Saturday, January 12, 2013

What's Happening Here!

My Parents At Christmas 2012

Hey Ya'll,

Well, it has been awhile since I have updated ya'll.  So much has been usual!  Some good, some bad....

We went through a long super cold stretch here (like almost 2 weeks of 0-5 degrees over night, and daytime highs barely getting into the 20's), and since Walt was driving my car and not his Diesel Truck, once he decided to start driving it again, so that I could get around in my wouldn't start.  We went through a lot, to find out that the only thing wrong with it was the batteries were completely dead!  So now he has his Truck back, and I have my car!

Also, because of the cold spell we had....We had some major problems with the RV.  Our Heated Water Hose decided to choose this time to die....So our Water lines froze.  For like almost 2 weeks, we had no running water!  We had to fill up milk cartons, etc with water to be able to flush the toilets with.  And then we were having issues with our power.  But we finally got it all straightened out, and we are back to normal....kind of!!  LOL

We went in to Reno on Monday for joint Dental appointments.  These were supposed to be about an hour each, but long story short, Walt ended up in the chair for 4 hours!!  This would be my first check up in OVER 4 YEARS!!  I was terrified that they would tell me that I had all kinds of issues.  But they said that my teeth looked great!  I just needed a good cleaning....Whew!!  I don't know why, but God blessed me with good Genes when it comes to the Teeth!  :)

As for how I am doing after my RNY Surgery, I am doing great!  Other than that first night out of the Hospital when I didn't take any drugs for pain because I forgot to take them with us to Reno....(can you say Duh...STUPID?), I have been practically pain free.  I figured that I had gained up to about 230 lbs before I started my pre-op diet.  And yesterday, I weighted 195 on our scale at home.  So that makes me having lost about 35 lbs total so far, and about 15.4 lbs since Surgery on the 18th of Dec.  Somehow I always thought that the weight would come off a bit faster with the RNY Surgery....But the Surgeon was pleased with my progress at 2 weeks post op.  I go in for another check up on the 23rd, so I am hoping to have lost at least another 5 lbs by then!

My Aunt Betty is in the Hospital.  She has Congestive Heart Failure, Pneumonia and an Infection in the Colon.  So thoughts and prayers would be appreciated.  This is my Mom's only Sister.

My Mom isn't doing well herself.  She has multiple issues including the Liver, Stomach, COPD, Diabetes, and Heart problems as well as living in constant agonizing pain from major Back and Spinal issues as well as Neuropothy pain in the Legs and Feet!  Every time that I speak with her now, she can talk less and less without going into a coughing fit.  And at that time, she has to end the call.

My Dad....Was taken to the Hospital on Dec 29th.  He was coughing up Blood and in severe pain.  they determined that he was Anemic and gave him Blood Transfusions.  After a couple of days, they felt that he was stable enough to go home.  While in the Hospital, we found out that his Lung Cancer has spread into the Rib Cage.  And we found out that he had broken his Shoulder and a bone somewhere in the Back (we weren't given specifics) about a month earlier.  Since he felt that the Chemotherapy wasn't helping him, he decided about a week ago to end his Chemotherapy Treatments and go on Hospice Care.  He is just hopeful that Hospice Care can give him better drugs to treat his pain.  And everytime that I speak with him, he only talks about a minute or two, then gives the phone to my Mom, as he is in so much pain that he doesn't want to talk (which is totally uncharacteristic of him).  He is still coughing up Blood.

So since we are finally getting ready to have about 4-5 days of warmer weather (like in the 40's during the day and no rain or snow in the forecast), I am driving down to Sacramento to visit with my Parents and see my Daughters and Grand Kids.  I will spend as much time as I feel my parents can handle during the day, and have lunch or dinner with the girls.

I'm telling my Parents that I am staying with my Daughter Kat so they don't worry.  But I will be staying at a Hotel close to my Parents.  This way, I can see them for shorter periods of time, several times a day if necessary.  They can barely stand to sit in chairs let alone lay in bed as it is.  And while I am there, they will insist on sitting in the living room to visit with me.  So I will not stay all day long each day, so they can get some rest as well.

My Daughter Christa has requested that her and I spend time just the two of us while I am down there, as we rarely get to spend time alone.  So we are planning on letting one of her friends babysit the Grand Kids one day, so we can go to a movie or something and have a meal alone so we can be together and talk.

So I am looking forward to the visit and can't wait.  But I do dread the drive there and back.  I am not the most comfortable driver on long drives, especially when it comes to driving over the Sierra's.  I hate driving over 2 lane roads with traffic and trying to pass tons of Big Rigs!!  Sigh!  Oh well, I will get through it....again!

So, that is what is happening now, I would appreciate it if you would keep my family in your thoughts and prayers.  Till next time....

Aloha My Friends :)

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