Sunday, December 30, 2012

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!  ~Albert Einstein

To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.  ~Barbara Bush

And then there are birthdays:  Today is my daughter's 44th birthday and what is so great her brother gets to spend the day with her. This doesn't happen often as he lives in New Mexico and has had to get home by now and back to work.

Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.  ~Charles Schulz

You're not 44, you're eighteen with 26 years experience.~Author Unknown

And my Best Wishes for the New Year to all.

Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.
~Martin Luther

Saturday, December 22, 2012

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!

I so wish this for you with all my Inner Heart.

And, it's been a month since Housemate Jim's hip replacement surgery.  He is doing really good now.  He is using a cane and the physical therapists are working him up to walking without it.  His trust in the new hip is gaining.

Because they extended the neck of the device, his right leg is a bit longer then the left so he "limps" about.  The PT is recommending a lift for his left shoe - around a half inch, which she said is quite a bit.  So that will be the next episode - and he doesn't like to wear shoes!  He's a hard-soled slipper man.

We had our first snow Thursday night - ended up with around 1.5 to 2 inches.  Hard to tell, as the winds were blowing pretty hard and created some 1 to 2 foot drifts in our back yard along with a few bare spots.  Weather folks are talking about another snow on Christmas Day.

Son will be arriving on Christmas Eve day and will be able to stay about a week.  This will be the first time have seen him in a year.  Getting excited.  Always great to see the two kids together and watch their interactions with each other.  They are as different as night and day - I know a lot of you can relate to that.

Well, time to get more baking done.  Today I am focusing on my grand-doggy treats for Buster.  He's getting scones, crumpets, banana cookies, corn dogs, muffins, and bar cookies.
 Oh look, he even has Christmas green eyes!
PS. Neighbor's dog, Isabelle will get some too.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Two Week Update . . . .

What a change - from virtually not being able to move to riding a stationary bicycle today.

The physical therapist really does push Jim; and, Jim says that he always feels good afterwards.  That's not quite what he said before the 2nd session with the PT.  He cussed and cussed that PT all morning before heading to therapy.  Now, he somewhat giddily looks forward to the sessions.  Wish he would work that hard at home, but he diligently does exercising twice a day - or he wouldn't be as far along as he is.

Jim has been sitting to get in and out of the bathtub to shower; today he was able to lift his right leg high enough to clear the tub edge without assistance.  The PT is working with him to get his legs high enough to climb in and out of the tub in a standing position.

Me, am doing okay - at least I am sleeping in longer spells at night now, since Jim is getting out of bed by himself; as well as chairs.  I don't have to help him very much.  Now, it's just get new dentures so he can eat regular food.  I have been pretty creative with baby food though.

I've had my moments of frustration, being mad, emotional, helpless and fatigue.  In reading articles about caregivers, these are typical feelings.  The worst feeling is feeling guilty at having those moments.

Today I dropped off his Medicaid application as I wanted to get it in before Medicare started processing all his bills.  From what I have read once Medicare has made adjustments and made payments those medical bills cannot be counted toward the Spendown.  See, I am learning about Medicaid.

When I finished talking to the clerk at the office, I thanked her for all her help and told her that I needed all the help I can get as this is all new to me since I've never been old before.  She had to think about that one.

My gosh I haven't even thought about Christmas yet - let alone Christmas cards.