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Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Update On Mom

We’ve been through another round of Doctor’s visits. Dr. Weaver says she is as well as expected (for a woman her age with her medical conditions). Dr. Gwinn is pleased with the eye surgery, but she has more diabetic nerve damage in the right eye than the left and there is more glaucoma damage in the right eye than the left. Dr. Clementson (Dermatologist) has taken several pre-cancer spots off Mom’s face and one cancer spot (non-melanoma). The next round of Doctor visit starts in March and does not end till the last of May. It will be almost time to start around round before the next round ends. Because the next round is spread out over a three month period, I will put updates after each Doctors visit. 


Posted by jehj at 10:22 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:24 AM EST
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Buddy

I wish that I had put an update about Buddy on September 13, but I never got around to it. On that day Buddy had been with me 1 year. On Monday November 25 I had to put Buddy down. He had contracted Feline Leukemia and there is no cure for it. He must have contracted it when I had him fix (neutered). Animal Allies was running a special an I took him. The Doctor that put him down said that he had cats before that had been to Animal Allies and he thinks that is were they are getting it.

Now I don’t have my Buddy to help me type when I am working on the computer. I don’t have my Buddy to sleep with me. I don’t have my Buddy to curl up in my arms. I don’t have my Buddy. I think that I got to attacked to Buddy. Please don’t think that I need another cat to take care of. because I don’t. I did not choose to have Buddy. Buddy chose me. I was thinking about taking Buddy to the Shelter, but I had not talked myself into, now I want have to.

I held Buddy while the Doctor gave him the anesthesia and I kept him calm till he when to sleep. Then the Doctor gave him the medication to euthanasia him and I stayed with him till his heart stopped beating. 

 


Posted by jehj at 1:41 PM EST
Friday, 8 November 2013
Mom's Surgery Update

The surgery went well. There were no problems. We did not got out in tine to go eat. We got out to late for breakfast and to early for lunch. She was also wobbly on her feet, so I just want to get her home. She slept most of the afternoon, but I was expecting that.


Posted by jehj at 10:20 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:38 AM EST
Monday, 28 October 2013
Eye Surgery Right

Mom is going to have the cataract removed from the right eye on Nov. 6. The cataract has just gotten worst over the past few months, so Dr. Gwinn has decided to go ahead and remove it. Being the second surgery to remove a cataract, Mom is not worried at all. She is talking about going out to breakfast after the surgery.

 


Posted by jehj at 10:44 AM EDT
Monday, 30 September 2013
Lose Ends

Mom has always wanted Dad to have a Veterans Marker. Thursday we went and paid for his marker to be placed. The marker is free, but we paid for the placement of the marker by the cemetery and the Marble Base. She was afraid that she would pass and it would never get put down. Now she knows that it will be placed at the foot of his grave by the end of this year, no matter what happens to her.

Another thing that she worried about was that she did not have enough Life Insurance to bury her, so I got the up-to-date cost of burial for her. It is going to be close, but I think we can make it. I told Mom that if we are a little short, that I will pass the hat at her funeral. Made her laugh.

I do not tell Mom, but if need be we can cut some corners. We can have Visitation at her Church, which would be at no cost. Forgo the Chapel Service for just a Grave Side Service and we could go for an eleven a.m. service instead of an afternoon service. An eleven a.m. service is about half the cost of an afternoon service.

 


Posted by jehj at 10:32 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:08 AM EDT
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 (http://jehj.tripod.com) 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.  http://jehj.tripod.com/store/store.html 

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

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