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Comment by Kim on September 13, 2023 at 6:54pm

Hi All,

T, October 3rd on my calendar to say a prayer for good luck.  I am so happy to hear the good news about your husband.  I love the story.

I retired July 31st.  Then they talked me into helping out to cover some upcoming projects. They gave me an up front bonus and a big raise to work 16 hours a week from home.  I figured I would try it out for a while.  The first week I was trying out my new e-bike.  I was on manual at walking speed turning around.  At the last second I realized that I wasn't going to clear the curb and forgot I had hand brakes.  My right foot tried to break and it caught caught between the curb and pedal.  My ballet teacher would be so proud of my pointed toe.  I broke 7 bones and tore 3 Lisfranc ligaments. (mid foot structure) I am 5 weeks into 8 weeks of no weight.  I have a cool knee scooter to get around.  My office is at one end of the coach and I sleep at the other end.  Have I ever mentioned that I am a klutz? 

Also, they caught the escaped prisoner in Pennsylvania.  He was 2 miles from my house over the weekend.  The news kept saying he was from my town.  They caught him 7 miles from here.  WHEW!

Check in everyone.

Comment by T-Lynn on September 11, 2023 at 1:50pm

HI

I finally got back on. Had to change that password again. this makes - I forgot how many times . But this site should know all of us by now!

Updates:  Hubby is doing well. he is working and shooting his black powder rifles again.  Not hitting target like he would like, but he can hold the rifle up. We had a Rendezvous Saturday. Not many people showed up ,but those of us who did had a great time. Grandson had blast!  he even warned the others that the clay oven's bottom platform had caught fire.  He smelled the smoke and found the fire and came running.  then a very dear friend who is a Master Stinging Nettle weaver came.  He is now legally blind and a friend of his brought him out. I had offered to get him, but he said he was going to the Milton Rendezvous in Wisconsin - same weekend.  It was so good to see him and get hugs.  Plus, I brought my nettle weaving I was doing and he said I was doing a good job.  Our grandson went along and he had a blast.  He even sounded the warning that the  base of the clay oven had caught on fire! Later, I won the lace parasol .  Been trying for 3 years to win one too.

Rain here, so this tells me Autumn is approaching. Have all my Halloween decorations up too. And now counting the days to the next knee surgery - October 3rd. 

Plus I have to get over what granddaughter shared from day care. She gave it to her brother - then mommy - then daddy - now me!  Soar throat to VERY sore throat. Either chills or fever or both.. Best friends with toilet and coughing. wonderful At least my hugs are safe to share here

Heard from sailor, he will be attending a family event on the USS Washington  later this September.  His stepdaughter joined the navy and is stationed there.   She called him to please come out.  He is and in uniform too. I'll share the gossip.

Hey need to go.  I need hot tea.  hugs

Comment by T-Lynn on July 23, 2023 at 2:06pm

HI all

have not seen from anyone i a while. and I know I have not been on too.

Been doing Cub Scout Day Camps - just finished 2 camps. both  a week long.  I am rocks, dinos, and crafts out!

And count down for Kim to retire !!!!!!!

Ok - gossip tank low all - time to get on and share some gossip.  hugs

Comment by T-Lynn on June 27, 2023 at 3:07pm

Hi

 Its my time to get on!

Blondie - Blondie - Blondie As usual - you are making the energizer bunny look bad and the bees are protesting because you are busier than they are! You forgot to share - does the Static Guard work as hair spray? 

Kim  HI !!!!!!

Retiring - Yippee !!! Enjoy enjoy enjoy !!!

Update on Victor. He should be able to return to work next week. Still will take time for him to regain muscle, but he is trying hard. But still says he can't remember those 3 weeks and tried to say he doesn't remember getting married either. that's a no go ! I got pictures !

Otherwise all good here.  Just taking each day as it comes and naturally still in Cub Scout activities.  Riker will be going to his 2nd camp and I'll be teaching sessions there too.  But for the first time - , I'm feeling this will be my last one. It could be i am just tired form all that has happened. And I do have a second knee surgery in october. 

Chat later  hugs

Comment by Kim on June 19, 2023 at 6:53pm

I thought I already posted.

TLynn, Whew!  That is quite the story.  Update please.

I hope everyone is having fun and keeping busy.  I am retiring July 31st.  So I should have more time.

Comment by Blondie on June 8, 2023 at 2:24pm

These 10 and 11 hour days are Killing me!  I'm too old for this. 

I did it again, was in a hurry and sprayed my hair with static guard instead of hair spray!  At home I keep them in different places but here at work I only have the 1 place :(  

My brain just turned on, putting hair spray in bathroom under sink!

Hope Everyone is busy having Fun.  Have a Great weekend!

Navy Mom HUGS

Comment by Blondie on June 6, 2023 at 4:29pm

Wow!  So glad it has a Happy Ending!

Lilianna turned2!  Where did the time go?!  We went down last Thur. June 1st (her actual birthday) and stayed 4 days. We put together a outside little tike play house., blew up a new pool with slide and toss games, so many attachments!  Got out her water table and filled the family pool. We were  Very Busy :)  Took her to her 2 year check up and took JoeJoe (Joseph) shopping.  We went somewhere else also hmm can't remember. LOL   Geez, it's all a blur...I remember we took 1 car so Papa climbed in the 3rd row seating by way of hatch.... We grilled out chicken and corn on the cob, hamburgers another night.... big breakfasts...  Had little kids party Sat. afternoon.  Sat. night I took my daughter out, just the 2 of us!!!  Got our nails done and scheduled another appointment for 3 weeks. for medi/pedis Why not?!  Sunday afternoon came home to dogs, yard, garden and laundry.  Real life!  

Mon. I went back to work and dealt with 104 pts/clients!  Each twice, checking them in and checking them out, taking money, rescheduling... Besides answering phones, selling products, posting mail and direct deposits.... I ended up working 11 hours.  I remembered to text hubby and tell him I would be late and supper menu so supper was in the oven when I got.  home. A couple of shots of Tequila, watered plants and vegged out on the couch.  Back to work this morning, I got a lunch today and it's considerably  slower this afternoon, I only have 2 practitioners today instead of 3.

Starting my count down to VA Beach!!!

Comment by T-Lynn on June 3, 2023 at 3:34pm

part 3

Well here we are to now. Living moment by moment .

I can share two funnies. 

When i first saw him after he had been vented - they told me to talk to him - that he would be able to hear me.   I knew his subconscious could.  So i told him i loved him and that this little episode he is doing is NOT getting him out of our 45th Wedding Anniversary Party. He now says he doesn't remember getting married! Hey, I believe  the loss of 3 weeks  but not the last 45 years !

And one of the days he came awake for a few minutes, we had a fight!  For real - you can even ask teh nurse.  He wanted me to release his straps to she could take out he vent , I told him no and that I loved him. then asked him to marry me again. He shook his head no and signaled with his thumbs for me to leave. It took 3 more days before he said he would marry me again.  He was in  and out of being awake, so we were told to try to keep him thinking.  He stills says he doesn't remember getting married. 

And he STILL NOT out of having the party !!!

thank you for listening.  And teh hugs - I felt them  hugs back.

Comment by T-Lynn on June 3, 2023 at 3:26pm

part 2

That same evening -Alex arrived. navy and Red Cross got him home.

Next day - more test - all saying he was healthy - but now stomach and kidneys lungs failing.  All we could do was watch . but that evening Riker - grandson became ill and the doctor was in the room when that phone call came in to daughter in law.  That doctor overheard adn told her - get you son here to this ER NOW! riker came in - fever and results - Strep A.  Ok antibotics for him.  But the results os Riker's test were sent up to Victor's doctor - tested Vic and FOUND Vic had strep A in his skin.  One area of his stomach looked a huge rash/hive - the size of a soccer ball. And the skin had spilled , so fluids were seeping out.  Finally one strong - CORRECT antibiotic could be given to help fight the infection. 

After 4 days - finally they found out what Vic had ingested a parasite - Giardia.  Now the correct antibiotic could be given. 

His started turning around in 12 hours.  And now he was becoming awake.  But on Friday April 28thth - the vent was coming out when Vic ;s right lung expelled a huge solid mass of mucus - that blocked his vent . NO AIR and Vic had his lunged suctioned out as he was awake. the doctor put him back into a deep sleep.  

The next few weeks I will try to condense. I am feeling shakey now as I type. 

Finally on Monday May 1st - vent out. Still all the antibiotics. But awake.  but now he had an infection in his lungs and pneumonia.   By the end of the week - now bladder infection and a bacteria in the bladder.  So more antibiotics.  Only thing gone was the Strep A and the Giardia . And the next week, they found a spot on his pancreas - his hemoglobin was dropping and he had to have a blood transfusion. 

AFTER ALL THAT - he got better. And he was released on May 13th and home.  Best Mother's Day present ever!!!!

i said it was a soap opera or as my dil said: "this is an episode out of the TV series House".

Still at this time - no we have no clue where he got this parasite. Or how the Strep A got into the skin. 

Vic is having physical and occupational therapy..  8 weeks to get his strength back. Maybe he can go back to work - not sure. But we will make it.  The thing is - he is here with me. 

He has no memory of those 3 weeks. I answer all his questions. He is starting to want to see  his friends. 

Comment by T-Lynn on June 3, 2023 at 3:02pm

Blondie a Freeze?   Did you any newly planted pants die? How odd of weather.

Hi Well, I made Me Time so I could get back on her and share the REAL to Life Soap opera I had.   Right now, my hubby is doing better.  Getting stronger, but its going to take time and I have to remind him of that. He missed shooting at the club, but I am hopeful by August he can start up again. The black powder rifle he uses is heavy.  good thing - he can use it for physical therapy - lifting and holding in place until the flint lights the powder. 

Vic had no symptoms until the day he went into the ER. 

April 23rd.  Vic had been to a Cub Scout "Clean Up the Bike Path".  Its an Annual Spring Community Service Project of pack 418.  So Vic and Riker were buddies.  they both came home - tired and hungry. Vic ate the left over meal from Friday evening.  He then told me he was tired and needed a nap - 1 PM.

By 2 PM the throwing up started every 20 to 25 minutes. This continued every hour until around 9:3- PM - Vic said: "I think I need to get checked." My reaction - had been arguing with him since 3 PM to go to get checked-  was Really?" My daughter in law and i took him - we were on our way to a downtown hospital, but Vic said: " Please get me to the nearest hospital, I can't take this ride."  Those were his last words that made any since - until May 1st. 

He spiked a a fever of 102 and that ER doctor i credit with saving him.  He know Vic had an infection, but what?  But he did start him on a wide based antibiotic. And fluids - Vic was dehydrated from all the throwing up. But my hubby started not behaving like himself - argued, tried to get off the bed and get out .  Finally at 4 AM he was admitted to the ICU.  Now his heart was not beating right and too fast. Blood pressure would drop and rise. A breathing was getting hard. 

That evening - He was having more trouble breathing and his heart beat was faster, now his stomach was so swollen he looked 9 months pregnant and he got so made he tried to get out of bed .

then April 25th, that early morning the hospital called - have to vent him. Do I give permission? yes  10 minutes later my daughter in law is screaming that the hospital called again - GET there code blue.  During that 10 minutes - vic had thrown up water from his stomach as they tried to vent him. They had to pump 3 litters from his stomach - but now he had inhaled the fluids into his lungs and his heart stopped. 10 minutes of CPR.

When I saw him next he was in a coma and his body so swollen and so many IVs. And he had 7 doctors. His organs were shutting down. He had so many blood, urine, stomach cultures and blood test and all results coming back saying he was as healthy as a horse. 

 

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