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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sunday Morning (Updated)

The rain seems to have left for the time being and the days have been pleasant.

The girls are out of school for nine days, it's around 7:45 a.m., and they're still asleep.

Hope all of you in the "snow belt" are managing okay. My home county (Herkimer in New York) is snowbound as is my birth city of Syracuse. My adoptive mom and my brother both live in Albany and I've heard that area is covered up as well. I have one blogging friend in Herkimer County who will be spending her weekend shoveling.

The temperature in Australia is hovering over 100° (F) and one of my southern California friends tells me it's in the eighties there. Hasn't reached us yet and I think San Francisco has been cold and wet.

I haven't written much about Carol lately. She's been slipping ever since her week home and it became worse after the trip to the doctor here. I think the two unnecessary trips used up what little reserve energy she had. The care facility called me late Friday afternoon to tell me she was running a 105° fever (98.6 is normal in Fahrenheit) and they were sending her to the hospital.

I'm too tired mentally and physically to even rant about the utter stupidity of those two trips. They didn't change the eventual outcome but she would have had a little more time of feeling reasonably well. Instead, she was exhausted and in pain by the time she left (on both trips). On the other hand, she did get the one last visit home, had time to be with the girls (her grandkids) and they were able to see her outside the confines of a nursing home. I try to look at that visit as more of a plus than a minus overall.

I was going to make a trip Saturday but I was too sick to make the drive alone and I didn't want to ask Ray. He took a nasty fall earlier in the week (right on his face) and is now in a neck brace. He would have gone without hesitation but it would have been too much for him. I'll wake up a little and try it today after I've called the facility and/or hospital. Not that I expect to find out much with a phone call but I can try.

Anyhow, yesterday I wouldn't have trusted myself to drive, even on the back roads. Today seems to be better so far. I think it was just stress and depression catching up. My own energy level has slipped drastically lately.

Blogger keeps telling me "publishing may fail" and I keep saving this. Perhaps I'd better finish it up while I still have the net.

The girls are okay so far. They know what's going on although we don't dwell on it. We've all been doing what we always do. I won't take them to Turlock unless they specifically ask and I don't think they will. We had the week when Carol was home and almost herself for part of it. I'd rather they remember that. I could be wrong; I just don't know. I'll play it by ear for now.

Carol may pull out of this episode but if she does there will be another and another.

Anyhow, I'll be okay. I've bounced back in the past; I will again. I must.

Update Sunday afternoon: Since I wrote this I've seen Carol. She is doing better; her fever is down a little and she's out of the hospital although she may have to go back. I took Rochelle and Rebecca after all because it would have been too much for Ray with all three. It worked out. Carol was in good spirits and glad to see them.

I've been reading all your comments and even check on most of your blogs. Between the "iffiness" of the net lately and my own lack of energy I haven't gotten back to many of you with comments or replies but I am keeping up and thank you.

PI, I'm pretty sure Merle is Peter's sister-in-law. If I'm wrong, she can correct me. (Peter just did. They're brother and sister.) Thanks, Peter. I think I knew that once upon a time.

Take care everyone. I'll get back when I can.


Atasha said...

Oh gosh Ann so much going on. I really hope Ray isn't in too much discomfort and pain from that fall.

Sorry to hear about Carol. But yes, it was good that she got to spend time outside the facility with you guys.

I better get off of here while I have a chance. I am off to drink my tea. My daughter is up and chatting away in her crib. I can here her and Christopher's on his way up there.

We reached 88 yesterday even though the predicted high should have been around 77. It was awful and I feel like this summer is going to be extra hot. I won't be going outside. Poor kids.

Take Care Ann

Gina said...

I think you are right in that they will want to remember her as she was in the visit home, not in the hospice/hospital. I personally think it is better that way.

I hope you and Ray feel better and are able to get back up to speed soon.

fjb said...

Take care of yourself, Ann. I get the feeling you're so busy trying to take care of everybody else, sometimes you may forget YOU. Remember to try to rest and just turn the outside world off for a little while. It'll still be here when you get back.

Listen to me lecture! I sound like a mom.;)


zzop357 said...

Ann,I sure am sorry to hear about Carol.I hope Ray gets better real soon too.Even more I hope you get better also.Without you their world will fall apart.I know its hard,it has to be.But I know as strong as you are need someone to lean on sometimes.Thats what friends are for.
We are thinking about you and praying for you;)

PEA said...

It's no wonder your energy level feels so certainly have a load of stress and worry on your shoulders. No need for you to answer our comments, just know that we are here for you and praying that things will get better. Hugs xox

Carin said...

Gees! Can it stop pouring in your world? Like now? I hope you have lots of people to talk to, and in the face to face sense. You need them. You shouldn't have to hold everyone else up. You need support too. Hope Ray feel better, and good luck with all this Carol stuff. No matter what the outcome, it won't be easy, and that's unfortunate.

Atasha said...

Just read the update. Glad to hear.

Take Care Ann, of yourself too not just everybody else :-) OK? Okay!

Peter said...

Hi Ann, your world just seems to get more hectic each day, you must try to get some R&R time before you crack under the strain.
BTW Merle and I are sister and brother, she's the OLD one, 2 years and 4 days older than me.

Kendra Lynn said...

I will keep you all in my prayers.
I hope that Carol and Ray are feeling better by now.


Cecil said...

Granny, Will be praying for you all! Hope your weekend was better.

Susie said...

Hi Ann,
So sorry to hear what a heavy load you've had to carry lately. I know that causes so much stress and wears you down.
My prayers are with you and yours..

Anvilcloud said...

I feel for you -- all of you.. It's tough for you. I hope that you are able to catch some good moments or hours in the midst of all of this stress.

Sheri said...

Chiming in alittle late to say I'm sorry to hear of all the troubles you've been having and I hope something will get better for you soon. Take care!

Puss-in-Boots said...

Ann, my prayers are with you and your loved ones. Please don't feel obliged to answer or comment. Just know that we think of you and understand. Thank you for letting us know how it is in your world.

Big hug


I'm sorry to hear about Carol. Hope she gets out of it. Over where I am, we never have snow. We don't have rain, and it's becoming to so hot. I don't know if wishing for a snow would be a good thing.
Anyway, just dropping by to say hello and how are you. It's been some time I haven't dropped by.

Merle said...

Dear Ann ~~ Hope you are feeling etter and that Ray is Ok after his
fall. Glad carol as improved - that temp was very high. Don't worry about
replyng, just look after yourself. We all love you Ann, so take care,
Love, Merle. (Peter's sister)

Tearfree aka Reject the Koolaid said...

You cope so amazingly well with so much. All the very best.

LoisLane said...

Lots of hugs Ann - sorry you have so much to deal with right now.
And yeah, we spent the weekend shoveling, snowblowing and finally snowmobiling because you have to have some fun with all this white stuff!

JBlue said...

Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you.

Andrea said...

there is so much going on with you Anne I dont know where to begin so I will just end with a giant (((HUG))) and my own prayers directed towards you. Dontworry about comments Anne the fact that you are even able to write a post is insperation enough.
I love you and wish I could physically hug you.

School Teacher said...

As always, you and your family are in my prayers. You're such a strong woman and I admire that. Hang in there! Many folks out here love you! :)

PI said...

Do I get a prize:)
Seriously I'm glad Carol's fever has subsided and at risk of being a bossy boots please never drive when you are feeling iffy. If anything happens to doesn't bear thinking about so please, top of your list, take good care of Granny.

granny p said...

Just catching up, Ann. Can only send love and a virtual hug. What else is there? It's a hard time. xx

Anonymous said...

Ahh, finally I can comment. Blogger is usually pretty nice to me, but it's been giving me fits this week! I'll be thinking of you and your family--it sounds like alot to deal with at one time. I hope Carol is comfortable and Ray is feeling better by now.

Caloden said...

Thinking good thoughts for all of you here from the Colorado mountains.

I hope things are looking up for all of you.

I also hope you are taking a few, or more, moments for yourself everyday. Just a few minutes of deep breathing can help to lend a bit of peace and/or endurance.

Hugs to you and yours.


karrie said...

Thinking of you, Ann.