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Starting Monday we begin Hospice for Mom. Her Doc had us all come in to the hospital yesterday(and for an MD to do something on a weekend showed it was serious)to give what, when I was still working as a Nurse as the "That's It" Talk. If it was just her kidneys, she could live for years on Dialysis but with her Congestive Heart Failure added to it, the best she could hope for is maybe a yr of misery. So she chose to stop Dialysis and let Nature take it's course.
Personally, my only fear is that Mom's, well a "wimp". She's never had much tolerance of discomfort of ANY kind. If she think's she's uncomfortable now, when the Toxins build up in her system OR/AND when the fluids build up in her lungs she'll be much more so. I think she's got the whole "Peaceful Leavetaking" thing in her head and as someone who used to do Hospice Nursing....that isn't always the case. Also, both her and my SIL keep thinking they'll be basically keeping her "high". Neither CHF or Renal Failure are diseases that Opiates are generally prescribed. But, as I've known for YRS, no one takes me seriously.
Both Chuck and I are OK with her Choice. She's had a GREAT Life(1st Woman EMT in Utah, World Traveler, etc)and has nothing to look forward to except bedrest until Leavetaking. For someone who was Tap and Belly-Dancing in her late 60's and was still Dancing until her late 70's this level of Inactivity is Unacceptable to her.
How long Dad sticks around AFTER is another thing. No one in the family thinks it'll be very long. They've been Married almost 60 yrs after all....
Cheers,
Pat

Me Likey;>.......

...Royal Oaks. I have to admit, this City Boy LOVES this particular "burb". Built in the early 80's, the developer wanted to keep a "Natural" feel to the development(which was aimed then to Northerners who wanted a Winter home and Retirees that wanted at least a mild Winter) so trees were removed only from places where foundations or roadways were to be built. This gave you homes in small clumps surrounded by Oak woods. A couple of small dams on a couple creeks created small shallow lakes where kids could swim and birds could nest(catering to the Birding Community is a big business here). The oldest sections, like ours are small clumps of attached bungalows. While there is no large Wildlife here, small abounds. I have turtles, toads and frogs off my bedroom. Various bird species(the major ones in my yard are Woodpeckers and Cardinals, though there are Doves, Robins and Bluejays)and Squirrels fill the trees and just within walking distance(for me in my Walker) is one of those lakes with Cranes and Egrets fishing for those frogs. Today we had a flock of migrating Geese.
While I don't have all the conveniences that I did over at Hummingbird Home(Asian markets, Home Depot, Sam's Club), the pluses greatly outweigh the minuses....
Cheers,
Pat

Channeling Esther Williams;>.....

Wet! Wet! Wet! Luckily, like on Hummingbird, Royal Oaks is on the highest ground in the area. It just means we once again get to be on an island;>.Thankfully, no major Flooding in our area. The Toads hanging out in my Carnivorous Plants are happy though;>.
Gardening is sort of on hold until we get some dry days, which is unfortunate since I could really use a distraction from my folks. They're both at the "Terrible Twos" stage of Senility making pretty much EVERYTHING a screaming match. I HAD taken over their Meds but Friday they decided not to be available and when I went over Saturday, Mom was ONCE AGAIN pouring theirs 3 weeks in advance. Using a Med list that's been out of date for 3 months. I switched it for the updated one and got tired of the yelling and let her do it with my supervision. So, something that would have taken me 5 minutes max took an hr. Right now I'm picking Mom up from Dialysis on Wednesdays. Dad takes her on her days and brings her home on Monday. When my brother's in town he's been picking her up on Fridays but some weeks he doesn't get home until Friday night, which means I get a last minute call. Just a bit Stressful;>!
Blood Sugars are still not where I want them to be either. What's Irritating is that they really haven't changed even though we've upped the Insulin from 12 to 22 Units. 136ish to 129ish. Grumble, Grumble.
Got the 1st Utility bills for Ro this month. Water was about what I expected since we don't have a well here for Irrigation. Power wasn't bad but it was for a period with little need for Heat OR A/C. NOT looking forward to Summer's Bills!
Cheers,
Pat

Hoosier Stupidity.....

It pretty much sums up the whole thing when the only businessman willing to go on Nat'l TV supporting the "Religious Freedom" ordinance says he wouldn't discriminate against Homosexuals, just Satanists....who are a Protected class in Indiana(unlike non-Hets)and can use the same law to sue him for Oppressing their Religious Beliefs;>.....
Cheers,
Pat

Grumble, Grumble....

E-mail's been down since Saturday. After the most recent update the password's not being recognized. The problem is that the last time my brother worked on my machine he changed passwords and forgot to add the new one to the zipdrive I keep the shiteload of one's he makes. So, until he's back home for the weekend AND has the time I'm sans email...
Cheers,
Pat

Sweet!

I knew that Parma Violets were Fragrant, but it never occurred to me HOW when you have two large pots full blooming in an enclosed courtyard;>....
Cheers,
Pat

Spring?!?

After the weather of the last 2 months this warm up is welcome, though with reservations(though luckily, once again we live on high ground!). The 'Ugli' Mandarin is planted in the soil and the 'Matsumoto' Persimmon in a container. The Galangal Ginger is the only culinary plant planted, all others are still in pots though some have been potted up. Last night I noticed two Tree Frogs mating on the living room window screen. And today startled a Toad while Watering the plants;>! I also noted a patch of wild violets blooming in my back yard so I dug up a couple of them and planted them in the back courtyard. They don't have scent but the Parmas have more than enough to make up for it.
Hopefully, in a couple weeks I can start some of the Cukes and melons outside as well as the Japanese Morning Glories. They'll do better here with the fenced in courtyards giving a windbreak. 2 new Flowers I'm testing are the White form of the Black Eyed Susan Vine and that of Mignonette. I grew 'Sunset' BES Vine seeds before with good results...and they're Hardy here. I've noticed the main colour for Blossoms is White. I guess I want a "Cool" garden;>....
Cheers,
Pat

Series Recommendation, 'Gingitsune'......

As I tend to do when Stressed(Mom was in the hospital twice this month. Luckily, only for overnights)I binge-watch the "fluffy" side of Anime, which 'Gingitsune' is one.
It's one of a subgenre dealing with Shinto. It's the story of two teens who are "True Successors", those born with the gift to See and therefore to interact with the Avatars/Guardian Spirits of the shrines; the Interface between God/desses and Humans. Both are unusual because their Gifts became Active in childhood and have formed more friend than supplicant relationships with their respective "Heralds".
Sweet, cute and occasionally Spiritually Uplifting;>....
Cheers,
Pat
Imagine a remedial class where one of your tests is to try to kill your teacher:>....
An alien(a cross between Cthulu and Pac-Man) has pretty much destroyed the Moon and says that if he isn't killed, in one yr he'll do the same to Earth. He gives Humanity a chance to do so(one of his abilities is to move 20x the Speed of Sound)is to teach a class. The "catch" is while he's Teaching, his students get "Carte Blanche" to try and kill him. He even gives them weapons that ONLY hurt him. The twist is that he's the best teacher these kids have ever had; Academically, Emotionally and Socially.
How do you kill someone like that;>?
Cheers,
Pat

Disease Prevention....

The Measles Outbreak doesn't surprise me OR the number of folks that aren't Immunized. I saw this bit myself about 15 yrs ago when the memory of "The Walking Dead" faded from popular consciousness...esp in the GLBT community. When you don't see it it's like some long ago historical thing subconsciously.
That the older you are the more likely you're for Vaccinations is a "No Brainer". If you're old enough, you remember when Measles, Mumps or even Flu left classrooms empty and sometimes desks permanently. Me, while I personally didn't become Conscious till after the Polio Vaccine, one of my brother's caught it...the yr before it was released.
So I don't need to be forced to see that vaccinations are "A Good Thing". I DID like Jon Stewart's take on the subject. If you hadn't seen it, he equates not vaccinating with not boarding up your window during a Zombie Outbreak. Even if you and everyone else does, all it takes is one person not to and the next thing you know you're having your brains gnawed on.....
Cheers,
Pat

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