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Old 01/05/15, 08:16 PM
 
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Still running like crazy trying to get things lined up and figured out for our 2 friends in the nursing home.It's a full time job for hubby and I plus the calls our daughter has to make.All his supposedly well kept files are a joke.Had to hire a hacker or what ever you call them to get in the computer since he can't remember his password.He has made so many blunders with all his paper work and finances it's unreal and very scary.But when you talk to him he is fine and there is nothing wrong with his mind!!.So between visiting them each day and running to their house quite a distant away to look for things ,it's a nightmare.Plus we had to take their 4 cats in.Plus our and our dog.Next thing I know I'll be called the cat lady
I still have the terrible cough,just plain worn out.Nothing gets done at home except laundry, all the cooking, cleaning endless litter boxes and vacuum.Then of course our grandchildren ,our bunny and chickens. Can I sleep at night ?? NO!
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Old 01/05/15, 08:17 PM
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So cold outside today, although wormlady's temps make ours seem warm! lol I did a little housework, then helped Cale cut up the deer he shot. I went to the community center to put up the January bulletin board, then stopped at Lindsey's to visit, then to visit some friends. Got home about dark and made French toast, bacon, and orange juice for a quick supper. Hope everyone had a nice day!
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Old 01/05/15, 08:56 PM
 
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This time when GFB turned pale and got short of Breath was able to my stethoscope and sphygmanomomter from my car. His heart rate was 160 and irregular, wrist pulse 90and b/p 110/84. His NORMAL heart rate is 55 to65 beats minute and his bottom bp is usually in the 60s. Short of breath at 26 /minute. His usual rate is 14 to 16. No, he does not want to go to the ER, but he did finally call the doctor office and will be seen - next Tuesday.
I have a dr appointment tomorrow for my pain prescription and intend to haul him along. He insisted on doing laundry and accompanying me on errands but allowed me to drive. I also instigated a discussion
. He acknowledged I am NOT his mother, have NO vested interest in convincing him he's sick when he's not, and I do NOT have Munchausen by Proxy syndrome, which I am convinced his mother did suffer from. Ok, but we are still not going to any ER....but he was willing to take another half metoprolol...Been concerned that both Sat and Sun night he had severe insomnia. It only took 2 months for the Metoprolol induced insomnia to almost kill me. Literally, for I was nodding off in microsleeps while driving. I HOPE & PRAY his insomnia was not related to Metoprolol.
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Old 01/05/15, 09:10 PM
 
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Of course I stayed close to him all day, which meant not getting out into the yard to harvest the lotus and water chestnuts her in the city, and Wednesday I will chauffeur him 90 minutes north for work. I brought a huge sack of edible loofa back to the city with me to trade for other produce at a Spanish produce stand, but didn't get to do that, either. Gfb had no appetite - finally tonight took some chicken and dumplings with garlic.
I keep reminding myself that "freedom includes the freedom to be a fool", something I had to stress to some of my nurses over and over. People's decisions may not be sane or sensible, but in the absence of medical or legal documentation that someone is not able to make decisions, Those decisions HAVE to be respected.
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Old 01/05/15, 09:33 PM
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I would give serious consideration to the possibility of a-fib. My husband kept having spells which sound like what is going on with GFB. He was diagnosed with a-fib after having several attacks, while he was in the hosp having knee replacement he went into a-fib, since treatment he is doing much much better.
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Old 01/06/15, 05:32 AM
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Well the old lady is moving around much better today. She had back surgery over New Years and I've been doing all the bending and twisting for her. Mostly menial stuff.

I started 3 corn plants and 28 dwarf trees a few days ago. I pulled one of the corn and was very pleased to see a very strong taproot so I will not worry about the germination of this years crop.

I ordered some Barred Rock chicken eggs last night and expect them to be here by Friday. The catch? I don't have an incubator! But I'm not too stressed. This will be the third time I've incubated so I have some experience to calm my frayed nerves just thinking about my poor babies on a USPS truck.... I'll post a step-by-step in a couple days when I get everything built and functioning.

Our food dehydrator caught fire last month and filled our house with smoke. Like idiots we pushed it out the door instead of pushing it into the kitchen and taking a "casual drive" at 3 AM and claim insurance..... So I built a new one that is much bigger in volume and larger trays. I'll have to post pics when I'm done with that one too.

I also bought about 7 kid's bikes for less than $20. I'm using the chain and sprockets for my Farmbot. I've just been collecting random parts here and there so hopefully I can have a working prototype by fall.
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Old 01/06/15, 07:30 AM
 
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I had to get up in the middle of the night for an extra blanket and socks. Weird, really, since the thermostat was at the usual temp and the furnace is running. I think maybe the bedroom was cooling off faster than the house with the low outside temps & wind. I will get another room humidifier soon for there. The lessons went well yesterday. They had all played, some had practiced, and none were utterly worn from the school day. That may change as the week goes by. One of the girls, now a college freshman in a prestigious science program and playing in the school orchestra, came for a lesson yesterday. That was really nice. Getting her through 8th or 9th grade was quite something, but her parents insisted, and I persisted. She wrote to her Mom this fall thanking her for not letting her quit and said the viola is her new best friend.
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Old 01/06/15, 09:44 AM
 
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UseLess, isn't it gratifying when your students persist? I teach piano lessons. How many students do you have.

Praying for you and your hubby GMB!

Seems like a lot of us are facing health challenges. After shattering my elbow in Nov. and the subsequent surgery, I am sure more grateful and appreciative of all the other parts of me that work!

All he way up to 12 BELOW this morning. School is back in session.

Finished my hand stitching on the stocking yesterday and spent some time enjoying this beautiful fella at our suet feeder:
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Old 01/06/15, 10:14 AM
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WOW! It's been awhile. I've been non stop here on the homestead, but I love it. Between getting ready to plant and setting up pig pen's getting wood in, maintaining the equipment, updating my homestead blog, and running my home business it has been a busy time. It was a great year! Looking forward to another great year. This year I cured all my bacon and hams emmm they turned out super good. Hey check out my blog let's meet https://joesneetstuff.blogspot.com I have a lot of pictures their. This year I need to build a chicken plucker. I picked up a food saver the big one. Oh ya that is so cool. Here is my classified ad site for anyone that lives in Middle Tn. A place folks go to buy-sell-swap-trade. HERE OK see ya in the garden.
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Old 01/06/15, 11:27 AM
 
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Oma - Continued prayers for you. I hope things slow down soon. I remember going through the bill & paperwork nightmare with my Mom.

GMB - GFB is as stubborn as my DH. I'm glad you were able to get him to agree to go to the Dr. I tell my daughter the same thing when it comes to my DH, he has the right to choose no care, even if he knows what's best for him.

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Another of my Team members is leaving for a better job. I hope our new Director can get some of the open positions filled soon. We should have an 11 member Team and we're down to 5 including myself. I may be the last one standing by the time I retire in 5 years!!

Once I got home last night I wasn't hungry enough to eat leftover Manicotti, so I ate a bacon & tomato sandwich instead.
It was a good evening. I did some housework & laundry and watched Tiny House Nation while taking breaks. It's interesting to see what they come up with for storage ideas, which gives me ideas for my own house. It also keeps me motivated to keep decluttering and organizing.

I'm headed out at lunch to run errands. I need to get more alfalfa for the horse, run to the library and drop off a load of donations at the Shelter. Fortunately it's going to be in the 40s this afternoon, so a bit warmer than yesterday. The sun is shining and that always puts me in a good mood!

Have a great day, everyone!
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Old 01/06/15, 04:42 PM
 
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Weird weather here. 53 right now and it's January. Made the ost of it today and cut/broke up small branches for firewood, and filled a couple buckets of small sticks. I did use the battery operated saw to cut up some that I couldn't break, but those batteries only last about half an hour.

I did seal up one basement window with plastic to help it stay warmer down there, but after being the go-fer for dh while he replaced the sink sprayer, I only got the one window done before Mom took her nap, so can't make any noise for a couple hours.

I used to always get the books on CD's from the library. I could 'read' books while doing my chores and loved it. We all pay for the library, so why not take advantage of it.

GMB, I hope you can convince your dh to go to the doc. Luckily you know what to watch for. It's true, you have to respect people's decisions, but it's hard when it's someone you care about.

We've all had a slight cough for a month, too. I think from allergies to the tree and wreath. Hoping that now they are out of the house, we'll all get better. If not, it's off to the doc we go.

Oma, can you cut back visits to the friends to every three days or something to give you and your dh some breathing room? That's what our former daughter in law had to do when her mother became too demanding of her time. Maybe the cough is allergy to the cats? Hope you can get things settled soon so your life setles down.

Hope everyone can stay warm, and get well!
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Old 01/06/15, 07:38 PM
 
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Finally saw the doctor today,have bronchitis.Now I am on antibiotic, prednisone,musinex and an inhaler.Hope my stomach can tolerate it all.I know this cough is going around and hangs on.
Yes I figured out going to the nursing home to visit daily is not a good thing for me.He gets pretty feisty and has a mean streak and that gets me stressed out.But since they don't have any family and only us I feel guilty for not going.I'll be so glad when every thing gets settled,but we are a long way from it.
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Old 01/06/15, 10:46 PM
 
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I would give serious consideration to the possibility of a-fib. My husband kept having spells which sound like what is going on with GFB. He was diagnosed with a-fib after having several attacks, while he was in the hosp having knee replacement he went into a-fib, since treatment he is doing much much better.
Yes, he was diagnosed with AFib back n September. While I was gone to visit DS and family he had such a bad spell he asked the doctor to work him in that day and the doctor 911ed him from the examination room.

But the hospital didn't find a cause for the AFib. He was discharged on metoprolol every 12 hours and asked our doctor at the followup exam if he could reduce that to once daily, which the doctor approved. This problem restarted this past Saturday night. Last night he had to sleep bolt upright in a chair or he couldn't breathe. I dragged him tto my dr apt- I jst needed new scripts for Schedule II drugs- told dr what had been going on and asked him to listen to GFBs chest. He did and then told GFB that until his appointment next week he was to take the Metoprolol every 12 hours and the next time I suggested going to the ER he should listen to me. GFB had an appetite today- I fixed stirfried beef- and seems very much his old self.

After mailing out the last of the family Xmas cards and annual letter. going to the store and post office, and back to the allergist, then I remembered the large paper sack of loofa squash I had brought back from the lake. Picked some of the windfall carambolas too, and wwent off to the Spanish produce stand to ask if I could trade for mushrooms and bean sprouts. Found out they are only allowed to purchase stock from official farms, that have been inspected - absolutely cannot do any swaps ?? So I said to the manager lady-Would you just take the bag and let your staff take what they want? We have way too much of any of these and I don't just want them to rot". She was agreeable to that and I bought the shrooms and bean sprouts.
Right at the edge of night I planted 5 pots to yacon and harvested 1 1/2 tubs of water chestnuts.Hitting the sack now. Y'all stay warm now!
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Old 01/07/15, 08:13 AM
 
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-6 right now. -25-35 wind chill. Everything is closed except the organization at which I volunteer.

We have clothing for free every Wednesday and once a month free toiletries. I don't imagine we will have many guests today.

But we have mounds of clothing to sort. Much of it garbage. Why do people donate dirty, stained clothes with missing buttons, broken zippers, etc. I could make a full time job of repairing and cleaning many of our donations.


But that is a rant for another day......

Picked up some elderberry syrup yesterday. Flu is rampant from what I hear, though I don't know of anyone who has it.

Be warm and well!
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Old 01/07/15, 08:31 AM
 
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My indoor-outdoor thermometers say 17.8' in the back of the house and 16' in the front . That high is surprising. Different measurements aren't. Out of regular coffee, half-and-half and salad fixings, so may step out shortly. Only 8 or 9 schools in the region are closed, and they tend to be ones with large outlying populations, and closer to the lake. A couple schools where everyone walks are open. Doctor's appointment yesterday. I had forgotten that I had one scheduled, so the reminder e-mail was a surprise. I need to do a better job of filling in things on my calendar. Feeling like my memory is off bothers me. I should get going taking the tree down today. A friend gave me a big storage box with those cardboard dividers, so packing will be less of a chore. Bundling up well before heading out to teach this afternoon. The windchill is supposed to be much worse.
Wormlady, I have 22 students on mostly on violin, plus some viola, cello & piano. I had a long PS career teaching strings & orchestra. I enjoy this style very much, and am glad to be able to continue this way.
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Old 01/07/15, 09:32 AM
 
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Glad you enjoy teaching. That is super. I would like to find a local teacher. I'm developing some intense bow arm pain from combined banjo and piano practice. I do not want to take a break. I have some bad habits that need to be corrected with a critical understanding local coach that can work with me.
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Old 01/07/15, 12:49 PM
 
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Hi, Bret, Yes, I really do enjoy teaching and playing. Like that it gives me a schedule and things to plan and think about , too. Bow arm pain where?? PM if you want. Considering I've been playing for 45 years this month !! I have not had much in the way of playing injuries. It is hard for me to divide playing injuires from plain ol' wear-and-tear. I forget, and over-use hands and arms for weeding and digging, for instance, though it is good stress relief. I know folks who've had bad stuff happen. Yes, a local teacher who can watch you. Not just anyone will do. You want to ask around for someone who is interested in this topic, has spent time thinking about equipment and technique in relation to effects on the body. I also play piano, viola and cello regularly, since I'm teaching those. I own a mandolin, guitar, & ukelele, but haven't messed with them for a while. ZERO success with banjo. I took the lessons at a famous camp, but came home and did not practice. At all.
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Old 01/07/15, 12:55 PM
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Yes, he was diagnosed with AFib back n September. While I was gone to visit DS and family he had such a bad spell he asked the doctor to work him in that day and the doctor 911ed him from the examination room.

But the hospital didn't find a cause for the AFib. He was discharged on metoprolol every 12 hours and asked our doctor at the followup exam if he could reduce that to once daily, which the doctor approved. This problem restarted this past Saturday night. Last night he had to sleep bolt upright in a chair or he couldn't breathe. I dragged him tto my dr apt- I jst needed new scripts for Schedule II drugs- told dr what had been going on and asked him to listen to GFBs chest. He did and then told GFB that until his appointment next week he was to take the Metoprolol every 12 hours and the next time I suggested going to the ER he should listen to me. GFB had an appetite today- I fixed stirfried beef- and seems very much his old self.

After mailing out the last of the family Xmas cards and annual letter. going to the store and post office, and back to the allergist, then I remembered the large paper sack of loofa squash I had brought back from the lake. Picked some of the windfall carambolas too, and wwent off to the Spanish produce stand to ask if I could trade for mushrooms and bean sprouts. Found out they are only allowed to purchase stock from official farms, that have been inspected - absolutely cannot do any swaps ?? So I said to the manager lady-Would you just take the bag and let your staff take what they want? We have way too much of any of these and I don't just want them to rot". She was agreeable to that and I bought the shrooms and bean sprouts.
Right at the edge of night I planted 5 pots to yacon and harvested 1 1/2 tubs of water chestnuts.Hitting the sack now. Y'all stay warm now!
If it keeps on he may want to consider Ablation. It works and my husband has not had any further probs.
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Old 01/07/15, 04:41 PM
 
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One of my Boy Scout moms- the owner/operator of Aardvark Air - had an ablation when she developed a fib. If she'd gone on meds she'd've lost her pilot license. It worked well for her. (When our trip did aviation merit badge we did actual flying! )
I mowed the front yard and a small bit of the back. In our private language we call this "confounding the forces of decency and morality- referring to those homeowners who really want to turn our tiny city into an HOA type association. We had the city manager who spoke out against identifying vacant city property appropriate for community gardens, since those indicate lower class and impoverished communities -and he thought we should strive to present an "upscale " appearance.
Heading back out to the lake right now. This cold front that came thru is supposed to drop temps at the lake to 39.*F. Wohoooh!
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Old 01/07/15, 08:57 PM
 
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Ventured out today into this awful cold weather. Wind chills about -15. Needed to go to the commissary, forgot my list, but managed to remember everything. Tomorrow we are adding a new member to the family and needed to prepare. We are taking in one of my daughter's German Shepard dogs. When we lost our last Shepard right after we moved here 6 yrs ago, I said no more. I really need to quit saying that because every time I do........you know what happens.

Monday I got my radiation tattoos and treatments will begin next Tue, the 13th. Ready to get started and over with. Been cleaning the house the last couple of days, upstairs is done, and the downstairs is almost done. Will finish up tomorrow afternoon after we get back from another dr's appointment. Now I just hope to keep it caught up while doing the treatments. Really hoping I won't get as tired as everyone says but know I probably will so I'm trying to prepare.

Hope everyone stays warm!
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