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January 2, 2020

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Good Morning!

J22, sorry about the knee scrape.  Hope it's not too painful the day after.  

Herring, had to look up "First Footin'" as I'd never heard of that tradition.  Cool.

Dianah, those scrolls would indeed be interesting. ¬†Off to more adventures in music land already? ¬†Do you ever work a full week? ¬†ūüėā

BC, good of you to go with your friend to the oncologist for moral and professional support.

Ted, sounds like you had a food extravaganza.  Food at work is my downfall as I tend to overeat at work.  I tend to overeat period and forget I'm not a bone thin teenager anymore.

Joe, sounds like you had a relaxing day planned.  Hope it came to pass.

Grumpy, I don't speak Scottish, but sounds like you were giving us a toast.  Back at ya

I had a decent day yesterday. ¬†It was nice to get the gym out of the way in the morning, but I still skipped housework. ¬†Oh well, I live alone and it's tidy and not dirty and things will get done when they get done. ¬†I made a lentil stew for dinner because Italians eat it New Years Day for luck. ¬†Americans tend to do black eyed peas and I don't like them as much. ¬†I'm no where near Italian but hoping it helps. ¬†Also had some greens for financial luck, so I'm set. ¬†ūüėā

Working today and tomorrow and fixed a "veggie hash" that consists of chayote squash, corn, beans and stuff.  Having the lentil dish for dinner.

I said a couple of things that I've been holding in to two people that needed to be said, lest they be lead on about some stuff.  I was thinking "I'm 60 damn years old and I still care too much what people think and don't speak my mind".  Always learning and growing.  

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Morning Tweety

Quiet day for me.  Made a fairly elaborate breakfast, did some cleaning, got out for a hike, came home and watched movies

Went off diet again.  Going to have to make some changes, as this has happened frequently since Christmas. 

Was feeling down yesterday for no apparent reason

Weather was a little warmer yesterday, was up to 40.  Will be close to 50 today.  Have not had any more snow

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On this¬†second day of 2020,¬† as Ozzie and I walked back to the house from getting the newspaper in the mailbox,¬†I counted TEN¬†VULTURES (vultching) in the trees beside and above the house. Hmmm.¬†ūü§Ē

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Good Afternoon -

Just woke up from Second Sleep. Gonna get ready for work, shortly.

Amy and I had a relaxing day, yesterday, "celebrating" the First of a New Year and a New Decade. We slowly put away the X-Mess Tree ornaments as we watched a pretty cool action-adventure movie on the television.  The only strenuous thing I did, yesterday, was drag the tree into the spot where all X-Mess Trees go to decompose. This spot is deep in our property's woods, far away from eye-sight, but close enough to drag trees there. There are 13 trees there at various degrees of decomposing. I believe this spot is home to many small woodland animals and insects. At least, I like to think this is the case. Anyway, we had a nice and relaxing day, yesterday. 

Late last night, I FINALLY finished editing together a video of the trip my sister and I took with our Mom, along with our spouses. I took LOTS of photos during that trip. Unfortunately, many of them were out of focus. This took place about six years ago. I guess my picture taking, back then, was in its experimental stage when I tried to do everything manually, including focusing the shot. I now remember the reason why it took me so long to put together a video of our trip to Hawaii: The Out-of-Focus photos and videos. (Ugh!) But my loving sister asked for this video. So, she received. It was nice viewing these photos again. It brought back really nice memories of our time together with Mom. The trip to Hawaii was my mother's gift to us. Mom had recently made the brave decision to stop chemotherapy treatments after receiving news that the current chemo regime was not working for her recurrent metastatic colon cancer. The cancer was spreading everywhere, despite all kinds of therapy. (She had already gone through through the full cycles of chemo and radiation therapies, prior to finding out about the recurrent cancer.) Now, my mom was a special lady. She  really was. Once, long ago, she was institutionalized for being diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia. This was during the late-1960s/early-1970s. She even received received electro-shock treatments back then (as I was told by my father), which, I believe, was the old-way of receiving those terrible treatments. There was no doubt that my mother had gone through some kind of mental decompensation. But she, somehow, someway, managed to work through it. By the late 1970s, after my parents divorced, she got herself off welfare and found a full-time job. She kept that job unto the time of her retirement, for 30+ years. The paid rent, paid all of her bills on time, and managed to squirrel away a rather nice savings for herself for her retirement. When she was in her mid-70s, she retired and moved to be closer to me. About a year into her retirement, she found out she had colon cancer. So, after a rather extensive surgery getting rid of the large cancerous tumor, for the next couple of years we spent our time together at the oncology clinic as she received her chemo and radiation therapies. Mom took it all with grace and great patience. If there was ever an opportunity for Mom to have another emotional and/or "mental breakdown", it would have been this period of her life. But nope!! She seemed to simply accept the dreadful situation for what it was, did what she had to do, and lived as best as she could. She made friends. She went to senior citizen activities. She did her cancer treatment thing. And, she loved and adored her children and grandchildren (my sister's kids). It was her request that we all go to Hawaii together. Apparently, it was a dream of hers to go to Hawaii. She had a BLAST! Well all did!!

After that trip, she moved in to live with me, where she spent the last few months of her life. It was a sad time, for sure. But, it was a time filled with great love and humor! Mom could have whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted. She loved her Martinis! After a few trials and errors, I learned how to make them for her! L O L! Without a doubt, she enjoyed being with her family.

Mom quietly passed away in Her Room (which was our dining room, prior to her stay). She was surrounded by my loving wife and my sister-in-law. During her last couple of days, it was obvious that Mom was slowly "Meeting Her Maker". On her last day, it seemed to my sister and I that we should make burial arrangements. My sister wanted the BEST lot for our Mom. Literally. . . as my sister and I were signing the papers at the burial ground with the burial grounds-keeper, I received a phone call from my wife that Mom drew her last breath. She died surrounded by those who loved her, but not in eye-sight of her children watching her draw her last breath. It's as if Mom waited for us to leave.

I believe that I shared this story here before. Please forgive me for recounting this again. But, I'm sitting here reliving aging memories that are now 6+ years old. I miss my Mom. (I miss my Dad, who died only several months ago.) And, I adore the memories that we made together, especially those memories of our time spent vacationing in Hawaii! (Mom paid for the trip!!)

Well. . . Here's the video, complete with out-of-focused pictures. Enjoy.

2013 Vacation in Hawaii with Mom!

Gotta go and get ready for work!

Peace! ūüôā

Ted

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Thank you Ted, what a wonderful gift you gave each other!

I didn't join VIMEO so couldn't comment there.

I have to drive to Beverly hills for an 8:00 am appointment with a dermatologist because my usual clinic has no opening for three weeks. I have little red bumps that ITCH. Probably has to do with the psoriasis that was diagnosed years ago. She will probably know what to do. 

I woke up scratching myself. There are scabs where I scratched. It started as just one. Now there are more.

 

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herring - ooooh! Beverly Hills! Is that THE Beverly Hills with all the famous reality doctor shows?

NSIME - I like vultchuring.

Had my routine f/u apt with my primary NP. She makes well-visit house calls that my Insurance covers for housebound enrollees like me. My lab work is drawn at home also. And my recent labs were all GREAT! No more PRE-DIABETIC; Cr & BUN OK, uric acid, too, anemia resolved. And we'll taper down my Lipitor.

F/U ortho for rotator cuff with severe arthritis will manage conservatively with continuing cortisone inj  & exercises. Who'da thunk it but a $15 pulley hung over a door could make so much difference to my slow regaining mobility. That and heat.

I'm cautiously optimistic re the parotiditis with my ENT. He keeps having to do incisions/I&Ds with wicked drsgs. I still have a lump but it may be calcification/scar tissue. But it's better.

Next on the list is cardiology, urology and then pulmonary/sleep.

wOOt! like NSIME says! It's coming on a 1 year anniversary for my crazy hospitalization and that atrocious rehab/NH stint. Lots of diagnoses had to be managed and I still have residual issues. But things are slooowly status- quo/stabilizing.

May the New Year have better health things ahead for all of us and our circles.

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Ted, thank you for sharing your mom's history.  What a special lady she was!  And you and Amy are special for being such a large part of her life and for honoring her wishes.  How nice to have the Hawaii trip memories of you all!

herring, ouch!  How did the derm appointment go?  I hope you get some itch relief AND a cure for the source of the itching!

Tweety, around the holidays it DOES seem as if I have lots of time off!!  I took more days off this year, pressed to do so by my boss, who likes things fair (he noticed I don't request time off during the holidays, and insisted I take some off this year!  Well doing so left me pretty short for the trips we have planned in the first half of the year!!!  Ah well.  I will hopefully be retired by March or April next year, so won't have to apply for time off!). 

No Stars, what is a group of vultures called?  A flock?  Ah, looked it up!  It's called a committee, venue, or volt.  Group of vultures in flight is called a kettle, and when feeding together at a carcass: a WAKE!  Oh my, the things we learn in the break room!

Hope you all have a good afternoon/evening!

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Hello amoLucia!  Good to hear of your progress with the rotator cuff issue, and all the other issues (labs, etc).   Do you have a lot of pain with the parotiditis?  (it sounds painful!)  Agree: may the New Year bring better days and improved health!!

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I go to the dermatologist tomorrow morning. It is a bit of a drive with morning traffic. I was warned to bring cash because the parking lot across the street doesn't take credit or debit cards. 

I don't know whether it is psoriasis or something else like an infection or allergy. One more night of itching. 

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