Saturday, November 12, 2016

First Week

Hello my friends - I've missed you!  We've had our first full week of mum at home, she was ever so glad to get here.


She's constantly freezing, even when everyone else is warm.  Her doctor thinks it's her thyroid, so he's checking things out.  Yes that's a roll of toilet paper next to her - we ran out of kleenex, lol.  Keepin' it real.

She's doing very well, except for anxiety.  She's been breathing so badly for so long, because of the mitral valve, and is having a hard time adjusting to the fact that she can now breathe easily!  She refuses to lay down flat, and sleeps in the recliner.  

We laughed the other day - told her I thought that getting her here would be the easy part, we'd sit around and drink tea and read and I could stitch.  Turns out, driving to the hospital and nursing home every day was the easy part!

Every day there's someone coming in, and usually multiple someones.  PT, OT, nursing, social workers, you name it.  And I'm constantly washing something  - dishes, laundry, counters, floors, bathrooms.  Not a lot of time to stitch!

I have started a new Christmas design.


Don't think it'll be ready for Christmas, though.  I was hoping to make it for my cousin, sigh.

Autumn is just about over, it's been absolutely splendid.


That's my view across the street.  It's been unseasonably warm, for which we're profoundly grateful, but I woke this morning to frost.  Most of the leaves are gone.  The bucks in the back meadow are butting heads, the squirrels are frantically burying things, and I think one of them has taken up residence in our living room wall.  Good times.

Well that's all from me, I've been hoping to get around to your blogs and try to catch up, but my computer is hardly on.  I've been full on flat out and wow, Christmas is coming - we're having Thanksgiving here, and celebrating two birthdays that fall on that day as well!  This year has gone by in a blink.

Keep well my friends, I miss you so much!!!!!

Love,
Allie

29 comments:

Cathe Swanson said...

So glad your mom is home!

Nancy J said...

Life can be so busy, but maybe not have all that travel will in time make it easier. and your Mum, does she have a really thick fleecy rug under her on the chair? And socks? I hope they get the cold feeling sorted out before your weather is really winter mode. Your sewing will get done, try to get some time for yourself.Even 15 minutes when a visitor is there will help such a lot. And, then, you could ask them to stay longer and get outside as well.

sunny said...

Sounds like you need to take a really long breath! I hope each day get a little easier, for both of you!!

Hugs and prayers.

KaHolly said...

Allie, your mom looks great....ten years younger! Hang in there! It's tiring, I know, but so worth it! XO

Karen said...

Good to see "Mum" at home. How long will she be with you?

O'faigh said...

Hello Allie tough times but it wifi become easier.your mum and yourself have been in my thoughts hugs lyn

Little Quiltsong said...

We've been thinking of you and your mom - and hoping that all is well. Thank you for the update. Wonderful to see your mom so well and smiling.

WoolenSails said...

It's good to see your mom home and feeling better. I have a bad mitral valve, so when I hike I get out of breath and my heart races, but i know if i keep pushing, it levels it out and gets the blood pumping, so good for me. Love the fabrics on his coat, really unique.

Debbie

Brenda said...

Good to hear what is going on in your life. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Shasta Matova said...

Good to hear from you and know you are okay Allie. Taking care of a parent sounds tough. Take care of yourself. That project looks really good. I hope you find some time to work on it, but don't worry too much if you don't.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

What about old fashioned hot water bottles or those plug in heated blankets...trying to think of ways to keep your mom warm. Such an uncomfortable feeling when you're cold and can't get warm. But she is looking remarkably well. What a busy time this is turning out to be for you. Don't worry, we are all here and will be when you are ready and able again. Take care.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Hugs to Mum, and huge hugs to you sweet friend!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

margaret said...

god to see Mum is progressing well and hope they sort out her body temperature, I too feel the cold so know how she feels.

Yvonne said...

It must be such a blessing for your Mom that you are taking such good care! But it is a full day job not to be under estimated!
Hope things will improve more and you can enjoy both your Mom and do some stitching! The trees look amazing!

Kerrie (Kezzie) said...

So good to see your Mum looking so good. I appreciate your 'keeping it real'comment as my family and I also find toilet paper does double duty as tissues!
Look after yourself too Allie. It's so easy to get focused on the patient and forget about yourself.

Blessings to you and your Mum

Kerrie

Rosemary said...

She looks so great. I remember an earlier picture. You are a super daughter/person and having a daughter like you is such a blessing. I'm 79 with several health issues and live with my eldest daughter. We quilt, sew, laugh together. She took such good care of me during some major times. I'm so blessed as is your mother. I have 5 children and blessed with each one.
We do what we have to do sometimes and other times ... what we should do but mostly we do what we want to do out of love. Take care of you as well!

Lin said...

So glad she is home with you Allie and looking good too. I like your King! xx

Águeda said...

I am very happy to see your mother so great.
I to you, my friend, I really feel you stressed. You are doing a good work with love, but it is a hard work too. Do not forget to take care of yourself . We want you healthy and cared too :)
Many hugs. God bless you.

Donna Pheneger said...

So glad your mom is home with you and healing!
Take care of yourself too ok?

Cathy said...

So glad to hear your Mum is home. Once she gets used to breathing better she will be better. Love your holiday stitching. Hugs

Fiona said...

great to see your mom looking so well. I am sure anxiety is natural after a big operation like that..... hope you get a bit of sewing in....
Hugz

Jeanette said...

Glad your Mum is home. She is looking well. Glorious view across you street. Hugs,xx

Sandra :) said...

Your mom looks quite comfy - she needs a tiara though - I think it would be the perfect addition to her recovery *ensemble* :D I've used toilet paper for Kleenex for years - I've been known to walk around the house carrying a roll so it's in whatever room I'm in, haha. And when I get a bad cold, I keep a roll on my nightstand :D

Karen Schurr said...

Your mom looks so content. I'm so proud of how you take real good care of her. God bless your heart. I know how hard it is with all the after=care people, but that will ease off in awhile. After my surgery last year, I spent months in my hoodie and wrapped in a blanket trying to get warm....surgery takes its toll. So glad to catch up, Allie. Many of us are in the same boat with blogging time...Heck, I've been too busy to blog for months. Its all I can do these days just to catch up on reading a few blogs once a week. So tired at the end of the day, I fall asleep after sitting down to the evening news. This moving business is getting harder the older I get :) Just got my sewing room somewhat unpacked last night. There was a small celebration when I found my stash of scissors. There may have been dancing....at least that's what I was trying to do, others may not call it dancing :) Hugs, Dear.

edith csokmay said...

sending you hugs. Love your cousin's gift :)

xx

desertskyquilts said...

Check out the attic over the living room, if there is one, too. Sound carries and those little boogers can get in everywhere! They sound like elephants running across my roof! LOL Love the new Christmas stitchery - hope you find more time for stitching soon. Sounds like you are working yourself into exhaustion right now. I'm so glad your mother is doing better, though. She looks great!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Sending you and your mom lots of hugs. She looks like a little snuggle bunny under the blanket.

Jen said...

Hi Allie, I stumbled upon your blog while hopping through quilting posts. I had to stop and wish you and your mum well. My 14 yo daughter had two open heart surgeries this past May. It is scary to say the least..... and so difficult to care for a parent. I'll keep you both in my thoughts and wish you happiness and good health!

Lindah said...

Great to get your post. Mum is looking good!!! From what I understand, anxiety is part of the game at this point. Sounds like you are keeping busy-- even with all the "help." Your new design looks quite interesting; will look forward to seeing it when the time comes.

BLessings! Don't we have a lot to be thankful for.
Linda

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