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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Joys for the 17th Week of the Year.

As I have posted now for 17 different weeks, I am keeping a list of things that bring me joy. In all honesty some weeks have may more joyful moments than other, and life in the time of Corona is limiting some of the things I used to do that brought pure joy. But each and every day still has some things that are joyful, even if you have to look back and reflect on the day to see that something even unpleasant at the time was truly a good thing.
I plan to sit by myself on New Year's Eve and look at my lists to see just how much joy a year can bring. Hoping you find your joy this week.

Wednesday: I had cleaned my Keurig by running vinegar water through it. After about 5 rinses I went to bed and woke Wednesday morning to a coffee maker that still smelled like vinegar. I wondered what I was going to do because I am not a decent human until I have had my coffee. Then I remembered a French press stuck in the butler's pantry. I found my very underutilized French press which makes 2 large cups of coffee. It is at least enough to get me through the early a.m. So now I am starting my mornings with the French press brew and using the Keurig for my coffee later in the morning..

Thursday: After going to Mom's for the early morning gap between her sitters, I decided I needed to go somewhere just to get out of the house.  Of course nothing is open so hitting a coffee shop was not an option. Instead I drove to Hardee's to grab a cup of coffee and a buttered biscuit. When I got to the window I found the woman in line ahead of me had  paid for my order, I would have paid for the person behind me but their order was for 12 bucks and I only had a 5 with me. Next time I go I will make sure to have enough cash to pay it forward.

Friday: DIL3''s new single was released. ("Last Love" by Helena Hallberg) We also went by Son2 and Dil 2"s house to pick up my food dehydrator . It turned into a safe distance outdoors visit. Afterward we went "out to eat' and stopped at Pita Cafe for some take out.

Saturday: Home Depot  curbside pick-up! No more words are needed for the joy this service brought me.

Sunday: Because we are now streaming our church service, we are watching in our pajamas with coffee in hand. Fortunately we had finished our new normal Sunday morning cinnamon roll breakfast (Aldi's tube cinnamon rolls) before the service started. I can sip coffee guilt free while watching it but I am not sure I could nosh on cinnamon rolls without feeling guilty.
After the service I had to get dressed for our zoom Sunday school class. I am fairly certain it is the only time during the week any of the females in our class wear makeup.  Later that afternoon I had a great visit with Mom and she was able to have a real conversation. Bonus joy!

Monday: I started the day with a safe distance coffee with My Beloved Sister. We sat at Mom's and had a few laughs. I have not seen her, even at a distance, in weeks.  Then I broke down and actually went to the grocery store, masked and in gloves.
With a kink in the supply chain I bought several things and spent the day mainly processing and freezing. While I was at ThePig I noticed them stocking the milk. A gallon of 2 percent milk was just a dollar. Even though we do not drink or normally keep milk I decided it was too good of a deal to pass up. I think some banana pudding might be happening one night this week.

Tuesday: This is going to be a very odd joy because there is really nothing joyous about it at all. Mom is having Sundowning issues along with her dementia. She becomes very combative and resists all efforts to help her. Including jumping up and yelling at the care givers to leave her alone, threatening them with bodily harm if they touch her, then jerking away form them when they try to keep her balanced. In the wee hours of the morning Tuesday the was having an episode and jerked away form her sitter. When she did she fell and broke her arm near her shoulder.
TheHub arranged for me to take her to his friends orthopedic practice, which was only open to emergency cases. While there she became unresponsive and paramedics were called. She was then taken to the ER where they also found a large blood clot in her lung. If she had not broken her upper arm we would have not taken her to the doc and would not have known about the clot. Like I said, it was a weird joy.

And that completes another week in 2020, the year of oddities!


27 comments:

  1. That is not a weird joy. I would be happy however I found out about something like that. However, I am so sorry she broke her arm and has a blood clot. I shed a tear for her.

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    1. I am saddened by both but so glad we found out about the clot. Hopefully it will dissolve with medicines.

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  2. Holy cow, I hope your Mom is going to be ok. Is she still in hospital? Wow, everything that previously could have been dealt with normally is so screwed up right now, isn't it? I hope your Mom is ok, hugs. Sometimes you have to just take each day hour by hour don't you?

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    1. They are keeping her for a couple of days to see how she tolerates the blood thinners. As her age and her physical condition everything is iffy.

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  3. Yes, breaking an arm was bad but better than the blood clot not being found.
    Hugs

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    1. I am truly glad for the break because we would not have found the clot until it was too late.

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  4. Oh my goodness, I'm so glad you found that clot. Your poor mom (and poor you). I hope she is doing better now. And how nice of that lady to pay for your drink - definitely a pay it forward moment for next time!

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    1. We are glad we found it too. I can only talk with the floor nurses because they are allowing no visitors. I worry that she will become confused and start wandering since neither my sister nor I can be with her. Normally if she has to be in the hospital one of us is in her room 24 hours a day.

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  5. Your mom breaking her arm was a blessing in disguise, as they say. I'm sorry you are unable to be with her, but, look on this as a blessing in disguise, too, as it gives you a small respite from having to be with her daily. (((HUGS)))

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    1. I know it was a blessing and I am looking at it as one. I am just so sorry she has to be there confused and alone.

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  6. Oh my Ann, I am just so with you on your mom's behavior.I am sorry she broke her arm, My mother fell so many times, but she had very strong bones. I am so happy you have care givers so you can at least get a decent nights sleep.

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    1. I am beyond thrilled with the caregivers! I am so glad your mom had strong bones. Mom is just so fragile now.

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  7. I so understand Tuesday's joy. A most definite blessing despite the excellent disguise.
    I love that you were able to have a real conversation with her on Sunday too.
    Huge hugs.

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    1. Thank you and it was a disguised blessing. The real conversation (first in months) was a gift!

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  8. Totally agree, it was a blessing in disguise. I love that you take the time to write up your joy each day. I try to journal each day, and think of at least three things I'm grateful for. Some days they are very silly, and some days they are much more serious

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    1. It was a blessing, not a fun blessing but blessing none the less. I have to try and keep my joy because some days it is hard to find one.

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  9. Love it that you try to find joy, I will have to do that because our governor has just said that Illinois will be stay at home through to June 1st. I think I will go crazy! Sorry about your mom, you have to be the best daughter to look after her so well! I get you with the Keurig, I did the same thing, vinegar cleaned it so good I had to run fresh water through it 6 times. I have learned to clean it with half water, half vinegar mixture, OK then. Love the pay it forward, a great act of kindness. Have a good rest of the week, take care.

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    1. I wish our governor had extended our stay in place order a little longer since the number of cases is not yet waning.

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  10. Yes, it’s a blessing in disguise. I hope she recovers soon.
    Hugs xxx

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  11. Goodness, it was truly fortunate that the broken arm led to the discovery of the blood clot. I hope it is something that will be easily resolved.

    Take care and stay well!

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    1. Mom is older and fragile, and I know she is where she needs to be, but I hate that she is there, confused and all alone.

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  12. I remember all too well the rollercoaster ride you're on now--a conversation with my mother when she had been using mostly one word responses and the calls about another fall and another broken bone. As you said, at least there was a silver lining to this fall. I hope clot issue will resolve soon.

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    1. My heart breaks that we cannot be there with her to help her through this time.

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