Saturday, September 18, 2010

I am much more relaxed this time with Mom being in the hospital than the other 3 times.  I went to the used bookstore and bought 5 new (well, new to me) books to read, plus I am reading one Kathy loaned me.  It is really good so far.

Mom is doing alright, she looks tons better than she did yesterday.  When I was in Tim Horton's (yes, I even go by myself!) the owner, Mary Ann, said Mom didn't look to good yesterday either.  Which I totally agree on because, as we all now know, she wasn't feeling very well.  Her lips are moist now with all the fluids she is receiving.  They are going to start cutting down on the fluids tomorrow to see if she will eat more.  I most definitely gave them the low down on her and food.  I told the truth, she doesn't eat much but she will drink about 3 to 4 Ensures a day when she is healthy.  It's the truth, she doesn't eat much food.  She has a donut and sometimes a muffin for brunch, a piece (3 oz) of chicken breast for dinner, and if I am lucky, some veggies to go with that.  Usually I am not that lucky.  The doctor asked about a pick line for her for food and I told her Mom can swallow, she just doesn't eat a lot, so no need of a pick line for her.  She is on the same floor she was last time, so I know she is in good hands and I am going to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet while it is here.  Mom will be home before I know it and then it won't be quiet like it is right now.  I was going to do some laundry, but, hey, I will do it tomorrow.  I don't feel like doing it right now so I won't.  I feel like reading, so I am going to.

It is so quiet in the house right now, I am loving this.  Of course, Mom isn't that loud, but the fact that I have the whole house to myself right now, is nice.  At night I leave a couple of lights on so I can sleep.  I can't sleep in a totally dark house by myself, just can't do it.

My head is doing a bit better today.  Definitely not as sore as it was yesterday, but still a bit sore.  I have been a bit stressed this week.  I stress myself out is part of the problem, and also, when Mom isn't as cooperative as she usually is, it stresses me out.  Now I know why she wasn't very cooperative, but at the time I just thought she was being difficult.

Well, not much happening today other than the visit with Mom.  I try to go when she is finished eating because, quite frankly, I don't want to feed her.  That is their job while she is there and when I go and it happens to be a meal time, I end up feeding her and I just don't want to.  I feed her at home (when she needs it) and I don't want to feed her when she is there.  I went after 1 pm and her lunch, untouched, was still sitting there, so I ended up feeding her.  I was kind of upset because, come on, just sit with her and feed her, not that hard to do.  She will let you know when she is full.  She ate her boost pudding and drank a bit of the boost juice and was full.  Normal to me, that is her in the hospital.  She loves pudding so I always give her the boost pudding first.  I don't buy it at home, I buy regular pudding for her because the boost stuff is very expensive and you have to send out for it.  You can't buy it at a regular store around here.  Besides, I figure with the amount of Ensure she drinks, she doesn't need the boost puddings, just regular puddings.

Aggie didn't have her lesson because she is sick.  Poor kid, 3rd week of her junior year at MSU and she has a cold.  I think her roommates have one too.  Ugh, doesn't sound fun to me.

Well, it is raining out today which is probably why I have a bit more than usual of a headache.  My joints are a bit achy from it too, so I am going to curl up with a book and have a good read!  yes, peaceful reading time for me today!  Perfect day for it.  I may even take a brief nap as I am a bit tired too.

Have a wonderful day.


  1. Hi, Heather! You enjoy your peace and quiet, you certainly deserve it! I got a bit of a chuckle out of you saying, "it is their job to feed her while she is there." I'm a nurse (or when I can work again!) and worked on the oncology (cancer) ward and we would get in a lot of patients that couldn't eat without assistance. When you are short on help (which is usually the case) we LIVED for the family to come in and help us out with the feeding of their loved one. I know it's not a hard job, but when you've got THREE patients like that, doctors on your butt, orders clear to the ceiling, we appreciate any help we can get. But I understand your position, too. You need a break and you should take it. Just take it easy on the nurses....they are doing the best they can and with the economy like it is, they are cutting back on staff. So while you are a nurse, you are also a secretary, dietician and nurse's aide, too!
    Please send me some of your rain, OK? I need it!
    Enjoy your books!

  2. Hi Heather! I always appreciate the nice comments you leave me. You always have your hands full over here! TLC! Use some for yourself. I would love to see the violins you paint. Glad you found some books to read. I am always reading. I just found a book that highlights women who made our country great. I love books like that! Come visit me soon and don't forget to check the different giveaways that are still going on. Hugs and Happy weekend to you! Anne