Mom Report

Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:20 pm
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She's been putting heat on her knee, which has been hurting, and it's helped. She's been catching up on her sleep.

She's decided that she will go on the trip to Scotland with her friend next month.

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Jul. 15th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Mom's pain came back, although this time it's near her knee. She's going to see the pain doctor next week. I hope that he can help. She hasn't been sleeping well because of it.

Mom is stressing because her trip to Europe is coming up, and she's not sure if she should go or not. Also, my uncle has had more fluid around his heart, although the doctor is just watching it right now.

She's been talking about her stress to more people, which is good because she needs a chance to vent.

She's interested in the places that I've been visiting or plan to visit. She wants to take a road trip!

She's concerned about Harlee, as am I. The vet tried to reach me today, but I missed the call. The vet said that she had some ideas of things to do for Harlee. I hope that I'll catch her on Monday and see what they are.

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Jul. 8th, 2017 10:53 pm
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The shot in my mom's hip is still working. She's been catching up on sleep because she hadn't been sleeping well because of the pain. She thinks that she overdid it on gardening, however. She was out with some friends on July 4th, when one of the friends accidentally shut the car door on my mom's fingers. Luckily, none of them were broken.

There was a burning sensation in my thumb joint near the end of the call. It was making me feel a little nauseous, but it went away. I had the same sensation in my knee the other day. I don't know what's causing that sensation. Both RA and osteoarthritis run in my family, but I don't think that's what this is. Weird.

I am feeling kind of stiff and tired (even after my nap!), so I think that I'll go to sleep early.

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Jul. 1st, 2017 10:57 pm
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Mom had a shot of steroids in her hip, and her hip stopped hurting almost immediately. Good deal.

Apparently last Saturday, my uncle was taken to the hospital with chest pains. He didn't have a heart attack, but there was fluid around his heart. However, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2012, which I didn't know, so anything could happen. My mom didn't tell me about it on Saturday because she knew that I had the presentation on Sunday.

My laundry is done, after trying to dry a load in a dryer that wasn't working well twice, cleaning me almost out of quarters. (Does anyone know if Monday is a bank holiday?) Harlee's litter boxes are scrubbed out.

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Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:41 pm
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The MRI showed that Mom's sciatic nerve is inflamed. They're going to give her a shot of steroids. I hope that it helps. However, she's been managing to do lots of gardening and enjoying her garden.

I'm having a case of the blahs. I think that I'm going to feed the girls, get ready for bed, and read for a while. It would be better if I get to bed early and get up earlier tomorrow because on Sunday, I'll need to get up before dawn to catch the 7 AM train. I can't believe that I agreed to do that, but I plan on sleeping the way up to Chicago.

Added: Forgot to mention that Mom wants to go to Cahokia Mounds. Don't know why the site's Web site is down though.
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I have a vague memory of liking Pere Marquette State Park as a kid. (We took trips all over Illinois when I was a kid.) So I looked it up last night. Beautiful, so beautiful, with lots of hiking trails. It's especially beautiful in the Autumn. So taking a trip there in Autumn is now at the top of my list. I'd love to stay in the Lodge, but it appears to be booked up way in advance. Plus, it's probably very pricey. (They don't post their prices, which I don't like. If you have to ask....) However, I found an Airbnb about 15 minutes away that's $22 a night. Can't beat that. (There is a nicer place that's a little farther away with a river view for $89 a night.) We have Fall Break in October, which should be good leaf-viewing time, so when I get paid, I want to book the Airbnb for Fall Break. The only thing is that I want to have decent hiking boots for that trip because the trails are steep, and there are poisonous snakes in the area.

In another area (Ottawa, IL), I found a place with a class in glass-blowing. Doesn't that sound cool? I'm going to ask my mom if she's interested in trying it.

Illinois has some interesting areas!

I've feeling kind of burnt-out, slightly depressed, tired, and headachy. I think that I'll hole up with some photography books that I checked out of the library (I want to work on photo composition because that doesn't require a DSLR) and a snuggly cat. After I meditate and exercise.

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Jun. 17th, 2017 10:18 pm
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Mom went to the doctor to see why her hip has been hurting. They took an x-ray, and everything looked okay. Then they took an MRI, but the results aren't back yet. Her numbers are good, but she's been really, really tired. She thinks that she hasn't been eating enough.

Mom would like to go to Galena, so maybe we'll plan a trip together sometime. It probably would be a good place to go because there would be a lot of places for mom to rest if she needs it. Maybe over spring break next year? Or fall break this year?

I don't like anything that's in the house, so I'm going to run to the store to pick up a few things. And I'm running low on CAT FOOD! Oh, no!


Jun. 16th, 2017 10:43 pm
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Oy. I accidentally stepped on Mimi's tail, and she promptly attacked Zara, and they got into a huge, yowling fight. I've got them split up now. Harlee heard me yelling, and started meowing in the middle of it.

I did start on the bedroom, and was working on emptying a chest filled with clothes that I don't wear, when my mom called. She got the weekends confused as to when I'm going to give my presentation. We hung up quickly, and will talk tomorrow.

I finished two loads of laundry, and one blog post for my professional blog.

Oh, and I've got my gym bag ready to use. I don't know where the shorts went that I wear to the gym in the summer, but I found some nylon capris that shouldn't be too hot. Now all I have to do is go there!

No Go

Jun. 16th, 2017 12:16 am
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I'm not going to be able to take the trip over the 4th of July long weekend. Apparently we're going to get paid on July 3rd, instead of the 30th, like I thought. The reason is that the 1st is falling on a weekend, and it's the beginning of the fiscal year, so they can't pay us early. Bummer.

But! I decided to see if Peoria (about a half-hour from here, not counting travel time in Peoria) had a botanical garden, and indeed, it does. They have guided tours on Sundays for $2. I definitely want to go over the 4th of July weekend.

Peoria also has a "nature preserve" with trails.

There also is a state park in Eastern Illinois (about 1.5 hours from here) that I'd like to check out. The same area has a lake with trails.

There also are a couple of spots in the area with lakes where you can swim. I think that I can keep myself amused and destress.

My cats, however, are not amused and are stressy. Zara scratched me this morning. I was trying to put my phone on its charging cord, and apparently I was too close to Zara's head. To be fair, she warned me, but I wanted to put my phone away and then jump in the shower because I was running late for work. She broke the skin on my arm, but it didn't bleed, so I need to keep an eye on the scratches. I might have some peroxide to put on it in my linen closet.

Harlee wanted me to come in and pet her when I was home for dinner. I told her that I needed to go back to work, but that I was going to be home tomorrow. She replied, "MMMMMMEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOWWW" and shook her paw at me. I have no doubt that I was being told. (I told my mom that I thought that Harlee was getting more and more crotchety in her old age. My mom said, "Harlee, I know exactly how you feel. :))

Mimi is annoyed that I'm busy typing when she is HUNGRY! (Their dishes are soaking in the sink.)

I have a lot to do this weekend, so I need to make a list. I want to take a walk in the nature preserve across the road from me though. And go to the gym and work on strengthening my bad knees.

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Jun. 10th, 2017 10:25 pm
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My voice made it through the phone call with my mom. Her hip is still really hurting, and she isn't getting enough sleep because she wakes up in pain. She has an appointment at the doctor on Monday. On a more positive note, two fawns were born in her yard. (More positive if you don't think about the fawns and their mom munching Mom's garden!) She said that the fawns were really cute.
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I had a bunch of very vivid dreams this morning, and woke 4 PM. Yikes. The girls were hungry and agitated. The mucus traveling around my system had settled in my larynx, and I had no voice. And I'm scheduled to talk to my mom tonight.

Well, the girls are now fed and have settled down. I fed myself, which has broken up some of the mucus, so my mom might be able to understand me. (She has a bad hearing loss, which doesn't help.)

I had planned to dye my hair, but I'm postponing it until next week. I want to have it done before my conference presentation, but that's on the 25th. I need to throw myself together, start laundry, and start scrubbing Harlee's litter boxes.

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May. 19th, 2017 10:55 pm
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Talked to my mom. She's preparing to go to Chicago at the same time as I go to Cincinnati.

My stomach has been acidy and upset because of the brouhaha over the Library Director leaving. My mom and I talked about how we tend to somatize our emotions. I just made some pasta, which should help. I still need to pack and clean the kitchen, but want to make it an earlish night.

On Track

May. 13th, 2017 10:49 pm
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Mom is doing well. We're on track for her to come visit a week from Thursday. (I'm taking time off after the conference at which I'm presenting.) We're going to look at my Charleston-Savannah book and discuss where we'd like to go, among other things.

I told my mom that I want to retire in Clearwater, Florida, and she said, "Clearwater, Florida???" But I explained what interested me in it. (She liked the description of the 55+ complex.)

It is flipping hot in here, even with the A/C on. And I need to run the oven to bake a quiche. Poor planning on my part? Florida can't be much more humid than Central Illinois.

Oh well, the food won't make itself. (Boy, would I love a robot that cooked for me.)

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Dec. 28th, 2016 11:32 pm
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Debbie Reynolds too? Holy cow. Her heart must have been broken about her daughter.

As for my mom, she's doing well. She said that when she first got out of the hospital, she was completely exhausted. (I commented that her body had had repeated assaults, so it's expected that she'd need some recovery time.) But she got up enough energy to clean house before I came. (I had expected to have to help her clean.) And we went out and did stuff. I don't know if she's collapsed right now. I'm collapsing; the drive took it out of me. And I'm getting older too :)

I'm happy that my mom enjoyed my visit. I wish that I could have stayed longer, but as it is, we spent a lot of money taking care of the girls. Plus I'm glad to have a few days of puttering before I go back to work.

Back Home

Dec. 28th, 2016 04:48 pm
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I'm really bummed about Carrie Fisher dying. I got a late start yesterday partially because I was watching the news. Rest in peace.

I also ran late because I did a makeover on my mom. I discovered that it's a lot harder to put makeup on someone else. I need to practice.

Finally, I left. Someone cut me off in Toledo, but I managed to slam on the brakes. I slammed them so hard that my suitcase flipped over. Then I missed a turnoff in Indianapolis. I wound up taking I-70 SW into Illinois, which got me about an hour south of the correct route. Then I picked up a route north that got me to the right route. I wound up rolling in about 3 AM.

Mimi, not surprisingly, hasn't been letting me out of her sight, and was on my lap last night when I was trying to eat. I expected Harlee to chew me out, but she was dubious about me at first, but then warmed up and was marking me like crazy. I just picked up Zara, so the gang's all here. Zara seems happy to be home, but isn't happy that I'm leaving her in the bedroom for now while she and Mimi get reacquainted.

I think that I'm going to spend a quiet day at home, mostly catching up on my classes. If I get ambitious, I'll work on organizing the bedroom and cleaning the bathroom. I need to get milk, so I might run out later.

Added: I'd really like to move closer to my mom, but can't do that now. I need to pare down my stuff and save up money for a move. I've always wanted to live in Ohio, which is closer to my mom, so I need to keep my eyes open.

Mom Update

Dec. 18th, 2016 03:21 pm
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I talked to my mom last night. She's supposed to get out of the hospital today. She feels much better, and her legs are less swollen. She thinks that she got out of the hospital too early when she had pneumonia. So that's good that she's feeling better.

She's a little worried about me driving to Detroit, but I told her that I won't take risks, and I'll stop if it starts snowing hard. She's looking forward to my being there though. She wishes that I could take the cats with me, but no, I'm not going to do that. Everyone except Mimi is a real stress case in the car.
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By the time that I got out the door, it was 28 degrees F, colder than it was last night. But I sucked it up and ran errands. Picked up my library book--Getting Things Done by David Allen. I thought that this week would be a good time to set up a Getting Things Done system using Evernote. Went grocery shopping. I was going to get mushrooms and spinach for my lasagna, and ingredients for mac and cheese, but wound up with a cart full of stuff. At least, I won't starve. And I bought my first Christmas present--a Hickory Farms box for my uncle, who doesn't do anything and doesn't want anything, but he does eat. I'll get more presents later in the week.

I want to start doing "morning pages" based on a writing prompt as a way to get back into writing. So I bought a sparkly gold notebook and some pens.

The cold hurt my face as I walked out with my groceries, but that's because I refused to wear a hat and scarf. Don't want winter!!! Like that will help.

My mom liked the idea of a basket of cheeses as her Christmas present, but she also said that she liked shortbread cookies. So I'm planning to bake some for her. It's way too early to bake them right now, but I am looking at cookie cutters. I found a snowflake one that I like, but $5 for one cookie cutter? Sheesh.

I'm planning to stay home tomorrow and do some cleaning and cooking. I'm not planning to get dressed. Love "at home" days.

I think that I'll go read....
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After my walk in the park, I made a grocery list and went grocery shopping. Aldi had everything that I need for my mac and cheese casserole. Go Aldi! When I got back, I unloaded groceries, and then grabbed a couple of books and went to the coffeeshop to read a little. I wasn't there as long as I would have liked, but I had my phone call with my mom at 9.

I'm worried about my mom. Her platelet count is very low again. They want her to come to the hospital on Monday for another transfusion. She's getting sick of going to the hospital. She's on the chemo again, but that probably isn't causing the low platelet count; it's probably the multiple myeloma. On the other hand, we got onto the subject of politics, and she was off and running, so she can't be feeling too bad :)

We discussed Christmas presents, and she thought that my planned gifts for my aunt and uncle are okay. I told her what I would like (hand mixer and an apron for my culinary adventures). She's not sure what she wants, so I talked about making her a gift basket with various types of exotic cheeses, and she thought that was good. She isn't eating enough, so anything that will get her to eat more is a good thing. (She always thinks that whatever food I'm making sounds good though!)

I made some cheese and herb biscuits from a Red Lobster mix, and they were great. I also made some homemade baked mac and cheese, and it was okay, but not cheddary enough for my taste. The search for a good baked mac and cheese recipe continues....

I was going to clean the kitchen for a while, and then go to bed, but the mac and cheese is knocking me out. So I think that I'll go to bed and get up early to get some stuff done.

It was an unconventional birthday, but a good one.
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Mom's visit is coming to a close. Today was a lazy day; we went out to a late lunch/early dinner, and then took a nap. My mom called a friend and talked for a while. We talked for a long time. That's about it.

Mom is leaving tomorrow morning, and I'm working tomorrow. But I only have to work three days, and then I'm getting a four-day weekend (Labor Day holiday plus I'm taking an extra day). So that will be good.

Oh, and RIP Gene Wilder. The world is less funny without you.
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We ran a couple of errands and stopped by the library. Then we went to see Florence Foster Jenkins, about the world's worst opera singer. Meryl Streep was good, as always, but it really was Hugh Grant's movie. A critic commented that working with Meryl Streep caused him to up his game. He was quite good.


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