Saturday, November 29, 2008

Quiet Times at Home

Daddy and Noah put stakes in the ground so that Daddy can tell where the edge of the driveway is after it snows. Noah was so good about bringing the stakes to Daddy. Then I noticed they both were wearing camouflage hoodies!

Naps in the sunshine are the VERY best!! I told Mya that Kinko was sunbathing but Mya didn't quite understand the concept. So, I had her lay down next to the kitty. The sunshine was really warm on the sofa.

The second photo is looking down from the top of the back of the sofa.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Just for Fun

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Laudry Room

Here we go!

Daddy's little helper.

Moving right along.

I have wanted our laundry room finished for about 10 years now. Nothing fancy. Just didn't want to be looking at insulation. It's funny how you get used to something and stop thinking about it. I told Keith that if guys look at garages when they are buying a home, then the women look at not only the kitchen but the laundry room. Therefore, it needed to be a bit more tidy looking in order to put the house up for sale. We settled on paneling and a malamine shelf. What do you think? Not too bad for an inexpensive project.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Keep on Keepin' On

Another busy week is nearing and end. Next week my work hours return to more of what they were prior to my start at **** hospital. If I have to do more training, I will be doing no more than 4 days per week--Weds off. It's just too hard on all of us. We need at least one day in the middle of the week to regroup. Training is going well. Nearly signed off in Heme/Coag/Manual. Moved on to UA miscellaneous desk. None of this will make sense to non-lab persons but I want to record it for myself. I'll be a regular tech in those areas and fit in more training as time allows.

Noah has healed well and hardly seems to notice his cast now. Will be so nice for him to have his hand back. Can't wait to see him use it. His language seems mushy lately. Might have to get his ears cleaned out. Seems like he isn't pronouncing things clearly. I can understand most of the time but get very frustrated at some points.

Mya is busy with pre-school. Next week we have a conference. So I will find out how she is really doing. I'm sure it will all be good.

Carrie and Jon came out to see my Dad last weekend. Long trip but I'm sure they are happy they did it. Erin went out on Sunday also. Seemed like a holiday at the nursing home. So many of my family were there. In one of his more lucid moments, Dad commented that we were taking up too much room and may have to move to a different spot. Wish I would have taken a picture of us all together, chatting and just being there with Dad. Carrie did take some pictures but haven't seen them. It is a great memory for me. Kind of bittersweet.

Home life is at a standstill as I train and we travel out to the farm. Finally vacuumed some today. The last time I did it was Saturday morning. Amazing how much dirt comes out of the carpet after just a few days. Pretty gross actually.

That's the update from here. Hope all is well with my readers :)

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Noah and Dad Updates

Hmmm . . . what is the white stuff ? ? ?

Bath time is even more interesting these days. Noah is not allowed to get his cast wet but he definitely needs to soak for a bit. After some thought, I put a bread bag over the cast and used one of these decorative socks (thanks Jo S.) to keep the cast from getting wet. Even if he forgets and lets his arm slip off the edge of the tub, it is protected. So far it has worked well.

We visited dad at the nursing home yesterday. He pulled Mya up in his lap so we could get a picture. Noah wasn't willing to get in there. Dad kept trying to stand up but they have an alarm on him so that he doesn't fall. We talked a bit and left when dad was worn out. Mya wanted to know when GP was going home to live with GM again. Noah keeps saying " why gampa in wheel chair?" I keep telling him that GP's legs don't work very well. In time, dad could walk again but he is pretty weak right now. He did complain that his butt hurt. :)

Had to get a picture with GM too. She's doing pretty good but the whole thing pretty much absorbs her mind as you would expect. Visitors are a much needed distraction.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

My Parents -- Tough Times

This is a photo from the first time dad met Noah. Dad spent some time in a children's home. So he is always asking about these two. Dad has Parkinson's. Mom has done a terrific job taking care of him but things just got to be too much a couple months ago. Dad is living in the local nursing home. Sometimes I wonder just how much nursing is done in the homes. I think they are understaffed and the employees sometimes become numb--not Mr Brian, though! Anyway, Dad got a UTI and it went into his blood. He has been in the hospital for a couple days and is now heading back to the home--a very weak man. Mom is doing the best she can but it is very hard. We appreciate your prayers. Thanks.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Noah's Surgery

Cell phone pictures -- I forgot the regular camera.
Playing with hospital toys prior to surgery.

Relaxing in the recovery room.

Noah came through his surgery well. The most difficult part was waking up to a casted arm and hand. He will wear that for a full month so that the grafting has a chance to fully heal.
Today went better with only a few requests to take the big purple bandaid/mitten off. He doesn't seem to be having much pain but I am trying to give him acetaminaphen and ibuprofin on a regular basis. He also has some codeine but I've been reluctant to give much of it--mostly if he complains a lot and at bed time.