Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Well I am ready for work. Bright eyed and bushy tailed....not. Tired.....yes.
My calories for today have been 1475. Pretty good. I am drinking water even. It is easy to get the water in in the summer but I have a hard time in the winter. I want coffee.
I got some replies about my MIL's stove. Isn't it cool.
I emailed a company that restores them and makes a lot of money for them. I would love to see someone else get 50+ years out of it. I also had some interest on the furs. So we are moving right along.
I never knew my MIL had furs. They were buried in the back of the closet. There isn't much call for fur coats these years. Too politically incorrect. I have never been too PC though. It just gets to be a money making cause for so many. Money for their pockets and not a real issue. I would never condone killing animals just to wear their fur though. Seems rather silly when there is other things you can wear. Most of these animals are so beautiful and no one has ever looked as lovely in their coats as they did. However, these are what they are and I do need to sell them.
It is 10 degrees outside. Burrrrr. I wish I could bury myself in my warm bed and go to sleep. This is suppose to be my day off. My body keeps telling me its my day off. My finger is also going to cause me problems it seems. It is starting to swell and looks infected. Darn thing. I just can't get the rest of the wood out. Hopefully my body will push it out soon. You should see the way I am typing. 2 fingers stuck up in the air. Prissy me, LOL.
Well, I have wasted enough time. Time to get ready to go. Sleep tight all.
We had some very pretty winter weather yesterday. It was just like all the trees were flocked. Every fence was lined, every tree branch, light pole. Really pretty. Wish I had had the time to drive around and get some really good shots but this gives you an idea.
Yesterday we worked at my MIL's house all day. I had a man from the college who puts on plays and does the costumes come and look through my MIL's clothes. They love all time periods for the plays they put out. It is wonderful to know that his next play, Godspell, is going to have a couple of items of my MIL's in it. Next I will contact the local costume supply house. They rent out costumes for Halloween and other things and buy used clothes. Yes, your 80 clothes are wanted as are your 60's 70's and such. Some of the items I will sell in my shop. These wonderful silk pajama's from Japan brought over by relatives stationed there pre occupation. A couple of fur coats. Anything that is left after that is getting donated to the women's shelter and aide center.
We also shredded a ton of paperwork. Identity thief's are stealing your medical record id these days so any old medical bills should be shredded along with any bank records etc.... I also was checking out her old oak table and some others furniture. Being the very unlucky type person I seem to be these days I got a huge sliver under my nail that went halfway down. The wood is soft so it was near impossible to get out. I ended up cutting my nail open to the sliver as much as I could stand ( hurt really bad) and Rick pulled it out. There is still some there and it hurts like a dickens. I am soaking it in Epsom salts. My poor hands. My other finger remains swollen and painful and now this is on my other hand. What a klutz I am.
Today I am finishing the thank you cards and I work tonight at 11. It will be a very long day. And I am watching what I eat.
Weighed in today - 2.5 pounds. If you have been reading my journal you know I don't really diet but I do count calories and watch what type of food I eat. I fudged a little yesterday but stayed under 2000 calories. I keep track of the food I eat on Slimfast.com which is a great site. It keeps track of the calories, and nutritional value of foods and you try and stay in the range. I have it set to 1500 calories. I am behind on my water again but will make up for it today as I am off work until tonight. I am on my way again. Still haven't hit the gym but with my knee acting up I had better wait a few days until it calms down. That darn treadmill just kills my knees.
So that is my day. I feel like we are making progress, but we have a long way to go. BIL is still squatting at the house and doing nothing but messing it up. I did bring up him moving yesterday. They turned off the cable and the phone is next. We need to make him uncomfortable at the house.
Have a great Happy New Years everyone.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Good Morning J-landers. Hope it is warmer and sunnier where ever you are.
Iowa is in its usual mood. Cold and gloomy. Shedding its icy tears in soft flakes of snow and frost. Pretty in its icy frostiness. Got to love it.
Did all my running around yesterday and was fairly productive. However didn't get everything we wanted done because that *)@+@$#^@ van has another part going out. We think it is either the water pump or the heater core. AARRRGGGHHHH. That stupid old van has cost me way to much money but I can't afford to buy another one. It is still slightly cheaper to fix it, but if I had saved all the money I put into it this year I could have gotten another one. I just can't do it all at once. So back to one car again.
I did pretty good on my eating yesterday. Measured and counted every calorie. I did not drink as much water as I needed to because I had to stop at every restroom in town as it was. Bladder capacity of a gnat here. I am working on thank you cards and today we are starting to shred things plus I am going to take pictures of things to put in the shop. Should keep me busy and out of trouble for awhile.
I work tomorrow and the next day. We will be busy as it is a bad night for the heart. Young peopledrink too much and get a fast heart rate or go into A-fib. Older people drink to much and have heart attacks or have too much fluid. Poor innocent people get in the way of people who had too much to drink and get behind the wheel. Take a cab people if you go out drinking.
Well, time to get ready. I have my 3 cups of strong black coffee in me to get started. Time to get busy. Take care all and Happy New Year
Friday, December 28, 2007
I finally got up the nerve to step on the scale and see what the damage was after all these months of not watching what I eat and not exercising. Its bad. 19 pounds regained. And I feel it. In my knees especially and the way my cloths fit. I am glad I didn't gain back the entire 56 but 19 is bad enough.
I was feeling so good and fit. My aches and pains were from a good workout, not the strain on my joints. I had a terrible night sleep as my knees hurt just from my legs laying on each other. Seriously!
I do not make New Years resolutions. I do however make some goals. I am going to go to the Black hills in Sept and ride the Mickelson trail. To do that I have to be thinner and fitter. And I know exactly how to do it. After all I have done it before. Right.
So today I sip on my slimfast and mentally plan my menu for the upcoming days and my exercise goals. Rick and I both agree we felt better mentally and physically when we worked out. So as soon as we get things that need to be taken care of first done at his mom's we are going back to the gym. As soon as we can we are getting back on our bikes and riding as many miles a day as we can stand. I have 9 months to get in shape. I can do it!
Today I have a busy day planned. I have to go and pick up a extra death certificate. It has been ready for 3 days and neither of the sons ever went. They also haven't written a single thank you note or even started on the house. So I have to start on that. I want the cards out. I have to go to hospice today and give them some checks that were donated in my MIL's name and then contact the womens shelter and aide center about donating some of her clothes.
It feels really awful going through her closets.....like an invasion of her privacy. Rick says it is like we are getting rid of all traces that she was here. I have some things we kept that she made that hopefully will be reminders for him, but I told him most of her well remain in our hearts forever. The rest is just things, not her. It has been increasingly hard on him. After the numbness and exhaustion wore off then came the reality.
When she first died he had this sense of relief. She wasn't in pain anymore. The entire ordeal was over. She was so ready and waiting for it to end that that was his first emotion. Then he felt guilty about that. Now he just feels the loss. I am also at that stage. Just miss her. It will get easier though. Time, the great healer.
Well, I am not getting anything done sitting on my big behind. Take care all.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Well Santa is resting today and I hope you all are also.
We had a very quiet Christmas and a very untraditional meal. For supper we made Garlic pasta and jumbo shrimp. Yummy. Might end up being our new tradition. Rick bought me a studio light kit for taking my pictures of sale items. I have wanted one for years so I am pleased. The pictures turn out so nice, especially jewelry which is so hard to get good pictures of. I will be using it a lot in the coming months.
For him I deposited some money in my paypal account and made this poem card to give him. I thought is was kind of cute and clever,
Just a little gift for you
to use just like you wish
Please accept from me to you
This little Paypal gift
I decorated it and it was cute and showed him where I keep my debit card. He was happy as there are some parts for his bicycle he wants. I wasn't able to get out shopping and I was shocked he got me a gift. I had thought we weren't exchanging this year so I had to scramble.
I work tonight and then I work extra next Sunday and Monday for the holiday. Yah, holiday pay. I am finally feeling better also but now Rick has it. This family shares everything.
Well, time to go and get ready. It snowed and is so pretty outside. Hope everyone survived their holiday intact. We had our usual ton of admits last night. Made the night just fly.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Peace on Earth, good will toward men.
Luke Chapter 2 verses 7-14
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Happy Holidays everyone.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
2 more days until Christmas. Time is flying by. I worked the last 2 nights. I had to be charge so it went fast and was good to keep my mind occupied. It is very nice to be earning some money again.
My mental and physical exhaustion was getting better until during the night. I have come down with the crud. My son had it a couple of days ago so I was expecting it and am just grateful I am off for the next couple of days so I don't have to do anything if I don't want. And I don't want.
The house is quiet. Rick is over at his mom's and my son is working. I have slept most of the day and will probably go back to bed shortly. I have a good book I am reading and am chilling so being under the covers feels best.
It is bitterly cold in Iowa today. Sounds like the entire midwest is getting slammed. Take care all.
My niece called me today. I haven't talked to her in a few years so it was nice she called. She is in California now and enjoying the lack of cold but feels you need the snow for a proper Christmas. I have to agree. But then that is what we are used to.
I don't work again until Tuesday at 11 pm. Then I have to work 2 nights and the next weekend also. It will be a weird schedule with the holidays. Some 8 hour shifts which seem to go by in the blink of an eye.
2 days ago was the winter solstice. The shortest day of the year. From now on the sun will start being out longer and longer again. That is big when you work nights. I get home and it is dark and wake up and it is dark. Sleep through all the daylight hours. So this is a wonderful day. I usually celebrate it but missed it this year. Belated Cheers.
Well, I can tell I am ready for bed. Seasons greetings all.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Today we went to the store and saw our favorite bell ringer ringing and singing away. You can't help but laugh and feel good seeing her and she always gets my money.
Both of us slept like logs last night. I feel more rested then I have in weeks.
Rick went to the doctors today. They are going on the assumption the high BP is due to his mother so will have in come in every couple of weeks for a BP check to see if it stays high. The doc doesn't realize that for this family the stress is far from over but thats OK.
Rick and I are going to start back at the gym next week. Exercise makes everything better, once you get over the soreness from starting to exercise again, LOL.
Rick and BIL are going to see the lawyer tomorrow. BIL is finally starting to get the hint that he had better find a new place to squat.
We have gotten so many cards and beautiful well wishes from everyone. Each is appreciated. Once again I can't say thanks enough.
I go back to work tomorrow and I finished and passed another test I needed today. I guess I am competent to work another year.
We have fallen into a bad habit. I have only cooked one meal since my MIL died. I was just so exhausted. I couldn't think of anything to cook or get the energy to actually do. Time to just sit there and let someone else do the cooking. Fortunately for us I won 2000 on this game. It is a nickel machine that you can use the tickets for drinks and meals. We have gotten 4 meals out of those tickets. I rarely play the machine so I think my MIL had a hand in it. Thanks Mom.
I put out a couple of Christmas items. No tree but a few items. I really do love Christmas. Tonight Rick and I are going to drive around and look at the lights. We do it every year.
Next week I start going through my MIL's things. Dread. Time to get the clothes packed up. I am selling something of the very old clothes in my shop along with some of the antiques and nicer items. We are donating most of the clothes to the battered womens shelter. And our shredder is going to be going to town. She has some very old greeting cards from the 1800's and early 1900's I will probably sell. Most will sell in auction. We are starting to get past the numb stage to the planning and acceptance stage. The sooner we get all this done, the sooner BIL is gone. Motivation.
Have a great weekend all.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Death is nothing at all. I have slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the same easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed, at the the little jokes we enjoyed together. Pray, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be the household word that is always was. Let it be spoken without effect, without trace of shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant, it is the same as it ever was, there is an unbroken continuity. What is death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you for an interval, somewhere very near, just the corner.
All is well.
-Canon Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)
Isn't that just lovely! I would have included it in the sermon if I had it sooner. Everything went smoothly today. We had plenty of food and all the left overs we donated to the Gospel mission. My men looked so handsome in their suits. I have one more day to rest and then back to work. It will be good.
I am up early. The service is at 11:30 but we have to be there at 11. My youngest son bought a suit! Since I usually only ever see him dressed like he is there, in bicycle clothes or his work clothes it is quite strange. He looks good though. I bought new shoes but otherwise have a nice outfit to wear. I am so looking forward to this being over. We are not putting the ashes in the ground until the spring time. I am not happy about that. We did that with my FIL but his ashes stayed at their home and it seemed right. I don't want to leave hers there while the house is slowly emptied. My BIL thinks it will be a good excuse to stay around until spring that way. I just don't want to drag this next part on and on. Rick feels the same way. We want closure. So we shall see. We may have a private graveside service soon.
We have been eating out almost everyday. With Rick at his moms and me here it just doesn't seen like we have settled yet. I haven't the energy to cook and still think of everything that needs to be done. Apathy has set in. Maybe I am storing up the energy for what is coming next. We are getting glimpses of how difficult my BIL is going to be. He is so contrary. We say white he says black to every single thing. He won't eat what I cook, I am not hungry then 2 minutes later is out there cooking. It will be a battle.
I am worried sick about Rick. He had a episode the other day where he almost passed out and his arms were jerking. His blood pressure was 189/112. I called the doctor to see about increasing the blood pressure med he is on but they never called back. I am going to make him an appointment today. He needs to be seen. Darn man needs to take care of himself. He holds everything in and it is doing a number on him.
I have all my Christmas shopping done in record time. Still not a single decoration up,but I am OK with that. We have been enjoying other peoples lights.
Well I had better pop in the shower. I want to get it done before anyone else wakes up.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Its a danish sausage and wonderful. Last night we were talking that if we didn't make them this year it would be the first time in either of the son's life they didn't have them for Christmas. So we are going to make a batch we think. It will be hard enough this year.
Yesterday we went to the funeral home and made the service arrangements. My MIL had her funeral all arranged and prepaid so it really made the difficult task easy. The Pastor came and helped.
I remember when my MIL did it. Shortly after she was diagnosed she insisted on getting her house in order. TODAY. When she got something in her head you would not stop hearing about it until it was done. I am sure grateful for it now. Today we are picking out one of her quilts to display at the service and some pictures.
We have been talking over the last fewmonths. My MIL's last meal she requested and ate was pickled Herring. Yuk! But she enjoyed it. When she was talking out of her head earlier this week, dreaming and talking away she mentioned she had her best outfit ready. Is she wearing it now? For her welcome home party.
I have been home and Rick is still staying there for awhile. Yesterday I went over and already the house seems so strange. I have spent every holiday there for the last 34 years. Most of my childrens birthdays parties were spent there. I look at the dining room table and remember the thousands of card game we played there. Millions of memories in that house. When the house is gone it will be the worse.
We are keeping the house until the spring. That way we can slowly go through everything and throw, sale or donate things until the auction in the spring. She never threw anything away so it will take us months.
I want to express my gratitude for the prayers and warm wishes everyone has sent. It has meant so much. This has been such a long roller coaster of a ride we are just numb and not thinking much right now. I am so happy I am off work. Anyway.....J-land is a warm and caring place. Thank you all.
Friday, December 14, 2007
My mother in law quietly slipped away in her sleep. In peace. Pain free.
The phone rang at the far end of the meeting room. My heart sank and I knew the call would be for me. My legs were shaking as I walked to the phone and even expecting it I couldn't stop my tears. At 0950 this morning my dear MIL finished her journey to the other side.
Rick had just given her medication for pain. She was restless. He held her hand until she calmed and started in to get coffee. At the kitchen door he heard her last breath and turned back. The hospice nurses were on the porch ready to come in when she took her last breath. It was so calm and that terrible noise was gone from her throat.
Now we are numb. Grateful that everything she wanted had happened. She wanted to slip away in her sleep like my FIL had done. She wanted to be at home. She didn't want to have pain. The pain was well controlled with the medication and she was in her home with her kitty laying beside her.
The dog and the cat knew she was gone. The cat refused to leave her bed until they came for her body. Then she disappeared for hours. Zoey laid her head on Ricks lap and whined.
I am home. No reason to stay there. Rick is still at his moms. Can't leave BIL alone there and Rick knows it is better for me here. BIL has no reason to be restrained now. So it ends. 86 years......ends.
We are such
stuff as dreams are made on ...
The Tempest, III, iv
Our revels are now ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air;
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded in a sleep.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I downloaded AOL at my MIL's so I can be on-line occasionally. I called in to work tonight. Things are not going well and I needed to be here. Emotionally and to help. We are now having trouble controlling the pain tonight so I am the best at not being afraid to medicate her as much as she needs. Also she just is limp so moving her takes both of us. She is very restless so I am awake while Rick sleeps. It is best 2 do shifts. Now with my computer I can keep busy as TV just doesn't interest me much. Too many commercials which just drive me nuts. It is a wonder I haven't thrown something through the screen. It is worse then when I gave up TV 7 years ago.
Anyway, not much to say but wanted to let you know. I can get on the computer at night when I am sure no one will call. I am spoiled by cable. I had forgotten how slow dial up is.
I love the graphic Donna made above, so sweet.
I finally made it home for a few hours to catch up on some things. Yes, my MIL is still hanging in there. Unfortunately she finally started having pain so now is on scheduled morphine. It is keeping her comfortable, but she is rarely awake. I do not know how she keeps hanging in there as she isn't eating or drinking often and her kidneys are barely working. I am back to work so it is hard on my husband. It really takes 2 to move her. I have 2 more nights to work and then a class on Friday. Then off again to be more help.
BIL is here, but isn't much help. He set up the basement to look like a living space and is down there or at the bar. We are keeping a truce except for when he smokes in the house. Saving our battle for later. My back is really bad today and my finger is still swollen and very painful. We are all falling apart, LOL.
Lots of snow and ice here as there is around the country. So much for the farmers almanac saying we are having a mild winter. It is really pretty though and since I finally got the van fixed I don't mind driving in it.
My DIL was in an accident and got hit by a garbage truck. It totaled their car and she has a concussion and aches all over. If the children had been in the back seat it would have been tragic. So it could have been worse.
Christmas will soon be here and I haven't got a thing done. Not a decoration, not a single present, nada nothing. I had better at least send my son some money to get my grandkids something. Everyone else realizes I just haven't got it to spare, but I do want to get them something.
I haven't got my alerts on but hope to get around to some journals and slowly get caught up on everyone. Merry Christmas all and Happy New Year. Sorry my entries have been so dreary lately, I know you all understand.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
My finger and really hand remains purple and sore. I really did a number on it. Pretty bruising. It looks like I slugged someone. I might have to as it turns out my BIL is on his way back. I am sick about it but can't do anything about it. Now the battle to keep him from squatting in the house will begin. It won't be real comfortable for him as when my MIL is gone we are not keeping the phone or TV going. We won't be able to have the sale now until Spring but plan on keeping only the minimal things going. We want to donate the fridge and freezer since it was donated to her.
We had an ice storm last night so I have to get back before the temp drops and everything freezes again. Take care all and stay warm.
Friday, November 30, 2007
The cold weather has arrived. It finally feels better to me at my MIL's.
How is everything going? Things are getting close for my MIL. Her kidneys are failing and she is confused at times. We are not able to walk her as much so we have a commode by the bed. She has a large tumor on her side that has doubled in size in a week. With its growth her pain has gotten worse so we have her on morphine now which is helping. The only thing she hasn't lost is her appetite but she doesn't want anything nutritious. Potato chips, chocolate, lemon muffins, popcorn she chows down. Home made black bean soup with ham, chicken and noodles homemade, no way, give me the chocolate. Woman after my own heart. If I knew I was dying it would be bring on the cheesecake and did you say chocolate? Yummy.
We haven't heard from the BIL in over a month but apparently he called the social worker yesterday. She is going to call him today and then call us. He probably wants to just see if she has died and if he has anymore money coming. He has probably gone through the money he got the first time. Sadly my MIL wants to call him tonight. No matter what he does to her she still, even nows worries about him. She can't believe he hasn't called. She doesn't know he called the social worker yet. We are waiting to see what he wants first.
So Tuesday I was grabbing the dog as she was being rowdy. My ring hooked on her collar and something popped in my finger. Immediately I knew it was going to be bad. It swelled up so fast I couldn't get the ring off. I soaked it in ice water and elevated it all night. We couldn't go to the hospital because I can't leave my MIL alone and didn't think I could drive as my hand hurt so much. So the next day a volunteer sat with her and we went up. My finger was so swollen I felt like it would pop. Pain, well you can imagine. The pressure was unreal. They cut my ring off as there was no way it was coming off and my finger was being strangled. The finger or the ring.....bye ring. My favorite one also but fortunately not expensive. It wasn't broken thank goodness and they also did a chest X ray since my ribs are still hurting. No pneumonia, just pleurisy. Then to top it off the dog dumped very hot coffee on my lap and I have a 2nd degree burn on my leg. Poor Rick, not much help with the lifting as I was. My back is out also. I am giving moral support and cooking. Pretty good cooking if I must admit also. The black bean soup was excellent even if my MIL didn't like we both were most impressed with me. I may learn how to do this yet.
So things are going just peachy, LOL. I put my shop on vacation mode. It is just to hard to get here to check the computer. I might lose some sells but so be it. My heart just isn't into it much right now anyway.
My MIL is at peace with whats coming. She just hopes it hurries up as she is tired. It has been a long road for us all.
Last but not least. Ricks doc was so happy with how he turned out and he got off the heart med he hated. Happy happy joy joy. Now to work on his blood pressure and get him off that med and he will be a new man. I think that will be down the road though.
Take care all. I miss everyone and reading the journals. I might download the AOL on my laptop and use it at my MIL's. It would be dial up which I am so spoiled but that is better then nothing. I have been reading some good books though. Ta.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I have been having huge back issues from sleeping in a different bed. I can barely move when I first get up. That makes it difficult. Zoey has settled in very well there but the cat will still not come out of the basement. The cat had better figure it out.
Rick goes to the Doctor for his checkup tomorrow. It will be good for him to get out. We are both getting cabin fever really really bad. I am sooooo sick of bad TV. I went to the library and got some books. I am sorry but I don't like Lawrence Welk blasting at full volume and Metlock reruns day after day. I sure miss my computer. I don't have my laptop set up for wireless. Sigh.
I am home now because I have some had some sells in my shop that I have to pack and mail. I thought about putting the shop on vacation mode but this is a good selling month for me and I hate to shut down my only income right now. And it gives me a reason to get out and about once in awhile. It is so hot there I feel like I am in a sauna the entire time. I had gotten used to having my furnace way low when it wasn't running well. She keeps hers at 78. Way to hot for me. I keep mine at 65. So I am wearing capri's and light shirts and she is wearing long underwear and sweatpants. What a pair.
Hope everyone is doing well. I will have some major catching up to do. Miss you all.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I was thinking of all I have to be thankful for today. I just want to say a Big thank you to everyone who has giving us so much support. It means so much. I have so much to be thankful for. So for starters.
1. I am thankful work gave me tonight off. No I can't afford it, but am grateful to have tomorrow with my family. Rick will be tickled I am cooking after all.
2. I am thankful I am not the type of person who can stay down for long. I just can't help. I usually am cheerful. Even when everything looks like it is going wrong I still can't stay on the low end for long.
3. I am grateful my MIL is not in pain. Her last days seen comfortable which was her goal and ours.
4. I am grateful my brother who I have not spoken to for over a year called today and my sister is doing well.
5. I am grateful Zoey is doing better.
6. I am grateful for pain free days.
7. I am grateful for my bike and the many wonderful days it has given me.
8. I am grateful to my youngest son who kissed me this morning and told me he loved me. Out of the blue. Even though he lives here we seldom see each other due to our jobs. He has always been a joy to me.
9. I am grateful to my wonderful grandchildren who I got to talk to on our web cam and make faces at. Technology is a wonderful thing. I am old enough it still amazes me.
10. I am grateful for each and everyday as they are all a blessing and not to be counted on.
11. And I am grateful for my husband. He drives me as nuts as I probably drive him and we still love each other. He has always helped me though the bad times and I hope I am helping him also.
So to everyone. Happy Thanksgiving. Its a wonderful thing.
A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray
We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing
We're slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold
But Lord, I'd like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I'm thankful for
For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head
I'm thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they'll ever possibly know
Thankful Lord, that You've blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life's greatest treasure
That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I'm ever so grateful for Your unending grace
So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You've provided
And bless each and every person invited
Amen! --Scott Wesemann
An elderly man in Phoenix calls his son in New York and s ays, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough."
"Pop, what are you talking about," the son screams.
"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the old man says. "We're sick and tired of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her." And he hangs up
Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone.
"Like Heck they're getting a divorce, she shouts. "I'll take care of this."
She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at the old man, "You are NOT getting divorced! Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" And she hangs up.
The old man hangs up his phone, smiles and turns to his wife. "They're coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way."
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
A miracle happened and my MIL slept all night. Rick got a much needed full night sleep. It makes a huge difference. But things are definitely getting bad. She is no longer able to walk very far at all. Mostly just pivot with help. Very flat affect. She rarely talks anymore and is apathetic. Time is getting close. I told hospice I will need pads and things for the bed. Time to move the commode in close to the bed and time for me to take my leave.
I talked to Rick about the snapping. The thing is we have been taking care of my MIL for a very long time. Not just since she got sick, but since my FIL passed away 7 years ago. It is amazing what the woman was unable to do.
And she can be very difficult to get along with at times. She is obsessive about things. Garbage needs to go out a full 24 hours in advance. When she wants something she want it now. You will hear about it daily until it is done. It doesn't matter what you are doing it has to be dropped. She also doesn't ask out right for anything. When my children were little and she thought they needed a hair cut it was, Come here sweetie, let Gramma brush that long hair out of your eyes, Gee can you see to read with those long bangs. On and On. Shoes were the same way. Oh honey, are those shoes pinching you little feet. Poor dear. It would make you crazy.
But......I told him we had to put those feeling away now. This was different. This was getting to the end and in all probability his mom will be gone in less then a week. Now is not the time to change her lifetime of behavior. Now she has just enough energy left to do what little she can. He hung his head. He realizes that. He is having a difficult time knowing anytime he might sleep all night and look over to see she has died in her sleep. It haunts him. He also is mourning for the brother he will never want to see again. Basically he is losing the last of his family.
Me, I would be crying and bawling and talking about it to deal with it. Rick, he keeps it in and gets snappy. I lost my mother in 1980. It was the single most painful experience in my life. I do know what he is going through. I ache that I can't help him. Only time helps.
So time is getting short. Betty asked me about the light, what is the light they talk about. I told her it was the candles on her welcome home cake. She smiled.
I was wishing today I was a better person. A better friend, wife, DIL, nurse. Do you ever do that. More even tempered, smarter. Things more important then being the thinnest or richest. Thinking about how to do that. Determined to make a conscious effort to be a better person. One I can look back at and say, I like that person. Anyone ever feel that way. Tired of your shortcomings and ready for change. Maybe going through this with my MIL is giving me these thoughts. I am no saint. But I could be better.
Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What is the nature of your emergency?
Caller: I'm trying to reachnine eleven but my phone doesn't have an eleven on it.
Dispatcher: This is nine eleven.
Caller: I thought you just said it was nine-one-one
Dispatcher: Yes, ma'am nine-one-one and nine-eleven are the same thing.
Caller: Honey, I may be old, but I'm not stupid.
I got to my MIL's house yesterday in time to see the hospice nurse. Didn't do any changing, and we both agree we are getting down to days.
Rick was quiet. The stress and lack of sleep is really getting to him. I was really worried about him the other day when we had the same conversation 3 times. Now we have done that, but he did not remember it when I told him we are just walking around repeating ourselves. He needs some mental stimulation badly. You sure don't get it from TV these days. I told him you don't use it ya lose it. And he was snappy. My MIL has been getting up every 2 hours during the night. She is weak enough he has to use the WC to bring her into the restroom. She falls right back to sleep and he lays there unable to sleep.
I told him he seriously needs a break and to let me spend the night while he comes home. He needs to just take a break. The 2 of them snap at each other all day. She says. Get me my lunch. He snaps only if you ask nicely. She snaps, I don't feel like it. Its like 2 children the way they are acting. She plays him and that gets him upset. Lift my feet, I can't lift them she says. Then when I come she flings her leg up to her chin to show me her edema. I just shake my head.
Rick won't change spots though. I think he is afraid I will hurt my back again and not be able to work, LOL. I told him he has to find a way to cope with this and the way to handle nights like that is to nap every single second you can. If she is napping, he needs to nap. A sleeping Rick is a grouchy Rick. And told Betty to stop calling wolf until she really can't lift her legs as it is causing resentment. Behave yourselves the both of you. Don't make me lay down the rules, LOL.
Seriously she is getting so weak. she started out eating a sandwich. Then only a half of a sandwich. Then a half of the half. Yesterday just a half of the half of the half. I told him the cancer wasn't going to kill her, it was the starvation. No one can live forever on the calories she brings in. I would guess its only about 300. She won't drink the ensure or boosts anymore.
So today I told my son to take his Dad to the movies tonight and maybe out to eat. My MIL and I will have a quiet evening. Now to see if Dad will do it.
I work tomorrow.
Usually the census is down on the day of Thanksgiving but by that night we start getting the admits. Especially on my floor. So here is my lecture today. If your on a fluid pill for congested heart failure don't not take it for a couple of days because you want to travel without having to find a bathroom. You'll be sorry and probably come visit me. Don't eat more at one sitting then you usually eat in 3 days. Especially if you have a tricky heart. You may come see me. Don't eat the salt and nuts and chips if your suppose to watch your sodium, you might get to see my smiling face. And don't ignore that nagging chest heaviness because you don't want to ruin anyones dinner. You may see your maker instead of me.
OK, enough of the soap box. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have much to be thankful for as I am sure we all do. Just have to remember it everyday and count my many blessings.
And tomorrow we are suppose to get snow. Now that doesn't please me with my van out of commission but it should be pretty if nothing else. Please all drive careful in those first few snowfalls. Take care all.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I promised the dog a walk by the river today. Casually. Just in case it was way to cold or I was way to tired. Thinking she wouldn't understand what I was saying anyway, right! So I crawl out of bed this morning and she leaps up and runs to the back door. Tail going like mad, skittering around on the tile like a nut. Oh goody, are we going now, are we going? giving out a happy bark.
Man, dog. Not as soon as I crawl out of bed. What is wrong with you. Do I look at all mentally ready to be traipsing along the river in this cold? I mean 2 seconds ago I was snug in my warm bed sound asleep. I have to have coffee and check my email first. And how do you know what I planned to do this morning anyway. Do I have to spell my content from now on?
We used to have to do the with Greenies. Do you think it is time for a G R E E N I E I would ask Rick. Zoey would leap up and go the cupboard where they are kept, tail wagging. Just knows what I said. And seriously she isn't the brightest light bulb in the box. I mean look how many time I begged her not to puke on my carpet! From now on I will have to say, if it is nice out I think I will take Z O E Y for a W A L K down by the R I V E R. Maybe if I spell most of the sentence she will be confused enough not to get it.
Well, I have to go. She is laying at my feet tugging at my pant leg and whining. She has those really irresistible puppy eye thing going for her and just the tip of her tail is wagging. How does she do that?
Friday, November 16, 2007
My MIL is at that stage where she wants some answers and reassurance. Answers I can't answer and reassurance I am not qualified to give. Is there life after death? Is there pain at death? When do you know it is time? How the heck do I know I want to scream, but that will not give her peace. But what do I know.......
I have seen many people die. My job makes that experience something I have to see fairly often. I have seen people die from a trauma, from a acute illness like failed kidneys, bad heart and often suddenly without warning. Babies to the very old. Do I have any answers? No. I do not. But!
I have seen twins reach out to take the hand of the deceased twin sister that reached for theirs during their last moment. I have seen husbands and wife's whisper their spouses name and smile. I have seen terror and fear replaced with understanding and peace. And I have seen smiles at the moment most people spend their life running from.
I used to go to church 3 times a week. I go seldom now. Not that I don't believe....contrary. I believe sometimes more I think then those that teach . There is something.....not to be feared. And I tell my MIL that. I don't have the answers. I just have that deep believe. It will be right. It will be peaceful. It does come to us all and it isn't anything to be feared.
So I wonder. What do you all think? Just curious.
It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is next week already, time is just flying. We won't be doing a dinner this year. I have to work the entire week and no way am I cooking. If my MIL was doing better I might make some attempt, but she is doing very poorly this week and Rick and I could care less if we eat it. Now my son's favorite meal in the world is a turkey dinner, so maybe at Christmas when I am off I will make one then. If I buy a turkey right after thanksgiving they are cheap and I can stick it in the freezer. If I can find a small one that is.
My MIL has really failed this last couple of weeks. I think since her birthday actually. The sorrow of her son not calling really gave her a blow. It is finally sinking in for her that he was just after what money he could get. She seems to have given up. She is very weak and emotionally withdrawn these last couple of days especially. I believe time is getting very short. We haven't heard from BIL for over a month. Now you know that makes me happy but now I am wondering where he is. Is he is jail, dead? Would we find out? It does seem weird he just dropped off the face of the earth. I would be more comfortable at night knowing exactly where that man was.
I hate being sick right now. I think this is just going to end up being a cold but it is taking its sweet time getting to that point. I am still at the low grade temp feel like a truck hit phase. And freezing. Finally I can stand how hot it is at my MIL's and welcome it. Bring on the heat baby. But she is getting to the point where I need to be doing more of her care and I don't want to get her sick her last days. Wouldn't that be awful for her.
I have been keeping the furnace turned down to 62 here. We fixed the fan motor and now the fan is acting up. So I ordered the part and to keep it from running much have the temp way down. I have gained 10 pounds just in all the layers I have on. The weather is suppose to be in the 60's today though. If the part comes Rick can fixthe furnace while I stay with my MIL.
Now for the last thing. I always say I have a somewhat dry sense of humor. My hubby says it borders on sarcastic. Hummmm. So, for those who have read my journal, which is it. And is either a bad thing?
P.S. I was doing Zoey's ritual in the woods this morning. Hair uncombed, Uggs on my feet, my gym pants and T-shirt on and a light jacket. Muttering under my breath, hurry up darn it, hurry up. And I met someone. What! Someone else in my woods walking their dog! The nerve. With combed hair and makeup. Hiking type Cabela clothes on. Young and thin. With a waist! Boy the nerve of some people.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I have been sick with the crud for the last couple of days. Fever, head congestion, snuffles, you know. So I was less then thrilled with Zoey's daily ritual today.
I have woods behind my house. 4 or 5 blocks worth. We have trails throughout them the deer made and it is a great place to walk Zoey so I don't have to clean up her.... well you know..... Poo! But what a price I pay with a scent dog.
I suppose all dogs are like this. Heavens forbid they go in the same place twice. And I swear she can smell where she went 5 years ago. Lately she has decided the only place she really wants to go is 3 blocks away on the top of a steep hill. To find her way she has to sniff every leaf and blade of grass plus exposed tree branch on the way.
Feverish I stumble along in my Uggs and PJ's telling her to just hurry it up. I don't feel good. Just GO Zoey I mutter. Several times she stops and I think Yes Yes, only to have her continue on. Since I have been sick I have tried just putting her on her chain, welling to put up with the mess just so I could stay huddled under my blanket feeling sorry for myself. Being the selfish little Witch she is she just barks every 2 seconds over and over and over again until I finally crawl out there and do the walk.
Times like this I really miss Rick. This is his ritual. He is the one who got her started on this. Him. Not me.
After that ritual is the (now you must feed me ritual). All this before I have even enjoyed my first cup of good strong hot coffee which I am rarely too sick to enjoy.
She will lay her head on my lab and softly whine under her breath. If I move a hair she leaps back with a silly grin, putting her chest to the floor and her butt up...tail madly waving. Yay, your coming. Lets eat.
This was also part of Ricks ritual. I had her trained so I could just keep food in her bowl and she would eat when she got hungry. Rick decided that looked boring so he slowing started adding more and more items to the menu. Today. I give her 1/3 cup of natures balance natural soft food mixed with senior Flint River Ranch Plus with a slab of natural lamb and rice sausage cut up and stirred into the entire mess. It must be heated for 20 sec to bring out the subtle flavors. If I have done it correctly she will have the entire bowl eaten within 10 sec but if it isn't exactly the way she likes it it will sit there the entire day while she looks at you reproachfully and pretends to be wasting away at my feet. She will lay facing away from me with a timed huge sigh every few seconds.
Today I must have been right on as she has eaten and gone back to bed. Her way of finishing up a perfect morning. Me, I am sitting here finally drinking my coffee and making an entry. An hour after I got up. This dog better be really glad I like her. Really glad.