Tying Up Loose Ends

There’s one thing I failed to report from yesterday and it’s somewhat momentous. Every week, I’ve had a terrible time saving the Sabbath School discussion to listen to during the week. I like to have it on my computer so I can keep better track of where I left off. I don’t listen to the whole thing at once. I divide the time by six and listen to it for approximately that long each day.

It used to be that it was no problem to download it. With U-verse’s speed and cooperation, it was ziiiiiiiip! and it was there. With satellite Internet, I’ve had a lot less luck. Yesterday, it decided to do it right so, while it was in a downloading mood, I went ahead and got all of the files through the end of the quarter. So, if something goes belly up, as long as I have the notebook and power and am still breathing, I’m good.

Last night was a little better but not great. I’m looking for those elusive GOOD nights that I have now and then.

I was feeling especially weak when the CNA got here to help me with my shower so I had a “chair bath” It was nice to relax and let her do the work. The only time I got really short of breath was when I had to stand up so she could wash my backside.

She dried my hair and fluffed it up with the round brush and clipped my fingernails. I would have liked them shorter but I think she was afraid she’d nip my flesh in the process. I could clip the nails on my left hand but my left hand is too weak and trembly to do the ones on my right. It’s frustrating not to be able to do what I need to.

When she did my vitals, BP was 126/70, temp, 96.7, O2 was 93%. She made pretty quick work of changing the bed. I’ll bet she thinks I’m one picky woman, directing her like I did. I don’t like it far up enough to make me feel like I’m being choked and the cases go on the arm pillows a certain way so they’ll stay. She was probably relieved when she was able to finish and leave.

Just YesterdayMy DIL and I got some things accomplished via email. What happens with my car is settled. It’s going to my granddaughter ASAP. I have no idea where the title is so one of us will have to initiate a title search. She sent me this picture, taken in 2000. I’m not sure of the month but it was obviously hot weather. At that time, neither of us had any idea that she was going to become the owner 16 years later.

DD took Pixel back to the vet today. She’d told me yesterday that he was sneezing and she was concerned he might be getting a cold. He had a swollen eye, too. The vet was very good (the usual one is out until later this week) and put her fears to rest. She gave her some medication to try.

As for me, I’m so thankful for the moist air coming through the tubing. My nostrils are beginning to heal and it doesn’t take me a half hour mornings to clear them. It would have been nice to have it all this time but I can’t go back. For now, though, it’s good. I’m glad that Cuz’ sister (also my cousin) figured the problem with the droplets out. Those girls and their husbands are all smart people.

Cuz got my papers copied and she’ll pick up my robes that have been hemmed tomorrow. It will be nice to get out of this ratty housecoat.

My CIL came in this afternoon limping worse than usual. He’d been helping Cuz and hurt himself.

When I asked for tapioca today, there wasn’t any. My CIL thought what Cuz had made last night was the first bad batch and pitched it. He said she’d make me some more. My intake was half a bowl of applesauce, a scrambled egg and a waffle. I’m hoping to eat more tomorrow. The eggs have to be getting low. This time, Food City has free range eggs from The Happy Egg Co. They are on sale this week (I guess) for $2.99 a dozen with the Food City card and I have one. I don’t know if Cuz does or not. I don’t know when DS2 and his will be here again so I won’t wait on them to bring me another dozen.

DD has posted a picture of Pixel minus the cone. Maybe he was just being given a break. I’ve questioned it, anyway. Turns out he has it on. It’s soft and he was lying down, facing away from the camera.

The stuff my dentist emailed me to buy came today. I gave my teeth a good cleaning and they feel much better. I hope I can stave off any problems since there’s no way I could get them taken care of.

Cuz had to help me with my ratty robe tonight. I’d worn the terrycloth ever since my bath. I think she was a little embarrassed to see me naked but, for me, modesty has had to take a break since I can’t do a lot for myself. My fingers and brain still work. It might be nice if the latter didn’t.

My mouth gets so dry at night so my CIL got me a bottle of water to have on the bed. I was tempted to get up last night and drink some of the water earmarked for taking my morning meds but that would have meant getting up and climbing back into bed and that takes lots of energy.

It’s late and the hospice nurse is due to be here tomorrow. So far, the connection hasn’t been lost. We’ll see how it does now. Keep praying! There’s lots more than just me to pray about.

8 Responses to Tying Up Loose Ends

  1. Alice Fontana November 1, 2016 at 1:11 am #

    Tommie, were you always so organized?? I’m amazed at all the things you’re getting done from your little room in Tennessee. 🙂 I need you here to help me with my sister! Bless your heart…

    Reading your blog and UR posts, its sometimes hard to remember you are terminal… I just spent a week traveling with my sister who is nearly 80. (yes, I waved to DD as we drove thru Seattle) To say the least, it was an adventure. She has vascular dementia and it is beginning to take its toll. At some point in the not too distant future, I will assume Executor duties for her estate and have no idea what is in store for me. See why I need someone like you?? God is good so I’m sure it will all be okay. I’m just amazed at your skill. Thank you for sharing your story…..

    • Tommie November 1, 2016 at 11:52 am #

      I’m organized when it comes to getting things together on paper and in the computer. My house was another matter. I chose my DIL for Power of Attorney because she’s the one who gets things done. Talk about organized! She could write a book. Cuz is the same way.

      It sounds like you and your sister had a good time and thanks for waving to DD!

  2. Pam November 1, 2016 at 7:16 am #

    If I knew you’d go thru them so quick, I would’ve brought you at least a couple dozen! I’ll do that next time.

    • Tommie November 1, 2016 at 11:57 am #

      I eat one a day (I think I missed one day). They’re close to being my only source of protein. I don’t know how many are left. I’d guess three or four.

  3. Paul from UR November 1, 2016 at 7:24 am #

    Continuing prayers for you and those who love and care for you.

    • Tommie November 1, 2016 at 11:54 am #

      Thank you, Paul. My Cuz and CIL are two in a couple of million. No amount of money could buy better care.

  4. Lila November 1, 2016 at 8:08 pm #

    Tommie, is the Sabbath school discussion you referred to just audio? I looked at the site and didn’t get a picture.

    Praying for a cough-free night for you!

    • Tommie November 1, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

      Yes. It’s a good discussion, though. There is a gallery of pictures elsewhere on the site so you can see what the participants look like. This week’s moderator is Jon Paulien. He was the principal contributor to the study guide several quarters ago. DD got me started listening to the lessons.

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