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Week of 28 February 2005

Latest Update: Sunday, March 6, 2005 6:00 p.m.

Monday, 28 February 2005

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Today 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 anyway.

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

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No update.


Wednesday, 2 March 2005

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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 grocery store.

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 grocery store.

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 2005

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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 celebration.

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 before. 


Friday, 4 March 2005

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No update.


Saturday, 5 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 dinner.

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 rain.

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 weeks ago.

Guess I better go, I still have some things I need to work on before it is time to leave.


Sunday, 6 March 2005

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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 evening.

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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