“Applesauce” and “Eye Drops!”

My life seems quite out of control lately…

I get up…

make me a cup of coffee…

read or listen to news…

check outside for weather…

(Found this is as good as weather man sometimes!)…

I drive a little boy to school almost every morning…

His Grandmother takes care of him a lot…

like so many are doing these days…

and has no transportation…

I am home anyway and get up early… so I kinda committed to taking him in the mornings…

I don’t promise afternoon pick-ups…

but, along with another neighbor we manage to get him picked-up…

I gave him applesauce (in the little cups) with a plastic spoon one morning…

since he was a little cranky and had not eaten…

so now…

This is our “thing”…

I take it to him every time now…

I change-up on flavors…

Sometimes Cinnamon and sometimes Strawberry…

One day his Grandpa took him and he rings my door bell at 7:30am for his applesauce…

Have to love it!…

Bobby and I being out-of-town for a few days did not sit too well with his breakfast habit…

We went to Cherokee, NC    and Tennessee to spend a night and visit with my cousin/her husband…

Before I left I made this little one a chart to count down the days til school was out…

I think it helped…

Our few days away actually helped our spirits…

but, it seems we always have an incident…

Bobby had been given drops for his eyes due to Chemo being mixed incorrectly…

making his eyes… nose… and other areas run with a secretion that almost burned his skin…

He had been sitting outside a lot… at my cousins…

when I spotted what I thought to be his eye drops

and told him to let me put them in his eyes…

He went ballistic!…

hollering about burning of his eye….

Thank goodness I only dropped one drop in one eye….

BUT….

that was quite enough!….

It was NOT his eye drops but, drops of an alkaline that he mixes with water and drinks…

A natural healing drink he had been trying…

After washing out eye thoroughly with water and eye rinse from pharmacy…

I felt he needed to go to VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN…  …where we were visiting my cousin…

Only a short ride and “precautionary treatment” seemed the right thing to do…

The staff was excellent!….

Getting his information as quickly as possible…

listening to “story” of what I had done…

showing them the bottle of drops….

Poison Control was called and immediately started numbing eye and then did a PH Test …

Washed it with what looked like a contact connected to a tiny hose… (Fit right over his eye-ball)…

They rinsed with a saline solution…  tested again

seemed to be fine….

Releasing him in the care of “the culprit”… ME… who had done this to his poor eye…. with eye drops again (Antibiotics)…

I want to praise the doctor- nurse- social worker- and office staff…

as to the quick reaction in the care for my husband…

They kidded with me that they were glad I had not used “Super Glue”…

I think I cried a bucket of tears…

I felt so bad…

Today… back to my job of taking my little neighbor fellow to school….

I also picked him up…

He asked, “You didn’t bring any applesauce?”…

I explained, “I only bring that for breakfast”…

“OH”… he says…. disappointment in his voice…

So… when we returned home…

I told him, “Come on over and get an applesauce”…” I have enough for the next few days”…

Being that school is out after Thursday…

He says, “Strawberry please!”…

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Today was Chemo Day and results of scan…

We have to leave too early for me to give my little fella a ride to school… but…

left his applesauce/plastic spoon on his Nanna’s front porch…

First thing! …

Scan was good…

NO growth…

NO change…

 

Bobby’s body has kept the cancer at bay (sleeping) for a year …

and so we will continue with same chemo drugs… for now…

and as he says, “I will live as if nothing is wrong with me as best as I can… taking one day at a time… and try to enjoy things we are able to do!”…

Love hearing him with this attitude…

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This morning we get up …

I run my little neighbor up to school for the last day…

Summer is officially here…

School is out!…

I feel as though I have gotten summer break too…

although have not minded helping out with this small boy…

I am sure Corvion will be elated today!

NOW…

do I keep “applesauce” in my fridge during summer break or not???

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comfy Cow For Breakfast… ANYONE???

Met with a friend from my High School days for lunch…

we usually easily agree… on where we eat…

This time… my friend suggests “Comfy Cow”…

I knew it was ice cream… but, figured it had lunch items also…

but…

when looking on internet…

it was just “ALL KINDS” of ice cream

Wonderful sounding ice creams…

but, that’s all… “NO real food!”…

I questioned her decision???

and she says, “Haven’t you ever eaten ice cream for breakfast?”…

I had to say YES!…

and “Lunch”…

and “Dinner”…

and of course “Snack Time”…

and I probably should have let it be…

but, my taste buds were thinking more of “Lunch Foods”…

After laughing about our lunch choice we decided on Mimi’s…

she had a buy one/get one entre’ coupon…

Sounded good to me!…

Having eaten at Mimi’s only one other time…

I remembered “IT WAS GOOD!”…

Such fresh food choices… delicious tasting… and “Mimosa’s” of several flavors…

I thought we might head to COMFY COW for dessert…

but, we were too full!…

Her omelet… potatoes…and banana chocolate chip muffin… was enough for her…

and my Quiche Lorraine… … fresh salad with Vinaigrette Dressing and Bran Muffin…was VERY filling…

We decided on another time for ice cream…

Will be making it our “meal” for the day…

We talked for hours as usual of our lives…

the upcoming 50th High School Reunion in October…

I had brought some old pictures from our days in school 

and summers we spent at Rough River…

I got my first camera for graduation… and have always enjoyed taking photos…

Always good to reminisce…

 

Don’t LIKE “IT”!

Continued from…

https://babyjill7.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/va-hospitals-other-favorite-saying-just-go-to-emergency-room/

We have talked to Doctor (Oncology) … and head nurse of same department where Bobby gets his Chemo Treatments…

After looking at him and discussion…

Chemo is suspended for a couple of weeks… to give his body time to heal…

That sounds funny to me…”time to heal”…when the Chemo is supposed to be trying to heal this Cancer!…

but, evidently the mix up on mixing the chemo drugs… was the culprit…

He is feeling slightly better…

Eyes still running some along with nose and other areas… but, “better”…

Taste is coming back…

Tips of fingers are so raw

suggested soaking in Selsun Blue Shampoo…

{Selenium: An essential mineral that is a component of an antioxidant enzyme, glutathione reductase, that is key in tissue respiration.}

YES!… what you use for dandruff… and what he has ben using for his dryness caused by Chemo drug…

Learning every day…

A scan will be given before next treatment … and then talk with Doctor and back to regular treatments if all is a “go!”…

I want to say both Doctor “Robin” and Head Nurse “Kristen”… were there for us today…

giving great care and concern in getting to bottom of problem…

I know “WE” want immediate answers…

“WE” want our priorities met!…

“WE” want this to NOT be happening…

Making us frustrated … 

impatient…

 

worried…

heart broken…

and if truth be known…

JUST WANT THIS NOT TO BE!…

 

 

 

 

VA Hospital’s “Other” Favorite Saying!… “Just go to Emergency Room!”…

Been a couple of rough weeks …

Bobby doing OK with new chemo drug added to other two he was already on…

Breaking out of the skin … main culprit…

but, even that … He accepted and kept going…

Trying as hard as he could to adjust…

He ALWAYS pulls it up and looks for what his capabilities are… with the extra side effects…

BUT…

He started what seemed to be sinus… allergies… with eyes…

Gave him allergy meds that were prescribed…

Used Netty Pot to clear nose and drainage… etc. …

BUT…

got worse…

Eyes running …

Nose running…

and gooey stuff appearing around eyes…

Some blood even appearing…

RED… Very Blood Shot eyes…

went to Eye Doctor at VA hospital who had done his cataract and eye lift procedures…

and they were very nice at fitting him in on a busy day…

“We just showed up!”…

Found this works sometimes…

The eye Doctor was puzzled…

He saw no infection…

and… conferred with another Doctor…

which immediately said…, “The chemo was causing this…”… Had seen several times…

Collects around eyes … causing swelling… running…etc. …

also clogs ducts…

Drops were given and redness has disappeared…

but, still crusting… running… and looks awful!…

and now nose doing same…

around mouth some…

and “private part” being effected also…

NOT GOOD!…

although not a lot of pain…

just very miserable…

When we went for treatment a week ago Wednesday…

we were surprised with a visit from the pharmacy who mixes his chemo…

and they reported that his chemo drug with some others…

had been mixed with an alcohol based water which was a NO NO!…

and had been given to him several times…

I immediately related the problems that had arisen in the past couple of weeks…

and they took notes and were going to check on this…

Also his Chemo Drugs were not coming from Cincinnati, Ohio… but, Indianapolis, Indiana now…

That put ??? in my head also…

As of today…

still suffering …

Talked to Nurse in  Hospice Department at VA Hospital last night… trying to connect with someone…

she said, “Sounds like body is trying to exit something

… by the secretions… and keep an eye on urination… due to kidneys being affected…

Emergency Room advised…

Made phone call to Oncology Department and even rode over to VA Hospital … but, to no avail…

Need to discuss with other doctors and will get back with us…

Advising him to go to Emergency Room if continues … but, could see him Friday…

Last time to Emergency Room… after 4 visits and also talking to clinic…

“He was diagnosed with Cancer”… and had a small heart attack…

a little late!…

If he hadn’t started urinating… which had ceased somewhat… We would be up the creek…

Another disappointing treatment from the VA Hospital again…

Felt we were not dealt with in a way we should have…

“BUSY” or not…

but, then my Bobby’s life is at stake… NOT there’s!…

to be continued…

 

Don’t Judge Others By What Is Important To You!

Came to me this morning…

It’s easy to see in others what you do not like…

what you do not agree with…

what you do differently than them…

what things are important to them… are not what is important to you…

You can’t just place an “IMPORTANT  stamp on things YOU like!…

how they care for their kids… 

how they clean their homes…

how they keep their yard…

how they live in general…

BUT…

Is that “my business”?…

Is it for me to “judge them and their ways”?…

Is it for me to expound to them the “way” I would do things?…

Is “my way” better?…

This is my dilemma…

Living in proximity to those who treat me well…

have befriended me…

have saidI admire you”…

“I care about you”…

“You have taught me so many things”…

“You are so kind”…

“I love you”…

I have come to the conclusion…

I will have to accept this relationship…

as part of my learning…

and in return make it a “teaching moment’

“Show by example” seems to be the answer I am getting…

Show kindness…

Show humility…

Show acceptance…

Kindness in doing what I am able to do…

Humility… Freedom from PRIDE and Arrogance… “Be humble”…

Acceptance of “other’s ways”…

and the biggest lesson I have learned…

“Do not talk of others of things you cannot discuss openly with them!”…

God places lessons in our hearts at times…

Take heed!…

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/living-the-questions/201410/10-reasons-stop-judging-people

and…

Don’t Judge Others By What Is Important To You!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Baden Is Always Worth The Ride!

On our way up to French Lick, Indiana the other day we followed this truck until it reached it’s destination of a company that makes furniture

The scenery was farm country and small quaint towns

 

We stopped at this little country/family friendly restaurant we had discovered earlier on one of our rides…

The friendliest people eat here… mostly farmers in the surrounding area… and their wives/family…

As we ordered and ate (the BEST friend green tomatoes)…

I got into a conversation with one of the locals who used to farm in this area…

Wife has passed and children have moved away… but, he still resides here and loves it…

He gave me directions to a mill that was close…

making me wonder… “is this the sawmill that the truck we followed had come from?”…

very likely!…

probably in his 80’s… was a pleasure to talk to…

 

We arrived at WEST BADEN/French Lick … about 25 minutes later…

Sharon had never seen this wonderful West Baden Springs Hotel that had been a favorite of gangsters in it’s hayday…

Rich in decor and history…

 

The rotunda is just awesome…

the huge fireplace is so beautiful….

 

Stained glass adorns many of the windows… in the hotel…

 

The wrap-around porch is wonderful… with rocking chairs to accommodate you with a peaceful sit!…

 

The massiveness of the rotunda area is a sight to see…

 

Our friend… Sharon… my sister Carolyn, Bobby and I enjoyed our day!

We made our way over to the French Lick Hotel/Casino to play awhile…

and we did enjoy watching the people… and having fun…

The grounds here are just as lovely

We ate at another local restaurant for dinner…

(many stores and eating places have emerged since we first found this nice spot)…

A few days later… we got an invite with a FREE ROOM … in the mail…

which Bobby and I will take advantage of

Might even ride the train from the French Lick Scenic Rail Way that is available…

an 1-3/4 hour ride through the Hoosier Forest and scenic area…

 

Summer Has Begun!

 

Our “neighbor Grass Cutter” is back at it again…

I tell him, “You lucked out during the winter… no snow… so NO shoveling!”…

He took it upon himself to cut our grass after finding out Bobby’s diagnosis of terminal cancer…

(by the way!… it has been one year!… and he is doing good…)… YEAH!!!

and we have become good friends and neighbors as well…

As grandparents themselves…

they have taken on the role of parenting their Grandson who is “special”… autism and visually impaired

Good folk!…

Refusing payment…

I came up with making a dessert once a week for the family to share…

It seems to be welcomed…

The first time this year was VERY hot

so Bobby took Jim 2 mini Bud Lights … that we keep in the fridge…

Sometimes a cold beer is good when it’s hot… or with something you are eating like pizza or fish…

this worked fine!…

Day 2 of grass cutting was the day before Easter…

I made mini cheesecakes decorated a little for Easter

 

I hear that their little Grandson said, “These are just for me!”……

Probably because they had cherries on the top and he LOVES cherries…

This week I made Cranberry/Orange Breads

 

two for them and a small one for us…

This is therapeutic for me… and a way to show our appreciation…

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Our “Glider” is the focal point of our front yard…

A place to rest and gather with neighbors/friends…

I painted the glider a brown to match the Adirondack chairs we have…

after Bobby added a few new screws…

He then laid Bricks at front of glider to keep grass from wearing down

planted grass seed… and then tried it out!…

 

“Excellent” job as always!…

With the big tree shading this area most of the day…

it’s our little sanctuary!…

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Flowers are budding…

Bushes we bought are taking hold…

seeds planted that I bought and even my neighbors have handed me some to scatter…

   

My youngest neighbor… planted me some “surprise” ones…

can’t wait!…

I did buy two ferns … one for the light pole in front and one for our Tire Parrot hanging in tree in back…

   

When Bobby was digging to place the bricks… another neighbor brings him new gloves to protect his hands…

and a bowl of her fresh lettuce just picked and two “HUGE” strawberries…

Don’t you know “I love it!”…

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Our ditch that runs behind our house has been in need of cleaning for “YEARS!”… and finally after complaining and making many phone calls it is being dug out…

4 feet of dirt had to be removed to reach bottom…

     

“THINK IT NEEDED IT?”

The water is now running freely and not just sitting there to stagnate…

Summer is already busy…

and WE LOVE IT!