I finished my first project, (which per the one class I took, was supposed to be a wash cloth). OK, so it took a month, and I had to unravel my practice piece to make the length, but I was still working on the multi-colored winter scarf too. I love the funky "yarn" I found for the fringe, I think it really makes it!
I was only working on thisscarf when I was at the hospital, visiting.
Mom is knitting again too. She's still practicing, but she is getting up to speed! (I didn't push, she decided she was ready.)
Dad was a little bit ill yesterday. The most common response to nausea . . . does not go well with insulin dependent diabetes. So, due to general unstableness, (gait, blood sugar, etc.) we cancelled Rehab.
He seems better today, but still recovering. Hopefully Rehab. will be on tomorrow.
Before I moved in to help my parents . . . things I knew . . . 1. I do not know how to load a dishwasher properly 2. I am a total slob 3. I will never be as smart as my brothers. (Really, it's a wonder I ever tried Nursing School, I was academic 2nd in my class even though I was the only one working full time too, guess it doesn't say much for my class.)
New things I have learned . . . (when I am home and at my job, I am very capable of manually ventilating a child while I make repairs to the mechanical ventilator . . . at the same time, here on the other hand) I am not allowed to even attempt to change the battery in a watch or plunge a toilet . . . because I will break it or make it worse. (yes, that was the reasons given.) My IQ points are dropping by the minute, apparently.
Hooray, I found, what I believe is, a fantastic Kennel for the dogs.
Soon we will be leaving for a week of Family togetherness, (as much as they are adored by all, the furry children are not invited). Unfortunately, the friend they usually stay with is still in New England, so it is kenneling for the veryfirst time. I found 3 possible choices, which Mom and I personally checked out 2. We found more cons then pros with the first, and though we were leery when we drove up, we LOVED the second and never bothered with the third. We did all the paperwork and they are all set for 9 days of "spring break!"
It's been the best day. Maine Lobster at Red Lobster, (why are there only 2 in ALL of New England, and they are BOTH in Conn.?), chocolate-chocolate cake made by Mom, mint Moose-tracks ice cream, getting cool cards, great presents and shopping for "gift" clothes.
Pepper cuddling and Jack guarding . . . priorities.
Jack takes his guarding duties very seriously. He likes watching out the front door sidelights and nothing escapes his attention. I know when the mail arrives, somebody walks by, or when the beagle next door evades his owners by a woof, yip, whine, growl or groan.
Dad made it out a day earlier then "we" expected. Fortunately, Mom and I kept his suitcase in the car just in case. He will get out-patient Rehab. at the same facility 3X a week, for who knows how long. He is also being required to go to Elder Driver's Ed. post regular Rehab. before he will be allowed to drive. Whhhooooow. (that was the breath I'd been holding!)
I've mentioned Jack very little, but then what is there to say, except he is my 15 pound Knight, (Scottie), who is quick and has sharp white teeth. He is smart, tireless and faithful to the end.
He has taken on a 6 foot man, who entered our house (without Jack's permission), and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, who flew at me in (what could be construed) a menacing way. Oddly enough, the Man, (with a large blood blister, administered through jeans and just south of the "family jewels"), bragged about this little dog to everyone we knew, and the Ridgebacks, (after 30 seconds on not being able to touch this black fury snapping at their bellies), thought retreat was the better part of valor.
Evil came to my blog in the form of immediate re-directs, but after a great battle, I at last evicted the offending gadget and have prevailed. (just getting to the blog was pert near impossible much less ridding it of the infection!)
Dad is now in Rehab. as of March 1st. After all evaluations with PT, OT, Speech, the Rehab. Doc. has stated, "two weeks." So, the 14th or 15th of March, (the 14th being an UnBirthday Day!). Of course Mom and I are living it up and celebrating all our UnBirthdays, while he is in! We are fortunate that he is now very close by and with his schedule we only visit once a day now.
Transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a transient stroke that lasts only a few minutes. It occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly interrupted. TIA symptoms, which usually occur suddenly, are similar to those of stroke but do not last as long. Most symptoms of a TIA disappear within an hour, although they may persist for up to 24 hours. Symptoms can include: numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body; confusion or difficulty in talking or understanding speech; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; and difficulty with walking, dizziness, or loss of balance and coordination.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke