My week was a bit crazy as I dealt with papa being sick. He started with a cold, but we are not sure if it aggravated other things. I do appreciate the fact that his doctor's office called to check on him and then had him back in as a follow-up. They want him back again this week as well to check on his progress as it appears to be lingering. His immune system was compromised by radiation this past year so they want to be sure he is getting better. I knew he was sick when he would not visit my mom at the nursing home and agreed to go to the doctor. He is of the old school where you don't go to a doctor unless you are almost dead. We'll see what this week brings.
I learned this past week where one of the home remedies I use came from. I told my dad to put vicks on his heels and wear socks to bed. He thought I was nuts as he had never heard of this remedy. I must admit he is like a kid and kept complaining about greasing up his chest and feet, but he did it. When we were at the doctors office I mentioned it in passing to the physicians assistant and she explained that it was real and where it started. She advised it started in pediatrics because putting it on the chest is too strong for babies so they put it on the feet and it helped. It's good to know that I was doing the right thing and it was a real solution. Do you use home remedies and wonder where they came from?
I also learned this past week how hard it is to divide myself between the two people I love most in the world. Papa wanted to be sure I was visiting my mom, but yet he needed me to take care of him as well. I felt torn between a rock and a hard place. I stopped myself from moping a few times when I realized how blessed I am and that there are many others that have it far worse off. At least I am here and able to help. I fought my own battle against viruses as I popped vitamin C like it's a miracle cure. Hopefully, it will continue to work.
Had a family meeting with the nursing home regarding my mom. She is at a good plateau and health wise doing ok. I was on fairly good behavior, but got my points across when it comes to staffing and care. Of course, my disappointment has been with the recreational department and I am hoping that improves soon as they hired someone finally. The program head, in my opinion, is the person that needs to move on or think outside the box. She so ticked me off, but I stayed professional. Two departments did not send representation, but I'll get with them separately as I have a few things to say to them as well. I don't expect perfection, but I do expect good care.
I did not finish any books this past week although I'm close. Are you reading anything that you want to recommend? I am always up for new reading material.
My wish for you this week is that you feel the spirit and meaning of Christmas. Whether you are with family or friends be grateful and remember your blessings. Thank you to those that serve and protect us that can't be home.
A huge shout out to my niece Melanie - Happy 16th Birthday on Wednesday 23 December. I remember the day you were born and have watched you grow into this amazing teenager. So proud of you for being you!
Also a hug shout out to my nephew Shamus - Welcome Home! He made mema and papa's day today when he came to visit. He will be here for a couple of weeks before heading out with the Army.
I am going to end here for today. Not a lot of in-depth philosophy to pass on. Take care. Chat soon. Merry Christmas!!! Marie
“Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” ~ Oren Arnold
“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!” ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie
"Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values." Thomas S. Monson
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