Well, here we are at the beginning of a brand-new Coconut Wireless chat thread. I love the feel of a new thread. Take off your shoes, grab a chair, take a load off. Make yourselves at home. We're among friends, here. So, what's going on in your part of the world?
We can most always use rain here in the desert but I do enjoy our clear sunny days with ble skies and a view of the Sea of Cortez. Our beautiful blue weather" as my mother wonce described it.
Tony and I went to Santa Rosalia (35 niles up the road) yesterday and spent aobout $500 on lumbwer and concrete sealer. A sheet of plywood that is $70 is $50 ther and we get a 10% discount because we are good customers. It's a tiring trip, though, I napped all afternoon when we got back while Tony went on to his other job.
For the cost of lumber here I could probably have driven to Ca. and bought the stuff and saved money but it's too long a trip. We are having to replace the wood frames for areas that shade the east side of the house. Part of it came down with a tree Tony took out and part was termite infested. However, all had been built mostly with salvaged lumber and last five or six years so replacing it is just one of those upkeep things. Work on a house is never done, it seems. Tony and I are booth good about remembering to take breaks to admire all we have accomplished. While doing that we also sealed and are painting the brick wall which is the outside of the kitchen. It looks much better. I finally asked my neighbor Dana to stop with remarks about how nice it will be when I get something more done. As There were nothing but some concrete block walls and one rough floor when I moved it I am big on appreciation for what I have, not what I maight have someday. The secret of happiness: be grateful for what you have.
The plumerias are starting to bloom here. Also the flame trees, which are breathtaking. These are both in full bloom in town and just starting where I am which is east of town and right by the Sea.
My other good news is that I have now lost a little over fifty pounds. My right arm is unfrozen but still sore due to loss of muscle tone while it was froen for many months. It got unfrozen when I had a short bout of projectile vomiting. I find this very funny but not everyone appreciates this medical discovery of mine.
My family of five dogs are all fine and get along much better than my siblings and I ever did. I take some pride in that.
I've been lurking here so I keep up with you. Between a bad knee and the shoulder that was frozen for several months, I've been coping with a lot of pain. It's very frustrating.
Tony continues to be here six days a week. He's not here today; he's branding calves at his father's ranch. We were laughing yesterday because neither of us knew what day it was. Guess we're both pretty happy with each other. Tony is a grandfather now. don't remember if I said that here before. His oldest son, Luis, has a son. He lives on the mainland so we haven't seen the baby yet,
Most of the snowbirds are gone for the summer so things are quiet here. This is the time when seaweed washes in. My friend Rafael brings it to me for $20 a truck load. I have a huge "haystack" of seaweed and palm logs - the basics for my amended soil.
We have a new garden going in out front. I get to have more contact with my neighbors when I work there. I'm getting to be less withdrawn I think.
We are starting to get our seriously hot and humid weather. Time to finish up what we can before we go into survival mode until October.
Been busy working and trying to get weeds caught up in my garden. No easy feat this year!! I have 2 small iris beds that now need to be weeded and one also needs to be replanted I think. I will have a better idea when I check it out tomorrow.
We have been steaming hot up here this spring and now summer. It has felt like June and July almost all spring with temps in the 80s and 90s almost everyday. I hate to think what later this month and July will bring.
We are getting our more than fair share of rain here. It rains every day. Sometimes it's torrential. Other times it's just a spritzing but rain every day. Throw in spectacular lightning and record-setting thunder that rolls and rolls for up to 10 seconds and you have our weather here. I specially have it when you see the flash and in the same instant, hear the tunder. That means that lightning struck very close. I bit a certain delay between flash and boom.
Rain! I'm in the Catskills and really up north til October and I am so sick of rain that I can't stand it! 50 degrees each morning and I'd give anything for some heat and humidity-- of course I may change my tune come July ! When it thunders here it REALLY does sound like a bowling alley. Storms are almost as wicked as South FLorida.
I do miss the garden-- but worked in a friend's garden last week(on the last warm day) and enjoyed messing with peonies and roses and hydrangeas. A nice change of pace.
Has anyone heard of a champedek tree? It was on the Top Tropicals newsletter and looks interesting.
On the home front-- am having ixoras around the pool cage ripped out and replaced with gardenias, new piping around the pool for the orchids as they are just not getting enough sun and air around the koi pond. Hopefully all will be done by the time I get home. I am getting home for a week in August and a week in September. Hate this schedule, but it's worth it to be home for 3 months in the fall.
Had to send along some decidedly NORTHERN pictures for this thread for some fun!
We would like some of that rain here, the trees are looking very tired from the lava dust that comes along with the trade winds. At this time of year most of our trees drop some of their leaves - weird isn't it? I am knee deep in dead leaves and have been making many runs to the green waste each week.
On a bright note - we have litchi fruit on the tree this year! We have only had fruit on this tree 3 times since we have lived here, conditions must have been right this spring but I don't know what those conditions are! We are enjoying them although I wouldn't say the tree is loaded.
Mangos are in full swing so I have been busy dehydrating them to send to the kids who eat them like candy. We can't send fresh fruit to the mainland so this is the next best thing to cope with the glut we get from the 6 trees, luckily they are all different varieties so the harvest is somewhat spread out.
Mom is doing much better and we have finally talked her into having cateract surgery for her one remaining eye. She is scared to death and wouldn't even be considering it if it were not for the fact that she can't see anything now. Her surgery is set for the 12th. Fingers X'ed that I actually get her there on the big day!
I retired from work three weeks ago and was a lady of leisure for exactly 4 days - the first weekend I had to spend with Frank in 5 years - it was wonderful! Then I got a call that a co-workers son was in the hospital on life support and would I come back in to cover! Finally retired last Friday, this time for good! I have been so busy since then - restained the staircase, etc, etc, etc. Life is good!
Jenn, would you share how you dehydrate the mangos? The ones we buy in stores here on the east coast almost look and taste like they have been sugared.
My neighbor who is blind in one eye and has an advanced case of wet macular degeneration in the other just had a cataract removed from that eye and he is very pleased with the results. Best wishes for your mom.
Congratulations on your retirement although it does not sound like you are resting much. Good for you!
Yay, Jen! So glad that Margaret is better. It has been 7-8 years since I retired and I have busier than ever. I think when one works away from home many projects just don't get done. The morning glory tree you sent last year is in it's glory. (pun intended). Learned not to take a chance and plant it in-ground. The one Randy had given me last 2 winters and the snow got it. Oh fresh fruit. All the news about what is sprayed onto fruit by commercial growers makes me pretty uneasy. Going to Payton's ballet recital tonight. She is a senior this year and this will probably be the last. Her teacher and her mother want her to accept a dance scholarship to TCU but she wants to be a surgical nurse. Much better. Love to all of you. I miss our chats.
Those mangoes looks good and it is plentiful at the market too. They6 are from Chile and are cheap. 9 big ones for $ 7.99. We all love it and usually buy 2 boxes. the yellow mexican are very pricey,
Ardesia, dehydrating mango couldn't be simpler - but they do become extremely sweet as the drying concentrates the natural sugars in the fruit. I cut down the "cheeks" of the mango into slices and then down the sides into strips. For the odd bits and pieces from around the pit, I puree and make fruit leather. Simply put them on the rack of the dehydrator and dry for about 12 hours - depends on the thickness of course...When they are dried you may see small blobs of crystallized sugar on the surface. I hope the pics show the sugar blobs!
Thank you all for your support for Mom - I will read them to her when I go over to the Ohana in a few minutes for a cup of tea (it's still early here!) We are doing the dreaded count down to D Day now.
Off this morning to the beach with Frank. We meet up with lots of friends on a Saturday morning - something I have not been able to do in years because of work and I am excited to be able to "talk story" with them. The sea looks gorgeous this morning from my window...
Edited to say I run the dehydrator at 135 degrees...
Congradulations Jenn, I'm envious re retirement!
I have been traveling a lot since I've no garden to care for...was in Colorado Springs visiting family, was great. Got tired of answering "how I like Chicago?" I just say I travel a lot...lol
Hi pep, hap, PK, Jeanne, ardesia, sylvain, bear!
We were on the mainland for 3 weeks and returned to find that our parched surroundings here in Kona had turned green. We're next to a large pasture that was dry as a bone, so we are relaxing a bit about the possible fire hazard. Mangoes are going great, lemons and oranges forming fruit, and all my lettuce bolted. Not much luck with tomatoes here because of too much humidity and nematodes in the soil, so I'm trying pots with a University of Hawaii hybrid, but they are pretty pitiful. Shower trees and orchid trees are in bloom here and monkeypod beginning to get new leaves.
At www.jlhudsonseedsman.net they have talked about seeds that are for plants that are supposed to trap menatodes. Can't remember the name but they have a search engine (though I often can't figure it out). I think it was rattlebox or something like that but it's been a while. I read their catalog for amusement. They are also nice about answering emails. kb
Thank you for your prayers, my sister Joanne is finally home. She came home Tues, the 12th. The keppra is making her very nausuated, so pray this too shall pass. We are all very thankful! It has been a very long month...
We are all resting! No additional news on Mom's house, so keep praying it sells!
Take care of yourselves, and again, Thanks so much for your prayers!!!!!!!!!!!
Nancy, how is Sylvain doing? Have you heard anything? He is such a dear man and I am thinking of him and Gail constantly.
Jeanne, so very glad that your sister is doing better, what a rough time your family has had lately. My thoughts are with you and yours too.
Thanks for asking PK, Mom is doing great! The day after surgery she was seeing at 20/30 - it's a whole new world for her! She keeps saying things like "I didn't know the walls were painted that color", etc, etc. She is feeling so much more confident that she has agreed to take a trip with me to NC to visit my daughter and her family. We leave on the 21st, for 10 days. I am hoping this is just the start of us not being so house bound anymore. We do have to go to the drug store and get her a pair of reading glasses to make do with until her vision appointment which is on the 11th of July when they can get an accurate reading of her close up vision.
Not much on the home front - still dealing with mango, and now the star fruit tree is loaded with blossom! We get so many fruit from the star fruit tree that I have to take them down to work, the firestation, the beach, anywhere there are lots of people...Visitors are always so shocked that anyone would be giving away fruit, it's quite funny! Little do they know just how many I have to get rid of! Most have never had starfruit before so I cut up a plateful and they can taste test. They all go in a flash. I wish the food bank would take fresh fruit, but I guess they don't have a way to keep them. The church runs a meal program and will take some just before they are serving the meals up but don't take more than they can use that day.
We have just heard that we may be getting a Target store on the Island - we are really getting into big time now! Of course it will take years to get it built so I am not holding my breath. Could all be a rumor on the coconut wireless!
Such good news. I have not yet had cataract surgery but those I know say it changes everything. Some things in modern medicine are terrific. Wish I were there, I would take care of the star fruit. We do have it in the grocery from time to time but as you can imagine, it is past it's prime and very expensive.
The Morning Glory tree you sent has grown into a tree (all be it in a pot) and gives both of us great pleasure every morning. Growing mostly Texas natives these days as the last two years pretty much killed everything else no matter the amount of TLC.
Going to dinner tonight with several people that populated Mike's world before he retired almost 6 years ago. Expect it to be a great celebration that we are still with the living. hahahahaha
Nancy, be sure you tell Sylvain that we love him dearly.
I talked to Gail little bit ago and she sounded so happy ! She talked to Sylvain via the nurses station and she said he sounded good. She acted as though she was dancing. They hope that he will be able to get out of ICU into a regular room tomorrow.
Jenn, yay on the cataract surgery!! Definitely a whole new world for her!!
My internet was acting up yesterday and I couldn't get on. Catching up now!!
Dealing with high temps again and low humidity. The low humidity is a mixed blessing. It makes it feel better but raises the fire risks around here. Despite a heavy rain earlier in the week we are still extremely dry.
Thank you for the update, Nancy. Will continue to ask God the Father for blessings on Gale and Sylvain.
Hey, Amanda. We have had more rain than the law allows. Very, very unusual for June in Texas. Of course, two days ago a huge area of DFW got hail that was just unbelievable. You may have seen it on the news. It was all around us and only with the Grace of God were we spared. Another weather anomaly.
Love all of you. Take care and hope this is a great weekend for everyone. Especially Sylvain and Margaret (Jen's mom).
Such good news about Sylvain, I hope he is continuing to get better - any further news?
Mom and I are off tomorrow evening to North Carolina for 10 days to visit with my daughter and family. I am so excited that Mom is finally confident enough to try the trip as she has never seen Laurie's home or area. Should be fun!
We had a very high wind a couple of days ago - in fact the news said that there were gusts recorded at 100 mph on Oahu up on the pali. It wasn't that bad here, but tons of green mango came down and Frank has taken them into work for his staff - many of whom are Philippina. They make some kind of chutney with the unripe fruit - problem solved!
Here is a Japanese White Eye bird that has made a nest right at the front door. She seems to be quite undisturbed by our comings and goings.but I can't spray for the white fly on the Stephanoitis (sp?) while she is there!
Talked to Gail last night and she sounds stressed, but OK.
Sylvain had to have another surgery and they didn't close the wound. His spirits are not the best, but he is doing OK. They have moved him to in intermediate ICU of a sorts, so that sounds promising. From being in the hospital bed for so long, he back is killing him. Sure that can be felt by all.
Nancy, thanks so much for the update, I hope all goes well for our polar bear. Perhaps they didn't close the wound because they are still draining it?
Please give them both our love when you next talk to Gail.
you should look into growing in pots or grow bags. We have a lot of problems here with the soil where I'm at, so I'm getting ready to start growing in pots. I've flund all my material for my soil for the containers, just ordered my seeds last night (lost all my seeds when we moved from northern Ohio to cental Flordia, so have to start over) and I can't wait till next month to get started.
Jo went back into the hospital Father's day with another Kidney infection. They took the stent out. Didn't see anymore stones. The infection resisted antibiotics. It became severe. Ste stayed until last Friday. She is home again, but having complications. She has a follow up appt today. Please continue to pray for her.
The appraisal on the house has been ordered. We have most of the things out of the house. Will go over there today and get some more.
Thanks for your concern. Hope you and yours are doing well.
Glad the surgery for your Mom's eye's Jen went well. Have a great trip!
Hi, Kay. This has been a really busy last 2-3 months. Our Spring weather was perfect and I enjoyed the flower garden immensely. Lots of very satisfying labor. Seems any and all friends and relatives that live out of the area decided to visit us. I loved it but the washing of sheets and towels has gotten to be a full time job. I hope none of you have had damage from "Debbie". The West is on fire and Florida is under water. We have been having triple digit temps here for almost a week. Sure can do a lot of damage to the landscape in a very short time.
I have Sylvain's home phone but have been reluctant to call as I last heard he was very ill. I wouldn't want to disturb he or Gail.
We're fighting drought up here. I don't remember the last time we had rain. Been a few weeks. Still green but crunchy. Before long everything will be brown. Temps over 100 degrees today. Only good thing is we had a breeze and humidity was down.
to all the texas folks here, I'm praying for relief from the high temps and some water so that the trees aren't hit again like last year. I'm a tree lover and when I saw what happened to so many from not having rain, it made me so sad.
corrected to say aren't instead of are, gosh my typing is getting worse and worse...
Jan, I spoke to a representative of our city hall yesterday. We live in what is termed "the cedar belt". Many, many of them died last year and are making me nervous as they are tinder for a wildfire at any moment. None of us are safe from tragedy.
LouC I hear ya on none of use are really safe. Things can change so fast from day to day. At least the new tonight sounded a little more positive about Colorado Springs, my son lives there but he is in Afganistan and his wife and child are on a planned vacation to MD to visit her family this summer. So at least the granddaughter won't get sick from the smoke, poor child has so many allergies, and at two is on a breathing machine at times.
It's really nice to be back online after more than 2 weeks of forced absence. I entered the emergency room 2 weeks ago (a Friday). They diagnosed a flesh-eating bacteria infection on my upper right thigh. I was a definite keeper. They operated the following day and I have been on my back since then. The nice people from physical therapy swing by every day to get me to stand and walk a few steps. I can get up on my own power and shuffle over to a chair, but my blood pressure inevitably takes a nose dive. I am still waiting for a skin graft to be performed to finish the job.
I miss my wife, my house, my plants, my aquarium, my pet snake(poor baby), my independence, my life,my plants... my whole life. Had I delayed, I could have lost the whole leg. Luckily, Gail and I are surrounded by wonderful people who make this whole episode bearable. It's great to read your posts back and forth and share your gardening experiences vicariously.
Strange things happen to a brain in solitary confinement. I can't wait to get out of here to have myself a glass or four of absinth, a large cigar and a brick-sized piece of Rice Krispies square (not at the same time). I smoke, I enjoy sipping a fine alcohol in moderation, but the RK treats... where did THAT come from? I have got to get out of here.
Oh Sweet Lord. Thank you for caring for our Sylvain. We love you and have been praying for you. Will continue our prayers.
What a horrible experience. Guess there is no guess where you picked up this awful bacteria. Just know that we love you and Gail. If there were ANYTHING we could do, we would be there in a heartbeat. Thank you for responding. I would have called but did not want to irritate you or Gail.
Just back from 12 days in NC visiting my daughter. Mom and I had a lovely time but the trip was hard on her and the household was bedlam with three dogs (one of which is a new puppy) 5 cats, my grandson and stepgrandson visiting, and my brother who came for three days from WI. I don't know how my daughter put up with all of us! Soon after we arrived the hot sultry weather hit, we sure missed the trade winds - I had totally forgotten what the summer is like in that part of the country. Nice time, but we are glad to be home again - it's so nice and cool here and Frank did a stirling job with watering the orchids planted on the tree, the plants on the lanai, the fish in the ponds and the cats, etc, etc etc.
Sylvain, so very glad that you are well enough to be on the computer again. What an ordeal you have been through, good luck with the skin graft - when is that scheduled? How very lucky that your infection was caught in the nick of time. Thinking of you daily and hope you get back to all your vices soon, LOL! You are my kind of fella!
Glad you are back home safe and sound, Jenn. Our weather has been almost unbearable. 98-100+ everyday for weeks. I attempted to go to native plants in an effort to not have a repeat of last year. Even the Texas natives are drooping. Guess I shouldn't have told you that or I will never get you to Texas.
Heat and humidity are bad here. I went to LA to see Amma a month ago andgot a flu bug which is now almsot gone but has been nasty. Lots of coughing and difficulty sleeping, which I hate. I'm such a bay when I'm sick. And at other times.
Sylvian, are you doing OK? Like many other, I worry when you don't post.
My name got taken off the list for knee surgery at Kaiser. Don't know what happened. I may have to go see the doctor again before I get reinstated. The Kaiser bereauocracy can be a PITA but I love my doctors and most of the staff. And the bureauocracy has got to be hard on them too so I try to roll with the punches.
I am still in the hospital. Dr. Cheerleader (a patented idiot that I do not suffer gladly) mentioned the possibility of releasing me tomorrow. I hope that comes to pass. I'm currently battling a bladder infection, low blood pressure and various other irritants associated with being stuck in a hospital bed. Luckily my skin is not prone to developing bed sores. I receive great care here. I am told bed sores are a sign of neglect: no sign of that in here. They dote over me like I am the Son of Heaven.
My wound is healing well. I should be all right to go home. I will need a walker for my first few days out and I ordered one yesterday. There's no telling when I'll be able to drive my car, or go back to my usual activities. My first priority is to get out of here.
We are doing fine here. Staying inside because the mosquitos are horrendous. West Nile has been detected and the city trucks are spraying again tonight. I hate it. It will kill my butterflies.
Still worrying about you, Sylvain. Glad that the hospital personnel is taking good care. They recognize a jewel when they see one. Don't push yourself when you get home. Follow their directions implicitly. Ok, there is your "Momma" lecture for today...more to come tomorrow.
Skeeters are bad here too. I was out watering earlier and got bit in 4 different spots. Luckily they didn't get too much of me because the spots are small compared to what they usually are.
We are officially in a serious drought now. There has been rain in the area all week but it either goes around us or falls apart before reaching us. I have quit watering all but certain flowers and my veggies. I hand water everything to help conserve water. I'm hoping to stay ahead of the game a bit here. So far so good. I have alot of half dead looking plants in my yard but they are the easily replaceable ones. I'll live. lol
Sylvain, hope you get out tomorrow. You need to be up and moving around again. Next thing you know you will be running full steam ahead again!! :~)
I am writing this from my house. I returned yesterday (Saturday).
The hospital had discharged me as of Friday, 5PM. We had arranged for one of my neighbors to come pick me up at the hospital. When he arrived, he loaded my stuff into his pick-up truck. The nurse wheeled me to the truck. It's one of those trucks that you have to climb onto a high footboard before you can drop your behind on the seat. After a month sitting almost motionless on my back, I didn't have the physical strength to climb that step, so I had to abandon my project and return to my room.
By that time, they removed all bedding from my bed. First order of business was to feed me supper and find sheets. Now, one wouldn't think that finding clean sheets in a hospital would be a herculean task. It only took 3 hours to scrounge all over the hospital until a set of sheets could be obtained for the bed. Someone came in and started installing the fitted sheet. She was called away for 45 minutes. When she returned, she finished installing the fitted sheet. I got out of the wheelchair and into bed.
I spent a month in a deffective bed that was basically possessed by the forces of evil. It would raise me, lower me, change position, inflate the mattress, fully deflate the mattress, left me on my back on the bed's metal base when the mattress deflated, then it would over-inflate one side and not the other. Space Mountain and the best torture implements of the Holy Spanish Inquisition had nothing on that bed.
By the time I climbed into the bed with a fresh bottom sheet, it was past 11PM. I could finally undress. I was also tired beyond measure. I get cranky when I get that tired. There are a few things in life I try not to do, but when crankiness sets in... all manners go out the window. I don't like that. I fell asleep naked, resting on my left side. The attendant threw a sheet and a blanket over me and let me be. A nurse woke me around 1AM to give a pill. That didn't help my crankiness. The empty side of the bed had over-inflated, whereas the side I slept on had not inflated at all. It took all of the wee bit of strength I could muster to climb onto the inflated part of the bed to take my pill.
So, the pill was presented in one of those little paper cups. The nurse reached for my water pitcher. I told her:
- I have to tell you something. Grin and bear with me.
- I own a pet snake, a creature we dote over every day the Good Lord brings about.
- My snake gets a bowl of fresh water every day the Good Lord brings about.
- It's not as if Lucy can get out of her locked enclosure to go to the sink, fill her own bowl and return home.
- A good snake owner knows to do that for his pet.
- The water in that pitcher is now 3 days old.
She tried to object, but I raised my hand and I told her to talk to the hand because the brain wasn't willing to listen any more. I continued with:
- It's not like I could get out of bed, walk over to the sink and refill it myself. I can't stand on my feet more than 10 seconds without fainting. It is abundantly documented in my file. I am not making this up.
- Yet, here I sat many times over the course of a month with a pitcher of 3-day old water.
- What's your excuse: are we in a drought? Is the water bad? Is it just a case of plain neglect? Say nothing, I don't want to hear it.
- Next time I go to the hospital, I want a nurse who owns a pet snake to care of me.
- Now, darling, wipe that disdainful look off your face and get me a clean pitcher filled with fresh water and ice. Resist the impulse to spit into it. And for the love of everything that is Holy, do find the means to secure some clean cups, too. Come on now, move along.
While I was saying this, the bed became possessed again. Of its own volution, it completely deflated on my side and started inflating again on the full width of the bed. It finally stopped at some random point, which turned out to be almost fine. I could live with that until a new round of possession inevitably manifested itself.
Early Saturday morning, a case worker came to see me and told me it would cost me $45 for a wheelchair transport van to take me home around noon. All that trouble when a few bills could have taken care of the whole thing? Transportation was arranged quickly. At noon, I was laying naked in bed. I had been waiting since 9AM for someone to come help me get dressed. The driver was none too pleased and I was getting crankier by the minute. He went and got someone to help me. So, there this attendant arrived to help me get dressed dressed without falling, while the driver waited in the door's frame. I told him: Please do the hall a favor and close the door whilst I hide my shame.
I finally got home (2 miles away) at the beginning of the afternoon. I am so glad to be here. It's far from being completely over, but at lease I am home and that's a big part of healing.
Stay healthy my friends... At one time, I told myself that there are worse things than dying on the operation table. Staying alive and suffering through these demeaning situations I endured for a month is worse than death. Death is swift and final. Hospital stays are akin to cruel and unusual punishment. I have cried a lot in the last 4 or 5 days. Funny, since I returned home, I haven't felt like crying. I must be getting better.
When you say things are finalized on the house--Is it sold? Congratulations!!!
It is nice to hear that you are home.
You were the first one to respond when I posted about the tragedy in my pond. I have 13 left and lost 26 kois. I have 4 inches that are new to me and I can not figure out how they had hidden for months or years!! It is posted at the pond forum.
Prayers for you for patience and endurance.
Take care and if I live near you I could give you some old fashion nursing care. Bach rubs are the best!!!
Oh bless your dear soul, Sylvain. I'm not a qualified nurse but I have been caretaker to more than one very ill patient. Compassion and love of our human compatriots should be enough to do the most basic of skills such as clean water and cup.
My prayers for you continue daily as I know this is only the beginning of healing. We have all been very concerned about you.
So good to hear from you again and your dry wit even in describing your own torture. No doubt Gail and Lucy are more than thrilled to have you at home again. I know I am.
Count me among those who are delighted to know you are homw and recovering. I enjoyed your account of your hospital stay and am taking a tip or two from it. If I have a bed from hell when I have my knee surgery I will lie on the floor until they replae it. I stayed overnight at Kaiser after a minor surgery a few years ago and what I noticed was how happy the nurses were to have a patient who was not on the brink of death. They loved me and vice versa. I brought home to me how much harder their jobs are now that people are usually only admitted for very serious conditions. When I was better I went back with a bouquet of flowers for them.
Hope you will contact a local massage therapist and get some good physical strokes as you recover.
Amazing news, everyone: I may now stand on my 2 feet from a sitting position without by blood pressure dropping to dizzying (literally) lows. I can walk with the aid of a walker, which is hopefully temporary. Today's projects: open the front door and walk a bit under the carport to assess the state of my full shade garden. It has been watered on a regular basis by a dear friend of ours, but there are still some old friend plants that I want to visit in person.
I'll also take advantage of my being outside to get myself a few deep breaths of fresh air, which I haven't inhaled in over a month. Wish me luck.
I got thrown off the golf cart this am where the golf driver made a sharp turn. i was in ER for 3.5 hours . 2 of my left ankle bones is fractured and is seeing an ankle specialist. By the looks of the fracture I might need a surgical procedure.
I am back home from orthopedic procedure. Everything went well, placed a 5 hole plate on the outer break while a screw on the inner portion.
I have severe pain so I take pain pills every 4-5 hours.
The best part is a block. I was told that there are 4 young anesthesiologist who does a lot of blocks which lasted ovwe 24 hours of being pain free.I was very impressed.
these new Docs treated patients in Afghanistan where a spinal takes too long.
No wonder the hospital bills are sky high due to the disposables.There are no more basins, they use disposable wipes, looks like baby wipes but bigger and thicker. The gowns are also disposable.
i now have a walker with wheels as well as a huge wheelchair. I called the company that I need a smaller and lighter one.The walker work much better. I love it because it is easier to maneuver.
I will go back the office for change of dressing as well a colorful fiberglass cast. I will get a shocking pink.LOL!!!
Few friends will be coming to visit and offered to bring food so I might not lose few pound. lOL!!!
I had not been out to visit my garden and my pond.
Belle, I was glad to read that things went well, although the incision was bigger than expected.
I went for a follow-up visit with my surgeon this morning. The wound still measures 16 inches across the top of my thigh, by 4 inches wide at its widest and 1 inch deep (all dimensions approximated). The homecare nurse needs about 1 hour to change the dressing on the wound. She comes by every day around 7:30AM. She did her usual great job at 7:30 this morning. The surgeon ripped all that out at 10:30, declared that it looked awesome, threw some gauze squares in there and taped the whole thing up. Already,the tape is becoming unglued and I have had to repair it in 2 places. I hope it holds until tomorrow morning.
At first, the surgeon said he would only remove a corner of the dressing, to see the healing process. Then, he proceeded to remove everything. I hate people who can't keep their word. Anyhow, that's visit is over and I'm glad. I'm moving on. Belle, keep your spirits high and don't give in to discouragement. I have a tendency to get discouraged when I look back at all this. Stay away from negative thinking.
Sylvain and Belle, so very happy to hear that you are both doing so much better. Keep up the good work! You are both in my thoughts daily, and I am so pleased that you are both on the road to recovery. I wonder how hard it is going to be to rest instead of wanting to be up and about now?
Every morning I watch the weather channel and check out the areas that you all live in - the drought and high temps are just awful - I hope you all get some relief soon.
We have been very busy here as we have decided to put the house on the market and down size. We do not expect a sale soon as the houses in my neighborhood are taking over a year to sell for the most part - that should be good timing, it's going to take me that long to get rid of "stuff" and tidy the garden! If anyone is interested in seeing the listing its: "realestatemauihawaii.com" - go to "our listings" - then MLS 352908. Akala Drive. I wonder if you will see some changes Christi? Remember the huge hole in the garden when you visited? I believe that the RE Agents are going to be doing a video that will show more of the garden in the near future, I do hope so as I think that will be so much more interesting than the house which is kind of plain.
I thank you for the kind words.My accident is 10 days old and surgery is 8 days ago and it will be a long summer. I am taking a day at a time but slowly getting better , taking pain meds every 5-6 hours instead of 3-4 hour.
I am staying downstairs because it is takes time to go up stairs. I am able to go around with a walker and uses wheelchair to go outside.
Few friends had been visiting and yesterday I was wheeled outside to visit the pond and the garden.
I hope you sell your house fast, are you going to buy a smaller house.DH brother lives in Kihei. Good luck to you.
Jenn-- looks wonderful from the two pix! I'm trying to get the courage to move again, but, after all the work that has gone into the yard, I'll think we'll just stay in our way too large home. It's so perfect for the dogs and the thought of packing and weeding thru stuff is daunting. Good luck!
Jenn, I do not envy you getting ready to move. I've told Tony I'm here til I die and then he can toss me on the compost heap.
Just got word of some foam insulation at a good price near LA so I'll be headed to Ca. next week. Building supplies are hard to get and terrible expensive here. Many things are. While on the road last time I got Tony a used tired for half of what it would have cost him here.
Tony's oldest son, Luis, with his wife and six month old son are staying with Tony and his family which consists of wife Fely, second son Antonio (home from college for the sumemr) and daughter Barbarbara, a high school student AND Tony's parents who are both in their eighties. They are all in his two-bedroom house Tony is building a separate room for his parents. I've been able to give him some materials like windows I got from a friend of a friend in LA and tin roofing that we hadn't gotten around to using here. The room is almost finished. Tony, as usual, is very calm about the situation. Luis hurt his right hand and has had two operations and still has very limited use of it.
It was 110 here yesterday morning. Very humid. We have electrical blackouts allmost every night for a few hours. Tony does not get enough electricity at his house to use the a/cc I gave them.
Life in Mexico. I have survived several summers here now (with brief trips north) and know I'll be OK even when the air is so hot and humid I feel like I need gills. Tony staying calm with all he has going on helps me to stay grounded even as my sleep pattersn are totally messed up. I took two naps yesterday aftenoon, then was up from 11pm to 3am. Used the time to do some house cleaning it's too hot to do during the day.
Glad to hear Belle and Sylvian are recovering well.
Oh goodness, so much going on here with the peeps. Agree with all that it is good to hear Belle and Sylvain are on the road to recovery. Jenn, your home was and is beautiful. If there were a way I would buy it in a heart beat. You and Frank have made it an absolute paradise. Still one of the greatest times in our lives. Cannot be topped or equaled.
It is a typical Texas summer...hot, hotter, hottest...along with dry, drier, driest. Went with more Texas natives this year and even they are withered and dry.
I am doing wonderfully well. Oh, there is not a lot of energy to spare and I do tire easily. However, I watered my philodendrons yesterday. After that, I took the car for a spin on our little circle. Tonight, I will go to a drive-through to get an easy dinner. Gail likes that kind of thing and she's been doing without for 6 weeks now. I'll buy something healthy (probably some kind of salad) and drive all that home. And Voilą: dinner will be served. It feels funny to walk around with my wound vac around my neck, but them's the breaks. Thankfully, there is no pain and the healing process is going well.
Good morning Jeanne,
You had gone through a lot this year!! I am glad you are doing much better and taking it easy.You deserve rest!!
I will continue to pray for Joanne.
My stitches came off yesterday and it was quite painful!! such a baby!! LOL!!! I was kind of upset that the incision is 4 inches on the outer and 2 inches on the inner portion.The incision looks clean but whole foot is still swollen. I was told that applying vitamin E oil will lighten the scar. I have however purple cast this time.I will see the surgeon again in 4 weeks and will take x-rays if I can get a walking cast.
I can not drive until the cast comes off!!! I was told that in Virginia one can be liable while driving with a cast if there is an accident.I am not that certain if this is true because DH drove when he was in a cast for 6 weeks.
What is killing me is not being able to go out to check my veggie garden. i do not want to take a chance hopping with my walker.
Glad to hear you are recovering even if it's not as fast as you might have hope. I will leave tomorrow for CCa. and on the 14th will have my knee susrgery and join the others who are recuperating. I've lost fifty-five ounds and don't have as much pain as I did but it's time to get the surgery done. My right knee seems to be fine so I'm reminding myself I'll probably only have to do this once.
Had a headache all night so I didn't get a lot of sleep. Tony is here and washing dishes so I can cook a big pot of chicken for the dogs. Makes feeding them easier
Today will be about packing so I can leave early tomorrow morning.
Steve, the man I bought my van from says I can stay at his complex until I can travel. That's the biggest worry I had. He's very bright and we've become friends so that' a big worry taken care of. He had a "minor" heart attack a few weeks ago and can't work for three months. Usually he works a lot (contractor installing floors, sellign cars he buys at auction, etc, etc). He needs to lose weight so I ordered a copy of the "Fat Flush" book for him and will tell him what has worked for me.
DH has an appt with the orthopedic doc in the morning concerning surgery on both knees. The cortisone shots no longer help. Our daughter just had a lot of dental work done in preparation for double knee surgery. I had spinal fusion 4 years ago and by the time I nurse the both of them back to health...well...don't know how my back will hold up.
Once heard, "after 40, it is just patch, patch, patch.". I believe it. Will be praying for you Katie. Is this repair or replacement?
Praying for a successful procedure . Is it a knee replacement?
I did not quite understand about your husbands procedure and your daughters dental work.
( I had spinal fusion 4 years ago and by the time I nurse the both of them back to health...well...don't know how my back will hold up.)
What kind of dental procedure is daughter having?
Will your husband be having both knees done at the same time?
An ortho bed with overhead trapeze and other equipment are normally rented to make it easier for patient and care taker.
Good luck to you !!
Learned recently that one must have a clear dental record before having knee replacement surgery...maybe for all surgery I don't know. Both DH and DD need knee replacement. She had a lot of dental problems that have now been resolved. DH went to surgeon today and now must visit PC for the ok for surgery. Going to replace just the right knee for now. Thinking all of this will actually take place in September. Don't know about DD's schedule yet.
Because of my back surgery we already have safety bars and other things to accommodate handicap. Two years ago one of the local furniture stores had an unbelievable offer on adjustable bed with foam mattresses. We jumped on it and have been very happy with them. Necessitated twin beds in order to accommodate the two of us.
Visited with next-door neighbors this evening and we exchanged our health woes. Goodness me, the old adage, "Old age is not for sissies" is certainly true.
Sure hope all of you are recovering with little to no complications.
I am nervous about the anesthesia. I had never before had actual anesthesia...only twilight sleep. Did not come out of it and had a code blue episode. DH has never been "put under" either.
What I know: God the Father is in charge. We shall lean on Him and trust Him that all is His Will.
My knee surgeon asked about dental stuff. No oproblems. I had to have my first tooth pulled (not counting wisdom teeth) last year - at age 70. I've taken care of my teeth.
I'll be having knee replacement. Don't 'know what it has to do with dental stuff but I was not asked before hand or eye surgery, though they were all relatively minor. My right knee seems to be good. I'm hoping having the left done will be all that I need.
Oh no!! Sylvain fell, hope it is not that serious. He need our prayers.
The newest is putting a block where they inject medication to the nerve which will last depending on the length of the procedure. This prevents the patient from getting narcotics for pain which has some untoward effects like nausea and vomiting not to mention effects on the heart rate and respiration. Anesthesia will probably offer this option.
I had a block on my procedure so i was numb for 24 hours and it was amazing.
Good luck to you and you too can ask for a block if it is not offered.
Good luck to all of you!! Sylvain--- prayers from all of us.
Friday morning, I had just stepped out of the shower when I remembered I had to mix myself a protein shake. I headed to the kitchen. While measuring the whey powder, I noticed that my hands were shaking uncontrollably as if I had Parkinson's disease. I had a seizure and Gail found me naked on the kitchen floor with my skull cracked, blood everywhere and me unconscious. I awoke with 4 or 5 EMT guys surrounding me and getting me onto a stretcher. I am still in the hospital, although doing better. I could be getting out tomorrow. I'm OK.
Sylvain, PLEASE take good care of yourself and don't antagonize any nurses.
Ii'll see my surgeon on Thursday afternoon and have the surgery next Tuesday if all goes well. Saw my GP this morning and gave him some weight loss advice, a book (The Fat Flush Plan) and a dried fruit juice mix (no sugar). We have to take care of each other. He is delighted with my progress and thinks the surgery will go well.
I'm feeling good right now. Had car trouble again in Techate. Same as last time, different vehicle. %$#@*&(&%$# Homeland Security and their useless border checks that hold people iup for 6-10 hours and never catch any terrorists. I did help to calm an irate motorist while my ambulance was waiting for repair - got laughs out of him and his wife and he chilled. A Mexican man who had helped with the last breakdown reappeared and helped me again.
Anyway, all is well now I think. I have a couple of sores on my leg and I know the doctor won't like that but I'm hoping it won't delay the surgery as I am mentally prepared (I think).
Wow Sylvain!!! Glad to hear you are doing better!! Take it easy and don't overdo. You'll end up back in the hospital again. But I'm beginning to think you are liking the hospital now. :~p. Just kidding!! I know you much prefer to be at home. :~)
Gosh, leave for the Big Island for a few days and look what happens!
Sylvain, I hope that you are feeling better and have been released from the hospital by now - we all know how you feel about being cooped up in there! Gail must have been very frightened to find you on the kitchen floor. You both have had a rotten summer so far, lets hope that is the end of it now.
Katie, best of luck on the knee surgery, Mom and I will be thinking about you - when is the operation set for?
LouC, give Mike my love. Are you going to have both Mike and DD at home while you are nursing them? Any chance you can get a home health care worker in to give you a hand - I am pretty sure that you shouldn't put too much strain on your back.
Belle, hope you are recovering nicely and are able to hobble about a little now.
Jeanne, how are the tests going for Joanne? I hope that she is doing well now.
I feel quite guilty having had 10 days vacation! I stayed with friends who were on the BI visiting from Arizona. We had lots of fun catching up, but it's nice to be home and in my own bed.
Lots of figs in the garden all ripening up, but plenty of birds with big fat tummys! I just picked a couple of oranges that were ripe - all the rest are green, not sure why these two are so ahead of the season, but they were good!
Dearest Jenn, How funny that you would leave that gorgeous paradise for a "vacation". I guess a little change is good for everyone.
Pu'ole, sure hope you are at home by now. I'm sure a luxurious cruise would cost much less than the hospital/hotel. Maybe your friend, the nurse, needs to come stay a bit to help get you back on your feet.
Katie, will be praying for you as you face your ordeal.
I'm beginning to believe old age is a kind of punishment. Kind of like trying to keep a vintage car running.
Belle hope you are feeling better and heeling well.
I'm like Jenn, leave for a short time and miss alot! Sylvain, my goodness! God bless you! Bless your heart!
Katie, hope your surgery goes well. I may look up info on your diet! Congratulations on your weight loss! Good job!
Question...why the dental work before knee surgery?????? I do neet to have both done eventually so a little concerned here.
Haven't heard back from Jo's tests just yet.
I have a Dr's appt next week with a new Dr. Referred by my GP. Hope it goes well. Probably will change meds as I have been on them for a long time and just not doing the job. With so much stress this past year and a half my poor body is totally rebelling.
Jenn glad you had a good vacation!
Christi, do take care of yourself as well as Mike and DD. I am learning what happens if you don't!!!!!!
It is Hot here , but not as bad as it could be...it's actually almost tolerable. Mid 90's very humid.
We're surviving. We have much to be thankful for. We have had rain this season and everything has done Very Well!
Finaaly got my hut built, so excited! Will get pictures later!
My crew came and gave the jungle a "haircut"...no more jungle!!!!!!!!!!!! We can actually see the pond that is over in the far corner now. I need to get a new pump for it. I want to enhance the waterfall part behind it. Maybe with some rock, eventually...not now.
The poor banana trees look like toothpicks. They are now starting to put out leaves again. The crew leader suggested trimming them back since we had not done it in the spring and they were over 8 ft. tall, and it is hurricane season here. I agreed, hesitantly. My poor garden looks "naked". My youngest granddaughter came over and went out there. She came back in and said, "What happened??????? NO MORE JUNGLE!!!!!" I just said, "Yep, it's naked. Oh well, it'll grow back."
The jasmine and other vines had taken over the gazebo where the hut needed to be, and the Mexican Fan Palms were humongous. Snakes, critters, and people could have hid there. It really wasn't safe. Now we can see the ground again. My yard looks two times larger. I actually have space to grow the seeds I got for the Rose of Sharon that I have yet to plant, and the plumeria seeds that you sent me Jenn.
Will pray for rain for those that need it, and a cooling off for others! Have a great weekend. Everybody get well!!!!!!
You are so thoughtful covering everybody. I am glad you had a chance to clear your garden. We have tons of mosquitoes here that it is hard to spend time in the back yard.I normally use mosquito coil but the price had gone up tremendously.
I collect different varieties of banana but they all go to the garage during winter. I do cut the trunk during spring so they don't get skinny.
Your question regarding teeth before knee surgery? I think anesthesia want to make sure that no loose tooth because when they intubate a patient they us a metal larygoscope to insert the endotracheal tube. there had been instances that a loose tooth came off and lodge in the trachea causing respiratory problems. Also they ask if there are bridges, crown because they have to be careful not to chip the crown. Anesthesia want to be extra careful.
Dental precautions are for any patient requiring insertion of breathing tubes. I hope i answered yur question to the best of my knowledge.
How are you doing? Keep us posted.
Good luck with the upcoming knee surgery.
It is almost 4 weeks since the accident and I am trying to win my self from the narcotics for pain. Pain is around 3 so I only took one yesterday before i went to bed. I am taking tylenol with breakfast and had been sufficient.
In 3 weeks I get an x-ray and if it is satisfactory then i will get a walking booth.
Dh has golf scheduled for October as well as January so I hope I will be able to play then. I had talked to several people who has this experience and they are very reassuring that everything will be okay.
I'm still in the hospital, alone in a large room with the door closed. I have a window with a view on grass and schefflera arboricola trinette (very pedestrian) growing by my window. You'd think it wouldn't kill them to plant a few colorful copperleafs, but NNNNOOO, the more boring the better in an institutionnal setting such as this one. Little lizards run to and from on the windows and the walls. I see a patch of sky and a bit of sunlight if I look at the right moment, early in the morning. My water jug is celebrating its 3rd day on my table. Even my snake gets fresh drinking water every day. I'll have to raise hell to get something fresh to drink. This place is not geared towards giving its patients fresh water. What, already??? Is there a drought? Has South Florida become a desert country?
I am getting a bit more testy every day. I never could suffer fools and idiots gladly. I told a rude nurse to bite me and be gone earlier this morning. A word of caution here: never antagonize people who wield syringes and needles. No good can come from that. The staff found a new hobby now: attaching bracelets on my right wrist. I am sporting Limb Alert (whatever that means), Fall risk, my name with serial number and 2 different bar codes and another one that tells everyone I am A negative type. They have removed a port they had inserted into my left wrist 2 days ago. A crew came in earlier to install a pick line in my right arm. Not that it has any earing on anything at all, but I haven't worn any underwear in 7 weeks. Comando is not my style of choice, but such are the demands imposed upon me. I would give everything I have to take a shower and shave; anything not to look like a fright.
This proud country managed to get men on the moon, but they can't produce a self-sticking heart monitor electrode that will stick to my skin more than 2 hours. At mearl times, I want an 18-oz rare steak, a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, a lobster, a shrimp cocktail, a bowl of French onion soup and a brick-sized chunk of Rice Krispies treats. Fat chance I'll get any of that here. I can fantasize; that's all I have left. How I wish I could have my snake here, to have and to hold. But I must be reasonnable becuase this is not a healthy place for a clean, beloved and healthy snake. Big Sigh!
OOOOOOH Sylvain, you poor baby! I'm sure that cruises are much more enjoyable! So sorry you are sooooo miserable! I hope you heal soon so you can go home! Our hospital has a Quality Control person, or patient's advocate...you might ask the operator to connect you so you can voice you need. I'm sure it will get taken care of!
Belle, hope you can heal soon also!
Thanks for all of the responses on teeth issues and knee surgery! Thanks!
Oh dear. Sylvain. I am feeling your pain all the way to Texas. Just tell them to give you a big cocktail of some sort of pain killer and it will all fade from memory.
I can promise you, were I not so far away I would fulfill all of your culinary wishes. I don't cook you understand but I have a purse full of credit cards just waiting for an important moment like this. Say, give me the name of a restaurant and I will call and order a delivery. Would be worth every single dime to help you through this misery. I am serious. I know nothing about Florida but I do know you are a super person and deserve better than this. Just say the word and I will d-mail my cell number. Please let me help you.
I have come to the realization that the only way to get out of this funk is to het the frig out of here. However, I have just started a new intravenous antibiotic treatment that could go on until the 24th. I shall have some harsh words with that idiot doctor that shows up here every morning at 7AM. I have just learned that I can't go home because the antibiotic creates an interaction with the rat poison (coumadin) I am taking to thin out my blood. Interaction, you say... find another antibiotic before I have a conniption fit, already.
Take care, all and I'm sorry about the medical rant.
Keep well, all.
If I live near you I can cook a medium rare rib eye steak , grilled veggie and off course with wine. Perhaps French? or Spanish? LOL!!! I hope this is making you smile.
I am very sad to hear that you are not getting the care that you expect to get. i am a retired RN and enjoyed my nursing career because of tons of empathy. I could also come and take care of you free of charge if I live near by. i just renewed my RN license because I do cover for a plastic surgeon but only If it does not conflict with my golf game.
The hospitals that I retired from gives excellent care so i have friends that go there. The Doctors are top notch but there are some that I do not care to take care of me and my family.
Hang on there!!!
Coumadin? What brought that ? How long ago?
My husband is also on coumadin for 8 years because of several mini strokes as well as a guad by-pass. He is doing well being a diabetic , i never worry about his diet and exercise. Loves going to the doctor.
I hope you take care of your ortho problems soon and get a good ortho doctor.
Good luck to you.
Incidentally Jeanne and I met last year while we were on a 5 week golf vacation and just happened that we were in Houston area for a week.
Take care of yourself and make your needs known to your care givers. Coffee in early AM is the best!!!
I am being released this afternoon. What happened? I can't begin to tell you. All I can say is that it's been a steady parade of doctors streaming in and out of my room since 7AM and giving me their urbi et orbi blessings. Transportation has been arranged and I will be going home this afternoon.
I am so happy, I could do a wee bit of an Irish jig. Oh, don't get excited. Riverdance this ain't.
YAY!!!!!! Started with the posts from early this morning and I was getting more upset by the minute. Then...from nowhere...Sylvain is GOING HOME. I may just break out in a chorus of Handel's Hallelujah. If you don't have a chef on standby waiting to cook you a feast, call one of the best restaurants in town and order it delivered.
Good news, Sylvian. Take extra good care not to fall again, OK? Or anything else that sends you back to the land of old, stale water.
My surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. Don't know the time yet. I'm told that patients say it's more like a hotel than a hospital. Good food, etc. I'll be the judge of that.
The reson I was given for dental clearance is that they are putting a foreign item into your body. Bacteria tend to accumulate in the mouth and if you have something serious going on there it will head straight for the "invader" that they have put in you. They also told me that I need to take an antibiotic an hour before any dental procedure any time in the future for the rest of my life. That includes when I have my teeth cleaned.
Well now, I have the fiddles tuning up and I am going to do a river dance for you Sylvain! I am so happy that you are going home - it's always a happier place to be!
I don't know what it is about hips / legs / knees and this forum lately, but we came home from running errands yesterday afternoon and found Mom had a fall while we were out. She banged up her head and elbow on a dresser and has broken a bone in her foot. The doctor has put her in a "boot" instead of a cast but will not allow her to be on crutches as she is too unsteady. We bought her a wheeled walker that has a seat on it but she hasn't got the strength in her one leg to hop or even sit down and push herself along. The doctor wants NO weight on the foot at all for 6-8 weeks. I have been up since 2.30am worrying how she is coping as she has to get up at least 4 times during the night to use the rest room. I put a bedpan next to her bed in case she couldn't manage during the night. I am waiting to see her light come on to check up on her and get her some breakfast. She is bed / chair bound really, at least for the next few weeks and I am not sure how we are going to manage.
Other than that I am so glad that everyone else is on the mend - except Katie who will be facing surgery Tuesday. I will be thinking of you Katie and hope that all goes well. How long will you have to stay in CA recovering until you can drive home to Mexico? Good luck kiddo.
Mahalo nui loa for all the prayers and good vibes you guys sent my way.
This morning, I woke up at home, among my things, happy to have left that last hospital stay behind me. Be it ever so humble, there is no place like home. I made real coffee, which I enjoyed sip by sip, cup by cup. Tomorrow morning, I will start my day with a bang by brewing expresso. I am so truly happy to be back here with Gail, our delightful Lucy and my crazy african cichlids who still try to convince me Gail hasn't fed them in weeks: silly fish!
I managed to shave this morning because they didn't want me to shave at the hospital. The nurses claimed I could cut myself shaving and then launch a frivolous lawsuit against them. Hospitals should be clean places, but at the hospital, cleanliness is next to impossible. I had a shower in my room, but I couldn't use it. I had shavers and all my toiletries, but was forbidden to shave. To clean up, they handed me wet towelettes that smelled vaguely like Lemon Pledge. What am I... a piece of furniture? I didn't want to dust myself off, I only wanted hot water and soap to wash that Greek God's body of mine. Try reading that without snickering.
I don't like looking scruffy, or having dubious odors about me. It makes me feel self-conscious. Growing up, we were dirt poor, but always sweaky clean. Neglect is not a good look on me. So, I made myself presentable this morning and even spritzed on some cologne: Calvin Klein's Eternity. Its fragrance just sticks to my skin and smells wonderful all day long. I have been wearing Eternity for what amounts to an eternity and I have yet to find something that smells as good on me, and with such persistence.
I drove the polar bear mobile to WallyWorld because I needed to have some new prescriptions filled. I am not very strong, so I used one of their electric shopping carts inside the store. I am well known at the pharmacy, so they filled my prescriptions instantly; no waiting involved. Years of whispering sweet nothings in French to the girls behind the counter eventually pays off in unexpected ways.
Keep well, my friends because the alternative is not pleasant; take my word for it.
Pu'ole, a.k.a. Sylvain.
So glad you are home!!
Driving?? I am jealous!! I can not drive till my casts comes off because it is apparently a state law that if something happens one with a cast is liable.
Take care Sylvain.
I am sorry to hear that your Mom fractured a bone on her foot. It hurts and very hard to get out of bed with out putting weight on the affected .foot. A trapeze attachment to her bed is very helpful so she can lift her hips on a bedpan. If you do not have a bedpan buy an orthopedic bedpan.
Good luck to you and prayers for successful procedure and speedy recovery.
All is well for me, my girlfriend and her husband will take me out shopping and will stay all day to cook. DH plays golf everyday!! He will however place a chair near the pond so i can hobble to talk to the kois. It had been raining here so all the garden furniture are wet. Thank God for the mosquito repellent and coils. We have tons of mosquitoes, i had not heard of the city spraying this year.
A beloved pet, whatever its nature, is a wonderful addition to one's quality of life. I played with Lucy last night and I realized how much I truly missed her. She curled up on me, soaking in my body's heat. She laid down her head on my arm and then let out a big sigh that I interpreted as contentment. Then, she yawned profusely, curled up a bit more, held my left hand tighter with her tail and went to sleep while we watched the closing ceremonies of the Olympics. She just knew that she was in my care and that nothing bad would happen to her: quality time for all of us.
I have watched the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics with great interest, waiting for a BANG that never came, either times. I am disappointed. I have identified why I was so nunplussed by these shows and I'll share it with you guys. You don't have to agree with me. It's just my take on things. I find that both ceremonies suffered from a scale problem. Oh, I'm not talking about bathroom scales or kitchen scales here. I am talking about the size and scope of the shows.
These shows would have served well in a casino's setting, or on a cruise ship's showroom stage. They would have been just the right size for such audiences. But to fill the olympic stadium's stage with 4 tired rockers, 5 recycled spice girls and hundreds of extras who ran from one end of the stage to the other was not enough to keep me interested. What was the point of the DJ standing on the head of a blow-up octopus? What was the idea behind the nuns rollerblading onstage with starched cornettes reminescent of the Flying Nun? If memory serves, that show took place in Puerto Rico. Were they trying to get a good headwind so they could fly around? Many times, I must admit I didn't follow the goingson.
For someone sitting in the stadium watching the show, the giant TV screens were the only way to know what was happening on the stage. You have a band playing music 500 feet (or more) away from you. For all you know, they can be look-alikes lip-synching to well known hits using prop instruments. These shows' scale didn't match the venue's size. Let's just hope Rio de Janeiro won't organize snoozefest ceremonies like the 2 we just witnessed. Truly, it was like watching paint dry. Also, let's hope that the world will still be around in 2016; what with that Mayan calendar that runs out on us on Dec.21st of this year and all that.
But who cares about all that? I was home, comfortable, content, with Gail's knitting needles keeping steady time a few feet away from me and my snake napping on me. The rest is irrelevant.
Oy I have got to get some trimming done around the house. The plants are threatening to raise the roof without the help of a tropical storm. How did all that get so big, so quickly? Nature is generous in South Florida and we can't fault that.
Jenn, so sorry about your mom. Even at the Assisted Living facility Mike's mother has the necklace for "help, I've fallen and can't get up". There are several pull strings in her apartment but she never seems to fall where she can reach one. It has been a God-send as she falls often. Medicare paid for the electric cart but, of course, it must be level ground.
Sylvain, please be careful so there are no more trips to the hospital.
I had good plans this morning to go sit down near the pond and I was very excited to go out of the house. It takes a while to hobble to go out, somehow this cast is heavier.
I take my daily medication --11 pills all together but a lot of it are preventive like fish oil, mult vit and calcium. I take the small pills first.
This AM one pill got stuck in my larynx ( wind pipe) which caused coughing .I could feel there is a foreign body in my throat. i tried doing a heimlecht -sp but I was coughing too much. DH already left for golf. I called one of my g-friend who is a nurse to come and do a heimlecht but my breathing is not normal so she called 911. they came in no time
By this time breathing is better but i still could feel the pill stuck in my throat. I chose not to go to the ER and promised to go see a ENT Dr.
I cancelled all my plans and rested. I am doing okay and promised not to take my pills slowly!!!
I am doing very well today; getting better a bit each day. I played with Lucy all evening last night, but never took a picture. I'll try to remember tonight, so I have a nice, current image of the baby.
So glad you are home with Gail and Lucy Sylvain - there is no place like home is there?
Belle, how very frightening! I expect your throat was sore for hours afterwards and you felt that there was still something stuck in there.
Mom is doing better now and is managing to hobble about a little. I think there was a bit of shock after the fall and she is very fearful of falling again. Her doctor came by the house and checked her over - everything seems fine. He thinks that she just got up and started to walk too quickly and the blood hadn't had time to get up into the head, or something like that. She has also learnt how to manage the walker which has a seat on it that she can sit on if she feels dizzy.
Has anyone heard from Katie? I have been thinking about her all week...
Weird things going on in my garden this year. We are getting ripe oranges and a few ripe avocado off the trees - this is about 2 - 3 months ahead of the usual ripening time. I can't imagine what the difference is, all watering, etc, is the same as always and the temps don't change much here, it's not been unusually hot or cold. Very strange!
Yesterday Frank and I went to the wedding of one of the guys I used to work with . He is Howlie and married a very sweet Philippino girl. They had a Philippino wedding which was full of traditional symbolism and color. I saw lots of people I knew from work, both owners and staff - it was lots of fun and we really enjoyed ourselves. Great food too, all the "aunties" did the cooking.
You are lucky to have a doctor do a home visit and glad that your Mom is doing much better. Tell her to dangle at the edge of the bed , take 10 deep breaths before getting up to prevent getting dizzy.
Yes I too had been wondering how Katie is doing post op.
I am doing much much better and had not taken a potent pain med for days which is an accomplishment. I take tylenol in the morning and before bedtime. i hobbled outside the other day with mosquito coil and was able to check my kois and part of the garden. DH leaves early for golf.
Yes Filipino weddings is an experience as far as the cultural traditions during the wedding ceremony. How many were in the wedding party ? It is a show sometimes but fun!! The food is awesome!!! I am glad you enjoyed yourself.
Just to let you know that Katie is doing very well after her surgery - they were even bringing in staff to show them how well the patient was doing 3 days post op! She asked me to let you all know as she can't get to the internet easily.
Jenn, thanks for the report on your Mom and katie!
Sylvain, glad you're getting better!
Prayers with Mike and Christi during Mike's surgery.
Belle best wishes in your recovery!
Amanda, hope you are doing OK!
We're OK. Took Joanne and BF out to eat at the Texas Roadhouse! It was sooooooo good. We had steak, the guys had ribs, and my DD had a grilled chicken salad. It was delicious! The prices were very reasonable.
Christi, do you'all have one up there? It was so good.
Still trying to get some rest. Dr. changed meds. Tonight is the first night on them so we will see how it goes.
For those of you on the path of Isaac we pray that the devastation is minimal and please stay safe .
We pray that you continue to recover and tell us your experience when you can.
Are you okay?
To my DG.friends,
It had been a very trying time for me, trying to keep my spirits up and fight depression. I find myself tearing up for the simplest stuff like my food not hot enough!!! Silly!!! LOL!!!
I had always been very independent and very active. today is a count down , 7 more days before the next x-ray and if healing is okay then i get a walking cast for 2 weeks followed by PT.
my palm has calluses from my walker and even adding pads does not help. It throbs at night and my ankle still throbs a lot.
I had not developed high pain threshold, I can not stand pani1111
Thank you for listening!!!
Stayed late watching the RNC.
Pain certainly DOES get a bad rap and it is ever so deserved. I don't do pain well: never did and never will.
Luckily, in my 2 last health episodes, there was very little pain and painkillers were available. I begged for them at first and then started refusing them later on when I realized that they were often administered too soon before something brutal was performed upon my person. For example: the 4 shot I got to to desensitize the back of my skull were way more painful than having my skull stapled 7 times before the shots took effect. The shots themselves felt as if a soldering iron had been applied to my skin. In that case, it was shot, shot, shot, shot, staple, staple, staple, staple, staple, staple, staple.
And the oaf who perpetrated that act had the gall to proclaim: "Voilą! We are done. Nobody felt a thing.". Bad news, Cletus: I'm screaming on the inside. There is a special section of Hades for people who hurt others indiscriminately because they only went through the motions of making them comfortable. I'm certain it is covered at great length in Dante's Inferno.
Take good care, all. Health is precious and the lack thereof is uncomfortable.
Hi everyone, Physical recovery is going really well. I'm still groggy and tired. Next couple of days are for stretching, icing and reading. Physical progress is very good. hugs, katie p.s. I have lots of pain meds. I also do not do pain well.
Moved Mike from the orthopedic wing of the hospital into the Rehab hospital just 1/2 block away. Surgery on the knee (replacement) was Tuesday. Two episodes of extremely low blood pressure and not breathing necessitating the Rapid Response Team (new term for Code
Blue). I am only 7 miles away and can break all kinds of speed limits to be there in a heart beat. Today was much better and I feel more confident about the outcome. Being the helpless standing-by spouse can be severely draining. I had "code blue" 4 years ago when I had spinal fusion so guess he is paying me back...not really.
I have been the "caretaker", "advocate" for several family members so I am not unfamiliar with hospitals. I must say he has had better than average care and attention. I thank The Lord for that.
Katie and Sylvain, you are still included in my prayers daily to Our Lord and Savior that your health issues will be healed by The Great Physician. Mike and I went into this aware that he would have a lot of pain. Never did think that he would have trouble breathing and his blood pressure hit 60/40. Believe that is behind us now and we pray that the two of you are on the Road to Complete Recovery.
The wound care nurse just left after changing the dressing on my wound vac. The wound itself is shrinking and healing well. It isn't healing and shrinking rapidly, but progress is recorded every time she takes care of it. That is very encouraging. I never expected to be still treating that wound more than 2 months after the surgery. How time flies!
My best to Mike and everyone else who is healing. Your good thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated and I never forget to pay it forward.
That's one happy plant! Mine is still pretty much the same size it was when I bought it 2 or more years ago now. I did repot it but into a similar sized pot that has a flat bottom so it won't blow over so easily. Look forwards to the day it tries busting my pot. lol
I hope everyone is doing well and on the mend - let's have some updates!
I am just back from a trip to NC. I broke a crown munching on a frozen Heath bar and it was cheaper to fly to NC and have my son in law fix it for me than to stay here and see my Island dentist - plus a vacation at the same time!
I had quite a surprise when I got home and found that one of my orchids had two seed pods on it. I have never seen this happen before on any of them. I don't think I shall be trying to grow them on though because from what I have read it could take as much as 15 years to raise what might be an inferior plant - I don't think I have that much time left - LOL.
My doctor and I are disgustingly pleased with each other. I saw him last thursday and we just kept thanking each other for doing such a great job. Kind of funny and sweet.
I'm still doing physical therapy and am in some pain most of the time as that's the only way to get full function back so I'm kind of withdrawn. Made vegetable flowers for lots of Kaiser people last week and had fun delivering them. They aren't used to getting presents from patients.
I have physical therapy tomorrow and hope to leave for home on Wednesday. I miss Tony, the dogs and home.
Glad things are going good for you, Katie. It is now 2 1/2 weeks since Mike had a complete knee replacement on his right knee and he doing his regular routine. His doc, too, was greatly surprised and thrilled. At 10 days out he told him he doesn't need PT, just do two specific exercises per day. We are all shocked and thrilled that he is recovering so wonderfully...especially since he turned 72 on 09/12/12.
Jenn, glad you are getting to see your girl so often. I know you have missed her. How is Margaret? Doc has given MIL 25mgs Zoloft per day and it has changed EVERYBODY'S life. Wish she had had it for the last 50 years. hahahahaha.
PK, I am doing very well; mahalo for asking. I went to see my doctor this morning. I had a whole slew of blood tests done last Friday. I went to discuss those results. It turns out everything is within the normal range. Blood sugar, cholesterol, blood thinners, etc., etc., etc. Everything is normal. Blood pressure is very good and my heart is still febrilating, like it has doing 24/7 since 1999. I was told to learn to live with it and I did.
My doctor told me my cholesterol levels always surprise her. I told her that like many other doctors, she had a tendency to perform cookie-cutter medicine. By that, I mean that just because I am overweight, my cholesterol does not have to be high. She didn't like that one bit, but she couldn't deny it, either.
Tomorrow morning is another visit to the wound care clinic, where they should free me from that wound vac machine that has been making my life difficult for the last 3 months. I have been off the wound vac for 3 days now, using Dakin's solution (water and bleach) and wet-to-dry dressings. The wound seems to be doing all right. The best part of being off the wound vac is the fact that I can take a shower without worry.
My energy is slowly coming back. Today, I made a 100% vegetarian, fat-free vegetable soup. I also made a glorious pot roast and I baked a pumpkin and walnut loaf. Everything turned out very well. It has been such a long while since I worked in the kitchen, I was glad I hadn't lost my touch.
Take care and keep well, everyone.
Pu'ole, a.k.a. Sylvain.
I'll jump into the fray here as well. I'm glad everyone seems to be on the mend!
My mother passed away on August 29. We were both with her and she was very ready to go-- had told us repeatedly -- she missed my father terribly. She went in for a cardio-version-- to shock her heart back into rhythm-- and they lost her four times. They brought her back --this was Friday and she died on Wednesday. My mother lived a wonderful life--my husband said " he would wish her life on anyone!" SHe and Dad traveled, bought houses every few years or so and generally had a wonderful time! She was never sick before this.
She would have been 85 on Thursday, so think of us as we have her service that day.
ON a brighter side , I'm home for quite a while and have great garden plans-- if it would just cool down a bit! Got some new daylilies, some Asian ground orchids, some ylang ylang seeds to plant and have put in some herbs, lettuce, and peppers. The snakes still appear to be winning(with THREE big dogs they are brave snakes!) as does the sky vine.
Any hints for getting a Rangoon Creeper to go up the palm tree? And the vanilla orchid-- is it happy! It's in a weeping hibiscus on the east side of the house. Between it and the blue green jade vine, we may need a machete to get out the door!
I have a Rangoon Creeper and it does not climb like ivy. It needs support and therefore grows up a trellis here. And boy does it grow! Pretty soon a machete will be needed to get out into the yard. LOL
Praying for strength for you and your family for all the days to come. I am sorry for your loss.
I am glad everyone who was sick are doing well, my PT is very aggressive and painful. The flex on my affected ankle is -6 and I was told that I have to go no 20. i do not understand how it is measured.
Great news: I am now free of that horrible wound vacuum device that has been at my side 24/7 for the last 3 months. My wound has healed something wonderful, sporting new skin around the edges. I can now apply regular dressings to it, and monitor its progress. I am so happy! I'll be able to start moving around more. This is the best news I got since mid-June.
First order of business: trim that forest of acalypha inferno that grew around my house while I was laid up. A good trim is definitely in order in certain places. I love acalypha inferno. It will produce a bush 8 to 10 feet high that is pretty much self-sufficient. A quick snip here and there and you're in business. Plus, the red, burgundy and green leaves add great color to the beds without relying on ephemeral blooms.
Fun thing about trimming: if I get tired before the job is done, I can alway start anew the next day. I have to admit I don't have all the energy I had 3 or 4 months ago. But it will be nice to get back into gardening.
So glad to hear, Sylvain. Upward and onward now!!!!
I just pulled that out. It grows somewhat on runners and it took over one area of the garden which is right in front of the Bismarkia palm. Planted one bush and got a couple of extra from it, but it was left to it's own habit and it sorta was wild.
My infernos are very well behaved. I planted one bush 4 years ago. It didn't sprout all over the place; definitely not an invasive here. My friend Claude couldn't believe that if he snipped a 6-inch branch and stuck it in the ground, it would take root and grow all by itself. So, in typical Northern gardener fashion, he spent an hour making cuttings and sticking them in the ground. They, predictably, all took root. Now, we have it all over one side of house (East) and around the corner (South-East). But, it is well behaved and not causing any problem, save for slight obstruction of the windows where Lucy lives. It will look nicer once trimmed.
Glad to hear everyone is on the mend!! I've been doing good, just normal bruises and aches. lol. Been busy running around taking care of things and helping friends out. Been kinda nuts around here and it isn't gonna change anytime soon I don't think. lol
Hi everyone, Sunday morning and I'm waiting for my pain killer to work. Belle, the best physical therapy I had was also the most painful. Do you have pain killers? I was told strongly to use them to handle some of the physical therapy pain rather than not doing the wokr to regain function. Easy for them to say. It's painful even with strong pain killers - at least if it's done right. For me anyway.
We have a delicicous papaya fruiting. Tastes like the Hawiian ones which are much smoother and sweeter than most Mexican ones. I've tried a bunch from seeds; this is the first success and it's close to the time most Americans return here for the winter; I'm hopeful it will be a good cash crop for future generations. The dragonfruit plants are growing well. We've had a few flowers no fruit yet. Some goldenberry plants are still doing well. Lost a lot of llittle plants whle I was gone. It can't be h lped. I have inca sacha plaants started; it's a perennial that produces nutricious nets. I have some of the seeds to a new friend who has a taco stand in San Quinten. She then wouldn't let me pay for lunch.
Time to ride my exercise bike. WAaahh, I don't wanna. it hurts.
3 1/2 weeks ago Mike had his right knee replaced. The doctor was ASTOUNDED when we went in at 10 days to remove the staples. He told Mike to demonstrate two exercises (both sitting down). Mike did the bend better than before surgery. He was so afraid he would be down for the count he made up his mind to do everything times 10. Really a surprise how well he is recuperating. Still naps a lot but that is good for new cells. Doc told him to cancel the PT appointments at the center that he was already months ahead of schedule. He can begin driving by this Thursday. He is most definitely the exception to the rule. At 72 this is first ever procedure or hospital stay in his life. Has always been strong as an ox but lost quite a bit of strength in the last year because it hurt too much to move...you know that story all too well.
Will continue to pray that your healing will be fast and easy. Old age is not for sissies. I am speaking of myself.
That is amaazing. And wonderful. I am walking well and the doctor is happier than the physical therapists. He sees lots of people who have trouble regaining motion. I saw lots of them at physical therapy and it encourage me to push myself. I could kick my butt with my foot before the surgery - not quite there with the new knee. Big deal is extending so I can get the back of the knee flat on the bed while lying down.
I can walk well but I'd like to improve the extension. If I quit working it it wouldn't hurt but I also wouldn't improve. No pain, no gain.
I have to agree about pain draining your energy. I am not shy about nodding off in the afternoon, specially when Gail watches her favorite Soap: Our Life In A Daze (or something like that). I can listen to them ranting and raving about their imagined troubles for about 3 minutes before I nod off completely. Those Soaps could come with a warning label: May cause drowsiness.
Glad yall seem to be healing well. Keep me in your prayers, please.
I got more and more dizzy a week ago Sat, but did not want to go to ER because I had a Cardiology appt on Tues. There was a few extra beats in there in the EKG so I had to wear the heart monitor home. My heart just went crazy that night. I went to take the monitor back on Wed and almost passed out in the Cardiologist office. His brother in the same office there is a Critical Care Dr and rushed out. He saw that I was very pale, and said, "She is bleeding from somewhere!" They rushed me to ER.
I was in the hospital from last Wed to Sunday. My Hemoglobin was 5.1. It should be 12.
They transfused in 5 units of blood which brought it up to 9.
They did an Endoscope...no peptic ulcers, and a colonoscopy...no polyps or tumors. There is five ft of small intestine that they cannot see, so I have to go in and swallow the capsule with the camera in it so they can track it. The Dr. thinks there might be a vein that is leaking. So far my blood is holding.
I am still pretty weak. Will be taking it easy for awhile.
Jeanne, speedy recovery to you. Positive thoughts and prayer coming your way.
In a botanical note, I planted something called a root beer plant back in January. Then, I kinda forgot about it. That plant loves it here in my garden. I has grown to 6 feet tall, with leaves as big as a letter-size sheet of paper. It has sent out offshoots that are as large and high as the original plant.
When crushed, the leaves smell of root beer. It grows with a vengeance, without any particular care at all. It is coming up everywhere around where it was first planted. I can see that one will eventually become a problem. Of course, the caterpillars that decimate the passionflower vine a few feet away want nothing to do with that plant. I am told you can wrap a piece of chicken in one of those leaves and cook it on the grill. The leaf will impart a deliciously flavorful and spicy taste. Or wasit that it will make you violently sick? I forget. I will have to research all that and give it a try, if it's safe to eat.
I have had the root beer plant for several years. Here it is called Hoja Santa. Very popular with our hispanic community. Wrap tamales, wrap fish, wrap skirt steak...$17.00 per pound at the Mexican market. Kind of invasive...comes up from the roots traveling everywhere. Enjoy.
Your hemoglobin is way too low and you might have been week a and dizzy a lot. There might have been a slow bleed too and glad that it had stopped. 5 units of blood must have takwn several hours. We will pray for fast recovery,
Also glad Joanne is doing better.
Lou and Sylvain,
The beer plant sounds good and will probably put it in container.Will try to see if I can get some and will try to use it for cooking. Both doing okay???
Update on my ankles,
I am on pain constantly and is considering acupuncture, discussed it with therapist and she said it is okay. I am still using my heavy walking boot and will use it till November. i am on sneakers inside the house.
I am driving now and it helps with the depression. I do not go far though because of swelling on the boot. I have a long way!!!