Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Thursday, December 1, 2016

New Pill Box

Bob is 'movin on up' with his pill taking. He now takes pills twice a day rather than all at bedtime as he's done for years. This has thrown things into a crisis. He does not like change, and above all not when it involves his medications.

At first I kept the pills he takes in the morning because his diuretic was in that group and I didn't want him in charge of that. He was never happy with this arrangement and soon whisk those medications away to his bedroom. I decided it was time for a new pill box that allowed for pills twice a day.


This morning I introduced the new pill box. As my father used to say, he looked at it "like a calf looking at a new gate." It was down hill after that.

The a.m. & p.m. system did not compute with him. I haven't seen a pill box labeled 'morning & night.' Then he took a pink marker and colored the top of the lids for the pills he takes in the morning. To add to the confusion, he takes two of one pill in the morning, and only one pill in the morning of another but takes it again at night. It was totally too much for him. I typed sheets giving him guidance  but it was to no avail.

I went on to tidy up the house and left him to ponder the situation. After a while he asked me to check to see if he'd done it right. He had reversed the a.m. & p.m. Pills were all opposite where they should have been. I thought about just leaving it but was afraid later the a.m. & p.m. labels would click with him and he'd take the wrong meds. Perhaps we're going to have to go with blue and purple instead.

I could save him all that stress by filling the pill box myself but that is one task he is hanging onto come what may. He has no intention of letting me fill it.

Lately I dread to see him coming with his pill bottles because I know we're both going to be stressed before the task is finished.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bye Bye Crocs


Bob has had a favorite pair of Crocs for years. For a very long time I've been telling him they were dangerous, that they could cause him to fall. He wasn't buying it. It was easier to get him to stop driving than to give up those beloved Crocs.

Last week a sister-in-law fell and broke her hip. She wasn't wearing Crocs, and was inside when she fell but that's the third bad fall in the family in as many years. I began again talking to him about how dangerous his Crocs were.

Perhaps because he's feeling more vulnerable. Perhaps because I also might have mentioned the necessity of a nursing home if he broke a hip, but wonder of wonders, those Crocs went to the dumpster.

While Susan was here she took him out and bought these Skechers that should be comfortable and make him much more steady on his feet.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Shingles Report


Bob still has his shingles but actually is doing much better than I expected he might. He's wearing suspenders that belonged to his twin brother.  Bob's not not normally a suspenders guy but these days suspenders are more comfortable than a belt. However, even suspenders aren't completely comfortable because he says they rub where his pacemaker is located and that makes him nervous.

I've never been able to tell much about his discomfort level.  Only one day has he complained about the pain. I gave him his first dose of Gabapentin before bed the day he was diagnosed and he slept well. At the time I thought that was good but now I'm not so sure. The next morning after breakfast I gave him a second dose of Gabapentin and pretty quickly realized there was a problem, his blood pressure bottomed out. It took him most of the day to recover. Since then he's had no more Gabapentin. Makes me wonder if he could have slept on to glory from that first dose if it caused his blood pressure to drop like the second dose.

The lesions look good, like they're drying up. He's finished the antiviral medication. Now we just wait and see if they're gone or if they're resting.

Monday, November 21, 2016

I Knew It Wouldn't Last

Bob has the shingles. I have no idea how long he's had them. The lesions look like they've been there several days but are still hot and inflamed.

Last night after his shower he asked me to look at his side and that's when I knew we were in trouble. I called first thing this morning and was able to get him in to see the doctor.

We were not very successful in determining how long he may have had the lesions or his discomfort level. Very frustrating.

Because of the lack of a functioning immune system the doctor elected to treat aggressively with a high dose of anti-viral medication. She said shingles are a shock to the body so she recommended B-12 stress tabs for a month to support the body.

Pain medication was another guessing game. Since we were unable to get much guidance about his level of discomfort she elected to go with Gabapentin rather than a strong pain medication. Gabapentin should calm the nerves and interrupt the nerve pain arcs to make him more comfortable.

I'm off now to get some of this medicine into his system and get on with dealing with this new bump in the road.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Yikes The Holidays Are Coming

This morning I looked at my calendar and realized it's less than a week until daughter will be arriving for Thanksgiving. I need to get busy. Also received Christmas list from 14 year old grandson. That took only a few minutes to order. All stuff that's totally foreign to me.
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This morning reading TGB I read that the Oxford Dictionaries announced the international "word of the year." It's a hyphenated word this time, "post-truth," an adjective. The official definition as it will appear in the dictionaries:

""Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.""

You can read about why it was chosen at the Oxford Dictionaries website."

It makes me sad to think we need such a word added to our dictionaries.
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I think this is a good time for me to take a break and clear the cobwebs from my brain. I'll still be around commenting on your blogs and will see you again after the holidays.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Everybody Needs Passion

Democrats have no passion. They don't like to fight. They aren't suspicious, and don't go in for conspiracy theories. They just rock along content to be about the needs of American's citizens. They get bored, they become apathetic, and then they die.

Republicans, on the other hand, have passion. They were passionate for twenty-four years on the mission of ridding America of Bill and Hillary Clinton. They were passionate for eight years in blocking every bit of legislation proposed by Barack Obama.

They are highly suspicious, like conspiracy theories, and feel they're on a mission for God, all ingredients for a lot of passion.

Bathrooms in America are under threat because Republicans are passionate about who can enter. They are passionate about sex. God has appointed them the world's moral police. They are passionate in their cause to set the guidelines and punish those who disobey.

What will it take to make Democrats passionate?  Is it possible to be as passionate about good as it is evil? Does passion need an enemy to survive?

It's time Democrats develop some passion.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Get Involved

I am totally amazed at how much raw anger and emotion is still out there over the election. I've certainly done my share of hand wringing. Our two political parties failed to stop the hostile take-over of America's political system so we now have two failed political parties, and a rogue in the White House. Taking down the rogue is above my pay scale. I have every confidence people much smarter than me are at work on that task at this very moment. Everything takes time. He's not even been sworn into office.

I do believe I can perhaps help in restoring and reforming one of the political parties. That is where I plan to focus my attention. I encourage you to read Five Reasons For Liberals to Have Hope.

Next I encourage you to read Obama Tells His Supporters, Stop Moping; Says he'll Return to Community Organizing.

That's a start. Now, if you're looking at Huffington Post, stop. Overnight they became the liberals' FOX. Disgusting.

I've seen messages encouraging people to buy a subscription to The New York Times as a way to support them in standing against Donald Trump. He is out for the NYT with a vengeance that is likely to get worse. I subscribe from time to time so maybe it's time for me to do that again. I only subscribe to the digital which is quite reasonable.

I am also going to subscribe again to the digital Washington Post.

Apathy is always my biggest fear for Democrats. I'm pleased to see Democrats passionate once again. We absolutely must not 'normalize' this election. There's good anger and there's bad anger. Righteous anger is what we need to keep alive.

Remember it is not our job or our place to tell Republicans how to run their party. We have enough to keep us busy dealing with Democrats that are prone to napping.

I have more to say.