Shout out! Hey Poconos!!!

I wanted to say "hey" to the Anthem Guy who is always so helpful and makes my job look SO easy!!!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Still Crazy... After all these years...

I guess I lost my will to blog. :-)

For a while there...

I read over my last post in November 2009. I thought those were hard days. I had no idea what hard days were about to come...

I've been told by my mother's doctors to "prepare your loved ones" at least three times this year. Mom has had three strokes since March. Each one worse than the last. Each one taking more of mom's simple pleasures.

These most recent strokes have hit Mom's speech center of her brain. For days she couldn't say anything. Now she cans start a thought but is unable to finish it.

She has difficulty choosing the correct word to express her thoughts. This is particularly frustrating for Mom. She was always a talker, that one....

Today she's back in the hospital, depleted in every way. She's being tube fed, IV fluids, blood transfusions. And she presses on.

She's like the energizer bunny... she keeps on....

And to the watcher... Excelsior.... yk.... ( * )

Friday, November 13, 2009


Here it is, four months after mom's cataract surgery and we're still struggling with her eyes. It's been such a struggle. About a week or so after her last surgery she began seeing "red spots". It turned out to be a retinal hemorrhage. She's had laser surgery, but the spots really aren't clearing up.

The retina specialist won't let me get Mom's glasses prescription filled because he thinks there will be major changes once the problem settles.

Mom can, however, still read with drug store readers. She's also been able to get unlimited large print books and magazines. I'm amazed at her determination NOT to lose her ability to read.

It's been three weeks since I've actually seen her. The nursing home has a ban on visitors with any sort of illness in their family. We've had so much going around our house! We've been five days without a fever though so I think we're good to visit this weekend.


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