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Christmas Countdown - 2019

Discussion in 'Christmas Countdown' started by Crown 84, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. Minta

    Minta Charles Dickens' Editor MMC Lifer Christmas Crew

    Happy Friday ... You know what I am looking forward to the most this weekend? To be able to sleep in LOL. It will be nice to sleep in until 8 am. Not much today other then work, grocery shopping and laundry on the agenda today. Hope everyone has a great day.
  2. shrcpark

    shrcpark Reindeer Feeder Technician Merry Forums Member MMC Premiere Member

    I'll be praying for your family as well.
  3. Yuletide Junkie

    Yuletide Junkie Dang Near Santa Himself MMC Lifer MMC Donor MMC Premiere Member

    You know it is April Twins Baseball when this evening's game, with the Detroit Tigers, was postponed yesterday afternoon.
    Yes, it be snowing...right now...for the third day in a row.
  4. Rich

    Rich Ornament Craftsman MMC Donor MMC Premiere Member

    Happy Friday everyone!!!
  5. Meceka

    Meceka MMC Associate Editor MMC Lifer MMC Donor Santa's Elf Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award Kringle Radio DJ

    Sending many prayers up for your husband and love and hugs for you and O'Malley. {{{HUGS}}}
  6. Meceka

    Meceka MMC Associate Editor MMC Lifer MMC Donor Santa's Elf Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award Kringle Radio DJ

    Merry Friday!
  7. AuntieMistletoeDear

    AuntieMistletoeDear MMC Hostess of Christmas Online MMC Lifer Alum Christmas Crew Christmas Talk Alum

    You should have seen the look on the social worker's face when I barely batted an eyelash when my husband zoned out right in front of him. We were having a conversation talking about power of attorney and other things. Gary was totally involved although I answered more questions than he did, but all of a sudden he had a blank look on his face like he was catatonic. I called his name, touched his shoulder, gave him a wee shake; told him to snap out of it and then pressed the button for the nurse. This has happened in the past, but he comes around within 10-20 minutes and acts as if nothing happened. When the doctor learned of this she came to speak with me and thought with all the other issues that it might be Lewi Body Dementia (Robin Williams diagnosis). Well, I lost it. They were flipping him upside down, his blood pressure dropped to 30 and it just hit me like a tidal wave. I knew there was a friend of mine on the ward working with other patients so I simply said, "I need KELLY! Get Kelly!" Another nurse fetched her and she came in and saw me and said, "Super Shawna; what's going on". She gave me a big hug and I said, "Gary's being a jerk. Looking for attention." (Not, but you know deflect and crack wise sometimes helps.) As he was coming around she went over and told him to stop being a pain in the butt. 5 minutes later he asked why the Social Worker left without saying goodbye and where his lunch was.

    I had nearly forgotten about my appointment for my taxes with all the excitement and then took the fastest route I could think of and arrived 10 minutes late. No worries because we've known her along time, I used to see her at the gym a lot, but she mostly did laps in the pool.

    I went back and they were treating him for arrhythmia; they also completed a form to discontinue his driver's license.

    At 5:30, he ripped off the heart monitor and tried to remove the catheter saying, "That's enough of that - it's uncomfortable and I'm done with it." Not sure what's going to come of it, but he was of sound mind at the time, they can treat him, but they can't monitor him so I won't get answers about the cause of the episode. At least they ruled out Lewi Body Dementia. Or did they?

    It's been rough, but I'll tell you, there were signs everyone that I was not alone in this journey. The social worker was someone I've known casually for several years as a cancer survivor and formerly with the military; retired in 2015 and works at the hospital now to act as an advocate for patients and determine a few other things and set wheels in motion for community services, etc.

    When I was leaving, I bumped into someone I know through work; a former board member, but still very involved and the fellow in the next bed is a longer. She asked how I was and I said, "fine"; she said I didn't look fine that's when I realized my shield was down so I raised it up again and got back my strength.

    So, back to the social worker's facial expression watching me calmly handle that dramatic experience with my husband; it's because it wasn't new to me.

    That's when all my merry friends circled around me and I thought of myself as being like an aluminum Christmas tree.

    The music rescued me.

    I've got my super cape on; I'll get through it, but to be honest, I am waiting for the phone to ring with that dreaded call. So it's hard to be positive all the time, but he really looked "done" this time. I reminded him of his goals and then called number 2 son so they could chat on the phone and hopefully knowing they are coming to see him will help him stick around and fight a little longer.

    I truly appreciate all of your good thoughts and prayers.

  8. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    You are facing so much, Auntie. I admire your strength.
    Reminds me of our situation with both of our parents who passed away from Alzheimer's disease. It's a cascade of problems you have to take care of and get past before the next one sets in. Keeps you on your toes and is emotionally draining.
  9. Edge612

    Edge612 Christmas Royalty MMC Premiere Member

    Happy Mid-April Weekend MMC! Just wanted to say Auntie I am sorry you are facing so much right now and hope the best for you and your family. It's a cloudy morning here. But the sun should come out some this afternoon. As long as we can see some sun every weekend this spring and summer I'd be happy. Have a great Saturday!
  10. AuntieMistletoeDear

    AuntieMistletoeDear MMC Hostess of Christmas Online MMC Lifer Alum Christmas Crew Christmas Talk Alum

    Sometimes when things are going wonky; little things help me smile - like the Robin singing outside the window or watching a family shopping together without using their cell phones or buying a treat for the cat and watching him enjoy it - tried him out last night and this morning with a milky textured tuna and chicken treat - he devoured and mewed his thank you.

    My dad will join me up at the hospital later this morning.

    Then I'm going to hopefully connect with a Real Estate agent about a ground level home; we'll see how it goes.

    Thanks again for your support and words of encouragement and good vibes.

    Keep a merry thought in your head +i
  11. HomemakinGirl

    HomemakinGirl North Pole Domestic Goddess MMC Lifer

    Merry Saturday MMC!
    It’s pouring out this morning but it’s supposed to taper off, hopefully we’ll see some sunshine this afternoon. I don’t have too much going on. I’m going food shopping soon to get that over with. Th girls are all off today so I’m going to see if I can get them all together and go out for lunch. Other than that I’ll be working on the laundry and we’re grilling burgers for dinner. That’s about it for me. I hope everyone is well and has a great weekend!
  12. Crown 84

    Crown 84 Official MMC Countmeister MMC Lifer Alum Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award

    Good Morning, Weekend Arrivers!
    And yes Folks, we once again have arrived at our little end-of-the-week respite, where we can sit back, have time to think a little, assess our progress back to Christmas......and maybe enjoy a fired twinkie or two.

    Well, munch away as you consider this:
    Days to the Season: 214
    Days to Christmas Day: 256

    Now, while you sip your iced tea, further consider the following;
    The 200-Day Season Window is now only 14 days up ahead. TWO WEEKS from TODAY!
    And the One-Third Christmas Day Milestone is now UNDER two weeks off!
    (So much to look forward when we begin to draw near the end of the month.)

    Well, we had severe weather warnings out for our area yesterday evening and a tornado was spotted on the ground about 25 miles SW of us moving NE, but we saw nothing significant for our immediate area.
    Today will hopefully be calmer, although the precipitation is still with us for at least today.
    We commence this second weekend of April at 64 degrees here, with a light rain falling.

    Have a Simply Sensational Saturday, Everyone!
    Enjoy your weekend.
    sugar142286, Bradmac, Rich and 7 others like this.
  13. ballcoach

    ballcoach Elf Supervisor MMC Lifer

    Good morning, all!

    Auntie, continued prayers for you.

    Hope everyone is gearing up for Easter. Next weekend will be super busy, so we have to go make sure we have what we need this weekend. Between that and the rain, it will be pretty messy.
    sugar142286, Bradmac, Minta and 5 others like this.
  14. Edge612

    Edge612 Christmas Royalty MMC Premiere Member

    Thanks Crown! Happy Mid-April Weekend!
    sugar142286, Rich, Minta and 3 others like this.
  15. Martine

    Martine Mrs. Claus' Executive Assistant MMC Lifer Christmas Talk Alum

    Good Saturday afternoon! It’s currently sunny and +15°C/59°F. David and I went walking for almost an hour by the water at the park. I should’ve taken it easy as I’m dealing with pain in my groin area, but it was too nice of a day to pass up this opportunity to walk. Then we went for a nice car drive with Loki sticking his head out the window. Now back home I’m resting my leg as David is taking Loki out on his walk. Hope everyone is enjoying a nice weekend so far.
    sugar142286, Bradmac, Rich and 4 others like this.
  16. Christmaswarlock

    Christmaswarlock Eggnog Chugger Merry Forums Member

    Thanks Crown! It turned into a nice Saturday here.
    sugar142286, Rich, Minta and 3 others like this.
  17. AuntieMistletoeDear

    AuntieMistletoeDear MMC Hostess of Christmas Online MMC Lifer Alum Christmas Crew Christmas Talk Alum

    Thanks for the prayers.

    I saw a woman at the grocery store buying three turkeys; I said, "Oh I like having turkey for Easter instead of ham"; she said she cooks at least one a month even for no special reason at all.

    I'm going to pick up a turkey breast and make some vegetable fixings to go with it.
  18. AuntieMistletoeDear

    AuntieMistletoeDear MMC Hostess of Christmas Online MMC Lifer Alum Christmas Crew Christmas Talk Alum

    Well more drama - he tore out his IV and the doctor we saw in the CCU said that he didn't want any kind of heroics if anything happened. Despite me telling him that they couldn't treat him to help him get well without the tools to monitor his condition.

    He thinks with all those things taken off he can come home. I told him that it was about his mobility and independence and we would work at getting him home next week with proper support from P.T.
    He was so angry with me; he wanted me to help him escape.

    I had to leave and I'll try again tomorrow and see if his mood has changed.

    2 grandchilden, his ex and number 2 son are coming tomorrow so I hope he is passed the angry phase and ready to enjoy their company.

    There are a bunch of small pine and fir trees set up at the grocery store for spring yard work; whenever crap gets in the way - I see signs of Christmas so I can stay Merry.

    Spotted my first Robin crossing a lawn on the corner and another swooping and landing on a branch of my old ash tree while I was pulling into my parking spot.

    +eJolly on! :tree:
  19. Meceka

    Meceka MMC Associate Editor MMC Lifer MMC Donor Santa's Elf Christmas Crew Louann Jeffries Award Kringle Radio DJ

    @AuntieMistletoeDear, {{{{{HUGS}}}}}, strength, positive thoughts, Christmas spirit, and prayers flowing for you and your husband.
    sugar142286, Bradmac, Rich and 4 others like this.
  20. Edge612

    Edge612 Christmas Royalty MMC Premiere Member

    Happy Palm Sunday MMC! I can't believe Easter is only 1 week away! I feel like once we reach Easter then we're on the road to Memorial Day, and then 4th of July, and then? On the road back to the Bers which is actually 20 weeks from today. I'm in no rush to get there! But it's hard to believe it's only 20. Feels like it should be 30. Have a great Palm Sunday!

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