June 30, 2008
Well, the Bachelorette is over and now I have to pack and load up the car. Oh, I'm so NOT looking forward to this trek up the mountain. But...I'll be back (August 7-11).
June 29, 2008
June 28, 2008
Here's Mom posing in front of her Firebird. What? Is that an emphyzema stick in her hand? Don't you know those things cause hospice to visit some twenty odd years later? It causes a chronic lung disease characterized by progressive, irreversible expansion of the alveoli with eventual destruction of alveolar tissue, causing obstruction to airflow. Patients with emphysema often have labored breathing, wheezing, chronic fatigue, and increased susceptibility to infection, and may require oxygen therapy. But hey, isn't Mom still hot in this photo?
June 27, 2008
June 26, 2008
Dad asked me to go to the pharmacy and get the prescriptions filled instead of waiting until after the surgery. I did. While I was gone he went off to surgery. Dang! Next, the surgery was supposed to be about an hour and a half. Two hours later I was waiting in his room. Then over the loud speaker I hear...."Code Blue 3rd floor OR. Code Blue 3rd floor OR". My heart started racing, I was getting hot, I couldn't hear, I was almost in a panic. I calmed myself enough to go ask to the desk. No one was there. I immediately call my brother and tell him. He was cool about it and told me that there are several ORs on the 3rd floor.
I go to the desk again and there are nurses there this time. I ask for my Dad and they said that he will be going to the 4th floor. They helped me gather his stuff and upstairs I went. Heavy sigh. It's now 5:45pm. The doctor finds me to tell me that he was okay and the procedure will probably alleviate several of his other problems as well (the blocked tear duct, anemia, migraines). At 6:00pm I can go see him. He is drugged out of his mind of course, but talkative and wants to get out of there! At 8:10pm, I FINALLY get to help him get dressed to go home. We get home and he wants a diet coke, chicken nuggets, cheese and crackers, a bag of ice, and his pain pill.
He is settled in for the night. I wish I had a sleeping pill! Oh...Jase stayed with Mom because she was going crazy WAITING. Mom said Marisa and Tony were great helpers today. Another answered prayer....
June 25, 2008
My Dad did today! He was baptised today! At home! This was one of the issues that my parents wanted to get straight, having my Dad accept Jesus Christ as his Savior. Now, my Dad grew up in the Methodist church and was "sprinkled" when he was 12-years-old. This was done with a bunch of other 12-year-olds. His parents weren't present and he doesn't remember "all the details". Nothing was ever said about it since. Also, Dad was given his "last rites" way back when, when he was stationed in Germany in the 1950s. He was in a terrible motorcycle crash and was pronounced dead. The military Catholic chaplin gave him his "last rites". Well, Dad doesn't remember this either. Obviously, Dad didn't die. So for years Dad has been, as he says..."kinda out there".
One of Mom's biggest worries during this hospice experience was that Dad would remain "kinda out there". Mom grew up in the Church of Christ. Today their Pastor came over. Next thing I knew, Dad called me downstairs and asked me if I wanted to witness his baptism. OF COURSE!!!! Mom was absolutely beaming. Dad said she hasn't looked at him so "dreamy-eyed" in years. Since my mom is homebound, Dad was baptised here at their home...where they have raised their family since 1972!
June 24, 2008
I called him again this morning, well...that would be later in the morning to wish him a Happy Anniversary.
June 22, 2008
How is my mom doing you ask? Well, she has her good days and bad days. From what I can tell when I talk with her, she is walking around more, which is a good thing. She reports that she is sleeping better. Her appetite is still stong. Most of all, her spirits are high. I thank God daily and continue praying for more of these "good days".
June 21, 2008
June 20, 2008
June 19, 2008
June 17, 2008
That's the impression or the picture that came to my mind when I picked up Marisa from Golf Camp today. No...nothing like Caddy Shack (but that is funny now). I watched 7 teenage golfers: 5 boys and 2 girls, walk from the greens, down the cart path, and out front of the club house with their bags on their shoulders, walking side by side, all red faced from the heat, awaiting their mommas to pick them up from camp. All of a sudden, I got tunnel vision and a bit faint. How could my baby girl be old enough to carry her own golf bag, much less be in Golf Camp for the high school team? Heavy sigh.
Then, back at home, I hear a loud knock on the door and I find two teenage boys (both kinda cute for skateboardin' punks). At first, I thought they would be asking for Marisa, but to my surprise, they ask for Tony. Simultaneously, here comes Tony bounding down the stairs with his skate board in hand saying, "I'm going out, Mom." All I could muster from my lips (tunnel vision and light-headedness will do that to a 40+ momma) was, "okay, take your cell phone and house key." Heavy, heavy sigh.
June 15, 2008
For dinner, Danny wanted to go to 3 Margaritas, so off we went. Now, he is plugged into Everquest. Tony is using his Borders gift card online. Marisa and I just finished our weekly "facials". We live in luxury here in the high country...
June 14, 2008
Danny and I put together upcoming VBS (Vacation Bible School) crafts. I'm coordinating the crafts this year and I always recruit Danny to help me prep, whether it be for kindergarteners, VBS, Santa, or the Knights of Columbus breakfasts.
June 13, 2008
Tomorrow my Dad has to get a unit of blood for his anemia. (?) I'm not quite sure what's going on there. This is a development since I left them. Don't think I can handle BOTH parents down at the same time. But, I trust in God.
June 12, 2008
June 11, 2008
Mom comes up with the funniest sayings. Now, she is only 5'1" and weighs probably 100lbs. wet. We had just finished lunch when the home aide called to schedule an appointment. I heard Mom on the phone saying, "I just finished lunch, so it'll be like bathin' a whale". Man, I pray she never losing that sense of humor!
I just love this picture of my parents. This was taken one night (they can't remember who took the photo) when they were "goin' out on the town". I think they look like movie stars. I LOVE IT!!!
I changed the header picture on the blog to this one of me and my parents. We were at Six Flags Over Texas at Arlington. I was just a toddler. I love the way Mom is looking at me. I look like a sunburned cherub, but I love this picture. And, Daddy looks so proud.
June 9, 2008
Of course, I've already told Daddy that his shift was during the Bachelorette. I got the blankess stare. He said, "you know your momma and I don't watch that stuff."
"Yep," I said, "I know that, but I do. I need that mindless entertainment."
He turned back to the television and pressed play on the TiVo. He went back to watching "General Hospital". I didn't say it, but I thought...."yes, you do, too!"
June 8, 2008
Here is my mom and dad on their wedding day...51 years ago! I think they are beautiful and handsome beyond words, not to mention happy. Today, when I was getting lunch ready, I heard them call each other "baby" and "darling". They didn't know I was listening. But, this time, I wasn't crying my eyes out, I was smiling.
My brother is here with us now. The four of us, our original nuclear family, has spend 4 straight days together now. We have eaten at the family table together, watched television together, made decisions together, and just enjoyed each other's company. We went gone through "important papers" today...that was a chore because Mom is the original poster woman for "PACK RAT". She made a list of those who she wants to write thank you cards. She was concerned because she couldn't write her name. I told her that I could write the cards for her and change hands to sign her name. She chuckled at that and said, "yea, I guess that's okay."
Here's my "thank you": Thanks with all my heart to all who have expressed concern, well wishes, and prayers. I'm not one to solicit attention or request too much, but now is the time. Thank you all so very much for all the personal touches in your support. Please pray for strength and acceptance. Plese pray for love and hope. Please pray for peace and God's blessings.
June 7, 2008
What would I do without my best friend, Jayme? I have known her for 30+ years. Mom had a rough night last night. We were up and down all night. Today was a bit better. After lunch, when Mom was settled and Dad was home, Jayme picked me up and we went to her sister's for girl time. Jayme has been through a couple of "hospice" situations with her family. She has been a big help to me and Mom.
When I returned from my break with my BFF Jayme, my brother was at the house with his BFF dog, Zeus. Zeus is the biggest dang boxer I've ever seen. Mom was sitting up enjoying her canine visitor. I took a picture of Zeus with my cell phone, but I don't know how to transfer it to the computer. I'll just have to wait until I get home so Marisa can do it for me.
Please keep us in your prayers for a more peaceful sleep tonight. God Bless...
June 5, 2008
Therese of Lisieux is one of the patron saints of the missions, not because she ever went anywhere, but because of her special love of the missions, and the prayers and letters she gave in support of missionaries. This is reminder to all of us who feel we can do nothing, that it is the little things that keep God's kingdom growing.