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Week of 22 September 2008

Latest Update: Sunday, 28 September 2008 4:15 p.m.

Monday, 22 September 2008

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I worked through lunch in order to get off at 4 to go to the hospital. Frances called a around 2pm to let me know dad was being moved from the 2nd to the 3rd floor. This is a more intense therepy floor. Our friend Marcy was at the hospital visiting with dad when they came in to move him. She called to let me know what his new number was. When I got there a little after 4pm they were still getting him settled in. 

Most of the rooms on the floor are semi private, one bed on one side of the room, the other opposite with a curtain in the middle. The main reason being they are supposed to be up and out of their rooms a lot during the day. Al and mom were still there. They left to go home a little after five. I stayed to help dad with him supper and get him settled in for the night.

His spirits are much better. He is acting more like his old self. He did walk a good ways this morning while still down on 2nd floor and he can bend his knee pretty good. 



Tuesday, 23 September 2008

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Dad did very well in rehab. today. I again worked through lunch and left at 4 to go to the hospital. I stayed through his dinner time. Even though I am leaving an hour early working through lunch makes for a long and tiring day. I miss having my 45 minutes or hour, whatever I take, to relax and read. If I eat in, I sit in one of the small rooms off the file room where I can put my feet up and relax. If I walk up the street it is a nice break to get out of building and of course I take my book along unless I am meeting someone for lunch.

I am still reading the Lumby book. A famous painting of two barns in Lumby has gone missing from an exhibit that was on its way from New York to London. The artist now lives in Vermont having been passing through Lumby in the early 50's. The small town of Lumby is not over excited about having a bunch of reporters running around asking questions in their quiet town. Not only does the painting go missing but so does one of the barns.


Wednesday, 24 September 2008

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No update.


Thursday, 25 September 2008

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One step forward, two steps back. Dad did pretty good yesterday in his morning physical therapy sessions but since has had a few setbacks.  I had to leave work at 1:45 to pick mom up for a doctor's appointment. From there we went on to the hospital.  When we arrived he was curled up in bed. Early that afternoon during his therapy sessions he experienced shortness of breath and chest pains. They immediatly put him in a wheel chair to take him back to the room. The doctor on the floor checked him out and ordered an EKG once they got him back in bed. Mom, Frances and I all stayed until around 7:30 to make sure he was okay.

Later that evening they called to talk to dad and then called me. They attributed the episode to dehydration. They this morning he work up feeling queasy. During his early afternoon session he became nauseated and threw up several times. By the time I arrived they had started an IV for the nausea and a saline solution to get him rehydrated. My theory is the pain meds. He cannot tolerate any type of anti-inflammatory or narcotic medicine. He had a bowl of soup and two popsicles for dinner. When mom and I left at 6:30 he was feeling better. They earliest he may be going home is now sometime next week.

The weather here is nasty. We have a low coming in off the coast moving east to west bringing high winds, rain, and cool temperatures. I wanted to get mom in and out of the weather so we hit Cook Out drive through on the way home from the hospital to her house.

The good news is the new dishwasher was installed this morning. Or, should I say Bob's new dishwasher. He is the one who loads and unloads the thing. Our old one is at least 25 years old or older. We bought stainless steel to match the fridge.


Friday 26 September 2008

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Dad is much improved. He did great in both his morning and afternoon PT sessions. He is feeling and acting more like himself. I left work at 3pm to pick up mom for her Friday afternoon hair appointment. Since it only takes about an hour I just waiting for her. From there we went on to the hospital.

I stay until 6 then left to come home and cook dinner. I don't think I have ever been as tired and worn out as I feel right now. It will be great to get dad home so we can all get back into our normal routine.

The low off the coast started coming through this morning. Driving wind and rain was the weather for most of the day. We have had an inch and a half so far with more tonight. The winds are not as bad as they were this morning when I walked up from the parking deck. When I left at 3 it was pouring rain but not as windy. I have a wind proof umbrella but did not want to try fighting 30 mph gusts holding on to it. Instead I just wore my rain slicker . When it is that windy an umbrella doesn't do much to keep you dry from driving rain.


Saturday, 27 September 2008

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I slept in until 8:45 to get some rest. After breakfast I started working on the counter tops. At first I was removing the laminate layer which was going very slow coming off in small chunks. I then removed the front two inch facing board to discover how the plywood was attached to the lower cabinets. Bob came in to help. We discovered we could pry the entire piece of plyboard up as it was only nailed down along the front and back counter edges and along the middle.

Bob sent me downstairs to look for a bigger plybar. I did not remember we had one but I checked a couple of places to no avail. Bob went down to look for a tire iron and found the bigger plybar hanging on the peg board behind the work bench. I forgot we had that one. Shall I ever hear the end of him being able to find something that I couldn't.

Anyway, I guess since we have been married for 25 years during which we have acutally passed the test of being able to hang wallpaper together, we do work well as a team. Between the two of us we figuered out the best approach to getting the counter top off. Once Bob started on one end with the BIG plybar he was able to get the entire board up fairly easily.

I started on the other side of the sink removing the laminte from the edge and pulling off the facing board. That side of the sink is an entire 8 foot piece of board in which the sink is mounted. We will now have to remove the sink to get that piece up. The last piece is mostly the stove top and back corner of the counter.

It's still raining pretty good this morning with showers to continue today possibly through tomorrow. I am taking the late afternoon shift at the hospital to sit with dad.


Sunday, 28 September 2008

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I left for the hospital this morning around 9. Dad was sitting in his wheelchair when I arrived waiting on his physical therapist. I went along with him to therapy. He had a 30 minute session doing 10 minutes of a bike fitted out to be used while in a wheelchair. He then did stairs while I supervised.

After he finished I rolled him outside on the patio area for some fresh air and sunshine. It was a very nice morning, not too warm nor windy. He sat outside about 20 minutes then went back to his room. He sat in his wheelchair to eat his lunch then he used the walker to walk down the hall and back. He got in bed before I left so he could rest and put his legs up. He's doing very well though he still gets winded and short of breath at times.

From the hospital I had to go by Frances's house to drop off dad's dirty clothing. I visited with her, mom and Al for a few minutes before heading back home.

Bob unhooked all the plumbing attached to the sink and pulled off the clips holding it down. We removed the sink then pried up the rest of the counter. I vacuumed out the cabinets and cleaned up everything. The stuff from the cabinets in piled in the kitched  and dining room. Last night I stopped at KFC on the way home to pick up dinner. We have enough left over for tonight.

We ended up getting a little over 2 inches of rain total. We had a brief shower this afternoon. Now the sun is out making it hot and steamy but the low tonight is be down into the high 50's.


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