Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Good Weekend!

So my Mom was discharged last week, and the edema went away. Thank goodness!  As long as she takes her meds properly, that will not be a problem.

She would like to have surgery to correct the leaky valves which are causing her shortness of breath, but the angiogram comes first.  So this week we'll make an appointment for that, and take it from there.

Fingers crossed on that one.  We do not know yet if she is even a potential candidate for surgery.  And if she is a candidate, we will seek a second opinion just to have all bases covered.

This weekend I went to a BBQ in NJ that my friend Eric was hosting.  It was a beautiful day, and I had so much fun meeting everyone, indulging a bit, and just enjoying the day.  There wasn't a cloud in the sky, and a short road trip with great people was exactly what I needed.  Thanks for hosting, Eric!

Sunday I went to the beach to enjoy the sun, went to my parent's house, then Monday (yesterday) I went to see Pitch Perfect 2 with my friend Ginger, then I had dinner with Rachel, whom I have not seen in months!  It was great to catch up, chat, gossip, etc.

I have to remember it's ok to reach out to the people in my life and ask for support.  I don't have to shoulder everything all by myself because that is a terrible feeling.  There are people in my life that want to help.  And knowing that, helps a whole lot.

Not much else to say now.

Have a great one!  :-)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Quick Check In.

So my Mom is in the hospital with edema.  It's a result of her heart condition.  The leg swelling got out of control last week, so my sister took her to the hospital, where they admitted her.

Sigh.  I really wish I had happier things to blog about lately, but unfortunately, I do not.  Not at this time.  Having sick, elderly parents is the worst. It truly is.

We are waiting for the results of her test yesterday to determine whether open heart surgery will be necessary for her or not.  Those leaky valves are not getting any better, and we all are sitting on pins and needles now.

This waiting is hard.  It's tough.  But it's life, and we all just need to deal.  Right?

I'm doing the best I can.   We all are.  But I have to admit, it's very hard right now.  And it's bringing up some dreadful feelings.  I go from being worried about her to thinking positively to feeling numb.  :-(

So if you could spare a happy thought, please send some her way.  It'd be much appreciated!

Update more the second I know anything.

Monday, May 11, 2015


WI was Saturday morning.  It went well!

Down 1.8 this week.  I'm happy in this range, clothes fit well, etc.

Saturday I went into the city for my friend's birthday brunch.  The spread was really nice and super delicious.  The menu was phenomenal.  Eggs, bacon, stuffed French toast, mixed fruit platter, egg white quiche, kale Caesar salad, and truffled tater tots.

Ginger's friends were so nice and very sweet.  I'm glad she invited me - I had a really great time.

Hope all you lovely moms out there had a beautiful Mother's Day yesterday!

We all went to my Mom's yesterday, but at different times.  Bro & sis showed up early in the day and then left early - they live far from where Mom & Dad live.

I showed up in the afternoon, so it was a busy day for everyone.  The house looked different from the last time I was there just a few weeks ago.  Carpets were stripped and new wood floors were put in their place, to easily accommodate my Dad's walker & wheel chair.  Strange, but the floors looked really nice.  They were much needed.

I'm so happy Dad is home.  Next up will be getting Mom back on track.  She's retaining a lot of water in her leg again. Groan.  I'm not too worried about it, because I know it's a resolvable issue with meds and a procedure.  If she does everything she's told to do, I have faith she'll be ok.

So that is the latest in my world.  The changes recently in my family are unnerving, and they've brought some nervous anxiety - but I'm trying to stay as grounded as possible.  I'm not the best at staying grounded, I admit that, but I do my best.  We all do.

Wrapping up now to hit the sack.  :-)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Dad is Home!

And I am so relieved!

Inpatient rehab did him a world of good, and I am happy to report that he made a very surprising recovery.  He's happy to be home, and we're all just as happy about it as well.

Let's hope he and my Mom don't wind up killing each other.  :-)  I kid, I kid.

The last few weeks have been so trying, so exhausting, filled with a lot of tears, worry, and fear, but for now, I am really going to try to focus on the fact that he is healthier and a bit stronger than he has been in a very long time.

Waiting for the other shoe to drop is suboptimal, and it's a horrible way to live.  Everyday is a struggle sometimes trying to keep the positive flow going, and we're all doing the best we can, right?

Now that he is home however, I do feel the dark cloud hovering over our family has disappeared somewhat.  So we will celebrate Mother's Day this weekend, and then Father's Day next month, and just take it from there.

Phew.  I'm really happy to report all this.  You guys have no idea! 

Thanks for sticking with me!  Have a beautiful day!

Monday, May 4, 2015


One of these days, I will find my writing mojo again.  I'm not exactly sure what happened to it, but I'm finding I don't have a whole lot to say lately.  I think it's just a phase I'm going through, or maybe other bloggers experience it too?

I'm not sure.  I think what's happening is I'm just really worried about my Dad's situation right now.  Couple that with other real life events (men are very confusing, I don't think I will EVER figure them out), and I'm left with not knowing what to write about.

Saturday was WI.  After having indulged in Boston last weekend, the results were quite welcoming.

Down 2 from last week.  And I'm near what I call my "WTF weight" where I know I have to be more mindful and more careful with tracking.  I'm still good at this range, I still feel good, so I won't stress about it much.

Saturday night my friend from high school and I went to a local restaurant called Mim's for Long Island Restaurant Week.  It was a nice evening, catching up and what not.  We have plans to celebrate her birthday next weekend in the city, and I'm looking forward to that.

Dad is still not home.  :-/  Still hoping he'll be home soon, but his physical therapist says he's not consistent enough at this point.  Sigh.  My feeling is it's as good as it'll get for now, since his Parkinson's will never resolve.  My poor viejito.

More later.  Be safe, friends!