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5/24/15 12:02 P

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Good morning, all. It's looking like a gorgeous day here with plenty of sun and warm temps. We are in Cicero, NY visiting our daughter and taking it easy.

Bev, we also went to Runnings yesterday but I rode around the store on one of the little motorized carts. It was pretty funny too because I kept running into things as I was getting used to the way it works. Thank goodness Andy was nearby to keep things from getting too messed up. It is quite a store!

Today, Andy's parents are coming for a barbecue and Jess is really cooking up a feast! She is doing a turkey breast and coveralls salads along with strawberry cheesecake bites for dessert. It all lots yummy! I have to chuckle at her cooking skills because she could barely cook until she got into grad school and had to be able to feed herself. Now, she tackles things that I wouldn't dream of doing and doesn't seem intimidated at all.

Tomorrow we will head home and back to the reality of life as we know it. This will be my last week of "vacation" as I am planning to return to work in another week. Fr. Bill was glad to hear that I'm ready to return.

Hope you all have time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather today.

Cheryl

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5/24/15 8:21 A

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I think it got into the 60s here yesterday but with the wind it was definitely sweatshirt weather. I did accomplish a couple of things yesterday, but nothing major. I got rid of some old tires that we had around here in the morning and then I went to Walmart and ordered new tires for my car that I will probably get put on next Saturday. Rodney went for his first big excursion post-surgery yesterday. He has been wanting to go to the new Runnings store that opened in Claremont where the Lowes used to be. We didn't look around the entire store because he got tired out pretty quick but he at least got a first look at the store. It was the first time he had been anywhere other than doctors appointments since his surgery, except for one brief trip to Walpole before the whole infection nightmare started. He had to use a cane and he walked like an old man, but he was able to walk around the store for a while before he was ready to head back to the car. I think he enjoyed getting out of the house. He mentioned going somewhere today where he can walk a little bit too, so I'm not sure where we will go, but I'm sure we will leave the house again. I had wanted to do some trimming around here, but I wasn't able to get my trimmer running right. I managed to get it started but it won't keep running. I think the biggest problem might be that the only gas we had was some that had been sitting on the porch all winter. I need to see if I can find another gas can (the spout on the one I used is split) and get some fresh gas and try it again today. If I can't get it started I will try Rodney's trimmer, but his is heavier than mine. We badly need to do some and Rodney won't be doing much for a while, so that leaves just me!

Enjoy the sunshine today ladies!

Bev

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5/24/15 8:00 A

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Morning all.

51 and sunny here this morning. Yesterday remained around that temp but the wind was fierce and cold. Headed to the mid-70s today, woohoo!


We spent the morning at Home Depot and Lowes yesterday. Got some annuals and supplies for the FL house. Big sale, plus the veterans' discount and no sales tax made it a good time to get some pricey items.

Wonderful pot luck/ cookout at my sister's last night. My brother and his girlfriend are headed to the races in Barre. Then they will go back to Maine tomorrow.

Well, time to start the housecleaning.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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5/23/15 6:23 A

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Morning all.

32 here this morning...a tiny bit of frost on the garage roof, but nothing serious.

Congrats on the great loss, Cheryl! Keep up the good work!

I woke up way too early again....this is getting old! I will be a zombie by mid-afternoon. We have a family get-together tonight at my sister's house since my brother is coming over from Maine. I put beans to soak overnight so I need to get them into the crockpot this morning.

We never did get to Lowe's yesterday so that's on the list this morning. We'll try to put the first coat of paint on the bedroom walls today. Hopefully it will warm up enough today to open a window and let out the paint fumes!

Bev, you are right, we will no doubt have a full load to take to FL. I know he is thinking he'll HAVE to bring half his tools in the garage....that won't leave much room for household stuff, but we'll manage, I guess.

Well, sounds like he is finally up, so I'd better get moving.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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5/22/15 9:11 A

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Good morning, all. It was a long night for me. Just couldn't seem to find a comfortable position to sleep. I feel like I tossed and turned all night. Maybe I can sneak in a nap later today.

Scales were very good to me last night. I lost 3.8 pounds! I had been challenged by another member who also recently underwent surgery. I don't usually do well with challenges but something clicked for me this time and I beat her. It was good for her too though as this was the second challenge she has issued since returning and she has lost over six pounds in those two weeks. She has challenged our new guy this week and she has her work cut out for her. He has been losing remarkably well in the six weeks he has been with us.

Today, I have a couple of errands to run and packing to do for our weekend at Jess's. I'll pick up Halle after school and then we'll be on our way. For a little girl, she sure packs a lot! Three or four "babies" and their carriers plus her own clothes. Good thing we're taking the truck!

Have a wonderful day, everyone.

Cheryl

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5/22/15 8:53 A

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I think you will need a big truck to go to Florida in the fall Carol!

I was planning to go to work at 9 this morning but Rodney asked me to wait until after the visiting nurse leaves so I guess it will be more like 10 or 10:30 when I get there. Oh well, I will just bring some stuff home with me to work on tomorrow to make up whatever hours I am missing for this week- or else take a 1/2 vacation day.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Bev

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5/22/15 7:30 A

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Morning all.

A sunny start here but tonight, a hard freeze. Go figure! At least it isn't snow, I guess.

I gained .2 last night, still below goal. Low attendance again, but everyone is busy. With all the funning around I did yesterday I should have had a loss.

Heading to Littleton this morning for groceries and shopping. He'll get 10% off at Lowe's this weekend because he is a veteran so we're buying a bunch of stuff to take to FL in the fall.
No sales tax, either, which is always a bargain in my book.

Guess I'd better get the exercise started or nothing will get done.

Have a great Friday all.

Carol



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5/21/15 4:44 P

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My furnace was running this morning too, but I think the heat might be turned up higher than it should be. Rodney was cold one day and he had turned it way up to 74 or 75! I turned it down a bit but I think only to 72. I should check it and turn it back down to 70 and see if he notices. He was napping when I got home but I think I will need to wake him up because it will be time to start his antibiotic soon. In fact I need to mix it and get the line ready in about 5 minutes, but I figured I had just about time to check the messages on here first. Good luck to those weighing in tonight. I won't be going to TOPS until after he is off the IVs because the time I am prepping the nutrition bag and getting that ready to hook up is about the time I would be going to the meeting.

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5/21/15 9:02 A

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Good morning, all. It was a very chilly night here too, Carol. The furnace was on when I got up but we shut it down after taking the chill off. Looks like it might be a cool day all around but I hate to run the furnace this late in the spring so I will just put on a sweater if I feel cold.

Carol, lucky you! I very rarely win anything when I enter contests. My Dad was the lucky one. We always said that the rest of us didn't stand a chance if his name was in the drawing. Enjoy the new frame.

We went to Halle's Spring music concert last night. It was just for grades K-2 so it didn't take very long, only about a half hour. Still it was very cute.

Tomorrow we are heading over to our daughter's house to visit for the weekend. I'm not sure what we'll be doing but I know there is a new store that Jess and Karl want to explore. I'll probable spend a lot of time sitting since I don't have much stamina yet when it comes to walking. I think Jess wants to get her garden planted too so I will supervise while she does the work.

Time for a short walk before PT. Have a great day, all. Good luck on the scales tonight.

Cheryl

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5/21/15 8:12 A

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Morning all.
38 here this morning. The furnace came on in the night, and I was still cold.
Oh well, at least there's no frost.

I slept poorly again...got up at 1:30 and had a cup of herbal tea. I don't even like tea, but I wanted to warm up. I turned on a lamp next to my recliner and the bulb blew. Not a big deal, I thought, except it tripped the breakers in half the house. I was not about to go rummaging in the cellar in my half-asleep state so I went back to bed. Finally got back to sleep but I feel groggy today.

Interesting meeting / hearing last night for the Planning board. One resident chose to make it her personal soapbox to complain about a neighbor. No one wanted to hear it, but everyone tried to be polite...well, most everyone. I had picked up a platter of cookies to bring, and of course with fewer than 25 people in attendance there were quite a few to bring home. Hubby was thrilled. I really wanted a cookie with my tea, but I didn't give in.

I found out yesterday that I won a pivot bed frame system at the furniture store we bought the mattress set at on Sunday. Woohoo! The salesman wanted to sell us one for $1000 (some small discount, I think) but it wouldn't fit up my stairs so I said I'd enter the contest to win one and if I did win I would take it to Florida. Imagine my surprise when I got that call!

Well, off to exercise.

Good luck to those weighing in tonight.

Carol



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5/20/15 7:37 P

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Yes, it is nice to get back to work, although I might not be thinking that after I have been there a while. We don't have any issues currently with the insurance. There was some question initially about the formula he was on but that got resolved. As far as I know they are paying for the stuff he is getting for nutrition now because nothing has been said to indicate they might not and I think we did get a notice that they had approved it, so unless there is a deductible we should be all set. The antibiotic pills are very expensive but we have already reached our maximum out-of-pocket expense for the year so his prescriptions are all 100% covered for the rest of the year. I don't know if we will have one copay for the hospital or three, but I suspect it might be three. I got a bill for one so far. Thank goodness for insurance is all I can say!

Carol, good luck with the renovations. Our house needs a few things but it won't be happening any time soon.

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Good morning, all. Looks pretty gray here this morning but I'm not complaining. We needed some rain. It's a little cooler too and that feels good.

Bev, so good to hear that life is starting to get more positive for you. Sounds like Rodney has turned that corner and is getting better. Getting back to work is a big step for you!

Getting groceries is my only task on the agenda for today. I don't mind doing the shopping but bringing it all into the house is challenging. I have to make several more trips than before to get it all inside. I can take my time though so I'll get it done. Yesterday, we decided that I can handle getting into my own car now so Becky took hers back and left mine here. It has been a big help to have her car available these past six weeks as it is lower than mine and thus easier to get in.

Carol, I don't envy the task ahead of you in getting your house ready for remodeling. The best part of any remodeling job is the end result! Living with the mess is the worst part.

Have a great day, all.

Cheryl

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5/20/15 8:20 A

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Morning all.
A cooler start to the day today. We had a pretty nice day yesterday. It didn't rain at all, and there was more sunshine than I expected. Fine by me.

Bev, sounds like Rod has definitely turned a corner on his recuperation. Good for both of you!
Although you are probably not thrilled with going back to work, at least it means more financial stability. Hope the insurance woes have worked out for you.

I spent over 3 hours on my town job yesterday and 2 hours on shelter stuff. Tonight the Planning Board meets for a special meeting/hearing. Let's hope it doesn't go on too long.

We started cleaning out the bedroom for its makeover....we have a couple boxes of posters we used to collect of our travels...thinking we would frame them, etc. That never happened. I think I've talked him into giving some away, putting some in the yard sale, and saving a few for framing to take to Florida. We shall see.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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I think we got some rain overnight but I don't know how much because I didn't hear it. The cars were wet this morning so I assume it rained but it could have been just a tiny bit. We had the windows open so I would think one of us would have heard it if it rained very hard.

Cheryl, I have been to a few of the grandkids games so I know what you mean about them being scattered in their skills. The year that Camden played t-ball he was more interested in chatting with all the girls on the team than in watching the ball! Sports is not his thing and he doesn't even do it at all any more. Owen enjoys it and still plays but he isn't that good. As long as he has fun it doesn't matter, but when he gets older he might not make the team.

Rodney's niece had a baby on Mothers Day, but she hasn't even had a chance to hold her yet. When she was born they found a problem with one lung and she was almost immediately transferred to Dartmouth but within hours was taken to Boston Children's Hospital. I saw some pictures of her and she is very alert for a baby so young. If it wasn't for all the tubes you wouldn't know there was anything wrong with her. She had surgery last week to repair a hole in her diaphragm (not sure I spelled that right) and to repair a hernia as well as push her liver down a bit because it was up too high and was pushing on her lung and prevented the lung from developing fully. They said the lung is bigger than they at first thought and they are hoping it might finish developing now. The doctors say she is one of the healthiest babies they have seen with the problem she has and that the outlook is good, but she is likely to be in Boston until early August. They are working on weaning her off the oxygen and once they can remove the breathing tube her mother will be able to hold her for the first time. She has gone from 100% oxygen to 34 so far.

I had a big day today- and so did Rodney. I went to work for the first time since March 18th- and he spent most of the day home alone for the first time. I went in at 9 and had planned to leave at 3 but it was close to 3:30 before I got out of there. I plan to work about that schedule for the next three weeks because Rodney will still be on the IV nutrition as well as IV antibiotics for another three weeks. I hope to be able to work another hour or two at home in the evenings so I can get in full days of work. Hi is finally making progress! He did get rid of the tube in his stomach yesterday and one of the two drains. They took out the drain from his pancreas because not much was coming out of it any more and the CT scan showed the abcess was pretty much gone. The scan showed the one in his abdomen is almost gone too, but that one is still draining enough that he didn't want to take it out yet. He goes back to see the surgeon on June 8th, but they called today to set up a couple of appointments with the infectious disease doctors- one on the 29th and one on June 16th.

Well, time to go turn on the work computer and put in the rest of my work day.

Bev

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5/19/15 10:09 A

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Good morning, all. It's sunny and quite warm here right now but I understand that we'll have more rain overnight. I saw a few flashes of lightning after we went to bed but I don't see many puddles in the driveway so I'm guessing we didn't get much rain.

We enjoyed Halle's softball game last night. It's still beginner level so the kids are a bit scattered in their skills but it's fun anyhow. We learned that Halle will be teaching a 15-minute lesson to her classmates tomorrow. She chose to teach them about labradoodles as that's her new pet. She has used a few books for resources, compiled some pictures of her own labradoodle, and even prepared a short quiz. Sounds like it could be fun.

No big plans for today after my PT appointment. There's a box of kitchen things that has been packed up for a while so I need to go through it to see what I want to keep and what isn't important to me anymore. That's the big deal for today, I guess.

Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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5/19/15 9:05 A

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Morning all.
Hard rain here overnight, but I never heard a thing. More coming today, I guess, but better than on the upcoming holiday weekend.

Cheryl, glad to hear the pain is subsiding a bit. I am going to have to make an appointment with my doc to talk about my hip too. Sometimes it is fine, other times the pain is horrible. No rhyme or reason to it, which is odd to me.

Last nights meeting went more smoothly than I'd anticipated with the DRB. No serious name-calling or shouting, at least! 2 neighbors are appealing a subdivision, which will come down to whose lawyer is better, inevitably. Glad I'm only the secretary and not a board member. I did tell the board chairperson that I would be getting done in October. The town has ample time to hire a replacement this way.

We did buy a new mattress on Sunday, but we won't have it delivered until our bedroom is finished. He has done most of the nail hole patching, etc., but it needs a coat of paint, sanding the windowsill, etc. That will take at least a week, I think.

Well, off to exercise and start typing the minutes.

Have a terrific Tuesday all.

Carol

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5/18/15 11:03 A

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Good morning, all. It's a beautiful, warm, sunny day here. I have already been to see my doctor and she thinks the pain I was having in my calf is referred pain from my back due to having to sleep on my back for so long. I've only recently started to sleep on my side again and she thinks it's just my back trying to get back to "normal". Anyhow, I will have a little bit of added therapy for that but the pain is much better today so I'm sure it will go away completely soon.

After my appointment, I shopped for a couple of things. My niece had a baby girl over two months ago but I haven't been able to get out to get anything for her so today I took care of that. I also picked up a couple of pairs of pants for myself since I seem to be throwing away a pair a week due to their aging condition. The rest of my day will be spent cleaning and trying to make things look less cluttered in the living room. An old friend wants to stop in for a visit after she gets out of work this afternoon so I'd like things to look a little better than they do now. She will understand that I'm not able to do as much as usual since she also has had hip replacement about a year ago. I noticed though that she is still using a cane, something I'm trying to avoid.

Not much else for excitement here. Hope you are having a good day.

Cheryl

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5/17/15 11:04 A

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Yikes, Cheryl, that was sure scary. I do hope your follow up goes well.
My hip wakes me up a lot in the night. In fact, I was up at 5 and hubby was up with shoulder and back pain as well. Fun getting old, isn't it?

We've already finished the housecleaning and our walk. There was a cute dog that followed us much of the way, but I was worried about it getting hit. There's not a lot of traffic on that road on a Sunday, but they do go to fast and it was walking in the road most of the time. We knocked on one door that we thought might be the owner; they weren't, but they told us who was. So when we got back to the where we had parked the truck, it hopped in and we returned it. I suspect it wasn't always treated well, as it 'cowered' when you tried to get close suddenly. The guy said it was his wife's dog, so I suspect he didn't treat it well himself. Oh well, good deed done, I hope.

Have a better day all!

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5/17/15 10:43 A

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I hope you are feeling better today Cheryl and that there are no issues with the hip, knee, or leg.

It is nice and sunny here today but I haven't accomplished anything yet.

Bev

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Good morning, all. Not a great start to the day for us. We went to the ER about 3:00 this morning because I was having a lot of pain in my leg. It was near my knee, not the hip but it wasn't easing up at all. The doctor in the ER suspected it could be a blood clot so he gave me a double shot of Lovasa just in case. We went back to the hospital this morning for an ultrasound but there was no clot. That's the good news. Now I have to follow up with my own doctor. Meanwhile, the pain has abated somewhat but it isn't gone entirely. Looks like this will be a fairly quiet day for me.

Today looks to be a very nice day. Karl is washing the car right now so I hope that doesn't mean it will rain! We are hoping to give Becky back her car tomorrow but that will only happen if she determines that I can comfortably get into my car. It's higher than hers so I couldn't get in it before this. Keeping my fingers crossed that this works.

We had a bit of rain last night and the flowers have really started to sprout up. The weeds are loving it too but I'm hoping the flowers will choke them out.

Have a great day, all.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Foggy here this morning, but a warm day in store. Woohoo! It's about time. I was freezing all day yesterday.

My sister's surgery went well, but her blood pressure is fluctuating on the low side. She is in quite a lot of pain, but has been sitting up once or twice already. I hope they don't release her too soon as she lives alone (with her dog) and even though her daughters live fairly close I don't think they realize what limitations she has. We shall see.

Got some shelter stuff done yesterday but still have more to go. I don't know if I will get to it today or not. We may go mattress shopping to take advantage of some sales nearby.

Well, housework is waiting for me, so I'd better get it started.

Have a great Sunday all.

Carol

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Carol, I hope your sister's surgery went well and the pathology report is good too. We were hoping there would be no lymph node involvement with Rodney's but that was not the case so he is definitely looking at chemo and radiation.

I had quite a surprise when I opened my mail yesterday. The other woman in our dept at work had e-mailed me a few days ago and asked what our PO Box was and I assumed someone wanted to send a card- I got one from a co-worker a while ago. I had an envelope yesterday from another co-worker but it was not just a card from her. It seems that she and the woman in my dept got together and took up a collection to help us with some of our expenses while Rodney is out of work. They sent a card signed by a bunch of them, a $50 gas card plus a check for another $326 that they collected. Now I need to write up a thank you note and e-mail everyone who signed the card and then another one to the two ladies who were responsible for doing it. I think it will come in handy since Rodney is just about out of sick and vacation time. He has been taking one day a week unpaid in order to make his time last a little longer but at this point he has just enough left to cover the cost of our insurance for the next couple of pay periods. By taking just one day a week unpaid he has been able to keep accruing additional time even though he hasn't worked, but that has come to an end now. Next month we will apply to the sick leave bank and hopefully they will give him a few hours that will cover our medical insurance, but it might not cover the dental and disability so we may have to send a check in. This month he had about two days too much time left as of the deadline to apply so we didn't even bother to submit the paperwork because he wouldn't have gotten any. When we see the doctor on Monday we need to take the AFLAC paperwork for him to sign since the first one said he signed said Rodney might be ready to go back to work on 5/24 (that sure isn't going to happen!). Even though he signed that form before all the complications (and before we got the pathology report that indicated he would need chemo and radiation) I think 5/24 would have been overly optimistic. It remains to be seen if he will be able to work part of the time that he is doing his treatment, but I won't be surprised if he can't.

Good luck with the container garden Cheryl! We had already decided not to do a garden this year even before Rodney got sick, but it is just as well. We don't have enough time to put into it and the spot we were using doesn't really get enough sun anyway so we decided we are better off buying what we want. Ed is raising chickens and I think for now he is going to use that spot for his chicken coop. If he does end up putting a trailer in or building a house on our other lot he will eventually have them up there but there is no place he can put them on that lot at the moment. He was hoping to build a house but now that the two people who would have given him the most help are both battling cancer (Rodney and his uncle) that isn't likely to happen this year so he is looking into putting a used trailer on that lot for now.

It was overcast and dreary looking earlier but it has turned out to be a really nice day. I went to Claremont for the first time in weeks other than stopping one night on my way home from the hospital to get a haircut. I got the oil changed in the Jeep and then picked up a few groceries and household stuff that we needed. It was a good test to see how Rodney did on his own for a few hours. He was fine, as I knew he would be, but all he had to do while I was gone was his midday finger stick and give himself an insulin shot. When I go to work he will also need to fix himself lunch but he shouldn't have a problem with that either. Today I was back just in time to do that. We won't need to hook up the IV again until later- and that he can't do alone.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Bev

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Good afternoon, all. It has been kind of overcast and a bit humid here today so I think we will have some rain before the afternoon is over. We have been planting a few things so we can take advantage of the free water. lol. Matt and family just stopped by with some plants I had bought as a fundraiser for Halle. I forgot what I had ordered so I bought more peppers than I need. Not sure what we'll do with them. I don't really have a garden so I will have to use some five-gallon buckets, I guess.

My sleep was interrupted last night due to the compression cuffs. We took them off and I slept just fine after that. I think we're about done with them anyhow. My six weeks are up tomorrow. I will be very happy to get rid of them! For some reason, every so often, they may my legs start to twitch so I can't sleep.

Time to plant my tomatoes and peppers. Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl


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Morning all.
Overcast here, a bit of rain overnight, but at least it's 56 and not 36 this morning. I'll take it.

Lots of running around yesterday prevented me from doing the shelter paperwork I had planned, but maybe a rainy day is a better idea for that anyway. We're off to recycle this morning, then the day is mine.

My brother is supposed to be coming over from Maine next weekend so I've got to clean over the garage. We are planning a pot luck Saturday night but it won't be here. The black flies are getting pretty bad and no one would enjoy being outside.

Bev, I'm glad Rod is getting around a bit easier now. Slow progress is good, despite how impatient he must be right about now.

Haven't heard about how my sister's surgery went yesterday; it was a total hysterectomy because of her stage 1 uterine cancer they discovered last month. She may face chemo or radiation, but it will depend on test results from the lymph nodes.

Well, off to start my day.

Have a good day all.

Carol

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Yes, things seem to be going well, so maybe they finally have the infection under control this time. He will go back on Monday for another CT scan and labwork and to meet with the doctor. Assuming all goes well I am planning to go to work for a few hours a day starting on Tuesday. As long as he still has the IVs and the drains that need taking care of I won't try to work a full day in Brattleboro but if I can be there for 5 hours a day and then work another 2-3 hours at home it will be much better than what I have been doing.

Today has been a busy day. The visiting nurse came around 9 and then we had another one who came this afternoon for a physical therapy assessment. He was a little grumpy about that because he says he doesn't need physical therapy. I think the reason they even had that set up was that he refused to cooperate at the hospital when someone from physical therapy wanted him to do some stairs. He was able to show the one who came today that he is able to go up and down the stairs and to walk on his own, so she agreed that he doesn't need additional therapy. We also had a visit late this morning from Sadie and a friend of hers and a number of phone calls. I only managed to work 2 or 3 hours so far today.

Turtles are good Carol- especially when you are a KOPS.

Bev

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Good morning, all. It's a fairly nice day here. Temps are warming up and the sun is out. I decided it was a good day to wash a quilt that I've been using. This is the first wash I've attempted and it went just fine. I was even able to hang it out on the line.

I had a gain last night but the chapter had a large loss. We have several new members and they really are doing well. In turn, that inspires us to do better. I have been challenged by another member this week so I hope this will motivate me to better results for next Thursday.

Bev, I hope all is going well for you. Carol, you always keep busy. I wish I had your energy.

Have a great day, all.

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Morning all.
Another chilly start here, but at least it's sunny for now.

I turtled last night but the chapter had a net gain, mostly due to a member who has been away several weeks.

Cheryl, glad your mom didn't have to be hospitalized again. It seems she does feel like 'home' at her assisted-living facility, which is a good thing.

I was up in the night for more than 2 hours last night. Just couldn't get back to sleep. I came downstairs and had a snack, did some reading, then finally went back to bed. I think it was well after 4 when I got back to sleep, so I didn't get up until after 7j:30. Oh well, at least my work for the town job is done, except for posting to the website.

Groceries and other errands today, the usual Friday chores. I never got a chance to start on any shelter paperwork, so that is on the agenda for today.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a fabulous Friday all.

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. It was quite chilly here this morning but it has warmed up nicely this afternoon. I wore a jacket when I went out for groceries this morning but I was really too warm by the time I finished around noon.

Mom was back in the ER yesterday. Seems that the therapist thought her cough was alarming so her doctor was contacted and he wanted her to be evaluated for pneumonia. She was hoping and praying that she wouldn't have to go back in the hospital or the rehab center. They tested and x-rayed her and concluded that it's bronchitis, which is the same conclusion the doctor at the rehab center had arrived at a week ago. So after a nebulizer treatment, she went back to Holton Home, very happy to have avoided another hospital stay.

Weigh-in tonight and I'm sure I will have a gain. I can't do much yet and it's very frustrating. I'm hoping I will be able to start bending a bit more next week so that maybe I can get a few more things done around the yard.

Hope you are having a good day.

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It is kind of nice this morning but not exactly shorts weather. I went out and moved the vehicles around in the yard and I was wearing just my t-shirt. I wasn't really cold but if I had been out for longer I would have wanted a sweatshirt on. Yesterday felt a little like fall in the morning when I went to Walpole to run some errands. At that point it was mostly cloudy, but it was nicer in the afternoon. I ended up buying a new recliner yesterday- one that has the power recline feature. Rodney was still struggling with the old ones because he doesn't have enough strength in his arms or legs to close them when he is ready to get out of them. If I want to go back to work he needs to be able to do it without my help, so we decided to buy a new chair and we will try to sell the one he got just a couple of years ago. That one is a rocker/recliner, which was not what he wanted even then but every store we looked at had nothing other than rocker/recliners- or maybe that was all they had at a price we were willing to pay. It must have been a fad at that time. With limited income coming in going forward I hated to spend money on a recliner, especially after we just bought a new bed and a new dryer, but without it I wouldn't be able to work and then there would be even less money coming in! Oh well, I spent money that he had set aside for the Florida vacation that never happened.

Good luck to those of you weighing in tonight. I haven't weighed in for quite a while but I seem to be holding my own according to the scale here. I don't weigh myself as often as I used to but I try to check at least once or twice a week to make sure I am not getting too far off track. Jean, I would think it wouldn't really matter if one ate before weigh-in or after as long as they do it the same every week. I think in our chapter most of us eat after weigh-in but a couple of them eat first. I don't really have time to eat between the time I get home from work and when I need to head for the meeting anyway.

Well, my in-laws are here visiting so I need to get off the computer and be sociable. Have a great day!

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Good Morning

Sun is shining it looks like it just might be a nice day.

Weigh in tonight, hopefully I do ok. I am now able to get 4 glasses of
water in per day. This has been a struggle for me, plain water upset my stomach
so I decided to add lemon slice. Wow what a difference that made.
Just my COFFEE this morning so far for liquids.

Do any of you eat anything before w.I.? I get sooooooooo hungry!! Pc of fruit????
Guess I better go find something to keep me busy.
Haha there is always something to do.

Later folks.
Happy thoughts,

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Morning all.

Cool and sunny here, about 36, but no frost, at least. I thought the wind yesterday made it feel like about 30 degrees out there. I could not get warm all day.

I spent 4 hours helping clean files at the shelter yesterday. We didn't get them all done but nearly all of it. It will make my job easier when I go back to file cat folders, at least.
There is a big, gorgeous long-haired cat there named Goliath that I wanted to bring home with me. I miss my kitty so much, but I know I won't be able to have one when we go south in the winters. At least not for awhile.

The board meeting went well last night so there's not a lot of paperwork to type up today. I do have a couple hours I need to spend at the town clerk's office today getting ready for the other board's special meeting. Always something, I guess.

Cheryl, sounds like you are really making great progress. You will be better than normal soon and will so appreciate the new mobility this has allowed you to have.


Well, off to exercise.

Good luck if you weigh in tonight, gals! I know I will need it!

Carol

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Good morning, all. Kind of a gray morning here but the forecast has this burning off this morning and then sunny but cool and windy. We had a lot of wind here yesterday too.

Mom's return to the assisted living home went well. She is not normally an emotional woman but my brother said she had tears as she left the rehab facility and then more tears as she arrived at Holton Home. He said she greeted the people there with a hearty "I made it"! When he left, she was having lunch and chatting up a storm with everyone. I honestly think she was glad to be there! Quite a surprise considering her reluctance to go there in December.

My day is pretty full today. First I have PT and then I am finally going to have a haircut and a manicure. I am looking forward to getting rid of the shaggy look!

Bev, it's good to hear that Rod is finally home again. I hope all goes well this time and that his recovery proceeds smoothly. It certainly has been a challenging journey so far.

Have a great day, all.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Got rain?

Guess it will be cold tonight but warmer tomorrow again. Fine with me!

Bev, getting discharged form the hospital is always a long, drawn-out ordeal, in my experience anyway. Doubly so with all the medications Rod must have. Let's hope the insurance issue doesn't add to your stress level.

I spent some more time cleaning yesterday, managing to recycle tons of old TOPS news magazines. Hubby is working on painting the guest room, but he got interrupted with his p.t. appointment. He is still waiting on a call back from the doc at DHMC for his appointment. It was supposed to have been done Monday, but still no word from them.

Paperwork for my town job this morning, then I'm helping to clean files at the shelter this afternoon.
Guess I'd better get the exercise out of the way.

Have a good day all.

Carol

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It sounds like you are making good progress Cheryl. Keep up the good work and you will be good as new soon!

Yes, Rodney did come home yesterday, although at one point we weren't sure he was going to. Everyone kept saying they were waiting for a final determination from infectious disease for his home antibiotics, but even after that got resolved (one pill and one IV antibiotic) there was still an issue because they wanted him to have another CT scan before he left but Dr Smith had told us he didn't want to do another one right now. He is going back in a week and they will do one then. It is ultimately Dr Smith who would make the decision but he was in the OR so they couldn't check with him. Finally the nurse was able to speak with one of the residents working with him and found out a CT scan would not be done and that we could leave once they were able to give him the first dose of the antibiotic he will be on at home. They won't send someone home without having at least one dose to make sure there are no reactions. The nurse was going over the discharge instructions with us when it barges another woman who we had never met before who starts telling us the discharge wasn't happening yesterday because he needed a CT scan plus the company supplying the antibiotics and the TPN (nuitrition stuff) wouldn't have time to get it to us. I had already met with the woman from New England Life Care to teach me how to do the antibiotic and she had told me we would be getting a delivery last night. After the nurse explained that she had already cleared up the CT scan issue she said "well I'll double check" and then she comes back a while later saying she had gone higher up the chain and got them to drop the plan for a CT and that she had "just caught" New England Life Care in time to alert them that we would need a delivery. I think she was taking credit for what others had already done, but when we left I made a point of telling the nurse that I knew who really had made things happen. The person who made all the arrangements before was very good but she is on vacation this week and next and then she has a different job when she comes back. We were not at all impressed by her replacement. We felt she was downright rude to the nurse the way she came in and interrupted her. In any case we finally left at 4:15. The oral antibiotic he is on is very expensive. They warned be at the hospital that our cost would be $385 after insurance. They said that was for a month but it was really only for a two week supply- he takes 2 a day and it was for 28 pills. Our cost would have been even higher, but we have a maximum out-of-pocket cost and with that prescription we have reached it. I think they messed up on the quantity because they told us he would take them for four weeks. We will find out for sure before they run out because he has an appointment next week and I think they want him to come in the following week to see the infectious disease doctors. There are only two antibiotics that are effective against one of the bacteria he has and both are only available via IV. The one they had been giving him there he was getting 3 times a day but they didn't want him to have to do it at home three times a day, so they switched him to a once a day one. He saw the oncologist today but we don't really have a definite plan at this point because everything is dependent on his recovery from the infections and on his nutrition improving. She did tell us that he is likely to do five weeks of radiation 5 times a week along with a chemo pill that he will take twice a day, then he will have a short break to recover before he has a round of another chemo that will be an infusion. She didn't say how long he would do that one. She is going to follow his progress via the Dartmouth network and when they feel he is close to being ready to start treatment she will call us to come back to discuss things in more detail.

Well I think I have rambled enough. Night all!

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Good morning, all. Another rainy day here so my activities will bring limited to indoors. Everything is looking very green and lush so I really don't mind the rain.

We ended up going to dinner with Matt's family last night. Halle's game was cancelled but there was an art show featuring works done by students in the county schools and Halle's sunflower picture was selected for inclusion from her school. While we were there, I saw two teachers from the school where I taught. One of them is retiring this year. I learned that the administration is severely reducing the art program for next year. This is essentially the same thing that happened with the French program after I left. She promotes the technology and math programs but all the arts programs are being destroyed. So sad.

Yesterday, the therapist added stairs to my exercises. I made three trips up and down the flight of stairs at the center and I will practice them here at home too. It has been months since I was able to take the stairs normally so this was quite an accomplishment. Every day it all gets a little easier.

Have a great day.

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Morning all.

Raining here this morning, but what a difference in the lawn and trees. Long overdue, I say.

Bev, sure hope Rod got to go home yesterday. Are you still able to do some of your work from home? I'll bet they'll be glad to get you back in the office, though.

I cleaned out some more TOPS stuff in the cellar yesterday. Nearly done. I found the 15-year KOPS award I got at last year's SRD...I'd been wondering where that was. Guess I just threw it in a bag when I got home and never thought about adding it to the necklace with my 5 and 10-year award.

Hubby did some cleaning too, mostly clothes. He is working on patching sheetrock in the bedrooms, mudding, sanding, etc., It's a messy job but long overdue. We need to paint those walls.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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As far as we know Rodney will go home today but until we have discharge papers in hand we can't be 100% sure. They weighed him this morning and he is within a pound of what he weighed when he came in so they did not take care of the fluid issue. At one point he was down by 5 pounds but they stopped giving him Lasix and it has come back on. At least they think they have the infection under control. It sounds like he will go home on one pill and another IV antibiotic. The one they have been giving him he gets three times a day but they said there is another similar one that he could do just once a day. The bacteria he has apparently is resistant to a lot of antibiotics so the choices are pretty limited. He will keep the appointment that was previously scheduled for next week so they can see how he is doing.

Cheryl I hope everything goes well for your mom. I think our former chapter member who is here just a few rooms away from Rodney is being moved to Rehab in Rutland today. That was what she told me on Friday at least. Her husband said she might spend a week or two there before she goes home.

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Morning all.

Glad to see the rain move in late yesterday. It rained fairly hard last evening too, but I can see it's greener out there already. Leaves on the trees are definitely more 'out' as well.

I cleaned out some boxes in the cellar of old camping stuff. Found out I have a Corelle service for 8 set of dishes, etc., that will be going to Florida with us in the Fall. Lots of pots and pans, bakeware, cutlery....that will save us money if we don't have to buy a lot of that stuff.

I discovered a leak under the kitchen sink while looking for some cleaning supplies, though. That took a run to Lowes for plumbing stuff but it's fixed now.

Cheryl, glad to hear your mom is returning to her assisted-living facility. Perhaps she will feel more at 'home' there and help her recover.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a good Monday all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's cool and rainy here but I think we needed a bit of rain so I won't complain.

We had a busy weekend, especially yesterday. Saturday was spent in getting some outdoor things done and a few indoor tasks too. We took advantage of Jess and Andy's visit to get some yard clean-up done and a couple of AC units installed. Yesterday was Halle's First Communion day so the whole family went to church and then to Matt and Becky's house for a barbecue. We also did our Mother's Day gift-giving while we were all together. All in all, it was a very nice day and the rain held off until the grilling was done!

Yesterday was also my mother's 95th birthday. I called her but she had such a terrible cough that we really didn't have much of a conversation. She surely didn't have a great day. Tomorrow she will move back to the assisted living home. Maybe she will do better there since the population is generally healthier there. She will still have PT for a while there.

Last night I couldn't get to sleep so we decided to remove the compression cuffs. I was able to sleep on my side and that made a huge difference! According to the PA I saw last week, I am supposed to wear the cuffs for one more week but my DIL was very surprised to hear that. She says that the doctor was requiring them for only the first month as far as she knew so I think I was okay in removing them last night.

Today I have PT but then nothing more until Halle's softball game this evening, weather permitting. If the game is cancelled, we will make a Costco run instead.

Bev, I hope Rodney goes home today and that his recovery gains momentum. Carol, I know you will keep busy as always!

Cheryl

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Rodney was in the mood to get rid of stuff a while ago but the dumpster wasn't getting emptied so we couldn't do much. Now he doesn't have the strength to do anything. Hopefully he will still feel like throwing stuff out when he recovers and can do it. As far as we know he is going home tomorrow so he can keep his oncology appointment on Tuesday. I think it will be a while before they can do anything but it will be nice to know what the plan is. They still have to decide if he is going home with his drains in place or not and when he will have a new scan to be sure the abcess is still shrinking as well as exactly what antibiotics he will have and for how long. I expect those questions will be answered today or tomorrow morning and then they just need to coordinate delivery of some new TPN since what we have left had an expiration date of yesterday. Hopefully this will be his last inpatient visit here for a while!

The sun was out a little bit this morning but it looks quite cloudy now. Happy Mothers Day!

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Morning all.
Cloudy start here this morning but no rain yet. Guess it's coming before the morning is over, though.

We worked outside yesterday morning and went for a ride on the motorcycle in the afternoon. Beautiful day for that.

Housework and cleaning/organizing on our agenda today, after walking. I wish I could convince hubby we need to throw 50% of the junk away that we have, but he is convinced we need to keep it 'in case' we need it someday. Oh well, maybe I can catch him in the right mood.

Well, off to fire up the vac.

Happy Mothers' Day to all.

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. we had a pretty nice morning so Jess helped me to do what little planting I will do for the garden this year. Then we had a nice shower about noontime. Now the sun is shining again.

Bev, it's good that you were able to talk with someone who had been through a similar experience. I remember talking with a girl right after my first knee surgery. She had had the same operation about six weeks earlier and so could tell me what to expect. I found that very helpful. let's hope Rodney can go home Monday to finish his recovery.

Tomorrow is Mothers' Day but we are not having the kids here. Halle is making her First Communion so we will all go to Matt's for a barbecue afterwards. Jess and Andy will head home after lunch and Matt has to go to work.

I think it's time for a little nap. We waited up for the kids to get here last night and so didn't get to bed until after midnight. Yawn! I'm very tired today.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Up too early this morning but I couldn't get back to sleep, so here I am. No doubt I'll be sleepy by dinnertime.

I managed to do the shelter newsletter yesterday while hubby was at p.t. and doing other errands. Nice to have it off my plate, so to speak.

Bev, I think it was a good idea to talk with the other couple going through similar experiences. If it gives Rod some hope that there is a light at the end of tunnel, it may well ease his mind a bit.

Well, hubby is finally up, so I'd better see what his plan for the day is and see if it jives with mine.

Have a great Saturday all.
Carol

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Well, they did not do the procedure they said they were going to. I think the plan right now is to wait to see if the other cultures grow anything this weekend or not and then decide on the plan for antibiotics at home so he can be released on Monday. Of course things are always changing! He is starting to eat real food again, but I think they will probably keep him on the IV feeds for another couple of weeks anyway to supplement what he can eat. We met a couple today from Gorham, NH who have been through a very similar experience to what we are dealing with and they assured us it will get better. He had the same surgery as Rodney last September and from then until Thanksgiving he was in and out of the hospital, spending a total of 38 days there according to his wife. She said she didn't think he was ever going to get better but finally things did turn around. His complications were a little different than Rodney's but they went through the same process that we are. He ended up having a bowel obstruction and had to have a colostomy bag for 7 months. He was back in now because he just had surgery so he can get rid of the bag. I'm not sure if his surgery was for cancer or a non-cancerous condition. The clinical resource coordinator told us about him and asked if we would be interested in talking with him about his experience if we was willing. We agreed and so did he, so he and his wife came into Rodney's room and talked with us.

Well, I better get off here and find my bed so I can get up in the morning and head back up to keep the man company.

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haha...you know me too well! yes, I do have a wip. It's a Christmas stocking for my newest grand niece. I will have four to make this year so I think I had better keep moving right along. I hate to knit in this heat though.

Cheryl

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Good afternoon: 80plus out there today, to warm for me to be out in hot sun! I am enjoying the warmer weather though. When sun goes down a little then I'll work in flower beds.

Hoping all will go well with Rodney, Bev. Take care of yourself self too!

Cheryl are you crocheting or have a wip going, I just bet you do. I want to knit a pink ruffley scarf and wrap it around a circular hoop and see what it looks like. Sashey(sp) yarn.

Carol hope you plan on staying around this area for a few more years Spring,Summer,and Fall..

Have a great weekend everyone. Liz are you still on here? Great to see you at SRD!

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Good afternoon, all. It's a gorgeous day here too and we are getting a bunch of things done. Karl took the day off to work outside so that's a big help. We went to lunch after my therapy and then to the greenhouse to get some seeds and plants. I don't have much room for planting but we are making do. We asked about a CSA share at one place but they are full so we are out of luck.

I mentioned that I was pretty sore after my therapy session on Wednesday so she eliminated the exercises with Thera-bands today. She also put a lift in my right shoe since it appears that the left leg is now significantly longer than the right one. She feels that there may be some settling in with my new hip over the next few weeks but for now I need the lift.

Heading outside to play in the dirt. Hope you all have a great day. Bev, I hope Rodney continues to improve and that all goes well with the test regarding the valves.

Cheryl

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It looks like we will be at DHMC through the weekend but if things go well he might go home on Monday. One of his blood cultures tested positive for bacteria but they think it might be a false positive since a second one taken at the same time was showing nothing-at least yesterday morning it wasn't. They do cultures every day so they need to wait for others to be sure there is nothing in the blood. The infectious disease team also wants another test before they are ready to say his heart valves were not damaged. He is supposed to have that done today but we don't know when. They will sedate him and put something down his throat and do an ultrasound of his heart from the inside. They say that allows them to see the valves better. I assume it will be fine but I am glad they are being so thorough because a blood infection is how my brother ended up having bad heart valves. Assuming he goes home on Monday we will meet with the oncologist on Tuesday.
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Morning all.
Another warm, sunny day here, woohoo!

I gained .6 last night but the chapter had a good net loss, due to a new member's great start. Still low attendance, though.

I didn't accomplish much yesterday, but I got a little more cleaning done. Today's good weather means more outdoor work for hubby. He wants to get stuff done before the weekend rain.

He's almost ready to get the grocery shopping started so I'd better get moving.

Have a great Friday all.

Carol

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Good evening, all. It was another beautiful day here. I was outside doing some weeding this morning. Since I still cannot bend more than 90 degrees, I had to use my grippers to pull away the dead stuff around some lilies. it took me over an hour to get it done but I was satisfied to be able to do something. I also went for a short walk this afternoon, just so I could get outside. I have been pretty sore today from the new exercises that we did yesterday but I'm hoping it goes away soon. I have PT again tomorrow.

We got word today that my mother will move back to assisted living on Tuesday. I think she is happy about that. She will continue to receive therapy there at least for a little while.

Congratulations on the house purchase, Carol. I'm sure you will enjoy getting away from all the snow and cold.

Bev, good news! I hope the good news keeps coming.

I went back to TOPS tonight and had a gain, of course. It was only half as much as I expected so that was a plus. Nevertheless, I need to get back into gear and start losing again. We have had four new members so our numbers are looking a bit better.

Cheryl

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Wow, congratulations on the house Carol! I guess you are officially a snowbird now! Enjoy it!

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Morning all.

Another cool start here, but with this sun, it's okay with me.

Bev, I'm glad you got some good news, finally. I can understand Rod's feelings about being in the hospital on his birthday. But you can celebrate properly when he's home and feeling better. My oldest niece turned 49 yesterday. Hard for me to believe that.

I guess I can officially tell everyone that we bought a house in Florida. We wanted to keep it quiet until all the necessary paperwork was done, but now that's completed. We did a house inspected, termite inspection, etc., while we were down there and made an offer they agreed upon. It's a bit of a fixer-upper, but only in the updating that it needs, like new carpets, paint, appliances, countertops, etc. Nothing that has to be done before we go back down in November, other than a door replacement, and we've already hired a contractor to do that.
It is in the same community we rented in but on a different street about a mile away. We are very excited but haven't figured out what we'll do exactly with our house next winter. We don't want to sell our house yet, though. Maybe in a year or 2.

Well, time to exercise and do more shelter paperwork.

Have a good day all.

Carol

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Carol, when does your hubby see his doctor again? If he thinks there is still something wrong I hope he gets checked out soon because he knows his body and if he thinks something is going on he is probably right.

We still don't know when they might let Rodney come home, but we did get some good news yesterday. They said his kidneys and his heart are fine and the fluid buildup was most likely due to the infection and possibly made worse by the fact that he is still malnourished from the surgery and not being able to eat. They told us that when the body is fighting a serious infection like that it takes all its energy to fight the infection and other things don't work the way they should, which leads to fluid overload, especially when there is also a protein deficiency. The swelling has started to go down some and I could tell he felt a little better yesterday. They allowed him to start having food yesterday and he actually ate something with each meal they brought him, so that is an improvement. They still have to identify the exact bacteria to see if it is the same one he had before or a different one and then come up with a treatment plan for when he comes home. I'm not sure if he will come home with the drains in place or if they will keep him until they feel the drains can come out. At least he does seem to be getting better and they have ruled out any new issues. He had a rough day emotionally yesterday with a few spells of what he refers to as self-pity, but I think that was because it was his birthday and he was stuck in the hospital. Hopefully he feels better about things today.

Enjoy the nice weather everyone!

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Good afternoon, all. It's sunny but a bit cooler than yesterday, I think. I just got back from PT and I drove myself. It felt a little weird especially since it's not my car, but I managed to get there and back with no issues. Ashe really put me through the paces today and even had me laying on the operated hip for a bit. I was surprised that it didn't hurt at all. tonight, I'm going to get groceries with Karl. I'm not ready to tackle that alone yet.

Bev, it must be discouraging to keep returning to the hospital with Rodney but he's where he needs to be for now. I hope all the tests turn out well.

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Morning all.

Another sunny start and warmer today than yesterday. I could get used to this.

Bev, I do remember all the tests and procedures, and of course, the waiting to hear what results are from all of them. But at least he is in a safe place for monitoring if something needs to be done. I always felt better that medical folks were a few steps away, just in case. Slow healing, especially with internal surgeries like my hubby had (and yours) are what frustrated me the most.

Monthly awards are done, so today I can do the shelter paperwork I'm behind on. Hubby has been working outdoors at his own pace. He is back on his p.t. schedule, and it is helping his shoulder a lot. He still says there is something wrong with his stomach, but he is able to eat and drink normally, which is an improvement.

Well, off to exercise.
Have a great day all.

Carol

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They were able to insert a couple of drains into Rodney today. One is to drain the pancreas and the other drains a large collection of fluid in his lower abdomen that they think is infected. They sent samples of both for cultures and also took more blood for cultures. Now we wait to see what grows. He had the echocardiogram today but no one has really discussed what they found. One of the infectious disease doctors said she will be checking to see what type of heart murmur he has because some are more susceptible to infection than others. We still don't know how long he might be here but we suspect it might be the rest of the week.
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Good afternoon, all. Another lovely day here but I've been inside most of the day. I was out for my appointment this morning and that went well. Then, I went for a little walk after lunch down to the corner and back. It's not a big deal except that I can now do it using only the cane. The walker has been retired! I can also drive now so I'm on my way! Since the walk, I haven't done anything that amounts to much. I needed to rest for a half hour on my side (part of the process) and I fell asleep! Now, I'm going to make a lemon pie for Karl and then I think I'll head outside for a while.

Bev, I am so sorry that things are not going better for Rodney. Let's hope that they get to the bottom of this very soon so that he can begin to mend. It has to be discouraging! Carol, I hope your hubby continues to improve.

With all this nice weather, I hope you are able to get outside and enjoy it.

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I don't know if they figure the fluid retention and the white blood count are from the same problem or not but the CT scan did find the likely reason for the high white blood count. The abcess that was small before has grown to 7 cm x 21 cm! They are trying to drain it now, but I don't know successful that will be Since they were not able to completely drain it before. If they can't again he might need to have surgery to get rid of it. They have also been running tests on his heart. I think that is mostly as a precaution because of him having the blood infection before. He has a heart murmur and the doctor said the fluid might just be magnifying the sound of that but apparently there was enough concern to check things out. They have him on a heart monitor and there was talk yesterday of doing an echocardiogram today but i'm not sure if that is still planned or not.
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Morning all.

Bev, my hubby's doc canceled his appointment for the x-ray yesterday, saying the specialist he is supposed to be seeing at DHMC has another planned test instead. That guy is replacing his gastroenterologist/surgeon at Fletcher Allen that has moved to Chicago, but we haven't heard from him yet. His annual is usually in July, but we were hoping to get an appointment sooner than yet. We shall see.

He is feeling much better, though, and is eating fairly normally now. He did a fair amount of outdoor work yesterday and doesn't seem much the worse for it.

I do wish Rod's recovery was going better. I know it is easy to get discouraged, but they will find what's causing this fluid retention and resolve it, I'm sure.

My sister met with her oncologist last week and her hysterectomy is scheduled for the 15th. She may even get out of the hospital in 2 days. That is remarkable to me.

Well, time to get moving.

Have a great Tuesday all.
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I hope hubby's appointment went well Carol. I had to bring Rodney back to Dartmouth today because he is retaining so much fluid he can't even get out of his recliner by himself any more and the least exertion makes him out of breath. They took one look at him and said they needed to admit him so we are back here again. His white blood count is up too. So far he has had a chest x-ray and an EKG in addition to blood work and they are planning to do a CT scan later today. They said the x-ray and EKG were okay.
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Good afternoon, all. It's a warm, bright day here and I have already been outside to walk around a couple of times. I can see lots of things I'd like to do but they are all beyond my ability for now. With any luck, maybe some restrictions will be lifted tomorrow when I go for my follow-up appointment.

Yesterday, I managed to get into Karl's truck and so we spent the afternoon at our son's house. Karl had a load of scrap wood and stuff that he wanted to burn out in the pit at Matt's so I spent the time sitting in the sun on the deck and visiting with Halle and Becky. All in all, an enjoyable afternoon.

The latest report on my mother is that she has a fever and some slight congestion in her chest. There is apparently something going through the rehab center so they are keeping a very close watch on her. She doesn't appear to be impaired by it at this time. She is still doing her OT and PT and is coming along well. She is hoping the report from the cardiologist is good at her appointment on Friday so that perhaps she will be back in Holton Home by next week.

We are planning to go to Halle's softball fame tonight and then it will be time for me to call it a day. Karl is still having to help me with showers so that takes a bit of extra time. Hope all is going well with your hubbies and that they are both on the mend.

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Morning all.
Guess everyone was busy yesterday! What a gorgeous day.

The shelter's Cinco de Meow event was a fun one. We raised over $1300 in 4 hours. Of course, it was lots of volunteers helping out, but it was worth it.
I manned the raffle and items for sale table. The Academy Culinary Arts department made some fabulous Mexican food, and of course there was a bake sale too. Delish!

We saw out appliance repair friend yesterday, who had a couple of suggestions about the fridge. We shall see in a day or so if it is a lost cause or if a part needs to be ordered.

This morning I take hubby for his bowel x-ray. He couldn't have anything to eat or drink after midnight and his sugar is low this morning. Hope he doesn't pass out on me on the way there.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a marvelous Monday all.

Carol

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Good evening, all. It has been a very long day today. We were on the road to Brattleboro by 7:30 and got back here just before 9:00 tonight. Mom is much better than the last time I saw her! She was walking with the walker today and managed to get herself in and out of bed. She's not quite ready to go back to Holton Home but it won't be too long. We had a nice visit and I saw my brother and sister too. We had some syrup for them and I left birthday and Mother's Day cards with my sister so she could give them to Mom next weekend.

With all the traveling today, I never put my leg up at all so it was quite swollen when we got home. I've been on the couch ever since but I think I'd better get up or I'll fall asleep!

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Good luck with the fridge Carol. We still have a spare one in the basement and it is a good thing too because the TPN that Rodney is on has to be refrigerated. I have to remember to take a bag out a few hours before we are ready to use it so it can come to room temperature but it has to be refrigerated until then. They brought us 5 bags the first time and 7 bags yesterday and I sure wouldn't have had room in my regular refrigerator. Rodney is retaining fluid really bad for some reason. The last few days that he was in the hospital they were giving him Lasix but they didn't give him anything for when he came home. When he left the hospital he had to wear Crocs because his sneakers or slippers didn't fit his feet.. Now even the Crocs don't! I asked the nurse at Dartmouth about it on Thursday and she said they don't normally give Lasix for use at home because there is a fine line between getting rid of the fluid without getting rid of necessary electrolytes too. She said if he gets up and walks around more it should get better, but I'm not sure it is quite that simple. He is so swollen that it is hard for him to even get in and out of a chair without help. He can't bend his legs all the way because they are so swollen. He got on the scale today and he was at least 10 pounds heavier than the last time they weighed him at the hospital- and then he was up from his previous weight by quite a bit and we were assuming it was from excess fluid. His doctor had given me his cell phone number so I called him this evening and he is going to see Rodney on Monday. He wants to do some labs and also make sure the abcess isn't getting bigger and then he said he might have to give him Lasix. I feel so bad for him because I can see he is miserable but there is nothing else I can do. His temperature was higher than it has been when I took it right before he went to bed. I am hoping it comes down tomorrow, but if it doesn't I might take him to the ER. If he has any spells with shaking chills I will definitely be taking him. I think we are both starting to get rather discouraged with this whole process. I know the recovery is lengthy but he seems like he is having more than his share of complications.
Well enough about that! Today was certainly a nice one! I didn't get to enjoy it as much as I might have under different circumstances, but we did get outside and do a couple of laps around the porch two different times today. Hopefully we can do the same tomorrow.

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Good evening all.
What a gorgeous day it was here. So nice to see sun and high temp at the same time.
I didn't check the thermometer, but it must have been 70 or above.

We got some outdoor stuff done, finally, and I washed my car. There still a ton of stuff to do, but he is not up to his normal workload yet, although he thinks he is. His sugar dropped to 59 before supper, and I know it's the activity level he maintained most of the day.

The fridge decided to stop working altogether...well, I shouldn't say that, the freezer is keeping stuff below 32...I'm kind of using that as the fridge. Fortunately I have 2 small mini-fridges I can use and a cooler for now. The appliance repair guy was not home today. He may say it's not worth repairing, but I'd rather not buy a new one right now if I can help it.

Well, the recliner is calling to me...my feet, back and legs are beat tonight.
Tomorrow is the shelter's Cinco de Meow event all afternoon, so I'll only have the morning to do stuff around here.

Have a great night all.

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I was inside all day today but I thought it was quite cloudy. I guess it was fairly warm though. The next few days look pretty decent. I'm not sure if I will get out to enjoy it much though. The Jeep is due for an oil change so I suggested to Rodney that maybe we could take a ride to Claremont and get that done and it would give him a chance to get out of the house without having to be do a lot of walking around but he said he wasn't sure he was even up to the ride. He said he would probably be okay here if I wanted to go get it done, but I'm not sure if I will or not. It might be a good trial run to see how he does on his own for a few hours because I would like to go back to work soon at least for some half days. Well I guess it is about time to hook up his IV for the night so I better get off the computer for now. Have a great weekend everyone!

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