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4/23/18 10:01 A

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Mom sent an email Saturday night saying that someone had called her to tell her about some kind of installation. She was panicked, yet when I checked her incoming call log online, no one called at all. She hallucinated the whole thing. My nephew and I were going to take the box of shelves out to her place yesterday, but he had friends drop by and begged off. We'll try again Thursday morning, and it has to be done then because the handyman will install them Thursday afternoon.

Onward!

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4/23/18 8:17 A

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We are back in a rainy pattern - going from drought conditions to too much rain is weird. It rained all day yesterday and will probably rain most of today. Our pool is open and we are probably going to have to let water out.

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4/21/18 5:17 P

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Oh goodness, sounds like you've got a lot going on with your mom right now Nell. So sorry.

Things here today - did an eight mile run in the morning and spending the rest of the day with hubby. We went for a three mile walk earlier. It's great weather and we needed this time together.

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4/20/18 7:13 P

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Ah mothers.

I got Mom's bar installed, but the job is going to be much bigger than I thought. The installer and I made her show us how she takes her shower, and she is using the glass doors as primary support. She squeezes them together to climb in, you can see the glass flex. It's a tragedy waiting to happen. So I'm going to have to replace another towel bar, get rid of the glass doors and install a shower curtain rod and curtain, then have a support pole installed in front of the center of the shower. Those poles are expensive! Her ceiling is so high it will cost $680.

One of her neighbors stopped me to ask if I knew how badly her mind has failed. It seems Mom has been telling people she lived next door to Joe Biden (no), that she worked for the governor of Delaware (no), that she worked for the DuPont company reporting to the owner (double no). She was fired from every job she ever had.

It's all very frustrating and very sad.

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4/20/18 2:10 P

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I am back from Michigan, not sure if I will be going back up or not. My mom has a long recovery ahead but she and my dad both felt that I had done everything that I could up to this point, and I had been away from home pretty much four weekends in a row and I need to spend time with my hubby. So I am here. My mom has more surgery in about a week and a half, minor but still...she wants to go home of course, and that is the goal, just need to get her more mobile at this point. I just hated to leave her.

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4/19/18 3:29 P

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I took Mom to her annual visit with the neurologist today, or rather his PA. The PA wanted to know why we weren't giving her medication to maybe improve her mental condition, but those things have side effects, we'd have to pay someone to make sure she took them, and she's 91, what's the point? They aren't very effective anyway, worth a try for younger patients, but not Mom.

I am still wrangling with Mom's community about the damn towel bar. If Mom had kept her mouth shut I wouldn't be having to agonize over this, but once they know, we're stuck with a code installation.

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4/17/18 7:13 A

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Another problem at Mom's. Seems she is using her towel bar as a grab bar, not what it was intended for. I have arranged for a new installation for next Monday. She has a caregiver there every morning at 8 to help her shower, but she forgets and showers first. It's a disaster just waiting to happen.

Haircut today. I always feel better after a trip to the hairdresser's.

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4/16/18 10:14 A

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I forgot to add that we had an ice storm yesterday...treacherous roads but at least no power outages

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4/16/18 10:14 A

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I’ve been in Michigan for a few days helping parents. Not sure how long I’ll be here. I forgot my laptop cable so am doing this on the phone. I’ll try to check in periodically.

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4/16/18 6:19 A

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40s and raining today. I had a peaceful weekend doing not much, back to running around and doing errands now. Tomorrow is the last day to send in taxes, I have a couple of amendments to my son's taxes that have to go in. He just needs to sign them.

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4/14/18 6:03 A

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It got up to 85 yesterday, same today. I feel so badly for the people getting another foot of snow.

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4/13/18 8:02 A

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Gloria, I saw on the Weather Channel that you will be getting some pretty serious storms. And more rain. Stay safe!

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4/12/18 10:03 A

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I went to Mom's because she said she wanted me to return some Estee purchases, but she had taken it all out of the boxes and couldn't find the receipt anyway. And she couldn't even remember which ones she had just bought, she has about a 10 year supply of that stuff. And she had thrown out the Olay I had gotten her the last time she did this.

Condo board meeting tonight, I am ready for bear!

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4/12/18 8:07 A

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I am working so much that I never get outside anymore. My runs are all on the treadmill lately. I need to work at finding some balance.

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4/11/18 7:49 A

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Hope you can get things straightened out with your mom Nell. I don't envy that. I have to say, despite my mother's grave health issues, she definitely has her wits together, she is thinking things through and making sound plans.

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4/11/18 7:45 A

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I have to go out to Mom's this afternoon. I have a condo board meeting tomorrow night, so much to do, but I have to deal with this now before she doesn't something else really stupid.

Nell
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4/10/18 9:16 A

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There are both asphalt and dirt trails. Reston is a planned community with emphasis (and association dues) for upkeep. We have a nature center, protected woods, pools and tennis, and LOTS of trails honeycombed through the whole place. It's the main reason people live here. They don't run races on Saturday so the won't negatively impact stores and restaurants, but they have no compunction about making church attendance difficult if not impossible. There are some churches here that are well attended, with thousands of worshipers every Sunday. My ex husband lives on one of the streets that was locked in. They couldn't get out until after 11 for any reason.

I just found out that Mom had taken a bus on Friday to Lord and Taylor and bought another $500 worth of cosmetics. She has about a 10 year supply now, but forgets and keeps buying more. She can't afford that. I can't afford that, I'm more of an Avon buyer, and I have more money than she does. Arrrgh!!

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4/10/18 7:47 A

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When you say foot trails, do you mean dirt trails or asphalt trails? There is a big difference in road running and trail running and to be a certified course, often roads are easier to measure by those limited places who do that. Plus, sometimes fitting thousands of people on a trail isn't feasible. Some of the road races we have here, it is barely practical to fit that many people on some of the bigger streets, too crowded.

I am so exhausted that I feel asleep at least once during my dental work and barely could stay awake the rest of the time - and this was major work, not some walk in the park cleaning. I probably need a day off but don't see one coming up anytime soon.

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4/9/18 11:38 A

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I have a dental appointment today, too. The dentist office called yesterday (Sunday) to ask if I could come in today instead of next Thursday. That's fine, just a little tight on time.

I am tired of going out in my winter coat, but it will be in the 70s by the weekend.

Getting home from church yesterday was a nightmare. There was a running race that closed some roads, and no one could get out or get into the parking lot. There are about 2000 cars there every Sunday, spread out over 4 services. We had to wait 6 minutes just to get out, and we were the first car in a very long line, that kept cars from getting in. One neighborhood was totally locked in, no coming or going until all the racers had passed, about 2 hours. This is why I hate foot races. And no advance notice except for those involved in the race. I'd have gone to church Saturday night if I'd known. We have a million foot trails around here, well maintained, why didn't they use those?

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4/9/18 8:47 A

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Very cold race on Saturday, the wind was ridiculous. I had a fun time though. It snowed on our way home but it's been too warm for it to stick on the roads and it is supposed to be 80 later this week. Work was a nightmare last week, hoping it's better this week. Dental appointment today.

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4/6/18 8:20 A

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No coffee even? Usually they don't care if you drink coffee! I wonder if that is because of the caffeine?

We leave for our half marathon after work today. I am packed and stuff is already in the car. It's going to be raining tonight, cold and frozen tomorrow. I brought rain gear and warmer clothes just in case.

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4/6/18 6:41 A

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I have to leave in an hour to get blood drawn, and they told me not to even drink black coffee. This is hard!



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4/5/18 8:22 A

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It's going to be another long day at the office but I ran this morning so at least that is done. It is really cold this morning and they are predicting snow here too. I have a half marathon on Saturday but it is out of town and I don't think it will snow where I will be.

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4/4/18 10:26 A

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It's going to be warm here today, but windy, then the cold returns, possibly some snow on Saturday. It would be odd to see snow on the cherry blossoms.

No one showed up at Cracker Barrel last night, so hubby and I just ate and left. Maybe next month.

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4/4/18 7:57 A

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Another long day at the office yesterday and then despite leaving so late traffic was still terrible! Went to the gym this morning and did boot camp class. I would love to run tonight but we will see...depends on work of course.

It is soooo cold here, and we might get snow this weekend. Typical high temperature for us now is around 70 degrees so this is very unusual.

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4/3/18 7:44 A

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Worked 11 hours yesterday with no breaks. Managed to get a walk in with hubby last night, and three miles running on the treadmill this morning. This work schedule is exhausting.

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I got my Monday errands run yesterday. This morning the cleaners will be here while hubby eats breakfast out, then I can run more errands. Tonight is our monthly motorcycle meeting at Cracker Barrel.

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4/2/18 9:26 A

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Good morning. The food at the buffet at Mom's place yesterday was execrable. And $23 per person. I ate about $3 worth of food, couldn't bear to touch the rest. That is so disappointing, last year was so good.

Back to normal to day.

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Good morning, I've been AWOL. Was supposed to be off work Thursday but worked most of the day, was out of town Friday - left at 7 am but had to work before that. Did a half marathon in Indiana Saturday and didn't get home until around 8:30 pm Saturday night, and then had to work all day yesterday. Needless to say, I am exhausted. But back to work I go. I know it is going to be a long day so I got my run in on the treadmill early this morning.

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4/1/18 6:54 A

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Have a fabulous Easter Sunday!

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3/31/18 7:57 A

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It was below freezing again when I went down to get the papers. We had one gloriously warm day on Thursday, though.

My sister and her husband will be here this afternoon, so I need to run the vacuum in the whole house. I haven't done that since I hired cleaners over two years ago. They were going to stay over until Monday, but just let me know they'll be leaving tomorrow after brunch to beat the traffic. They forgot how bad rush hour traffic is around here.

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3/30/18 8:00 A

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How wonderful it was yesterday to go out without a coat! I have a million errands to run today in preparation for Easter weekend.

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3/29/18 6:27 A

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I think I got my credit card straightened out, had to change a bunch of auto charges to my husband's card.

It supposed to go up to 70 today! Most of March has been in the 30s and 40s, today will be the first day it will top 60, I am so ready!!

Busy day ahead with church tonight.

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I woke up this morning to a stolen credit card alert. It's the card that I just updated the expiration date on, now I am having to go through all of the updates again.

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3/28/18 7:59 A

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Got my strength training in at the morning boot camp, went with my friend. She is really helping me stay accountable - between that, yoga and running, I feel good about my workouts. Ran last night on the treadmill, just three easy miles.

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3/27/18 10:22 A

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My mom's decision to go to the hospital was very well planned and deliberate. She made sure she had everything in order before she went. She has a blood clot as well. But both she and my father seem to be in good spirits and very positive.

I am back to work today...and tomorrow. I was so tired this morning that I got up about 20 minutes late. There is a multiplier effect here in that traffic is so much worse in just a few minutes that it made me 30 minutes late - so I either work through lunch or stay late. Staying late will also involve worse traffic.

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That's tough, Gloria. The problem with aging parents is that it won't get better, and they won't listen to you. I begged my father not to have that awful surgery back in 2000, but Mom insisted, and it killed him in the most brutal way imaginable. It was their choice, Dad's intelligence had failed, and Mom was always stupid. All we could do was watch. And pray. Now Mom has dementia, and once again, it's all up to her, even though she has no sense and no ability to learn. All we can do is watch and pray, and hope her death is natural rather than an accident. It's so hard. And one day it will be us providing our kids with the agony of watching us age.

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My mom has been sick for I don't know how long...two or three weeks? I've been in a panic and stressed for a while. She is disabled but could at least manage to care for herself around the house. However, suddenly she couldn't walk at all but didn't want to go to the hospital. Finally she got to the point where she had to go, she made the decision herself and they are treating an infection. Also she had minor surgery last night, and probably has a fractured hip. They will treat the infection and then she will go to rehab. Physical therapist already has her up and walking a few steps, she is able to eat some food now and is finally able to get some rest. Talked to my dad this morning, he seems to be in good spirits and I've texted with her and will call her soon. I am feeling a bit relieved at this point - still some worries but not as much now.

I'm off today, husband is working from home. We went out for lunch and to the pool store. Pool will be opened April 20th, later than I like but with the weather the way it has been, there is no point in doing it earlier. I've been doing some organizing and stuff around the house, just being a bit indulgent, had some dessert and a chai latte, not something I would typically do but I just ran a lot of miles and it's my birthday week so I am going to enjoy it. I work tomorrow and Wednesday and I am off Thursday and Friday. I've got another race out of town on Saturday and we have to come home that day because we need to be home for Easter.

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Busy week this week. The cleaners don't come until next week, but I have my sister and her husband coming this weekend for Easter, so I'll have to clean the whole thing myself, not just the usual between cleaner touchups.

Lots of errands this week. I need to buy shoes, I wish it would warm up enough that I can give up the heavy socks to make it easier to buy shoes.

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I couldn't go without sleep anymore. I was even bad at all nighters in college. What is your mom getting done in the hospital?

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Got home from the relay yesterday evening, very exhausting, about 38 hours or so with no sleep is rough! But it was fun, I really enjoyed it this year (my fourth time). Weather held our for us, just a little rain. Then company from out of town, just passing through so we met and had coffee and visited for a couple of hours. This is a classmate from elementary school, hadn't seen her in 35 years and it was a nice visit. Got some rest, doing the usual Sunday stuff today but mom is going in hospital today so I am fretting.

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Yep, Phil sure got it wrong this year. Fortunately the snow is melting quickly, not real warm but lots of sun.

Lots of errands today. My oldest son doesn't have a checking account (they are too expensive for people without a lot of money) so he'll head to Walmart to cash his tax refund check. Non banking companies aren't allowed to run banks in this country, but they can provide cash checking and money card services. They are turning out to be the financial services savior for the unbanked.

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What a cruel trick, Mother Nature. Barista at Starbucks this morning told me he's angry at Puxatawny Phil, hahaha. Was supposed to be on vacation today but had to come to the office anyway. Rode with husband, will work half a day and then go to chiropractor. We leave bright and early for our relay tomorrow - should take us about 36 hours to do 200 miles.

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Schools are out again today. I got the driveway cleared yesterday. Hubby used the snowblower, I shoveled the edges and moved the mountain left by the plow at the bottom of the driveway.

I will get out to run errands today.

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It's 30 degrees and snowing now. Everything is closed, schools, government, everything. School kids are celebrating, the rest of us, not so much. Mom will freak out when she finds out the bus to the grocery store won't run today.

Oh well. Today will be a good day to try to get the new credit card updates done. I hate that job, keep putting it off.

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Happy spring and happy new year to those who celebrate - Nell, I am thinking maybe you have some family who does, is that right? Anyway, so much for spring, winter is here with a vengeance I see. We got hardly any snow but it's cold and windy.

I got my treadmill run in before work again, didn't even set the clock, just woke up. I don't really intend for that to be a habit but it is nice to have it out of the way - however, I do still think I might go do the group run this evening.



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We were supposed to have severe storms yesterday, they closed schools early because they didn't want kids on the buses during the worst of it. Tornadoes were expected, and hail, etc. We got nothing more than a little wind and some lightning. Glad it wasn't severe but they sure hyped it up a lot for nothing.

Hope the snow isn't too much Nell. Snow isn't my thing. Don't like it at all.

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Every time I check the weather update, the snow predictions get deeper.

Cleaners this morning, at least that will get done before the snow starts.

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We are looking at snow tonight, tomorrow night, and possibly Saturday. I am so tired of winter! The grocery store will be mobbed today, as it is whenever bad weather threatens.

I have a credit card expiring next month, I got the new ones in the mail. There are 11 automatic charges I have to update, I hate doing that. It's never as easy as updating on a website for some reason. I only go to some of these websites when I have to change my credit card info, and either I have forgotten the password, or they have changed their security protocols and insist that I change it. At least it's just the expiration date and code, not a whole new number like after the Target and Home Depot breaches.

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Got to my boot camp this morning...my friend is really helping me with accountability, not sure if I would make it there so early in the morning if she wasn't going. She had twins 18 months ago and is just getting back into it.

Kind of thought I might be in Michigan right now but here I am at work. It will be a busy week because I have the 200 mile relay this coming weekend.

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This morning in church I got a call from Mom's weekend caregiver. Seems she got there at 8, the usual, ready to help Mom with her shower and make sure she dressed properly, and Mom told her she was fine, she didn't need any help, and she was fired. They got her calmed down, but I doubt Mom let anyone help her shower. Other than that it's been a peaceful day.

I know the worry about aging parents, Gloria. Mom is 25 minutes from me, but my MIL was 3 states away in Arkansas. That was before cell phones or the internet, so contact could be a problem. She had a whole church full of old friends to help her to the end, Mom has no one but family. No one else was ever good enough for her.

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DH was feeling sick yesterday, not sure if it was bad food or maybe a diabetic issue, thankfully he is better today. I got a late start and now feel kind of frantic. At least I got my run in early and I have yoga this evening.

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Talked to my mom for a couple of hours yesterday, she insists she is getting better and I guess I just need to trust her and trust that my dad and sister are taking care of things. I'm still worried though.

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Mom's caregiver called yesterday, and sure enough, she had forgotten the instructions. I had written them down, but she moved the instructions someplace she couldn't find. And she thinks her computer is broken again, she keeps forgetting how to send mail and of course, it's the computer's problem.

Cleaning and errands today. It still looks like a big storm mid-week.

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I actually went to bed early and slept in late. Already did the a couple of miles on the treadmill. I am working from home today. Might call my mom. I need to figure out what is going on up there and see if I need to go up there. She isn't being very forthcoming and I am worried. Haven't talked to my dad yet either and I think he might have appointments today so not sure if I can reach him either.

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I gave Mom her antibiotic mouthwash, but I'm afraid she won't remember to use it. She forgets anything that isn't part of her engrained routine. I've been out there once or twice every day for the last week, I can't keep that up.

Today I intend to enjoy running my own errands on my own time. I wish I hadn't come awake at 2:30, it makes for a very long day.

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Glad the dental work went well! My great grandmother who lived to be 108, she got to a point where she refused to take care of her teeth....said at her age it didn't matter. I guess she was right.

Traffic today was nasty.

Hahaha, someone just pointed out to me it is the Ides of March! Got a good laugh out of me.

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Mom had her tooth pulled, the dentist said it was a simple job. The tooth came out in two perfect halves, so it's good to get it out. I have to pick up her antibiotic mouthwash from the pharmacy, drive it out to her and show her how to use it, then come back here to meet my son briefly, then back out west for my hair appointment. It will be a busy day, fortunately none of it in rush hour.

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The dentist had an opening tonight at 6, right in the middle of our dreadful rush hour traffic. It will take an hour to get her there, and I'll be stuck for the hour the job will take. I have to run out there by 10 this morning to get her shower chair to her, she'll be at the grocery store and won't be around to give me grief. Today will be All Mom All The Time.

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It was so cold and windy here yesterday and probably will be today as well. Nell, my parents aren't older like your mom but they are not in great health at all, in fact, they are in terrible health, and so that is an ongoing concern and very worrying to me. I can only imagine how difficult it is for you with your mom's dementia and how to deal with her.

Had my stampin' group last night, the cards we made were okay, one in particular I love. One of the others I really like and the third one is okay. Got home kind of early. Had dinner with my friend before that, so nice evening. I didn't run at lunch time yesterday because I forgot to bring long running pants but I did walk.




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Mom needs to have a molar pulled. They didn't have an appointment available for another 4 weeks, they'll try to free up an hour sooner than that. I can't tell her about it until I have a date and time, and even then I won't be able to tell her what will happen until we get there. She has nothing in her life so frets about the tiniest things.

This morning I head over to the condo lawyer to go over proposed bylaw amendments. It's a big job, but my work begins when the lawyer is finished.

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The snow will thankfully be passing us by, cold but nothing to inhibit travel.

I'm trying to get Mom's new shower routine settled. I have to take Mom to the dentist this afternoon, then go back to her community while she is in the dentist chair, to give them the showerhead for installation. If I left it in her unit, Mom would throw it out, she does NOT want help of any kind. On Wednesday I'll take the shower chair I used for my husband after his strokes. Mom has a caregiver every morning for an hour, though she has never had anything to do except make sure Mom is wearing socks.

Off to the grocery store so I can eat lunch before dealing with Mom.

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Snow again this morning and I assure you that it isn't that cold so it is melting as it hits the ground but there were a lot of accidents and I was much later for work than I expected to be. I think people must be driving too fast.

I had a good weekend, lots of things accomplished and ran eight miles Saturday, four miles yesterday, yoga yesterday and boot camp this morning. This evening I've got my card making group. I started with a new group in February, it is going very well.

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It's very cold here today. I got up at 4 am and ran on the treadmill. I think I am having a full blown flare up of colitis, though I guess it could be an intestinal infection. I should probably try to get in to the gastro doctor soon.

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The condo board meeting last night was long but productive. No one was angry, we got a lot done.

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It's sunny here, but cold. We all have power, everyone is warm, we'll live.

I got my new washer and dryer installed yesterday. They didn't fit the old drawer units, so they are low again. At least it's easier to reach the laundry chute again.

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Got snow overnight, totally unexpected and though the roads looked dry, the black ice made it a crazy commute. I saw many accidents. It will be melted and gone within an hour or two.

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