Saturday, March 22, 2014

Lessons Learned

I haven't posted  this month but a lot has been going on.  I have been searching for a job and have gotten some good feedback and interested queries about my resume.  It seems to me that the job market is much better than even a year ago, though I know there are still many who are out of work.   I'm still keeping my fingers crossed though that I can find something close to my dad's house, which would make it possible for me to stay there during the week.   .  

Since my last post, he has had two trips to the ER.  The first was after a middle of the night call that his BP was very high.  I raced down to take him and we sat around for 5 hours waiting to be seen.  Turns out he has not been taking the new meds that were prescribed for him because he read the enclosed contraindication statement--didn't like what it said and threw out the pills!

The second trip to the ER I was there.  He had taken the barrels to the curb for rubbish pick up day and slipped on ice and fell.   Luckily there were no breaks, but he managed to debrade the skin off of his left hand and needed stitches. 

Because of these two ER visits and on the recommendation of the Visiting Nurses, my sister and I have been told that he must see a neuro-psychologist for an evaluation or he can be removed from the home as "a senior at risk".   Well we have the appointment, now comes the task at hand of telling my dad and getting him to keep it.  We have learned that it's best to wait till the last minute.    So far he has cancelled all of the social services we have tried to arrange for him--meals on wheels, visiting nurses, home aid!

So what other new things have I learned lately--well, most of you probably have the good sense to know this, but living on the edge as I tend to, I learned a very costly lesson this week about drinking hot tea in close proximity to an electronic device!  [Sigh].  As a result, I'm writing this post from the replacement device sans any beverages!

But in spite of everything that has been going on, I have still managed to complete a few projects which I'll share pics of soon.  I'm also planning a virtual yard sale HERE on my blog!   I've gone through my stash of fabrics and patterns and have a pile of items that I need to rehome. 

More soon--once I get the hang of Windows 8.

Gail :)

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