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Week of 24 January 2011

Latest Update: Sunday, 30 January 2011 3:00 p.m.


Monday, 24 January 2011

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I spent the day and evening at the hospital. Dad was supposed to be discharged to go home this afternoon. About 2:15 he had an episode of shortness of breath, blurry vision, etc. I told the nurse who in turn called in the doctors. Baptist, being a teaching hospital, assigns a team consisting of various resident and attending physicians. Dads are from his regular family practice doctor which is at Baptist. I told them adamently that I did not want him to go home while he was still having the spells. They took another chest x-ray which showed the fluid levels were actually down further. He had another minor episode around 3:50 that lasted about 20 minutes.

They of course did not discharge him as planned. Mom and Frances picked up some food for the three of us. When we left around 8 he was doing well. I guess we will see what the doctors say tomorrow and to see if he has another shortness of breath episode either tonight or again tomorrow.

The big snow storm that was forecast to hit tonight into tomorrow has thankfully frizzled out. Hopefully we will just get rain starting sometime tomorrow and it will remain rain as predicted.

I am reading the third book in Diana Killian's Yoga series, Murder On The Eightfold Path. I loaned the first two books in the series to Mary. When I talked to her last week at the Y she mentioned she was reading them and agreeded with me how good they are. Great characters and plot even if you don't do Yoga. Mary does, so she is really enjoying them.

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

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Dad went home late this afternoon. He is much improved. He did well walking from the car into the the house without getting out of breath too much. Now, recovery, getting his heart and lungs stronger while hopefully, his medication will help things along. We know the signs to look for if he starts retaining the fluid that caused the CHF.

I'm looking forward to getting back to work and my regular routine.

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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

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I took dad to the doctor this morning for his follow-up visit at Family Practice. Dad did great walking from the car to the doctor's office and from the office to the car without getting short of breath. He still needs to take things easy for a week or so to regain his strength. On the way over to pick him up this morning it was pouring down rain. Thankfully it was warm enough to be rain.

I made it work close to 11am and worked through the day, eating my lunch while I read through all my e-mails. Things were not too bad. I had only a few ASAP things then started working on the backlog of stuff that just needs to get done,

Early this afternoon it started pouring down snow, big flakes coming fast and furious. It melted as soon as it hit the pavement and only lasted about twenty minutes. Then the sun came out. Cold enough tonight to freeze what's on the roads now. Whew, we dodged a snow event this time!


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Thursday, 27 January 2011

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I went from being busy to being very busy to being very, very busy in roughly 30 minutes. All of sudden my services became very much in demand by everybody. I am not complaining. I love to be busy and I love to having a variety of things to do. One of the attorney's in our group I only support about 10% of my time has already said he will be using me more this year.

Temperatures reached the high 40's to low 50's after a cold start to the morning. I saw some patches of black ice on the way to work. I went to the Y after work. It was good to get in a full workout after a hectic week. I talked to dad this morning. He is doing fine.

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Friday 28 January 2011

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Saturday, 29 January 2011

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House cleaning chores this morning. I baked some chocolate chip muffins from scratch. While they cooked I pulled the bottom shelf of the fridge to get to something that hads spilled down the back and into the bottom. When I pulled the shelf out I was astonished at the amount of dog hair along the back ridge that held the shelf. I asked Malcolm if he had been camping out in the refrigerator during the day.

I had 2pm to get the oil changed in the white truck. They changed the oil, power steering, and the transmission fluids. That took up the rest of the afternoon.

It's a lovely day, close to 60 degrees though very windy at times.



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Sunday, 30 January 2011

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Springlike weather has finally hit the Triad. 60 degrees today. I spent some time outdoors with Malcolm playing, picking up sticks, and finding other assorted things to do to be outside. I did catch up on my ironing this morning and did some more work on the basement. Goodwill picked up our big pile of stuff on Thursday. I finished putting things away, clearing off the work bench and getting the general area we use organized and looking better.

I am reading another Maggie Bishop book, Emeralds In The Snow, from my TBR shelf. Her books are not really mystery but more local culture with a romantic twist. She does include an element of mystery as an underlying plot. Her plots take place in and around the Boone, NC area where I went to college. Her books are light reading but fun for something different to pick up once in awhile.



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