Saturday, March 17, 2007



     We had snow again last night.  It is mostly gone again, but just a gentle reminder that Spring isn't quite here yet.  Darn.

    Work was busy last night.  We had a patient going into V-tach all night.  Keeps you on you toes and made the night go fast.  I got a call a few minutes ago giving me low census until 11.  Good.  I might take a nap again.  I didn't sleep well.  Darn insurance company!  I am dragging today.


   Now normally I don't have much trouble sleeping during the day.  A couple times a year though I get into a funk where I will fall asleep just fine, but after about 3 hours only sleep fitfully.  Waking up every 50 minutes or so so I never feel rested.  Last time I got the sleeping pills and took them about a week until it broke the pattern.  I guess I will have to figure out a different way until I get my pills.  I am writing to the insurance commissioners office to complain about not getting my pills.  I will see if that helps at all.  If nothing else I will feel better, LOL.

    I am so worried about my MIL.   I was just there Thursday and went over her new med again very carefully with her.   I was sure she knew what one a day meant.  My husband went there today and found out she has been taking it 3 times a day!  Fortunately it isn't one that will cause you to overdose, but she does have meds that could kill her pretty darn quick it she did it with those pills.  He explained it again and thinks it sunk in, but I was pretty confident she had it understood the other day.  Such a worry.  We have to do something soon even if it is against her wishes.  I don't think she is making rational decisions anymore.  Time to get the spare room ready as I now am not sure even an apartment would work out.

    My neck is still on the brink.  Biofreeze is my friend.  Hasn't gone completely out, just spasms.   Hope it doesn't get worse.

   We have a new neighbor up the block.  Some man from California.  Last summer this man shows up in bibs and a straw hat and asks us how the soil is.  Looked like Captain Kangaroo.  All he needed was a piece of straw in his mouth. 

    Well he bought some vacant lots and started chopping down all the trees by hand.  Doing a pretty poor job also. . big old stumps all over.  Today we get a letter from the city that he is wanting to put up a 8 foot fence and a storage shed so he can put in an organic garden. 

     Now in Iowa here was have some beautiful growing area's.  Good soil.  He could have bought some farm land that was organic as alot of farmers believe in it, and not had to clear all the trees out.  He is a man with a dream.  Its kind of funny.  Its like when politicians visit us wearing plaid shirts, blue jeans and a piece of straw in their mouths.  Clinton did that once.  Everyone else was in suits and nice dresses.  Pretty funny. 

  So it will be interesting to see what happens.  Hopefully the deer can't jump the fence and he realizes his dream.  Seems like a nice man.



jckfrstross said...

i agree with you on MIL sounds like she needs to be cared for 24/7. enjoy your weekend


coelha said...

Scary about your MIL--I hope she will come to understand that she is going to need some extra care.  Snow?!  It seems like Spring already over here in California.  That guy who bought the lot shouldn't have cut all those trees!!  Land is so expensive over here, and EVERYTHING grows in Iowa, so they say.. may be that is why he chose Iowa for his garden.  I have a good friend from Davenport, Iowa--is that near you?  Julie :)  

lanurseprn said...

Wow you had more snow? Winter is still in full swing I guess.  I feel bad for your MIL.  Scary about her. I hope she doesn't overdose.  Geez!

rdautumnsage said...

It sounds as if you have your hands full these days worrying over your MIL and having to battle the insurance company as well. We had one of those neighbors buy up a couple of lots near ours last year. He had big dreams of putting in a road even though it would go through our lots and building a skate park. Within a year he sold his lots to us for a little of nothing. Us? We leave the lots heavily wooded, we love the trees and woods. Seems as though everyone wants to chop down a tree these days. (Hugs) Indigo

inquestoftruth said...

Hey Girl!   Tough decisions ahead with MIL, looks like.     Your sleeping pattern sounds like mine has been for the last 10 years.    I was recently diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, and that is one of the things it does to me.    Can't believe the insurance company drags their feet like they do on helping us.   Mine doesn't even want to pay for my Xrays....  Biofreeze works, does it?     So captain kangaroo needs the neighbor's permission to put up a fence?     Sazzy did a great job on that pic, didn't she?

kirkbyj05 said...

I've given up worrying about my sleeping patterns since my cancer treatment.  I just make the most of what I get and then get up and potter about.  At first I resorted to over the counter herbal remedies.  Now..I just see it as God's way of giving me a bit longer awake on this lovely earth.  I can waken up at least three times a night. The pills to stop the cancer recurring give me lots of hot flushes which waken me up regularly.  Mind you Julie, I don't have to get up and go to work like you.  So I can afford to be laid back about it all.  We have snow and driving hail which was pebbledashing us as we went out and about for a walk this morning.  It is supposed to begin to lie as the day goes on.  Did you wish it over here....hmmmm?   Lol!  The poor spring flowers are going to get hammered.  The cherry blossom is in full bloom here but not for long as we have high winds with it too!  Happy Days!
It does look like your going to have to take your MIL under your wing for peace of mind.  Poor angel, how confused she is getting. I shall say a wee prayer for her.  You must update us on your new neighbour.  He sounds interesting.  Hope the fence won't be too high so that you can peek in there to see how things are thriving.
Take care and stay warm and well.

daddyleer said...

Medical and prescription insurance is the evil empire! ... MS related cognitive problems with my wife's medications was a turning point in caregiving.

springangel235 said...

Keeping your MIL in my prayers...good thing she has you to help look after the meds issues...hugs...

cacklinrosie101 said...

I can understand the worry with your MIL.  It appears she is getting pretty confused with the meds which would be dangerous.  I know a hard decision is coming.

Our snow came fast and furious but is also melting very quickly.  LOL...why I even thought spring had sprung in the middle of March is beyond me.

I do hope you get your sleeping pills worked out.  I sleep fitfully more often than not and should consider getting myself on cycle with meds but I just know my Blue Cross would be the same with Ambien.

Your new neighbor sounds quite the character.  Chris

jlocorriere05 said...

I hope you can sort out your MIL's problems with her meds. Lucky they aren't the dangerous ones she's poppping three times a day but still a worry! I hope your neck heals soon. That man sounds kinda funny! Jeannette xx  

erarein63 said...

Just like Mother Nature to lul us into thinking winter is over and hit us again, lol.  Happened here too, but not on as grand a scale, of course.  Hope you get the sleep thing straightened out.  I found that taking Trazadone helps my insomnia pretty well.  I've been taking it for upteen years.  I did just back off from 100mg to 50mg over the last month or so.  My sleepless days of late have been because I didn't take it because I had to get up in a few hours.  Think about it.  I hope your neck feels better and your MIL gets sorted out.  And curses to the insurance companies!  De ;)