Friday, May 22, 2015

April:

I don't know why I  haven't been blogging.  Maybe just too much to think about and write down.  I wish I would have kept up along the way, rereading my emotions and maybe after seeing it all wrote down, it wouldn't seem as overwhelming as I've been feeling.

The first three weeks of April were daily visits with Mom at the nursing home.  What started out as afternoon visits became morning, lunch and then afternoon.  I cherish the time I spent taking Dad back and forth and the lunches and grocery shopping.  I also cherish the time spent with Mom.  I never thought it would be as hard emotionally as it was.

Chad and Todd picked up Mom on Easter Sunday to come to the annual Elrod/Feeler Easter Dinner.
Everyone was so happy to see Mom out of the nursing home, if only for a few hours.

We brought Mom home on Friday, April 17th (which happened to be Todd's 34th birthday).  We did manage to get our little Elrod family to go out to eat for mine (April 19th) and Todd's birthday at Randy's Road Kill.  Don't let the name fool you, it's a very good barbecue restaurant.

Mom went back into the hospital on April 26th for pneumonia and COPD.  She was having a hard time breathing.  Luckily she was better soon and back home.  Along with being in the nursing home or at home, there are still doctor visits to take Mom to.

We continued with our weekly visits to visit Cash.  He's quite the little character and we enjoy him so much.  He certainly loves his Grandpa.  We watched him one weekend and he started running a low temp.  He was definitely Grandma's boy that weekend.  We spent a lot of time rocking and cuddling.  Hey, I'll take the Grandma attention any way I can get it.  lol

I'm sorry to be such a downer this month.  I think the emotions of my job ending due to the company selling out hit me hard along with the daily trips back and forth.

I am truly grateful for my family and friends.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Visiting:

Monday:
One of the benefits of Chad working for himself is he sometimes has the freedom to stop by for a visit during the day.  Around 11 a.m. was one of those visits.  I cherish this time with my oldest son. And as always, it ends with a hug and a I love you.  Both Chad and Todd always hug me before they leave.
It's funny that April was always attached at the hip and our bond is very close, but she never hugs us good bye.  She's a little more reserved now like her Grandma Dodie.  But we know she loves us very much and shows it in numerous ways.
My afternoon consisted of taking Dad to the nursing home to see Mom.  It's so much easier now that she is in a brand new facility and more care given.
The evening visitors were Nathan and Liz.  I think I'm pretty boring, but they come and visit us one night a week.  Lizzy is my little side-kick now that April is grown.


The rest of the week continued with afternoon visits to see Mom.  Dad and I usually take a drive on the way home and on back roads we haven't been on in years.

Friday:
Took Mom to the doctor for an x-ray.  Mom was so certain she was going to get to go home that day.  I didn't see how it was possible as she's not suppose to put any weight on her left foot for another two weeks.
I am definitely not as strong as I used to be.  The aide loaded Mom into the car and then a very nice man unloaded her at the doctor's office.  I don't know what I would have done without them.
The x-ray showed the bones are healing great and the doctor said she could come home in a couple weeks.  She is so thrilled.
I worry about what it will be like when she comes home.  She has been falling a lot the past year and now with this setback I'm not sure how well she'll be able to walk.  I just hope she doesn't continue to fall.

Although I feel stressed at times and it breaks my day up every day, I am thankful for this time spent with Mom and Dad.  For those that know my Dad, he tells stories of his life (over and over again) he still comes up with some new ones now and then.  People say I don't know how lucky I am to still have my parents.  I do know and I very much appreciate them.  I'm grateful for loving parents.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Weekend Update;

Friday:
Dad and I moved Mom to a new facility today.  With not much to move, I don't know why it exhausts you.  Maybe emotions.
Dwayne has been sick and home a few days.  For those of you who know Dwayne, it's very rare he ever takes a day off.  He went back to work today and was worn out when he got home so he went straight to bed.  (with no supper-not good for him)
Saturday:
A quick trip to the bank and to MFA to buy feed.  Then on up to pick up Dad to go see Mom.
Dwayne asked me when he got home where I wanted to eat out at.  I said Gordoz.  (a little expensive, but not too high)  He said he didn't want to go there we should go to Sput's.  Which is a good place to eat, I just felt like something different.  So why did he ask me?  lol
We went to see Mom and she was glad to see Dwayne.  Since he has been sick off and on for the whole month of March, she hadn't got to see him.
We then went to Sput's.  Saw a few people we knew and the food was good.
Sunday:
Since Sunday is Dwayne's only day off work, I stayed home from church to spend time with him.  We went to Vichy to feed and then drove a few back roads.  Things change fast when you haven't been down a road in awhile
April had bought a Little Tyke's picnic table and a swing for Cash.  They were delivered to our house as they have a PO Box and no one is at home to sign for them.  In the evening, we took the stuff over.  April had fixed supper of chicken breasts and side dishes; very good.  As you can see from the following pictures, we had a good time.  There is a lot of pictures but wanted to capture the joy and love we have for Cash.  (no different than other grandparents, it's just our first one after all these years)  I have no idea why Cash thought it was so funny to grab my nose but he would laugh hysterically.








 
I am grateful for life and family.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Silverstone:

Dad and I moved Mom from the facility she was in to a brand new Nursing Home called Silverstone.
The care she was getting at the last one wasn't the greatest.  Luckily, my sister, Katie knew of this new facility.  They only had three residents so far.  She had to pull some strings but we got Mom admitted.  She now has her own room, own bathroom and better nursing care.

I am grateful for Kate finding and helping Mom to get into the new facility.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Technology:

Cash
Cash was quietly playing in April and Mike's bedroom when she went to check on him.  He had the cell phone charger and was trying to plug it in to his toy cell phone!  Kids certainly learn technology quick anymore!!

I am so grateful for this little guy; love him more each day.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Monday:

Kind of a nice day.  Todd came by for a visit in the morning.  Talked him into moving some flower bushes for me.  I piddled around cleaning out some flower beds.  I love cleaning them out in the Spring but when Summer comes and time to take care of the flowers, I don't do it.  I neglect them mostly.  But, oh to take your bare hands (I know, I should wear gloves as you never know what you might be reaching into) and rake out the leaves and around small shoots of flowers coming out of the ground.  I love that.
Took Dad to see Mom in the afternoon.  The weather was nice so we took her out to the gazebo.  She loved getting to go outside.  The wind picked up and it started getting cooler so we went back inside.  Poor Mom, she is so unhappy there.  (and I don't blame her, I would be too)  Her room is so small with the roommate and furniture.  There is barely enough room to stand to visit.  We can slide in and sit on the bed or stand up.  She's doing good with therapy but still not steady enough on one leg to come home.  She thinks she is coming home soon, but we will have to wait as she can't have any weight on her left foot and ankle for two months total.
Chad and Todd are repainting their bedroom and putting down new floor.  She's pretty excited about that.

Grateful for these days with Mom and Dad.

Weekend Update:

Friday:
I came down with another cold so I couldn't take Dad to see Mom.  My niece, MacKensie was out of school for the day so she took him.
Saturday:
Poor Dwayne had to work overtime again.  I pretty much just laid around and watched TV.  Todd came over in the afternoon and a little later, Chad.  I love these visits.  They both asked when Cash would be over again.  They were excited he'd be there the next day.
Sunday:
I went to church and then just watched Dwayne and the boys working in the yard.  April and Cash were at a bridal shower in Vienna and were coming over later.  I fixed baked chicken along with side dishes.  One of the easiest deserts to make is an egg custard pie that you don't need to make a crust for.  My nephew, Troy came over to see what we were doing as there was a lot of smoke from where the guys were burning leaves.  He stayed for supper.  Troy stayed with us a lot when he was younger.  We used to joke that he was our step-child as we had him weekends, summers and holidays.  The six of us used to sit around the table for supper and this was a nice reminder of those days.

Custard Pie:
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup melted butter
2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
(I add a little bit of cinnamon)
Mix as listed. 
Baked at 350 for 45 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean.

We had a good time visiting on the back deck and playing with Cash.  His uncles are sure proud of him.   Uncle Chaddy usually has him most of the time.  He had started up the back stairs and forgot something so he backed down the stairs.  Cash found that to be the funniest thing ever.  So Uncle Chad did this several times and Cash would crack up laughing.  We all enjoyed watching him laugh and play.

Cash and Uncle Chad

Cash with Grandpa
 
I didn't get up to see Mom over the weekend as I still didn't feel the greatest.
Most grateful for my family.