Monthly Archive for July, 2009

If you plant it… It will grow!

If you plant it... It will grow!

It’s been just less than a week since the yard was covered in top soil and seeded, and we now have grass! Granted, it’s not thick, and isn’t growing everywhere yet. But we have grass none the less! Now lets just hope this frog isn’t a grass eating frog!

Me… @ 40 !

Me... @ 40 !Here I am on my 40th birthday… Jan and I went our for dinner and here’s a self-portrait in a reflection from the bottom of the light bulb over our table.

Braves: 8 Giants: 1

Braves: 8 Giants: 1

Another great Braves game- Tonight we had a lot of fun watching one of the ushers dancing the night away… I tell you what, that man has a lot of energy. He was like that ALL night long!

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Braves: 8 Giants: 1As you can tell, we followed our diet to a tee! The only plus side to getting the funnel cake… we had to walk completely around the ball field to find it! So hopefully we burned off all the calories we ate!

We have another game tomorrow night, so we have to find a way to spend the day in Atlanta. The only plan we have is lunch at Benihana’s. Yea!

Not quite as planned…

Not quite as planned...

Not quite as planned...I completed a project today. It’s the kind of thing that on paper and in your head shouldn’t be too hard. The plan was to pour a cement pad approx 6′ x 3′- once the cement was smoothed I was going to “sink” some flagstones in the top… sounds easy huh? Well, I mixed the first bag of cement. The bag said to add 1/2 gallon of water to the 60 pounds of mix. If needed you can add more water up to a total of 3/4 gallon. Well Jan and I both thought it was way too thick, but hey, the makers of the cement mix should know what they are talking about- right? Anyway I mixed all the cement, but one bag- seemed we had enough- so I worked the cement to smooth it, and when I got it just about right, and placed the first flagstone… the cement was so thick you couldn’t push the stone down into it… I ended up mixing the last bag of cement and had to add a lot more water than it called for to make it “soupy” enough to work it around the stones… even though things didn’t go as planned.. I think it turned out pretty decent.

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Thanks Jan for taking photos of me putting my blood, sweat and tears into this project… Love ya

New Yard…

New Yard...

New Yard...Jan and I are having a new yard put in… sounds kinda funny, but I guess thats basically what’s happening. We are having top soil put over the whole yard and they will reseed it for us. Our Neighbor Eric, owns his own landscaping business (Foothills Landscaping- out of Tigerville, SC) and we have been asking him for awhile to get us some top soil. He hasn’t really had any up in the area until now. So now is as good a time as any. He also asked the guys to do a little tree trimming and to spray the poison ivy while they are here. The soil is kind of sandy- but thats better than the alternative- red mud! And as you can see in the bottom photo, the front yard is covered up with trees. So hopefully the creeping red fescue seed has a chance. Now the real work begins… trying to keep it all watered enough to allow the grass to grow!

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Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad!Today is dads birthday- Thankfully he can spend it out of the hospital. From all accounts, and according to Kenny, dad is doing excellent. He slept great and had been doing really good at Kenny’s. A Home Health Manager came today to see how he was doing, and whether he could take care of himself. Kenny says he is still having a lot of problems with his depth perception- so that would mean no driving yet. He also said he needs a lot more physical therapy to build his strength up. But for all practical purposes he is doing great. Here is a photo Kenny snapped on his cellphone so I could update everyone. He has his eyes closed- but even so you can still see dads spirit shinning through brightly. He looks so much better than he did while I was there.

Teenagers…

Teenagers...

I blogged the other day about the young Green-Backed Herons we have at our lake. At the time I thought we had 3 of them. Today, I saw 5 of them at one time. They really kept me amused the whole time I was out fishing. They fought and played like a bunch of kids. One of them fell in the water and you would have sworn that he was being murdered- he was squawking like crazy. One of them got up from laying on a branch and he needed to stretch- it was the funniest thing. First he stretched out his neck and body… then he took his left wing and using his left foot- stood on his wing and stretched his back- he then used his right foot to do the same thing with the right wing. I had never seen anything quite like that before.

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Dad… as of 5:30pm July 14th

It appears dad will be getting out of the hospital tomorrow. When I talked to him today- he still sounded really clear in his thinking and aware of the things around him. I can’t say how mush weight has been lifted these last 2 days. We went from a week ago believing that we would have to put dad in a care center, to now believing that with a little more time and therapy he will be on his own again. What an awesome feeling! He told me that he had a special Therapy session where the 2 big wigs were there (his Dr’s) and they were making him go through a handful of exercises- walking sideways with one foot crossing the other- walking backwards, turning around and walking backwards to where he started… Mostly to check his balance and coordination I’m sure. He said they were pleased with his progress.

I found out today, when Kenny took dad back to the hospital a week ago- someone there told him that dad was fine and that perhaps Kenny was the problem. I can’t believe they said that to him. Kenny did everything he could, and then some for dad. I guess since they couldn’t see an obvious problem, then of course there couldn’t be anything wrong. They have since admitted to dad and Kenny that it was their mistake in medicating him. I’m glad Kenny has gotten a little affirmation that he did what he could- and that NO it wasn’t his fault that dad was being so combative. The last 3 days that dad was with Kenny, he didn’t even know who Kenny was. He was so confused he had no idea what was going on.

Kenny was telling me today that the look in dads eyes has even changed greatly. A week ago they were kind of empty and lost. They are now filled with life and spark. Kenny will be taking dad back to his house again- I don’t expect there will be the problems that they had the first time around.

Even though this isn’t the end of the story of dads recovery- I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who sent their thoughts and prayers to dad and the family. It really means a lot.

Dad… as of 5:00pm July 13th

When I talked to dad today- it was a lot like talking to pre brain injury dad… we had a good conversation and he seemed really clear about what was going on around him. Aside from the extremely loud tv in his room, he seemed just like he use to be. He asked me about fishing- told me that Kenny hadn’t been catching much… At one point he said he felt like he was in prison, rather than a hospital. He told me they had monitors on his bed and chair- and any time he got up they would go off… I told him they had those on his bed while I was there- his response was that I hadn’t been to see him yet this year- when I told him I spent a week with him at the hospital, he just kinda sighed and said that the nurses admitted that the Dr’s had over medicated him. But it seems that they are getting things leveled out. It was so scary seeing how confused he was while I was there- but if this conversation is any indication- then he is becoming more clear headed.

Dad… as of 2:00pm July 11th

Things seem to be looking up- During Kenny’s visit with dad today, Kenny said he was a lot more coherent and not as confused as he had been. He knew what day it was, where as in the past he would have to sit and think about it- and typically had to look a the calendar to figure it out! Not to say this is the cure all, but it sounds like the change in meds has made a markable change in his cognitive state. And when I talked to him on the phone he seemed to be more alert! At this time there is a nurse with him at all times- she tracks his every move on a log- this way they can monitor the changes as he takes his meds. From what Kenny was saying, they believe his meds are responsible for about 99% of his abnormal behaviors from the last few weeks. They want to keep him for about another week to make sure the med changes is working well. It also appears that Dad doesn’t remember even being at Kennys. Which is probably a good thing since there was the confrontation between the two of them. Lets just hope this change in meds make all the difference…