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Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

It is time to get back into the regular routine again. This morning I did bingo and then went over to visit Liz and drop off the note from Jim with his ideas for the headstone for you.  I think you and Dad will like it.  I know I do but we all know I like almost everything.  

I did a few more loads of laundry and then had a late lunch early supper.  I also put up the  wreath Claudia and the kids sent home with me.  At first I was going to use the sticky hook but I didn’t do it right and I think I may have broke it.  I did find a regular door hook and its staying on the door right now.

Today was absolutely beautiful.  It was sunny and a little warmer than it was yesterday.  Late in the day the clouds rolled in.  I don’t know what’s going to happen.  I found it rather humorous to see a homeowner mowing their lawn.  Since they had an ice storm here.  It looks like we will be getting rain in the middle of the week.  THAt’s as far as I got.  

It looks like I have to start moving some…

I am home

I got home just around 3.  I had left Allentown after breakfast and ended up getting slightly lost in part of the town unfamiliar to me. Thanks to the damn GPS.  The same GPS had me go all the way up 78 that went to Newark NJ and I ended up in NYC by the Piers.   I was quite upset because of the time it took and the route.  I spent more money on the tolls then I wanted.  I finally got to 95 and from there headed home.  The weather wasn’t so bad.  There were some flurries when I left and few times through NJ and NY and by the time I hit Connecticut it was  sunny.  

I stopped at the Chinese Restaurant up the street from home.  It was to cover lunch and dinner.  I do have some extra rice and a egg roll for supper tomorrow.  It was delicious.

I am doing some laundry and then I am going to finish watching the rest of the NCIS marathon.

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,
Well I made it!  I left home just after 5:30 in the dark and just starting to drizzle.  By the time I got to Greenwich it was just 7 am and raining fairly hard but not too much of a distraction.  It was nearly 8 when I got to Tappan Zee Bridge.  I was going at a pretty good speed (55-60 miles) and by the time I got half way through NJ it was starting to snow.  I pulled over around 9 to let Jim know I was about 14 miles out.  i managed to send a few text messages to those waiting to hear from me.  
Around 10 I met Jim at Wegman's and we had coffee.  Then we came back to the condo and Jim let me in and introduced me to Princess Pocono.  She wasn't impressed with me but we spent about an hour or so while Jim picked James up from his dentist appointment and took him home.  The cat is now getting use to me and has allowed me to pet her from time to time.  
After Jim came back we were waiting for some stuff to arrive that he had in storage. Both Claudia and Jim emptied the…

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

WEll I am done.  I finished work, and I have gotten my new shoes.  1 pair of Natural balances and a pair of clogs that look great.  I got some bottled water and I have a blanket and flashlight for safety bag (liz’s idea.  I Had dinner and put the garbage is out and if there is anything that is not done can now wait until I get home on Saturday.

I am leaving here at 5 am and hope to be at Jim’s by 9:30.  Of course I only told Jim in an email and text message and yet he still calls to ask.  He was trying to figure out logistics because he has to take Jamie to the dentist and he wanted me to join him to pick up.  So when I get closer to the town I have to call.

I am just going to finish watching NCIS and hit the sack.

I will check in tomorrow night.

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,
WEll its Monday and its raining.  I knew I should have not  believed the weather  reports from last week.  As it is I understand that we are supposed to get flurries and or a Nor'easter by the end of the week.  Joy rapture.  Well its New England what could we really expect?
I managed to wash the silver/grey sparkled outfit and the jeans I wore this weekend before leaving for work.    I will pack tonight and have that all set.  I need to get my plaquenil prescription today.
I have to admit I am getting anxious because I am not so sure everything will be done by the time I leave Wednesday. I made arrangements with the neighbors to watch the mail and the garbage cans while I am away.
I was planning on going to the shoe store tonight but by the time I got home I decided to eat dinner and finish drying the clothes from this morning.  I am hoping to go tomorrow.  I did manage to pack a suitcase.

Dear Mom

Dear Mom

Well it is Sunday night. I am exhausted and my shoulder is hurting every so often when I move.  As I mentioned earlier today was busy.

Bingo went really well.  I would say we had a full house.  Natalie and Bob were getting Christmas decorations out for the facility and also going to do soup.  Helen from Christ the Redeemer came and gave us communion.  She was later than usual which usually is not her way because it kind of collides with the church service in the next room.  After bingo I cleaned up the room and headed to Telka’s

On the way over I made some calls. Roberta was getting ready and was bringing her sister to the activity.  I  was the third one there eventually everyone arrived including Janet Kelly’s Mom.  We spent the next couple of hours we peeled and cored and talked while others mixed and baked.  A few times Roberta looked at me and asked me if I understand better what she is like.  The woman was indeed a bit odd and a little opinionated.  We were pretty much done…

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

The weekend is  kind of busy for me.  I worked until 1:30  on Friday and then went to the ultrasound appointment.  It took longer than I had planned but it was worth it.  I am hoping to hear from them sometime today.  Afterwards I met up with Liz at the nail place and we got a pedicure.  I now have blue toes.  ITs very pretty.  After that we went back to her house and we had dinner.  It was 6:30 when I got home.

Saturday  I got up around 6:30 put a load of laundry in and then relaxed until I decided it was time to throw out the plants that I have been neglecting.  It took me a while because I was debating if f I should throw away the beautiful glass dish that one of the plants was in (in the end I got it washed to give to Liz).  I wasn’t sure I can use it for food but when I asked Liz later she said yes.

I started more of the thank you notes (not a lot but its more than it was).  I didn’t do anymore after liz left though my shoulder has been bothering me and I was tired.

Liz fou…

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,


I just got off the phone with Liz.  We were talking about health and energy and crap like that.  We were saying all this energy is building up inside us to get things done but by the time I get home at night its-well gone.  So I am hoping I can ahead start on the weekend by getting laundry done and getting rid of the old stuff.

Liz will be coming by on Saturday and we are going to look for the second safe Deposit key and look for the coins and then maybe start going through your old papers and get rid of those that we don’t need.    

I basically want the house in order when I leave Wednesday for Jim’s.  I don’t want to have to worry I left something out or behind.  When I come home I probably will want to sleep and relax.  We will see how it goes.

Well I have to get back to work.  I have been working on the re-address mail until the second round of mail comes.  There isn’t as much lockbox for me to open as there use to be.  

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,
This week has been very cold.  There hasn’t been any snow to speak of around here but but upstate NY is getting slammed.  They are calling it the “Lake effects”.   I am really glad we don’t live on a lake as beautiful as that may sound.  Unfortunately it will come to us eventually.  I was trying to see what the weather was going to be like for Thanksgiving.  It looks like it won’t be snowing so that’s a good thing.
I had my CT-Scan on Monday and on Tuesday got my results.  Pancreas is fine...2 lesions in Spleen that could be an abscess or infarction.  IT isn't allowing blood flowing into the spleen.
If there was any pus (and apparently it wasn't) it would be infectious.  It could be a blood clot in the vessels towards the spleen.  Colleen (the assistant to Dr.) wants to see some earlier tests that Dr. LU (the hematologist and doctor who has been taking care of old clot).  She did say there isn't much that can be done.  She ordered an ultrasound and by the time I got…

Dear Mom

Dear Mom.

The morning was incredibly cold and remained like that  for the day.   There was a winter  weather advisory for the northern part of the state and part of the Fairfield county.    I don’t expect much for around here.  

I was reading my friend Mardi’s posts and she was visiting her daughter in PA and she was posting that as she left it was snowing.  After some time past  it had stopped.    She had no other bad weather  since she got home.  

Speaking of Friends Claire D called from down south last night.  She wanted to  catch up but she did a lot of the talking (and I find that rather self-serving but my job I guess was to listen).  She was kind enough to tell me she is in a house that will be  hers by next week.  I wasn’t totally comfortable telling her how the boys were doing as they are not  friendly with her to begin with.  

I had a good bingo session today.  Marni was there and eventually the kids from Prep and Laurelton were there.  I think we had 15 residents and of course …

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

Its late day now, and thankfully I have managed to get stuff done.  The chairs got done despite my tripping over my feet and falling.  I didn’t fall far but it was embarrassing.  Nothing is broken including the chair.  I got the vacuuming done and managed have some lunch.  

Today is Diane’s birthday.  I did manage to post to her line along with everyone else.  I have never been good with the kids birthday to be honest.  Although they are adults I am sure it still hurts.

I had these lofty idea to have steak for dinner (it was still frozen) so I checked the cooking books and it either needs 12 hours (in the refrigerator) or 4 hours room temperature.  Well when I decided to think about dinner it was too late.  So have it marinating in oil and garlic.  I have a potato wrapped in aluminum to cook it tomorrow.  I ended up having an open faced cheese sandwich.  

Now I am just watching TV and am done for the night.


Dear Mom

Dear Mom

It is a beautiful Saturday morning the sun is shining and I am suspecting its pretty cold out there.  I Have mixed feelings about that.  I Have the four chairs I have to bring down to the cellar and I don’t want to it to be too cold..  Well I have to put my big girl pants on and do it..

I talked with Liz last night she helped me reset the computer and it is working.  She was surprised that she was helping me with this instead of me knowing how to do it.  Anyway its working fine now.   I hope I can remember how to do it again next time.  Yeaa.

Well I  have some things I want to get started so I better go.  I will check in later.


Dear Mom

Dear Mom,
I know its been a few days but as I am finding lately that by the end of the day all I want to do is sleep.
My Doctor appointment was okay.  He was concerned when we discovered I had lost another 8 lbs within a short time (since my last visit) so he wanted to to the Gastro people and get tests done.  I thought it was going to be on Wednesday but it was only a consult.   He had some blood work done and called me Monday night and said I was dehydrated.  He did say although the kidney is functioning normally its not as it was last month.  I asked what that meant and the lady (not Dr. S) couldn’t answer me.  He did want me to take the Zofran.   
After the appointment I headed over to Liz’s for an hour.  We chatted about all kinds of stuff that is basically getting fuzzy right now.  After that visit I went home and chilled.  I did some straightening up here and there.  I wasn’t feeling completely better.
I went to work on Tuesday and then to my session with Debra.  I was exhausted by…

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

This  weekend was a really long and somewhat emotional. Saturday  morning I got ready for the meeting with the monument  with the monument company for your headstone.  I took a moment to read the register from the wake/funeral and I began to cry.  It happened again as I was getting ready to shower.  I was fine by the time I left for the meeting.  

The whole meeting took a long time .  We went over the details of the stones, what we could do and what we couldn’t do with it.  Liz  wrote the details down and will re-write them in better detail so I can discuss with Jim in a week or so.  After the meeting we went to the cemetery.  We stopped at Nanny’s and Grandfather’s and Rita’s.  That’s when I got a little sad which was odd.  After that visit we came to your’s and Dad’s.  We couldn’t find the temporary plate for your burial which upset me.  We wanted to see and compare what the stones could look like and what we would like.  We decided to visit other family members as well.  

AF…

Dear Mom

Dear Mom

Its another Friday night and the end of another busy day and week.   The  day went pretty  well even though a few more people mentioned I need more clothes and  someone was kind enough to say I should let my hair grow out to fill out my face.  It amazes me how some people can just say anything  they want  without consequences.  I went to Lee Ann and she said to t ask them  if they would like to pay for the clothes.  Next time I will say it.

I shared the link to Diane’s newest Play  with a couple of coworkers as they  were both from the Philippines as well.   One couldn’t open it at work but would try at home later.  I haven’t heard from the other one.  I hope they don’t mind.

I was able to have a session with Debra on the phone tonight.  We talked about the week’s events and   should we  be concerned about my sleeping and lack of eating.  Seh feel  that I do a lot and keep busy.   That getting in to bed early most night and some weekends  after working all day is not bad.

I mana…

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

I can’t believe I let so many days go by without writing but its been hectic and I haven’t been feeling that great.  

Monday was busy with work.  I went to the Doctor in the afternoon and you can read about it here.    We did talk about the weight loss and he did mention it in the notes on the patient portal.  He pointed out its quite possible I am in a depression.  HE is good with the weight as long as its not for the wrong reasons.  He doesn’t want it done for the wrong reasons.  If there are other issues (which I am beginning to think there is) such as ulcers.. Then he will look into it.  I probably couldn’t link to the notes anyway the whole HIPAA laws.  I have to admit I am still getting stomach aches and have looked up Ulcers and I am not so sure that’s what this could be.  Its fine right now but I have had moments where it does hurt and I haven’t really finished much of anything I eat.

I stopped by Liz’s and we talked about stuff in general.  She wanted to make sure I wa…

Dear Mom

Dear MOm,

The sun is shining so brightly but the wind is really strong.  I guess its going to be like this for the day.  

I left here sometime after 9.  As I was driving to the gas station my phone was busy.  Two text message and a call from Liz.  I decided to pull over for the text messages.  Nancy would like me to watch Preston and Packy from December 23 to January 2.  We will meet the week before they leave and go over any instructions or new rules for the pups.  As I have said I was entertaining the thought of bringing them here but they are collectively old and not well.  I believe it would traumatize them if I did that so we will stay at their home.  

For some reason Liz thought I called her this morning so when I got to the gas station I called her back.  I told her how I got a call from Roberta’s phone at 2 am this morning.    We joked that peoples phones wanted me to know they were thinking of me.  We talked about the house sitting job and  told her about my games last night.  I…

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

Yesterday afternoon  Roberta called me around 1 yesterday afternoon and invited me to an impromptu Mexican TRain game with the Krevlins, CHarlie & His wife and of course MOM Roberta and Papa Mike.  They picked me up around 5 pm.  We had \pizza from Zuppardi’s in West Haven..  I had believed I had never been in Krevlin’s home before once I got there I remember being there..   It was a lot of fun.  .  I haven’t seen them in so long too.  I didn’t get back home until after 11.  We talked about lots of stuff and of course the setting the clocks back for Daylight savings or whatever.

For some reason the USA network is blacked out on the TV in the bedroom.    I think I may have pushed a button to mess it up because its working on the other TVs.  I tried to see if there was anything I can do to reset it but I have decided to just let it reset itself.

Today I am doing bingo and then later on this afternoon head over to Liz and Nelson’s for dinner.  Liz won’t be there until 4:30 but…

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

Happy Nov 1!  It is a wet and rainy start to NOvember. Earlier forecasts had predicted snow for the state but instead we got the rain.  We got rain Wednesday which surprised me and I was sort of surprised for Halloween night.

Work has been busy and a little stressful for everyone.  Productivity for most and of course for me I am still swimming according to SR in the mail.  Its still the re-address mail with the pre-authorizations.  No I am not asking for help.  I love my co-workers but ever since I had the  dizzy spells tuesday they have been making sure I eat.  I have had an offer to have a dinner made for me.  Some people feel I have lost too much wait.  Others of course feel I look great.  I had called Liz and told her about the spells and she wondered if my perhaps my illness is causing them.  

Thursday was Gloria’s Retirement party.  It was great and lots of food.  Of course a few people asked if I ate.  I made sure I did but it was heavy on my stomach (that I noticed a co…