Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Solstice

Dear Lucy,
Happy Winter Solstice to those who celebrate the season! Seems like a far better season to celebrate than the expensive, consumer driven, commercialized Christmas season these days.
Dad continues to hover in his recovery. He received his two units of blood last week and looks a bit better, but is still not eating much at all. I don't have high hopes for him if he doesn't get enough nourishment.
I found out that Option Care is in a hiring freeze right now so no job there for me. Don't know how long it will last but I am financially OK so am not worried about work right now. Just wanting to work out of boredom.
Meanwhile, I am going over the 50 thousand word novel from November and trying to take the mess and edit it. Keeps me busy and out of the bars!

Monday, December 14, 2009


Dear Lucy,
So Dad now has a UTI which in layman's terms means he has a urinary tract infection.
A UTI can be deadly for an ill or old person as it can become systemic very quickly. It was a systemic infection that caused Anne's heart attack in 4 days.
So, he is on antibiotics which he seems to be responding to so far.
He still slides in and out of dementia, sometimes I don't think he realizes where he is.
He is very tired and weak yet.
So, we are still going one day at a time.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Dear Lucy,
So Ken (my bro for those who don't know) flew up from Southern California (ya he's really feeling the sting of the cold).
We went to the nursing home and had a meeting with the physical therapist, occupational therapist, social worker and Dad concerning his progress.
He is doing better in all areas, he has a bit more dementia and his gout is coming back. He is now off of all antibiotics so they are keeping track of his pneumonia.
He will also have a swallow evaluation done as he is exhibiting some swallowing problems and has been for a few months now.
If he does not have a relapse, he will likely get well enough to come back home and I can apply for government help to get a worker to come in as needed to care for him where Suzie can't.
The real problem will be Lucy as she is still a young, energetic dog and can be a fall risk for Dad.
We will have to do our best.
Nothing has been done concerning the bleed he had though it has stopped for now. But it is like a ticking time bomb that will never go away.
He seems happy enough though he isn't quite sure what's going on. He thinks it's 1954, he is single and always has been, and that all that bleeding was from a hemorrhoid.
Lucky him.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Dear Lucy,
So Dad is now at Alderwood nursing home. He is not a happy camper.
Alderwood is where we put Anne's mother and they treated her well so we are hoping for the same.
The plan is to give him physical therapy for strengthening and balance and then sending him home.
I don't have high hopes for him getting terribly strong as whatever caused the bleeding in the first place didn't get resolved.
So, keep him in your prayers and us too. We are going to try to get him in there permanently for his safety and our sanity.
For those who have parents who are getting older, shoot em, it is easier in the long run.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Dear Lucy,
I am told that I haven't blogged in a while. So true.
On Wed before Thanksgiving I had to have Dad taken by ambulance to the hospital and he is still there.
He had a significant bleed in his colon (likely from Diverticulitis). He is on blood thinners for his heart so when he bled baby, he bled.
They ended up giving him a transfusion of two units of blood and he has been on IV antibiotics.
He is very weak and will have to stay in a nursing home when the hospital has done all they can.
In the meantime, Suzie and I both have colds so this is why I haven't written.
I ended up writing 50,183 words in my month's time on the novel and feel really good about it.
We cooked a turkey for turkey day and I got drunk as a flippin' skunk. Me and Suzie just finished the bird off last night.
Still looking for work. Still writing.
Still alive and kicking!