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Friday, 27 September 2013
Disability Information

Some people think that I am on Social Security Disability. I am not. I have enough disability that employer’s will not hire me, but not enough to draw disability. I did apply and was turned down and went all the way thought the court system. It took a full page for SSA to explain why I should get assistance and one line to tell me that I have to much education to receive Social Security Administration Disability Benifits. What education has to do with it I do not know, but it is very important to SSA in the formula they use.

Unless something changes, once Mom passes I will be on the street. Unless someone gets real generous and gives me a business to run.  By the way, it would need to be large enough that I can have an office. I can not stand on my feet very long.


Posted by jehj at 10:14 AM EDT
Friday, 9 August 2013
Mom's Heart Condition

I have talked about Mom’s Heart Condition before, but have never said what it is. She has Congestive Heart Failure. This is why her ankles swelling (Edema) and why she wheezes when she walks. This condition can lead to Strokes and Heart Attacks. She may live another two to three years and she may not wake up in the morning.

Fluid build up causes the swelling of the ankles and a build up of fluid around the Heart and Lungs is causing the wheezing. Some of the symptoms are Abdominal Pain (this is why she holds her stomach sometimes), High Blood Pressure, Bronchitis and other Breathing problems and Frequent Urination (why she has accidents). She also has High Cholesterol and some other health problems. All the foods she is not suppose to eat, she loves. She is not suppose to eat beef, pork or anything green. I try to keep these to a minimal in her diet. Can not take them out completely.

Mom was diagnose in 1994, so next year will be twenty years she has lived with this condition. The Doctor has talked about a Nebulizer, but Mom will not use it yet. The day will come that is will have no choice but to use it.

I hope this helps you to understand Mom’s health issues. If you have any questions please let me know. Please feel free to give my website address ( to anyone who wants to keep up with Mom.

Posted by jehj at 10:34 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 9 August 2013 10:38 AM EDT
Friday, 7 June 2013
Update Mom

In the last two weeks Mom has seen the two doctors that she see the most. Dr. Weaver (her General Practitioner) told her “for a 81 year old woman with your health problems you are doing good.”

Dr. Gwinn (the eye doctor) says her pressures are within range. Her eye pressures are 17 that is up from 16. Mom has Glaucoma and is going blind. She can keep this at bay if she uses her eye drops as she is told. Dr. Gwinn did not get the results he wanted with the removal of the left Cataract and that is why the right one has not been removed.

Mom does not go anywhere except to church with Debra and she has mention stopping that. The excuse she is using is that it is out of Debra’s way to come get her. That excuse just does not fly with me, because it is just not that far out of Debra’s way. There is also a Granddaughter that comes within a 1/2 mile on her way to church, so she could stop and get Mom. Mom does not want the girls to know how bad off she is. She gets confused sometimes and she has accidents (bathroom). She still goes with me to the grocery store and out to eat once in awhile. She has to use a cart to get around a store. The girls don’t seem to understand that she can not walk around shopping for hours anymore and that is the reason she does not go anywhere with them. We are gone about two hours to the store and she goes to bed and sleeps most of the afternoon when we get back. It just wears her out.


Posted by jehj at 10:16 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 10 June 2013 10:10 AM EDT
Monday, 22 April 2013
Shop My Online Store
Please look at my online store.  It is not very big, but I hope you like it and shop at it. 

Posted by jehj at 10:08 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 22 April 2013 10:19 AM EDT
Monday, 26 November 2012
Mom Hurt Back Again

Mom hurt her back two weeks ago. I took her to the Doctor last week. Dr. Morton said there were no new fractured disk and he is wanting to start chromosome shots into her back (spine). She does not want to talk about it (nor does Debra), but this may put her in a nursing home. We will just have to wait and see.

Posted by jehj at 10:21 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 26 November 2012 10:26 AM EST
Thursday, 27 September 2012
The check-up with the eye Doctor went well she goes back January 29th, 2013.

Posted by jehj at 10:09 AM EDT
Friday, 21 September 2012
On Thursday the 13th at about 9:30 PM someone let a pretty little gray and white kitten out at the house.  It would not come to anybody.  I put food out for it, because I was afraid that it would get killed crossing the road.  I knew it was coming onto the porch to eat.  On Saturday the 15th it rained all night long.  On Sunday morning I found the kitten on a rug on the front porch and when I open the door it came in the house, so now I guess I have an eight week old little boy that lives with me.  I just don't understand people that drop off animals in the woods/ on back roads.  Why don't they take them to the pound?  

Posted by jehj at 10:12 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 1 November 2012 10:19 AM EDT
Friday, 24 August 2012
Mom's Check-Up

Everything is O.K.  She goes back in four weeks and the Doctor will let us know about the next surgery then.

Posted by jehj at 10:10 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 24 August 2012 10:12 AM EDT
Monday, 20 August 2012
Mom goes back to the eye doctor Thursday for another Post Surgery check-up and to get new glasses.  We will also talk about the next surgery. I'll keep up updated.

Posted by jehj at 10:23 AM EDT
Monday, 23 July 2012
My Granddaughter Grace has finally walked.  Grace was born with her hips out of place and had hip surgery when she was just months old.

Posted by jehj at 10:12 AM EDT

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