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Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Worst Seems to be Behind Us

Ray is doing better each day. He's able to be by himself for short periods. I got out to the store and for a quick coffee break yesterday. He's getting around our little house without the walker and we're still maintaining his blood sugar levels with just one insulin dose in the morning. He washed his own couple of breakfast and lunch dishes before I could gather them up. Good for him!!

He's done so well I surprised him with a scoop of ice cream for his evening snack on Friday. Been saving it until I was a little more sure of what I was doing with diet.

I'm noticing that many of the mysterious symptoms that kept sending him back to the hospital seem to have left. Of course it's too soon for anything except cautious optimism but not too soon to tell you how encouraged I am.

I've taken advantage of the calm to catch up with most of you. His LDS Conference has been on t.v. yesterday and today so he's been engrossed with that. I wander in and listen to the music and wander back out.

I have a few minutes before starting dinner. I'd thought about clam chowder but the weather turned back warm. Plus I'm a little low on milk and don't want to make a trip out just for that. I have some very lean pork chops and I'll cook them with some au gratin potatoes and some kind of vegetable. A little high in sodium (the cheese in the potatoes) but other than that, not bad. His blood pressure is fine so I'm careful but not obsessive. I have plans for a small peach cobbler; maybe later in the week. Another surprise I won't tell him about.

It's been a couple of days since I've heard from the girls. Maybe tonight.

Hope all my Canadian friends are enjoying their 3 day holiday. They tell me that the actual feast is any day they want it to be so some have already feasted; others are holding off until tomorrow.

Our turn will come on the 4th Thursday of November and I still haven't decided what we're going to do this year. I'm so used to cooking for a mob but with Jim probably on the border, Melissa (Jim's wife) with a brand new baby (due November 10) in addition to Jonathan (around 18 months old now) and her teenage girls, and my girls not here, it may be just me, Ray, and possibly Tim. Maybe we'll splurge and go out but then I wouldn't have all those great leftovers; the turkey soup and the white beans and ham. I'll think about it later.

And then Christmas of course. I have room for a tiny tree (maybe) and I'll swap the knick knacks on my corner shelf for Christmas decorations and my small creche. Perhaps a wreath on the door. It will be different from Christmas past, that's for sure.

Wow, I get sidetracked easily, don't I. Already thinking two months ahead. Whatever happened to one day at a time?

It's almost 5 in the afternoon so I should go start dinner. As always, thanks for the kind words, welcome to my new visitors, and take care everyone.


JunieRose2005 said...

Hi Ann,

Am happy to hear things are moving along in a good direction for you and Ray. Hope it continues.



The Future Was Yesterday said...

"I have plans for a small peach cobbler; maybe later in the week."
You can send one down here as well!:)

I'm certainly glad to hear all the improving news!

Diane J. said...

The news about Ray's health sounds encouraging. Hope he continues to improve and feel better every day.

I'm not sure who will be here for Thanksgiving, if anyone. My plans will depend on that.

We had our spaghetti for dinner, and I had a homemade chef's salad for supper just now.

Have a good week, Ann. ;-)

Love and hugs,


Yondalla said...

I'm so glad to hear things are stable and looking good!

Madcap said...

So good to hear that things are looking up! Yay!

Anvilcloud said...

We had the feast on Sunday this year so that people could travel on Monday.

FosterAbba said...

Glad things are going well.

Jo said...

Wonderful news on Ray! That really is so nice for all of you. Whew.

Merle said...

Dear Ann ~~ I am so very glad to hear that Ray is doing so well and you are
both coping well. Seems like things are on the improve for you, and not
before time either. You sure deserve
some better things to happen in your life. Much love, Merle.

Val said...

Hi Ann,
I've been out of the blogger loop for a while, and in the meantime it looks like you've been through some more dramas but are gradually coming through them. Power on, Ann!

Anonymous said...

Ray's progress does sound very encouraging...crossing my fingers and praying for you that it continues in a positive direction!

It's not just you...I've been thinking Christmas, too. :-)

Autumn said...

I'm glad Ray is better. Try not to stress over Christmas. Just do what feels right for you this year and don't worry about everyone else. You have had a lot on your plate lately and I am sure no one will expect things to be all decked out. Table top trees are very popular and I know you can find them at thrift stores.

ancient one said...

I'm glad to hear that Ray is doing well and you seem to have things pretty much in control. I'm one of those people who refuse to think of Christmas before Thanksgiving. LOL Time goes fast enough as it is now. It is wonderful that Ray feels like washing up his dishes. You certainly have a "keeper" there!!

Gina said...

I am so glad to hear this, my dear! My fingers are crossed for the both of you, and that you are both feeling better every day.

lynne said...

Hello, I am a relative stranger to your site but I am glad that things are sounding much more positive. I hope Ray continues to improve in leaps and bounds now his diabeties in in check. Kind regards.

Misspudding said...

So glad to hear he is doing better! I hope you're finding time to do things for yourself, too, Ann. :)

zzop357 said...

I'm g;ad Ray is doing so much better.
That means Ann is doing better :)
Can we have Halloween before Thanksgiving please?? It seems this year has flown by. Just last month seems like Christmas. Where-ever has the time went?
I hope ya'll have a good week.
Take care and God bless.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Wonderful news concerning Ray!

Yep, the holiday season is fast approaching! Unfortunately, that’s difficult for me to accept in a high temperature today of 94 F.

mreddie said...

I know that you are very encouraged by Ray's progress and I hope it only gets better and better. You made me hungry talking about the food - but it's too late for eating tonight. ec