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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve
Can¡'t believe Christmas is here so SOON! I have never been so behind¨ before but life got in the way. The cumaden and my INR got out of balance and I made the mistake of blowing my nose one evening. When after a couple of hours and a glorious mess I couldn't get it to stop I had to call 911. Had a nosebleed 15 years ago almost as bad (that from med I was given too) so it was a little scary. To make a long story short, since last Thursday I have had 4 ambulance rides , four visits to the ER and two nights in the hospital. Every time they cauterized the nostril, then packed it, (and that was not not not fun) it didn¡¦t work and the bloody faucet was running again. Only today have I gotten the blood out from under my nails.!!!!! The last torture session yesterday has worked so far. Needless to say, I am just a little nervous and have failed to wrap my sister¦s gifts or write the cards I had out to send. But I have a good excuse, right??
Starting Meals on Wheels next week. I'm glad. I have reached the point of not having the energy to carry through the cooking plans (I do love cooking) I used to and find first the delay in using ingredients I have ready to use sometimes spoil and second, that even if I have food prepared I often dom't bother and that¡¦s not good for me. I am simply not hungry so skip meals. If I have food put in front of me, I'll remember to eat, save the money lost on spoilage and perhaps have more energy! They say good nourishment is necessary for activity and alertness !!! (ƒº))
I¡¦m really lucky to be living in Amherst just one block over the line into Amherst, for lots of reasons but in this case because the Meals on Wheels comes from the University of Massachusetts kitchen and is outstanding.
I know I¡¦m 80 but really hadn¡¦t recognized the changes and the alterations that had to be made in my life. I have friends who are watched over (more than they like sometimes) by family and they envy my independence - but I think they are more fortunate than they know. Thinking things through and being aware of life changes that have to be made by myself isn¡¦t always easy. My sister is 75 and in poor health and lives a couple of hour away by car. She helps me talk things out when we have our frequent phone calls.
Happily she will be here for the day tomorrow ¡V weather permitting ¡V and she won¡¦t mind that her gifts aren¡¦t wrapped!
So ¡V even though I won¡¦t be doing (or directing my HHA) much cooking, I know I¡¦ll still be able to read and enjoy new recipes and new methods. Will try to keep up the blog especially with stuff I find about low sodium, but with the knowledge that I don¡¦t HAVE to prepare food ¡V even those recipes I¡¦m anxious to try, actually is a bit of a relief.
Sorry to have neglected this blog for so long but know you will understand now you have a peek into my present life situation. Like very much hearing about all the happy news on the forum and know I¡¦m wishing all good things for you and the other great women I have ¡§met¡¨ there. If I were asked for advice for those in the advanced years, I would have to share what I have learned. . .that God knows what He is doing and it is for me to accept gratefully all the good things I¡¦m given ¡V I read the other day that pain can be alleviated if we shift our thoughts to one of the joyous memories we have, Tried it ¡V works for me ¡Valthough it really didn¡¦t help the ¡§pain¡¨ in my nose !!! (ƒº))
Take good care ¡V do all the good stuff to keep yourselves well and have a lovely holiday.

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  • ROBEC4175
    Meri, I hope you had a nice visit with your sister and are feeling better today. Merry Christmas to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1580 days ago
  • GOLD11042
    I'm so sorry about your nose bleeds. My mom use to get them and we would make the mad dash to the hospital. No fun, huh? Have a Merry Christmas and I don't think your sister will care about her gift not being wrapped. Just enjoy the day and your company.
    1581 days ago
    Wishing you & your sister a Merry Christmas. I hope your nose behaves. No more ambulance rides for you.
    If you will be starting meals on wheels & should be restricting your sodium intake, be sure to tell them you need the lowest sodium choices.
    Thanks for sharing your story.
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