||Barbara Fritchman Thompson Diary
Week of 28
Latest Update: Sunday, March 6, 2005 6:00 p.m.
Monday, 28 February
is my mom's birthday. However, she is not having much of a celebration.
Mom has still not been doing very well since her trip last week to the
emergency room. Dad was afraid to leave her alone yesterday so we did
not play golf. Instead, I went over to do a little landscape project I
had been wanting to get done around dad's tool shed. It sits right by
the house at the top of their driveway. He has a small flower/shrub bed
going around the front and side. It has been a mess of overgrown weeds,
leaves, etc. I raked all the leaves out and dug up the small bushes.
After trimming them way back in order to get the dead grass and leaves
out of the middle I put them back in the ground. I made a quick drive
over to Lowe's to get some bags of mulch. I needed some for myself
It was cloudy and chilly but not too cold for me to be working
outside particularly as hot and sweaty as I get working. I had the bed
tidied and the mulch out by the time we sat down to lunch. After lunch
I wanted to the front part of the side bed that runs along the wall and
behind the shed plus some other odds and ends to tidy things up.
During lunch mom continued to exhibit some signs of being unwell. It
was decided we had better take her back to the emergency room. I very
quickly went outside, threw all the tools and stuff into the shed on
the floor then we took off for the hospital. I looked like I had been
digging trenches with the mud on my boots and pants but there was not
much I could do about that.
After doing some tests and talking with the doctors we determined it
would be to have mom admitted to the hospital for further treatment. Al
and Frances had gone to Raleigh earlier in the day. I called them to
let them know to come straight to the hospital when they get back in
town. About the time we finally got mom admitted and off to her room
they arrived. After getting mom settled we left to get some dinner dad,
Frances, and I went back to dad's to clean up the lunch dishes and pack
mom a suitcase. Al went on home.
The three of us drove back to the hospital. I stayed half an hour to
visit then I came on home. Al was picking up Frances and dad.
Mom is not in a life threatening situation. Once they get her
medication levels back up to where they need to be she will be able to
go home. Hopefully by the end of the week.
This afternoon I stopped by the grocery store and bought her a balloon
and to visit for awhile. Dad was going to eat with Frances and Al then
they were going to visit. I came on home for the evening.
I will continue to stop by on the way home as long as she there. I am
about ten minutes away from work.
Tuesday, 1 March 2005
I was too tired mentally to write anything up
for last night. We had a family meeting at 12:30 today with Dr. Silva.
At this point the doctors are not sure if mom's confusion is medication
issue or neurological. We will not really know more until after they do
some more testing.
The meeting ran until after 2:30. I did not feel like going back to
work. Instead, I drove over to the house to help dad get some more
clean cloths for mom to take back to her later this afternoon then I
came on home.
After Bob gets his shower we are going to the library, dinner, and the
Last night I stayed up to finish reading In Like Flynn by Rhys Bowen. I like
the Molly Murphy series but they do not compare to her Evan Evans
series. Molly goes undercover for her policeman friend at a wealthy
senator's house to spy on two sisters who claim to be able to
communicate with the dead. The real reason was to get Molly out of New
York after she caught a mob guy stealing a wallet while in line at a
The plan backfires when Molly finds herself in more danger at the Flynn
mansion after she starts snooping around the facts concerning the
kidnapping of the senator's son five years earlier. While the book did
get off to a bit of a slow start it gets better from the midway point
to the end.
Winter is still around in the form of blustery winds and temperatures
in the 40's. Lots of sunshine today but cold.
Thursday, 3 March
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Bob and I did get up this morning to see the
occultation of the moon with Antares. After we watched the egress I
went in to take my shower, read the paper, eat breakfast, and take off
for work. I did not stay home to watch Antares come back out the other
side, instead opting to go into work a half hour early.
The good news is my mom is going home tomorrow. The MRI showed nothing
abnormal. They have corrected her medication levels and will starting
her on a new medication tomorrow. Dad and I met with mom and the doctor
this afternoon when I went over at 4. When they brought her dinner at
5, dad and I went out to grab a bite then I took him back to stay until
visiting hours were over.
Tomorrow she will be discharged and ready to leave the hospital when
dad gets off from volunteering at 3:00. After he takes her to get hair
done Frances and I are meeting them for dinner for a belated birthday
Last night I started another Sister Fidelma, Our Lady of Darkness. Fidelma has
traveled to Lagion to rescue her friend Eadulf. In the previous book
while Sister Fidelma was going on her pilgrimage Eadult was returning
back to his duties with the Archbishop. Along the way he had stopped at
an Abbey in Lagion for the night. During the night a young novice of
the Abbey is found murdered. Eadulf has been accused of the murder and
sentenced to hang. Fidelma arrives in Lagion with just 24 hours to
prove Eadulf is not guilty and to uncover the reasons behind another
Brother being hanged in Lagion for theft and murder the day
Friday, 4 March 2005
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We had a great time at dinner last night. By
the time I got home I was just too tired to put up a post.
Today has been a routine Saturday starting off with spinning class and
errands this morning followed by house cleaning after lunch. I have
spent all afternoon working on a backlog of e-mails until time to start
It was supposed to rain/thunder storm this afternoon but they so far
have not materialized. Off on this afternoon the winds picked up and
the skies turned dark but the clouds would blown on through without any
Later this evening our friends Paul and Mary are picking us up to go
out for dessert and coffee at the new Cyber Cafe I mentioned a few
Guess I better go, I still have some things I need to work on before it
is time to leave.
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We had a gorgeous day to be outside. I went
over this morning to finish up the projects I started in dad's yard.
After lunch I came home and did a couple of things in my yard.
Shirtsleeve weather in March is just too nice for me to be indoors.
I some bills to pay and other assorted tasks to work on for awhile this
Duncan seems to be fully recovered from his surgery. Malcolm continues
to favor is back leg after lying down for awhile.
Hope you had a great weekend.
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