This tuesday* I would like to direct you over to the foxy gals over at Baby-Cakes. They are in the early stages of a two week wait so go over there & send them some good luck mojo. & if you haven’t visited their blog before take a moment to go through their archives & get to know them. Good reading!
*Every tuesday I plan on singling out a blog from my blog list. The idea is to spread a little love & cheer. You never know how powerful a kind word or thought can be. If you don’t see your blog listed let me know & I will add you. No blog left behind! & please put your link in the comments. There a few of you that asked to be added, but I couldn’t figure out your url.
I made an executive decision & decided not to have a photo friday poll today. I loved getting a glimpse of where all of ya’ll blog from and I can’t see how we could say who blogged from the coolest cubicle or home office. But I think I really loved seeing all of the animal assistants hard at work.
But just in case you were jonesing for a poll I created a silly summer time poll. (you should be able to click on as many things as you like.)
The new theme for this week’s photo friday is brought to us by Art-Sweet. Here is what she would like to see:
How about this for a topic: opposites – could be anything you think of as in opposition, but must be in the same picture. i.e. big/small, old/young, black/white, bad/good, yummy/icky, beautiful/ugly, Jesus/President Bush… (I’d pay cash money to see that one) you get the picture.
GM had one of her biannual Alzheimer check ups yesterday. I spent most of the weekend typing up progress reports to turn into her doctor. I had to explain a typical day for GM, describe any mood changes, mobility or speech problems, hygiene issues. It was exhausting.
Then yesterday was the actual exam. I told GM’s doctor (who is amazing) about GM’s not wanting to move to Florida & all of the Uncle issues. She said whoever has power of attorney calls the shots. (which is great because that is Mom.) She also said that it does not matter what GM says she wants or even what Uncle says- it is about GM’s quality of care. & GM’s quality of care would be better if there were two people available to take care of her (me AND Mom) vs. just me. She says move her.
It was so fucking wonderful to hear that. Of course I knew it, but to have an expert validate your gut feeling is nice. I don’t think we are quite at the scoop GM up & move her stage, but if I ever get knocked up I will be getting serious about that.
The thing that GM’s doctor said to her that sort of got through was that it wasn’t fair to me to be the only person taking care of her. Then she slipped me all of these pamphlets about something called Caregiver’s depression. Goody, something to look forward to.
Our other biggest issue is that GM has lost 11 pounds in 5 months. She is now underweight. I can get her to drink those supplemental calorie shakes most days, but really I consider myself lucky if I can get her to eat half a sandwich. I can, of course get her to eat key lime pie & ice cream so whenever I am worried about her calories I go for that. But since her weight has dropped so much she now has to go on this granny mary-jane stuff* that will actually give her the munchies. This should be fun.
*It’s actually just a different pill for depression, but at the dose GM will be on one of the side effects is increased appetite.
Dearest, darling period arrived late last night so I am counting today as #1. Don’t you just love those demented moments when you are actually sort of glad to see the old hag? No? Is that just me? Well I am glad as it means I get to get to pull the handle bar down & strap in for yet another ride on the glorious fertili-coaster. I’ve got my hands ready to raise in the air and I am, once again, feeling that optimistic rush of emotion. Pollyanna is in the building, people! Baseline scan should be thursday morning.