things
that I could do two years ago. I was so out of it today and still felt so
tired, I took the day off by not visiting Mom. However, I feel uneasy
because I didn't even hear from her. She has a phone in her room,
but she somehow has forgotten how to dial & turn the buttons on/off.
I called but she doesn't even answer the phone.

I will definitely go up tomorrow to check on her.

Merri, I hope Ken is watch his numbers now. Sometimes, it takes a
scare like that to warn us to be more observant about our bodies.

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Yes, modern medicine is good and sometimes bad. It seems like some things are made better only to make others worse.

I should never brag about feeling good. I am running about 30% today with the CFS and brain fog. I just want to lay down. It is quiet at the shop this morning. So, I am going to take it easy. Hope it is just left over benadryl affects from last night.



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Cathy, That was 46 years now since my mom passed...I doubt that they did have much info back than...I am guessing she did have a way of checking her numbers tho...She just didn't watch what she ate and maybe didn't even give herself her injection that morning either...

Ken has his numbers as high as 425 this April when we called the dr...I guess that was enough to scare him..

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Dizzy here too the last couple days after bragging about how good I had been doing. You will probably need to sleep for two weeks to start feeling better.



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Going for almost two weeks non-stop, finally got me down today. I was
weak, a little dizzy and had no energy at all. I waited for awhile to make
sure that I was not dizzy anymore, then left to visit Mom.

When I got there, she was sleeping really sound. I did some rearranging
of her drawers and just sat there. My sister called, I woke Mom to talk
to her. Mom was still so out of it, she could hardly mumble. As soon as
she finished talking, I took the phone. She went back to sleep. I spent
an hour there and left.

I came back home and crashed on the couch for a few hours. I napped
for a few minutes. For the first time in two weeks, I made dinner.

I hope that I feel much better tomorrow. I definitely pushed myself too much.

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Thank you. My mom was loving and wise. I keep trying to emulate her. However, I am more impulsive like my Dad. His great quality was his ability to play and have fun. Mom did not know how to be spontaneous and enjoy herself. She was always trying to live up to a standard she set for herself.

I have not heard the term brittle diabetic in years. With all the monitoring equipment now, it is much easier to test and get the proper amount of insulin instantly. I am thankful for that. I had a good friend who lost her vision to diabetes. We almost lost her a couple of times too. Her Mom called her everyday on the phone and then would call me to run over and check on her if she did not sound right. One day, I hauled her into the hospital and she was pushing 500. The doctor got her leveled out and set her up with one of those finger poke kits that read the sugar level out loud so she could test hourly if needed.

I should call her. I have not talked to her in a long time.



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