Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 24 January 2011
Latest Update: Sunday, 30 January 2011 3:00 p.m.
Monday, 24 January
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
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.
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
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.
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
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
Thursday, 27 January 2011
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.
Friday 28 January 2011
Saturday, 29 January 2011
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.
Sunday, 30 January 2011
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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