Monthly Archives: May 2010

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!

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HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT, SAFE
HOLIDAY TODAY…
remembering our troops and all their
sacrifices today..
 


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MORE CENTER VIEWS..

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 J is not a young person but not too old either. His wife is a local caterer and they have many family members that help with his care.He has had his ups and downs with his health lately too.  The family all come in and deliver him and pick him up.J is frail , but has a twinkle in his eye that is unmistakeable. He uses a walker with a seat and often has to sit before he gets inside the treatment room. His shock of solid white hair hides the fact that he is only in his 60’s. The wire-frame glasses, perched on his round face, cover his blue eyes that show the illness he has been through.J’s voice is quiet and slurred from a previous stroke, but he gets his thoughts across just fine.   Five people come in every day in a local delivery bus and all come from out of town. Those five are all black and mostly men.More on them later.  There are more men than women who go there. Many people could go to another town but prefer to go to this center. I have heard that other centers are larger and DO NOT have the quality care that this place gives. Guess we picked the right one. Mom likes all the nurses there and trusts some over others. Some are much better with STICKING or STICKS than others. This means they can start an IV or take samples and do it faster and more proficient.Those few are a welcome sight to all those sitting in those chairs. Life at the center is like another world.

 

White cotton sheets cover almost every single person during treatments. Taking the blood through the machines it has to be  thinned with something called Heparin. That makes the person feel cold to the bone. Those white, heavy cotton blanket sheets are heated in a warmer so that the patient feels warmth from the outside of their body. I have seen mom use up to 3 of those blankets during her stay and the machine is stocked constantly during the day. The center goes through probably 100 a day. The center is brightly lit and hums with machines with alarms that go off every fifteen minutes or when a patients blood pressure goes too high or too low. The machines are now set with the governments new guidelines for blood pressure 110/70. Most patients do not have  low blood pressure and the new numbers are NOT too popular with patients or the nurses. Rest comes easy for some at the center..Mom is not one of them.  More on that later….. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CENTER NEWS..

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Lately I have spent so much time with Mom at the Treatment center I have decided to mention how things are there with the many people that go there. People are surprised at how old Mom is because she doesn’t really LOOK her age.  All I have heard is that she is one of the OLDEST ones going there right now. One guy is nearly her age. He used to be a neighbor of ours. I will call him F. F had problems with emphysema as well as other things. He is skinny and frail looking. Most of the people are. There are a few exceptions though. S has been going there more than 5 years now. She goes early in the mornings and she is very friendly and  seems to be a happy person.

 The longer you go the more you learn. The  person who walks in as a “NEWBIE” knows nothing how about things work there, What are the rules and who is BOSS and what person does their job better than anyone else.  If someone doesn’t show up in their time slot.. EVERYONE notices and EVERYONE wants to know  what happened to them.  One person named J has had such a hard time of it. She has battled cancer and lung problems and is in and out of the hospital all the time. She is very frail and everyone thinks the world of her. D is funny. His humor comes with him whenever he walks in. Some people I haven’t learned their whole name or story yet, but I will in the future. You can’t spend time in a place and NOT get to know the people who are going through the same thing you or your loved ones are. It is just impossible. The picture above is Mom getting her two needles put in by one of the nurses. I hate needles and always have. I cannot imagine having two large ones stuck in my arm every other day. It is amazing what the patients go through.  Thank GOD for the very experienced technicians and Nurses at the center they are the BEST!! 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

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The weekend is at hand. The weather here will be wonderful.
Who could ask for more? The gas prices are lower than
they have been in months here, anywhere from 2.56
to 2.67 in our area!! AAA announced that 32 million people would
be on the roads going “somewhere” this holiday
weekend. I will be one of them. The center told us
that they do not observe that holiday so they will
be on their regular schedule. I will take mom in
and come home and prepare some yummy food
for when she gets back. We do have Saturday and
Sunday off, for that we are grateful too.
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Was glad to see I could access my space this morning.
Seems some people across the country were having
a lot of trouble. MSN better get their act together or they
will lose a lot of their following here at WLS. I was asked
if I was leaving here. I won’t leave unless they make it
impossible for me to blog here. I will however always have
a blog out there if not here then at my WordPress blog.
I am enjoying catching up with everyone at FB too. It
sure is nice leaving messages for everyone fast and all
in one place. They are having troubles too and I hope
it won’t get out of hand too bad.
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Not much going on here in our little neighborhood.
The groundhog is still around..his digging under
my fence is making me crazy. THE HOLES!! Baring teeth
The large house behind me is full of college men
now taking summer courses. I must say they do
“PARTY” a lot and I don’t look forward to the
noise level they make. I am hoping they take
off this weekend for other spots.
HELL HOUSE got turned in to the code inforcement
people AGAIN because the grass and weeds are now
as high as my 4-5 foot fence. LOVE my weedwacker..
it is keeping all that stuff away from our property.
It sure isn’t fun to look at it all though. I know the
groundhog is loving his digs there though.Hope
someone comes soon to take care of that mess. 
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Looking into some tomato plants this weekend if
I can. I hope I can get at least one plant in a  planter
so that the groundhog can’t dig around and destroy
it. I am way behind in planting this year.. just so many
other things on the schedule.
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WELL HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT, SAFE
HOLIDAY WEEKEND!
 
 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

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The weekend is at hand. The weather here will be wonderful.
Who could ask for more? The gas prices are lower than
they have been in months here, anywhere from 2.56
to 2.67 in our area!! AAA announced that 32 million people would
be on the roads going "somewhere" this holiday
weekend. I will be one of them. The center told us
that they do not observe that holiday so they will
be on their regular schedule. I will take mom in
and come home and prepare some yummy food
for when she gets back. We do have Saturday and
Sunday off, for that we are grateful too.
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Was glad to see I could access my space this morning.
Seems some people across the country were having
a lot of trouble. MSN better get their act together or they
will lose a lot of their following here at WLS. I was asked
if I was leaving here. I won’t leave unless they make it
impossible for me to blog here. I will however always have
a blog out there if not here then at my WordPress blog.
I am enjoying catching up with everyone at FB too. It
sure is nice leaving messages for everyone fast and all
in one place. They are having troubles too and I hope
it won’t get out of hand too bad.
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Not much going on here in our little neighborhood.
The groundhog is still around..his digging under
my fence is making me crazy. THE HOLES!! Baring teeth
The large house behind me is full of college men
now taking summer courses. I must say they do
"PARTY" a lot and I don’t look forward to the
noise level they make. I am hoping they take
off this weekend for other spots.
HELL HOUSE got turned in to the code inforcement
people AGAIN because the grass and weeds are now
as high as my 4-5 foot fence. LOVE my weedwacker..
it is keeping all that stuff away from our property.
It sure isn’t fun to look at it all though. I know the
groundhog is loving his digs there though.Hope
someone comes soon to take care of that mess. 
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Looking into some tomato plants this weekend if
I can. I hope I can get at least one plant in a  planter
so that the groundhog can’t dig around and destroy
it. I am way behind in planting this year.. just so many
other things on the schedule.
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WELL HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT, SAFE
HOLIDAY WEEKEND!
 
 
 
 

THURSDAY UPDATE

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Updating here about the e mail mess. I changed all my
passwords.. (there were a lot) I complained to Hotmail
and have heard nothing back and don’t expect to. Why
would I get a response now, when I never have in the
past when I complained about anything..Sheessh  Sarcastic
I decided to start using my gmail account more and more
instead of the hotmail one. If you can’t trust it then don’t use
it I think anyway. It just leaves me with a leery feeling and
I don’t like that. Unfortunately I have to use that e mail address
for this blog or I would not use it at all. I am going to re-post
my blogs again at my WORDPRESS blog so if you don’t see any
posts here you will know where they are in the future. Enough
said about that!
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AM PRAYING
I am praying that the procedure called TOP KILL works
the way it is supposed to and the oil that is spewing will
finally be stopped in the gulf. Watching some of the clean
up and what it looks like close up makes me sick. I just cannot
imagine what those families are going through down there.
They sure have had a hard life since Katrina etc.
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THOROUGHLY enjoyed American Idol finale last night.Smile
Lee looked so shocked he might pass out. Was glad
he held it together. They both were so good they will
probably make millions.
They sure pulled out the big time entertainers. Was shocked
to see Janet Jackson singing there. The tribute to Simon was
nice and the entire 2 hours just flew by. I hope the person that
replaces Simon is as good at picking the best singers.
Seeing all the old winners up there was really nice. I was a little
bit shocked at the new "look" of Kelly Clarkson (the first winner)
though.. I hardly recognized her "rocker look".
Great show!! Star
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Above flowers came from my sister’s yard. I was able to
load the picture on here today.. it has been awhile since I
could do that. Sis had quite a
few and was surprised the deer did not eat them. Usually
she sees them eating her tulips when they first develop.
This year not so. They must have found better eating someplace
else. Wink
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HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY!!
 

E Mail Mess…

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It might not be a bonafide rant but it is a big complaint
against Hotmail. This is a just a mess! SadApparently my e mail sent a mass
e mail to a lot of my address book and it was for a link that could
cause damage to others. This really makes me crazy..Confused I DID NOT
send it and am letting everyone know it here publicly. If you got
this email with a link please just delete it right away. My inbox had
over 30 errors in it..most of them repeats of e mails that I never sent.
I know Msn has had some really bad days lately. We have lost so many
to using other blogs and things like FB and Twitter. Is it any wonder?
I mean what do we have left now that is trustworthy anymore. I will
be using my Gmail account more and more if this keeps up. Trying to get
around to the people who have updated is extremely hard, especially
if you are pressed for time, and you just cannot check everyone on
your favorite list. I have been using my home page a lot it helps some.
Life is hectic..you sure don’t need a mess in your e mails to make it worse.
If this has happened to you let me know too. I sure hope it doesn’t
happen again in the future. Sorry if it caused anyone any trouble too.Sad
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Wednesday is upon us again and time to travel and wait. What wonders
I will come across today who knows.. what pictures I will take
are yet to be seen. I have been taking them lately but have had trouble
posting them. Just one more nuisance we sure don’t need.
WELL….
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE  A GREAT DAY !!