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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: gnu
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 01:32 PM

Hahahahaaa!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: SINSULL
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 05:31 PM

Nana Sullivan followed Maeve's recipe minus the topping and oven bake. Ask Kendall about he enjoyed my creamed onions.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 07:36 PM

Rick Fielding and I had long PM conversations about creamed onions -- he didn't like them.

Whew! I'm home and can relax. I think I'm still sort of running on adrenaline. I just walked through the door and made myself a meatloaf sandwich (with mayo and curry ketchup) because I knew I had to eat and even the prospect of a haddock burrito wasn't enticing. Tonight whatever I'm eating is fill...

It'll take me awhile to slow down -- it was a totally crazy afternoon at work. I'm alone on Sundays, and, while they're usually very BUSY days (with repairs, dispense and fittings, problems, repairs and the phone rings constantly), they're not usually big sales days. I usually consider myself lucky to do $300 or $400. Today I did $1388 and change. There were people in the shop before I opened, and it stayed busy with multiple customers at the same time all afternoon. Didn't have time to call Tom until 15 minutes before closing. And the day's total would have been higher by a little over $200 except the customer didn't have enough money with her, so she's coming back tomorrow when I'm not there.

So went over to see Tom and take him another nightcap and a couple bottles of beer and a few more T-shirts, etc. I found him sitting on the side of the bed, which is what he's been wanting to do for almost a week. He had several phone calls earlier and a visitor. And, not only did Dianne come back after I got there so we could visit, but another friend showed up with a great bouquet of tulips, pussy willows, and, I think, daffodils.

I'm tired. Going to wrap up computerizing for the time being (and I've finished my supper) and go upstairs and maybe watch that last "Boston Legal" on the next to last DVD of the Fourth Season. I was waaay too tired yesterday.

With a glass of wine. I really do need to wind down and relax a bit. I'll call Tom again before bedtime. Did I post his phone number here? Direct to his bed is 603-431-7592.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: gnu
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 08:05 PM

Rest well.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Jack Campin
Date: 25 Mar 12 - 08:22 PM

Seems like Tom has dosged the bullet with the ICU delirium, biut it is a VERY SERIOUS matter and you need to do what it takes to reuce the chance of it recurring.

There is a good recent survey article in New Scientist which unfortunately you have to pay for:

Delirium in hospital can be a killer for the elderly

Similar content scattered across a few issues of Science Daily, follow links from here:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111212144234.htm

The main point is that it isn't accidental, there are risk factors that hospital staff can do something about.

Clinicians should also take extra care to monitor medications and try not to interrupt patients' sleep patterns. In addition, isolation rooms should have clocks, calendars, and other orienting objects to help avoid sensory deprivation.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 08:07 AM

Thanks, Jack. Tom has extra more recent sensory deprivation -- he's been legally blind for about a year. So he couldn't SEE the clocks in his room or a lot of what was going on. I had brought him his talking clock, but that day he kept claiming it was broken, which it wasn't.

I had found our phone conversation of Sunday evening disturbing, but figured I had probably woken him from a dream. When he called me at 4:30 the next morning, it was full-blown paranoia.

Until Monday morning I had no idea "ICU psychosis" even existed. After talking to his nurse, I did some internet research as well and was amazed at how common it is. Tom had only been in the ICU (because of the monitoring they could provide since a bed on the cardiac floor was unavailable) less than 2 days when the symptoms manifested. And I'd been there for varying amounts of time both days, talking and going over again several times the timeline of his fall, breaking the ankle, surgery next day, what had happened that put him in THIS room so they could monitor his heart better, etc.

Since I broke my arm 4 years ago and had come though similar surgery (same surgeon), I remember all too well what I CAN'T remember about the surgery and the days following. I was only in the hospital the day of the surgery and was released the day after -- to go home and be taken care of by Tom. But I know how much the anesthesia and the pain meds, etc. affected me and how, so I knew he would be confused and he didn't have the luxury of being at home. Instead he was in a (more or less) unfamiliar place with constant personnel changes. For all practical purposes, I was his only continuity in those days. It's all understandable to me now -- I just wish I'd known about it beforehand so I could have done more to prevent it.

A lot of the psychosis is caused, I think, by Tom not really having any control over anything. That and the sensory deprivation.

I am so glad it's over!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Charley Noble
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 10:09 AM

So are we all!

Here's to better days!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 10:26 AM

Right now Tom's in good hands and he's making major headway navigating with his ankle. He has no complaints other than terminally mediocre food that's also usually tepid, not hot, and really bad coffee not available until the kitchen opens (quite a while after he wakes up). That will be solved by me bringing him some K-cups today of dark roast so he can have fresh, decent coffee any time.

Just got back from grocery shopping, I'm doing laundry as we speak, need to immediately attend to the litter boxes, put groceries away, and a few other housekeeping activities.

I'm just physically wrung out again. I slept well and I'm not sleepy, just really really tired.

I've got a lot to get done today that didn't get done last week, plus a long list of phone calls. Need to talk to my temporary manager about my work schedule now that Tom is safely in rehab.

At least the weather is brisk but sunny, so encourages activity rather than lolling about with a book or something.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 07:26 PM

I was feeling as if I hadn't gotten much done today because there were still things on my list, but, in retrospect, I DID get a lot done today. Waiting for call backs, etc.

Right after the power went out here (incredibly windy today), I headed to Portsmouth -- a couple errands, then went to Clipper Harbor. He had a good session with the physical therapist today. I'm just amazed at the progress once he got out of the hospital and into Clipper Harbor.

Lights were back on when I got home, so I had a warm dinner instead of a cold one.

I'm not going to computerize much; I'm very very tired. Will retire upstairs to a book and cats.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: gnu
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 08:12 PM

Again, rest well and regain strength. Both of you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 08:42 PM

Yes, rest! Now that we know he is doing better, we can wait a while for your next update.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: SINSULL
Date: 26 Mar 12 - 09:26 PM

Wild windy day here in Maine. Cats are freaked out. I love the sound of the wind as I fall asleep.
Beautiful old New England.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 05:11 AM

definitely time fro a rest


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 11:22 AM

Actually DID have a bit of a rest this morning -- computerized at 6 a.m. while heating water for tea, then shower and hair wash and then after calling Tom, WOW! I got to just sit in bed, read, sip tea and pet cats until after 9 a.m.! Just started "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" that a friend loaned me Friday night. What a delight!

Anyway, finally had to tear myself away and get dressed to attack the day. Mostly phone calls so far. The hospital hasn't yet found Tom's dentures, but the report has been filed with Security and, if it comes to that, Tom's total expense for fitting and new dentures will be paid by the hospital. Left a few more messages for someone to get back to me about my employment status, such as when am I back on the schedule? Am I still about to be fired? Etcet...a hint would be nice. Also called Tom's primary care again to let him know what's up -- got a reminder call last night for an appointment tomorrow. Had a nice chat with the nurse. I have to get over there and do the paperwork and set up an appointment for myself, since I have no health insurance any more and my primary care has just decided to specialize in depression. Let's see, who else have I talked to this morning? More calls and things on the list, of course.

Later,
Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 12:59 PM

Talked to the DM -- I have a job and he'll put me back on the schedule. Of course, things are at sixes and sevens there because my manager is no longer with the company. All I know for sure right now is I'm working next Sunday and Monday per my old schedule.

Tom's therapist, etc. seem to think he may be released from rehab in a wheelchair, which would be entirely unpractical considering how little floorspace there is on our "ground" floor (up a half dozen or so steps from the actual ground). So I've got to measure stuff, and count stairs and measure risers and stair depth, etc. so they know a little bit more of what they'll be releasing him to.

Took care of some of the bill paying, which Tom usually does. Will take some other papers, etc. over to Clipper Harbor this afternoon for Tom to go over with me so I can deal with them.

In between everything else, still trying to beat the house into submission. Managed to get the trash up to the road just as the collection truck was next door. Whew!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: gnu
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 03:13 PM

Odd that they don't do an inspection of yourse property and house to look at all the aspects of tom's return. Anyway, hope he get home soon and heals soon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 06:20 PM

Okay, I'd let Dr. Z's office know where rehab is, per Dr. Z's request (so he could have someone local check out something in Tom's throat that Dr. Z REALLY had wanted to put Tom under for to check out more closely), but Justin says Dr. Z says that can wait until he's home from rehab. That REALLY shows that Dr. Z is concerned, but not a LOT concerned, about what he couldn't see when he scoped Tom in January.

Tom has a follow-up with Dr. Blitzer, his surgeon, on Friday -- and I can meet him at the office (rehab will get him there), which is very close to home. Maybe then I can get a copy of a printout of an x-ray showing his ankle tackle to look at more closely. (Dr. Blitzer showed me a small paper printout right after the surgery, but I spaced asking him for a copy at that time, and I really didn't look at it that closely; I'm just curious.)

Tom's really in great spirits, especially now that he can have good coffee whenever he wants it. He had a good physical therapy session earlier today. I think as far as strength goes, he'll be in better shape when he gets home than he's been in quite awhile.

On my way out, I stuck a couple chairs at the head of the driveway with a "FREE" sign on them. Also pulled some more stuff from the cellar to go to Goodwill. Got some antique-ish stuff that I'll throw in the car one of these days and see if I can sell them up the road in "Antique Alley" -- and probably put some ephemera on eBay.

Today was an accomplished day.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: gnu
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 09:54 PM

A good day is a good day. Hope youse rest well tonight.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 27 Mar 12 - 11:23 PM

If you get time to write, I'm curious about the ground floor of your house. Do you have a bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen all on that floor? I hope so, because that will help if Tom does come home in a wheelchair.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 28 Mar 12 - 06:55 AM

What the...?!? There's WHITE STUFF on the deck, the top of the firewood, my windshield, and around the daffodils, crocuses, squill... Keep in mind, it was 84F before the weekend...

No, ChanteyLass, no bedrooms or bath on the ground floor (but the kitchen is)...all upstairs. Tom will be sleeping on our (very comfortable) couch and we'll have the loan of a sturdy hospital-type commode. There's not a lot of clearance between furniture; we have very little floorspace. I don't think a wheelchair would be practical at ALL, unless it's one of those walker/wheelchair combos. And even then, I think a walker would be more practical. I'll have to do the measurements, count the steps, sketch a floorplan, and discuss it with somebody.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Mar 12 - 08:34 AM

Linn-

The 4-wheel walkers are more flexible for maneuvering, indoors or out, than the platform walkers, from my mother's experience. One can also sit in them periodically, if one needs a rest. They also fold up nicely for travel by car. Here's a link to what they look like: click here for PIX!

Good thing I did "preview" sincemy initial link turned up a lot of celebrities, some scantily clad. You might have cracked a rib laughing.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 28 Mar 12 - 10:16 AM

Yes. that's more what I have in mind, Charley. They require a lot less maneuvering space that a regular wheelchair, plus they more easily foldup for transport.

As expected, the white stuff outside at 6:30 a.m. is mostly gone except for a few traces on the deck near the house. Still, it was annoying.

Right now I'm a bit...I don't know what. I seem to be having a mild panic attack for no apparent reason. I took a clonazapam for this undercurrent of anxiety. I'm at a loss to understand it. I really need to go to the credit union and take care of a couple matters (all good -- there should be no anxiety involved). I just ate something in case my early morning bagel sans cream cheese wasn't enough. I had another "normal" morning in bed sipping tea, reading my book, and petting a very heavy red cat who insisted on sitting on my bum knee (and putting at least three times his normal weight there). I need to be in a better state for cover letter composition, etc.

Why does the body insist on doing things entirely at odds with the brain? Ach!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: SINSULL
Date: 28 Mar 12 - 10:17 AM

Linn,
Why not apply for the manager's job, settle in and use the position to move on to greener pastures?
Any other places in the mall that can offer you some hours or maybe more hours?
Be nice to have at least one piece of your life stable and predictable.
Will there be home visits when Tom is finally back at the ranch? I mean from health professionals maybe for continued therapy?
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 28 Mar 12 - 10:59 AM

No, no, NO, Mary!

No way in fxxking hell would I ever even CONSIDER to be a manager for them! It's also impractical. The additional hourly wage is nowhere near enough to offset the requirements including having to work if someone calls out, having to work Saturdays, and having to work all the hours the doctor is there (which also messes up the best day for Tom to schedule medical appointments), and, the fairly decent chance of being flat out unable to take time off if Tom is having a medical issue...which seems to happen at least once a year if not more. It's much worse job than the one I'm in and, quite honestly, I'm burned out on retail and trying to escape it as fast as possible. Hint: three managers in less than four years, and our store is NOT the only store that is managerless right now. Tell you anything? No. It is NOT an option.

With my background, I'm looking at copyediting/proofreading, administrative assistant in real estate or medical office, or even driver for one of the lab companies or messenger services.

I think this trying to do everything at once, though, is what's giving me the low level panic attack. I look forward to a time when I can mono-task...


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 28 Mar 12 - 02:07 PM

Okay, took care of some business at the credit union and decided to stop by the town offices and let Marge and the others there know what's been up with Tom. Entering Nottingham from McCrillis Road onto Rte. 152, the sky looked ominous...then it started to hail. Before I pulled up to the parking lot, there were clumps -- clumps! -- of white falling amidst the hail. When I pulled up outside the town offices, it was more like sleet...but different. I've got damned near 63 years worth of experience between Wisconsin and Maine and New Hampshire and I've never seen quite what whatever that variety of precipitation was. And while I was talking to Marge, the sun came out. When I left, the sky was bright blue and the sun brilliant and warm. Right now it's gray and cold again. And it's still only early afternoon.

Retrieved the mail on my way into the driveway and found a wee giftie from the British Museum -- a Rosetta Stone USB memory stick. Thanks, Micca! It could not have arrived at a better time!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Mar 12 - 07:28 PM

Remember though.....There is no climate change!


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: SINSULL
Date: 28 Mar 12 - 09:02 PM

climate change???? It's winter in new England.
Nothing more...nothing less.
DO NOT PLANT before Memorial Day.
I repeat...It is winter in New England.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 28 Mar 12 - 10:40 PM

Linn, when you measure the steps, measure the height of each one. I heard recently that they may not all be the same.

Like Mary, I am interested in knowing if Tom will get home visits from health care professionals, particularly from a physical therapist so that he can manage the stairs as soon as possible.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 06:38 AM

I haven't talked to anyone (other than a nurse) at rehab since the day after he got there, so I don't have any idea how long he'll be there. I understand (from some other sources) that usually before release someone -- whether from rehab or Visiting Nurses, or some concerned agency -- will come out and do an assessment. Usually there is some follow-up, too, perhaps with Visiting Nurses.

Tomorrow he has his first follow-up with the surgeon -- the wheelchair van (which may not be covered by his insurance) will bring him there and I will meet him there. (Besides, I've got his insurance card and ID.) I hope to get a copy of either the paper output which Dr. Blitzer showed me right after the surgery or the full set of x-rays on CD. I really didn't take that much time to look at the printout when I was talking to Dr. Blitzer right after he installed the hardware in Tom's fibula (at least, I THINK it's the fibula). I have the x-rays from right after Tom got to the ER.

A friend is loaning us a walker. His insurance will cover most of the cost of a combo and his physical therapist yesterday said he'll need both.

Rufus, our red feline brat, woke me at 5:30 by nosing his way into anything and everything that might make noise. I surmised correctly that his food dish was empty. Crisis averted; he will NOT starve to death -- there are crunchies in the bowl.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: GUEST,Meg
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 10:46 AM

Rockingham Visiting Nurses provide in home PT. Both Judy Doughty and I have had excellent care from an interesting young man who immigrated from Poland. Judy worked with him in January this year. My insurance covered it and I think Judy's Medicare covered it. She had a knee replacement.

I have been thinking of you and Tom a lot and sending White Light your way. Take care of yourself as best you can because Tom would be in dire straits without your loving support and care.

Meg


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 06:31 PM

Just got home from visiting the ol' Curmudgeon. Took him a new pair of black sweat pants so he's got something reasonably decent in which to go to see the surgeon tomorrow. I'll meet him there.

Other than missing me and the cats, I think he's enjoying himself as much as one can while doing physical therapy and being fed high sodium (despite him being officially on a low sodium diet) mediocre food.

When he can be more active without supervision, there's a computer down the hall that he can use, so he may be checking in here in a few days.

I was pleased to see when I turned out of the driveway that the two chairs I put up there day before yesterday with a FREE sign on them were GONE! Yeehah! Cubic footage! More stuff to Goodwill tomorrow, too.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Mar 12 - 06:49 PM

Ask at Goodwill about a wheelchair or combo. They often have them to lend or give.
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bupkes
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 10:15 AM

While you're scrounging at Goodwill, ask if they can give you a commode.

If not, I'll bring one up to you for when Tom goes home.

Marty


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 02:52 PM

Freecycle is a good source for medical equipment as well.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 04:19 PM

Our local Sally Army had an electric wheelchair not too long ago. My be worth checking with your local one, if there is one there.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 04:33 PM

Hey Mr Judge
I said sweet Mr Judge
Won't ya send me an electric chair ♫♫


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 08:07 PM

John! CELLAR!

And leave that bottle of single malt here for Tom.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: catspaw49
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 09:05 PM

Tom and Linn are into a more rustic/trad/green lifestyle so maybe they can find a wood burning wheelchair..........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 30 Mar 12 - 11:57 PM

Just checking in to let you know that I'm still here, still concerned, and full of hope.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 07:21 AM

Spaw, I'm definitely passing your comment on to Tom...

Things took a little longer at the surgeon's yesterday than we anticipated...nothing wrong, just lots of waiting in between things. His cast was removed...and we waited...Tom got new x-rays taken and we waited...concern was expressed over a painful red spot on his knee (probably from contact with the deck when he slipped)...and we waited...another specialist came in...and we waited...Dr. Blitzer came in...and we waited...the knee problem wasn't with the bone or anything that would show on x-ray...waited some more...Tom got a new lighter weight cast...and we were turned loose.

Since it was as late as it was in the afternoon, I gave Tom the bag of clothes I'd brought for him, told him I'd see him AFTER the Press Room session, and saw him off on the wheelchair van, then headed myself towards Portsmouth.

Didn't do any of the other errands I had planned, either. I'll go to Goodwill (stuff in the back of the car to drop off, plus check on equipment) tomorrow on my way to see Tom. We've got a big, new Salvation Army store just a short ways from Goodwill, so I'll probably check them out, too, since I haven't had a chance since it opened.

Gave a full report multiple times to friends at The Press Room (and the short version plus Press Room session history to an Irish couple from Boston who loved my singing). Left the session just before the end and drove over to Clipper Harbor. Pressed the button at the locked door and got no response, so I walked over to Tom's window (gee, this sounds like a song) which was open a crack (Tom finds the place way too warm) and talked at him. He had a nurse go let me in -- no one had told me the "after hours" keypad code for the door. Visited a short while before I aimed towards home...and staying awake until I got there. Seemed like an inordinately long drive last night.

Alas, Tom didn't mention yesterday until too late that he needed more k-cups, so he's not getting good coffee (or any as early as he'd like it) until I get there today. He'll live.

Speaking of which, I've got a cup of tea to drink...

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 04:29 PM

Around here the Salvation Army stores are not open on Sundays. I guess that is because it is a religious organization. I don't know about Goodwill.

Another question: when the couch Tom will sleep on is used as a bed, how low is it? The lower it is, the harder it will be for him to stand up.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 05:16 PM

I know you all mean well, but please stop "creating" problems where there are none. The only PROBLEM that will exist when Tom comes home is our floor -- which is deteriorating 35+ year old subflooring usually covered by area rugs. The rugs will be a hazard...but so are the holes in the floor. But there's a solution and it's already been planned around. The rugs will, of course, be taken up. And I can probably get the right sized heavy mat with tapered edges that can be rolled over (and not tripped over) through a beauty salon supply place with the help of my stylist.

I'm not concerned about equipment -- even if we have to buy a combo, it's covered by Tom's insurance.

It's not important whether Sally Army is open on Sundays...I WORK on Sundays so won't be shopping on that day anyway. And Tom won't be home for awhile yet anyway (though a clue as to when that might be would be nice.)

I'm sorry...I'm a bit bitchy and have been feeling...oh, I don't know. "Down" I guess covers it. Just Wednesday and today. No real reason (unless you count the job situation), just a bit of low level anxiety and depression, which, I think, is hardly surprising considering how much I'm juggling. AND my right contact lens is driving me nuts. It's as if there's a smudge in the middle of it and I have to keep blinking to clear it. (RGP not soft.) I've taken it out, cleaned it, and put it back in FOUR times (once in the parking lot at Dunkin' Donuts) this afternoon. So I wasn't seeing well on the way home and cut my excursions short. Dropped off stuff at Goodwill, but it was a zoo, so didn't do much more than a quick swing through. Skipped Sally Army. Did the minimum at Market Basket, too, because it was a zoo. Remind me to never go into a store on a Saturday, especially if you're having vision problems in one eye. Ach!

(Oh, had a nice visit with Tom. Took him his coffee K-cups. A high school friend and his wife came to visit and, in the middle of the lively conversation, Tom got a call from a former student of his [currently living in Thailand -- yes, he called from Thailand] at Kingsley Hall back in the '60s. He had recently tracked Tom down through me at Facebook and this was the first time he and Tom had talked since the '60s.)

Going to go upstairs and take my contacts out to soak, call Tom, and suck my thumb for awhile.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: gnu
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 06:11 PM

Suck away. Rest and recharge.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 08:47 PM

Work tomorrow. Actually, I think, that's my greatest source of stress right now.

Read my rant on Kendall's thread.

Good night...

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 01 Apr 12 - 10:59 AM

I apologise for yesterday -- I'm in a much better state of mind today (despite having to head to work in a bit; I can see Tom after I leave there).

Thanks, everyone, too for your good wishes. Tom is enjoying the phone calls, too -- 603-431-7592.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: gnu
Date: 01 Apr 12 - 05:25 PM

No worries... no apologies. Rest and recharge and renew.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 01 Apr 12 - 06:59 PM

Another good sales day at work (unusual for a Sunday, which is usually busy with phone calls, repairs, problems, phone calls, repairs, pick ups, adjustments, repairs and more phone calls) and it was all between noon and 2:30 so I was able to get the other stuff that needs to be done taken care of, too. Had to reopen a drawer for someone picking up right on the stroke of 5. But...no schedule left for me and the schedule in the closet said a co-worker was working tomorrow. So...called her and left a message. She left a message in return, that as far as she knows, she was working, but then the next message said she heard from the DM and we're BOTH working. (That is also very good because Mondays are also crazy busy days and it's so much less hectic with two.) Still haven't a clue as to my schedule for the rest of the week, though. Sigh.

Saw Tom but didn't stay long. Too tired and had errands to run on the way home. I'll call him again before bedtime.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Jeri
Date: 01 Apr 12 - 07:14 PM

I had good intentions.
I got up thinking the headache would go away after coffee, but just kept getting worse, so I didn't do anything today except re-fill the bird feeder. Tomorrow should be better.

Anything I can bring him?


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 01 Apr 12 - 09:46 PM

I hope your contact lens is behaving itself.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon's Latest Adventure
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 02 Apr 12 - 08:31 AM

Looks like my last post unposted. Sigh.

Contact lens is fine -- I think it was all related to a product called Blink-N-Clean, which I have now relegated to the trash. It was an experiment; I'm sticking to the tried and true and hassle-free.

Good thing I'm going to work today, I think -- I felt the beginnings of the low-level anxiety. At least I won't be alone at work today, so it won't be quite as crazy busy as Mondays usually are.

Just talked to Tom and he's NOT having a good day. He spilled coffee on himself as we talked. And he didn't get enough sleep last night. And he has trouble (even with a talking clock) knowing what time of day (or night) it is. And he knows his sleep problem is probably caused by napping during the day, but doesn't know what to do about that. And, for really the first time, he's complained about the attitude of some of the people there. I think he's just tired and crabby, but I don't know what to do about it and I also know there really isn't anything I CAN do about it.

Got so much to do before I'm out of the house -- laundry is already in, next to make my lunch. Have to leave early to stop at Seacoast Orthopedics and take them the cards and papers we didn't have on Friday.

May see Jeri at Tom's this afternoon after work. That will be nice.

Gotta go.

Linn


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