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Aug
26
2007

Feeling Groovy

It is just amazing how having close to the right amount of blood will make you feel so much better than having half as much as needed.  When Mom arrived for her transfusion her hemoglobin was at 7.  And since a woman’s normal level is 12-14, this is remarkably TOO low. During the first few hours of her transfusion she rested and was fairly okay but as the day wore on she got less and less patient and more down and even weepy a few times. I told her I thought she was expecting too much to feel really good right away.  While I have never had a transfusion, just know as little as I know, leads me to believe it is hard on your body to intake blood.  The nurses said yes indeed it was difficult and when you already feel so weak it is very difficult.  But by that night she was feeling much better and had a very good day yesterday.  Before the transfusion she was even unable to get to the bathroom and was having to use the potty chair.  Yesterday she put in a load of clothes to wash and stayed off her oxygen for quite a long time, laughing and visiting with us. Oldest daughter and her husband came and stayed the afternoon. My kids crack her up and especially my girls who are like a comedy troupe.   I don’t want her to overdo it but in the scheme of things, doing something even if it tires her completely out, is better for her emotional state. 

She had many phone calls yesterday and was able to laugh and talk and still function.  Again a very remarkable improvement.  Even an old neighbor called her.  And I mean old as in they have known each other 35 years and old as in this lady is 94 years old and still fairly active.  She also talked to her two best friends in the world (besides me of course!).  Her best friend since she was 7 years old – yep 70 years of memories with this woman and another dear friend she has known for 40 years.  All in all she was feeling rather groovy last night when I talked to her just before bedtime.  I think my brother (the one just younger than me) is coming to spend the day with her today.  And then my oldest will be here sometime Monday to stay a few days with her, be gone a couple and then back to stay while Husband and I are gone. 

I forgot to report that my daughters bought me the complete set of DVDs of The Vicar of Dibley for my birthday…they were a couple of days after my b-day coming in and I forgot I hadnt share this!  What a great gift!!! I love all things British as I have mentioned before but I especially love this series!

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Simply, some of the finest in British comedy (in my humble opinion).  If you watch it you will recognize characters from Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Harry Potter (GOF), Poirot…and many others that I cant recall this early.   

Enjoy your Sunday and I will try to post a recipe or two later on.  

Aug
24
2007

True Blue Farmgirl Friends!

I took my mom early this morning and got her all settled in.  My friend Karen who works there jumped right on board saw to every thing my mom needed to get settled.  Told me she would check in on my mom every little while, gave mom the number to call directly to her desk.  Told me not to worry and I took off to do errands. When I got back home Ben says “Look Mom, my rash is worse.” I’ll say!! So I call Karen and ask her if I run him back up to the hospital would she take a look.  And she said of course.  When we got there she wasn’t sure what to think of it so she took him in and ask the ER dr to take a look.  Evidently he as a rash from the tail end of a virus, that we were unaware he had.  I guess it was from the snifflies he had a week or more ago.  Who knew?  So anywho, I made her a little something for all her trouble.  I hope she likes it.  A carton of egg soaps and a vintage milk bottle with bath salts.  I thought the little yoyo’s added a country cute touch to them. Don’t forget – you can order your egg soaps from MaryJanesFarm! That was a shameless plug wasnt it???

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Aug
24
2007

Recipe of the Day: Easy Apple Bread

1/2 c. butter room temp
3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. sour milk or orange juice
1 c. chopped cooking apples (no need to peel)
1/3 c. chopped walnuts

Directions:
In mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, soda and salt. Add to mixture and alternate with liquid. Add apples and walnuts. Turn into greased 9×5 loaf pan. Bake for about 1 hour at 350.

How easy is that??? I think this is what I am making for breakfast Monday morning…Apples on the first day of school is a tradition around here.  

UPDATE ON MY MOM:We don’t have to take my mom the long trip to get much needed two units of blood.  Her doctor arranged to have it done here in our little town at the hospital.  We are both very thankful for that.  And I will just imagine that when she recovers from this little inconvenience she will feel somewhat better/stronger.  I know from being anemic before I had my hysterectomy (a year ago this May)that you feel pretty punkish all of the time.  Just weak and generally drained.  She won’t feel great but she will feel much better I think. I will drop her off about 8 am, get her settled in and then check on her about noon.  She will come home this evening if all goes well. 

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