Day 316, Friday, November 12th, 2021
Not Feeling Good
It had been one week since mom’s fall. Her wound was healing well but she was feeling lousy. She had a muscle in her abdomen that hurt all the way across, right around her diaphragm. Her head hurt, her back hurt, she had bruises, she was swollen everywhere, and her auto immune system starting attacking her. Her pain doctor called in a Medrol pack (some steroids), a muscle relaxer, and an anti inflammatory. She wanted to see Dr. Kelly first to make sure the laceration had healed enough to start the steroids. Dr. Kelly reassured her that she was healing well but it would take 4-6 weeks to make a full recovery. I was really proud of my mom. Even though she had company in from out of town, she was doing good resting as much as possible. That is hard for her.
Day 317, Saturday, November 13th, 2021
No photos today.
Day 318, Sunday, November 14th, 2021
Beanie and Charles went home to Pennsylvania on Sunday so we spent a little time with them on Saturday. By noon, it was time for the Cowboys game and look at my 2 cute fans. OMG. They are seriously adorable on game day! Go Cowboys! Go Dak! Anna was thrilled when they won again. I’m really glad she had the game to distract her because mom got violently ill Sunday morning with food poisoning. I spent most of the day at the little house trying to keep mom out of the ER.
Day 319, Monday, November 15th, 2021
A Rose for Sunshine and Clover
The worst of mom’s food poisoning had stopped by late Sunday evening and I got her to drink just enough water to avoid going to the hospital. She tried eating half a boiled potato Monday around lunch but mostly she just slept. I took care of her Egyptian tortoises, Sunshine and Clover, gathering some horse herb and snapdragon blossoms. I also learned they love roses so this beautiful rose became their lunch too!
Day 320, Tuesday, November 16th, 2021
Priorities… Eat or Mate?
Before the kids went to school, the dogs started barking. I looked outside and saw a vulture swoop off of our roof and go over to our empty lot. Uh oh. Something died. We had about 8 vultures sitting on the top of our roof (check November’s 1SE project for that video) so I ran inside to get my camera. They took off when I came back out but I did get a couple of cool shots. I didn’t realize at the time, but the bird in the tree was actually mating with another vulture. I have half a dozen or so shots of those wings expanding and contracting to try to stay balanced. You’ve got have priorities, right?
Day 321, Wednesday, November 17th, 2021
Dominic’s Birthday Gift to Dad
Dominic got his dad a couple of video games for his birthday, one of which was Spider-Man for the PS4. Curtis has really enjoyed playing it and even watching someone play is fun. The graphics, the fluidity of the motion, the vastness of NYC, the details… lighting, reflections, shadows… it’s a gorgeous game. Dominic is also enjoying playing it, no surprise! He’s further along than his dad so he can give Curtis tips.
Day 322, Thursday, November 18th, 2021
It was time for Anna’s annual checkup and she got to see Stephen, Dr. Kelly’s PA. Overall, Anna’s health is good. She’s gained a few pounds since starting the Paxil but her cholesterol numbers are better than last year and her fasting blood sugar was good. Way to go! I told everyone in the office that I would see them later because…
Day 322, Thursday, November 18th, 2021
Nana’s Staples Come Out
Just a few hours after Anna’s checkup, it was time for mom to get her staples out. She was actually supposed to get them out on Monday but she was too sick. Her fatigue has been so intense that she hadn’t been out of bed much. I suggested they run a CBC to make sure everything was okay. Mom said the staple removal wasn’t bad, Dr. Kelly has a good touch. Her laceration has healed up beautifully though she still has quite the bruised goose egg back there.
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