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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday freebie

My husband can be such a sweetie! He understands how worried I am about my father and how it has been getting me down. Last night he made us a wonderfully delicious flounder dinner. He called Dad at 7AM this morning as requested and knew I was supposed to take him for his Coumadin check. I've been having muscle spasms in my feet and didn't sleep well last night so was struggling this morning. I got up about 9:30 and was getting ready to rush through a shower (my fin hair gets dirty so quickly!) when my husband called out to tell me to go back to bed. He had already told Dad he would be taking him to the doctor! Right now, my sweetie is in the kitchen doing some early cooking - a pork chop and Dad's style of bland mac 'n cheese. He had told Dad I was worried about him eating so little and only fast food and convinced him to try this. So I'll go pick up some prescriptions for him and take him dinner in a few minutes.

Here is today's zip:

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday freebie

Today we are up to zip 19 of Grandmother's House & only 5 more zips to go. Hope you have enjoyed this kit.

It's looking like this fall is going to continue being chaotic. Everyday I'm going by dad's at least once, taking him some dinner, checking on how he looks and how he feels. Every week there is at least one medical appointment to go to - mostly his but I have a couple this month too. October is going to be more frantic with Dad's appointment to hear about the inversion (why haven't they just done it already!), the Red Hat Convention in N.C. for 3 days (hope I don't have to cancel as fees are non-refundable) and my Red Hat group's Halloween Tea which I am planning and cooking for. Somewhere in there I have an appointment with my pulmonologist, therapist, need eye exam, and heaven help me, this house is a disaster zone! You probably think I'm exaggerating the bit about the house but I'm not. This stuff with Dad has given me a fibro flare-up and my chronic depression isn't level like it usually is. Someone mentioned up coming holidays to me and all I could do is groan. Can't say I am looking forward to it this year! Sorry for the whining.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Got a couple things done today and freebie

Was supposed to take Dad to his podiatrist today but he wasn't feeling well enough to go so he canceled. Nothing of major concern - just felt achy all over, had tummy problems and a little more shortness of breath. It's really tough finding something he will eat and I've been worried he isn't eating much. Dad is very picky so every day I have to ask what he would like for dinner and then take it to him. Today he only wanted a plain baked potato, said he had his own brand of margarine to put on it and when I got a chance, I could pick him up a box of Crispix because he was tired of having biscuits for breakfast. On the way to take him his baked potato, I stopped for the cereal and picked up a couple of Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes things from Michelena and got some seedless red grapes. Well those "dinners" wouldn't do for emergencies (even though he will eat some Salisbury steak) because they have mushrooms in them. But he was pleased to have the grapes. I asked if he was at least drinking his daily Glucerna. He said he is and told me he knows he's difficult about eating. [Sigh} What am I to do?

But since I didn't have to take dad to the doctor I was able to go exchange the license plates on new car for handicapped plates, got the Verizon paper notarized again and mailed out.

Here is today's zip:

Hope everyone has been able to download the zips now? When I reloaded Dropbox, I didn't have to replace any files so if you missed any of this year's freebies, they are all still available. Except the New Year's kit. think that one is gone.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

It's Sunday but ... freebies

The last couple of days I've tried to take care of some household chores and in between vegetated. I realized late last night that I hadn't posted on Fridayy or Saturday so let me give you those zips now.
Friday;s freebie:
Saturday zip:

And it is football Sunday time again - yuck! Hubby gets so into games and loud that I can't sit in living room and read or anything. And grandson calls every few minutes for them to compare notes. Guys!

Guess I'll get something useful done now. Thanks to all for sympathetic comments re my father.Hugs.

Dropbox problem

I am currently working on the dropbox problem. Have tried several things that didn't work so now have uninstalled and will reinstall and see if that works. *** Please note that I will not be re-loading earlier freebies (sorry) just Grandmother's House zips.*** Seems to work since I reloaded Dropbox. Zips 14 & 15 are corrected now.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Accident and Wednesday freebie

Left Dad's doctor's office on Monday feeling a little relief. (Tuesday post was scheduled ahead.) Then 4am Tuesday Dad called and asked my husband to come over and help him up. He'd gotten out of bed, gone to bathroom and as he came back to bed, he remembers putting his hand on the bed to sit down and next thing he knew, he woke up on the floor and couldn't get up. So husband went over with my key and told me to give him a 5 minute start then call ambulance. We didn't want to take a chance on moving Dad in case he'd broken something. By the time I got there, the paramedics had been and gone. They checked Dad out and said it didn't appear anything was broken but would take him to hospital for future evaluation. Of course, Dad said "no." When I arrived husband was a little frustrated because he had been trying to get Dad securely back in bed but he was still sitting on edge and he was afraid maybe Dad was disorganized. Overall, Dad seemed okay so I got him tucked back into bed and assured him I was going to stay overnight in case he felt worse. He slept in hard. I got little sleep because he keeps the house way too warm and I was trying to sleep on the lumpy old sofa. Around 10am Tuesday morning I woke him up to eat some breakfast and take his pills. Took a look at his back, about a fourth of it scrapped lightly and bruised. He had knocked off the front trim on the bed side stand and hit his back on that on his way down. I applied a little Neosporin and when he decided to take a nap, I came home for a little sleep. We have been back and forth since, checking on him and bringing him meals. Husband took him in Wednesday for his Coumadin check and told his doctor about the fall. She did a series of x-rays (about 15 Dad said) and decided there was no damage other than the scrape and some bruises and gave him a prescription for the back. I took prescription over and applied and made sure he was okay. Called my brother in Florida with update and then caught up on some much needed rest. I don't know what to think about the fall - could have been low blood sugar or electrolytes since he's had bouts of diarrhea. He won't drink Gatorade so I brought him some Powerade which isn't as bad to taste but he's worried about amount of sugar and or salt in it and hasn't drunk any yet! Could also be because of heart irregularity. Sure wish they would do that cardiac inversion sooner!

It's been raining so hard her last two days that all area schools were cancelled today because of flooding. Having to be extra careful going out to Dad's.

Whew - sorry about my venting but I'm sure you can understand I'm worried.

Wednesday freebie is:
And here is today's zip:
Hope all is well with you friends!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It's Tuesday and I have some good news and a freebie

dad and I wouldn't admit to one another yesterday as we waited for the hematologist/oncologist, but we were both expecting bad news. Instead the doctor assured us that Dad is not having any trouble making platelets and the fact that his count has been a little lower recently is probably due to the out of sync heartbeat. As far as the "scars" on the liver shown on the ultrasound, it is just fibrosis and some of that can be expected due to his age and also due to long term diabetes. We were told he saw nothing to worry about. I asked about the fluid buildup and as I suspected, it is most likely due to the heart problem. The doctor thinks once the heart's normal rhythm is restored by the cardiac inversion ("shock") and some fluid medication is given, the accumulation of fluid should reduce greatly. He also said Dad is not at high risk for a stroke and that once the heart's rhythm is restored, he would like to see Dad come off the blood thinners, as he should not need them. That's a relief! Just hope that when we go back to the cardiologist on 10/13 we will be given a date soon after for the inversion so Dad can get on his way to feeling better.

In other "news" our new porch railings are up so we will be more secure going up and down the steps come winter weather. And my husband talked to the city attorney's office and now knows how to file a claim against the city for the damage being done to our house because of street problems. However, until the city actually corrects the street problem, there is no point in having any repairs done. We will be calling the streets and bridges department again to inform them that the longer it takes them to fix the problem, the more damage is occurring and that we have already spoken with city attorney and our insurance company. Just makes me so angry because we had just gotten the living room ceiling done about a month before all the house shaking began and now we will have to go through all that mess again to correct the damage.

Sorry to ramble on. Here is today's freebie: