Author Topic: Rusty's Ramblings  (Read 15155 times)

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Offline Geo

Re: Rusty's Ramblings
« Reply #300 on: March 10, 2019, 09:38:46 AM »
Hae a safe journey.

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Re: Rusty's Ramblings
« Reply #301 on: March 10, 2019, 06:51:07 PM »
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Offline Rusty Edge

Re: Rusty's Ramblings
« Reply #302 on: April 03, 2019, 03:44:13 AM »
Got back Sunday, well Monday because a delay for an international flight that was connecting to my second plane put us into the wee hours of the morning. The trip out was on brand new Max 8s. The trip home was on older planes. All of the actual flights were fine. 

There's a lot of catch-up work to do, laundry, taking down Christmas decorations, moving heavier stuff to different floors, restocking with greens and vegetables, and so on. 

As far as the parents go, my Dad didn't have any seizures that I know of while I was there, so that's an improvement. He's stuck in a wheel chair, doesn't have the strength and dexterity to stand, transfer, feed himself or use a portable urinal. I can't say I noticed any progress in the three weeks that I was there, although some days are better than others. He can barely lift one of his legs ( forget which one)  onto the footrest of his wheelchair. He can't propel it with his arms and feet. He can converse if you ask leading questions ( What have you been watching on TV? Which Big Ten teams are still in the tournament? ) , but mostly he's partial to one word responses such as "yes" and "true." So, he has a long way to go, but he's been there before.  Hopefully no more seizures turn the recovery clock back.

My Mom is doing better. She has realized that there is no point to spending every day with him, because he gets tired and needs to sleep. An hour and a half or so will suffice. We decided she'd drive as long as it was daylight and in county to keep her practiced. She did fine. She thinks she can get along now without one of us being there with her, just my regular spring and fall visits of about 2 weeks each.

My youngest sister re-organized the kitchen and family rooms while she was there. I was mostly doing yard and basement stuff. When I return I expect to be doing yard and garage stuff. I had Mom eating like me. She'd taken it up on my visits last year. She's still shopping and eating like me ( regular servings of greens, mushrooms and calciferous vegetables, meat as more of a garnish than an entrée).
I made a lot of soups while I was there and topped off her freezers.  So, she's in good shape. 

I had a fun time cooking for my Mom and other family while I was there, renewing acquaintances at church and the farmer's market. The down side was that I had some kidney stones migrating while I was there. They weren't too big and were tolerable with some Aleve, and without a trip to the Emergency Room. I passed another this morning, and now I feel like singing Jimmy Cliff's "I Can See Clearly Now." My healthy diet had almonds and spinach too often, and from an oxalate standpoint I shouldn't have any. Hopefully that change corrects the problem.


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