The Road of Life - Part 6 of 7

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stkitt
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   Posted 6/13/2011 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Time to start a new thread ! Here is the link to part 5 of 6:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2052760

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.”

This thread is open to all members.

Kindly,

Kitt

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   Posted 6/13/2011 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
 Posted Yesterday 7:31 AM by  PPI-LESS
 
Joy,
Do the pills usually get stuck in the fundoplication wraps? Why can't one put them in apple sauce or something (or even within a banana bite or something) and then swallow to get the pills in?

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   Posted 6/13/2011 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
 Posted Yesterday 10:51 AM by dencha
 
PPI-LESS,

Some people have no problem swallowing pills. I can take normal sized pills, but very large ones get stuck. Yes, if you are taking a capsule--even a timed-released one--you can put it in applesauce, but don't chew it before swallowing--just kind of "mouth it". I take liquid calcium and flaxseed oil, because those pills are humungous.

Denise

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   Posted 6/13/2011 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Posted Yesterday 1:35 PM by couchtater ( Joy)
 
It's a caplet shape. It has to be swallowed whole and not dissolved. :(
The box has a warning to drink a full glass of water and eat a small meal with it. :/
I guess it has to be coated to prevent trouble?
Joy

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   Posted 6/13/2011 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
 Posted Yesterday 6:00 PM by dencha (Denise)
 
Joy,
I'm glad that at least you're on something that is helping your pain, and something that will hopefully help your other symptoms.

Did you discuss the possibility of other formulations of the caplet? The way I get around it often, is ask for a lower dose (smaller tablet) but a script for double the amount.

I would be worth checking.
Good luck!
((((Hugs))))
Denise

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   Posted 6/13/2011 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey All my loving friends,
 
Thank you for the warm words of encouragement.  MIL is going to need someone to spend the nights at there home so a family meeting is in the works for these week. 
 
I did have a bit of a shutdown yesterday from the stress of all that is going on and the 14 hour shift I did on Friday. My MIL was very ill Friday and kept saying she wanted to die.  However by Friday evening she was feeling better.  Must have been my gentle touch and the Morphine I gave her.  smhair
 
I am reading your posts as I want to know how each of you are doing daily. 
 
Now just send me prayers and chocolate. 
 
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╠╬╬╬╣
╠╬╬╬╣OK! WHO ATE MY
╠╬╬╬╣CHOCOLATE!!
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Love and hugs to all of you.
 
Kitt

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   Posted 6/14/2011 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Yum! Thanks for the chocolate, Kitt! :))

Sorry things are rough with MIL. Relax and hang on. Take care of yourself.
Joy

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   Posted 6/14/2011 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hangin on..........now I am being called on to be a chef  devil MIL would like ready to eat meals delivered at dinner time.  They do have Meals on Wheels twice a week but that is all it is offered in the small town.
 
I have my thinking cap on. rolleyes
 
Hope all is well,
 
Love,
Kitt

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   Posted 6/14/2011 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt
I am sending lots of hugs and prayers your way so that you will have the strength to cope with all that has been laid upon your plate...

Sandi

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   Posted 6/15/2011 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Kitt,

Glad to hear you MIL was feeling better. Keep hangin' in there. wink

Sewfun

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   Posted 6/15/2011 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt,

Well, I'm glad to hear you're holding up enough to even FIND you thinking cap, let alone put it on! You must be exhausted. Was your MIL active in any church or organizations? Don't be afraid to ask your other family members to help out.

You could set up a little calendar and have people take turns. She can't eat that much...people could just share a serving of whatever they were making for dinner. I'm sure you have to be careful with salt, but really, at this point, it seems as if something she enjoys is most important, don't you?

Just a few ideas to throw out there...I know how hard it is to deal with these things long-distance. How far away does she live?

You know I'm thinking of you, and we're all here for you...
Take care of yourself first...then you can be there for others.
Love and (((((Hugs)))),
Denise

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   Posted 6/15/2011 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
My Dear Friends,
 
My SIL is trying really hard to coordinate everything and I am second on the list of who to call.  This morning my FIL called and he was SOB - so I set him up with Dr. appointment and sent one son to take him to Dr.s and my Hubby ( the oldest son) to sit with his Mom.   This is the 3rd time FIL has been to Drs. in 3 weeks with SOB................Dr. feels it is Anxiety/Panic but FIL says NO. 
 
It is tough as in-laws won't accept outside help as they do not want anyone in their home except us.  There are always  family dynamics going on and one sister-in-law will not offer anything.  The sons are not good at doing any cares for the Mom.................that really leaves only 3 of us to try to cover 24/7.
 
We have talked til we are blue in the face.  smurf My day tomorrow to go over for the daytime hours.
 
I am beginning to pray for me too.  I will make it through and I do want to ease their anxiety and pain.  Wish I could cure the world......... turn
 

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Love, Kitt
 
PS - You all be well now.
 
 
 

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   Posted 6/15/2011 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there, Kitt.

I can certainly imagine the family dynamic issue. Just do what you think is right, and what you can handle, and let go of others' attitudes and expectations. You have control of just you, so don't even try to get into that mess. It's not worth it.

I know you can't help being a part of it all, but do your best to keep that smile on your face and don't take ANYTHING personally. Keep in mind what a wonderful person you are, and how lucky they are to have you helping.

I'm sorry I can't be more help around here this week. I had the baby from 7AM to 6PM today and we were on the go all day. Tomorrow an old friend (I've known her for--wait for it--53 years!)

It's my birthday tomorrow and she wanted to come up and visit. Today, my husband helped our little grandbaby take me out for lunch. We ate outside on a patio next to the Erie Canal, and it was lovely. After that we went to another town to take a walk, but it was too hot...we still walked quite a ways, but it was boiling!

Tomorrow night, after my friend leaves, my younger son and his girlfriend are taking my husband and me out for dinner.

Then Friday we go back down to my old hometown for another retirement celebration for a teacher friend. Busy, busy!

I'll do what I can to get on and cover the forum, but if I'm not posting much, that's why.

Take care and know you are loved!
Denise

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   Posted 6/15/2011 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I'll be here this week to cover. I've got nothing else to do right now. I'll try to check in at least 4 or 5 times during the day. So ya'll don't worry "the mouth from the south" is here. :-))


Kitt, you just do what you do and don't sweat the rest. They'll regret their actions sooner or later.
Joy

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   Posted Yesterday 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
H A P P B I R T H D A Y  Denise !!!
 

♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫Love, Hugs and lots of Cake♥ ♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Last Weekend the candle factory burned down. Everyone just stood around and sang Happy Birthday.

Joy,  "the mouth from the south" is always on my mind - love your help and your wisdom.  You are the bestest in the south.

Love and Hugs,

Kitt


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   Posted Yesterday 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Ooops! I forgot!

Happy Birthday, Denise!!! :)

I hope you have a fire exit close by. (V-') ROFL
Joy

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   Posted Yesterday 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
DENISE
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!
May you have many more. Today would have been my Mama's 89th, tomorrow is my sister's 66th...

Kitt
I pray for patience for you and your family... I have been where you are and it is a difficult time... get as much rest as you can, you are needed and it won't help if you get sick too...

Sandi

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   Posted Yesterday 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Kitt, Joy, and Sandi, for the sweet birthday wishes!
I just got back from the retirement party, and there were MANY amazing chocolate desserts.

I just don't eat much chocolate, because it's one of those things that can cause even wrapped friends trouble, but...of course I had to have some chocolate cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake, and chocolate ganache covered in whipped cream. Oh, I was bad.

So...if I'm up all night with stomach problems...I know...it's my own fault, but it was yummy. I OD's on it, though.

They sent me off with a little favor bag with four or five homemade (you guessed it) chocolate candies. Oh my...with all the eating out and over-indulging, I'm not going to fit into anything!

I still have to go out to dinner tomorrow night with my husband, and I'm taking him out to a crepe place on Father's Day...seriously...I'm on a week-long eat-a-thon!

Joy,
Thanks for carrying the load while I celebrate my birthday week...I'll be back soon!

Sandi,
Good job with the chew, chew, chew routine. Yes, you will need to eat more slowly and chew more completely ALWAYS, however before you know it you'll be eating whatever fruit you want. Patience...it'll happen.

Kitt,
I think of you often, and hope things are going well (or as well as can be expected under the circumstances). Hang in there, and don't forget to take care of yourself.

Take care, All...
Love,
Denise

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   Posted Today 4:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Denise,

Happy Birthday. Sounds like you are having a great week. Glad you were able to enjoy some chocolate. smilewinkgrin I've been known to have a bite, and I do mean just a bite, of chocolate ice-cream myself. turn Maybe soon I will be able to indulge more. Anyway, enjoy your birthday week and eat-a-thon! turn turn turn

Sewfun

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   Posted Today 6:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Denise Happy Birthday from me too!

Kitt, I've been through it with my mum dying of cancer, my dad dying 2 years later from complications of vascular dementia (yeah and I don't pretend none of that contributed to my current state of health, esp as my youngest was only 10 months old when my mum died. . .). Anyway, just wanted to say that my brothers totally buried their heads in the sand whenever they could, leaving the women in the family to deal with the nitty gritty! Do keep an eye on your FIL; it's very common for the spouse to crumble at the same time whilst all eyes are elsewhere.

My only other take home point to pass on, is that I decided to do what I knew felt right to me, so that I could look back on it however much later and not feel bad. I knew that some of us seemed to have an unfair amount of 'the work' but I can look back on it knowing my parents appreciated everything I did for them. Ultimately it doesn't matter who does what, just that their needs were met. These situations do bring all the family frictions to the surface as everyone is distressed and coping or not coping in various ways! Do take time to care for yourself though - use all your favourite forms of escapism whenever you can!!
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   Posted Today 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Thank you so much for sharing and reminding me that I will do what I feel is right with no regrets in the future.
 
You brought tears to my eyes with your sharing.
 
Gentle Hugs,
 
Kitt

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   Posted Today 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
To each and everyone of you here in this awesome thread, Thank You is not enough...............I am trying to think of what words I can find to express how much you are each loved and appreciated for the support you keep on giving to me. I find myself pausing to reprimand myself for not saying thank you often enough.
 
To feel gratitude without expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. I am sending each of you a beautiful wrapped present full of thank-yous.
 
With gentle hugs and a truck load of thanks,
 
Kitt
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   Posted Today 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
You are most welcome Kitt. The era of our parents fading away comes to us all sometime, and it's hard (even if you're the in-laws!) - so thank yous are not needed as we all get to take our turn!

One thing I just remembered: my parents were horrified at the idea of outside help but we managed to introduce it gradually. We started with sending someone from a care agency, on a day when we were "away" I.e. to cover a scheduled gap in care (even if the gap was a little contrived). This person initially was just to pop out to the chemist for them or some such. A relationship was then built up and the care was then accepted. Sadly you sometimes have to act in their best interest and it's this role reversal that is hard going and unfamiliar.

Stay well, and sane, and many hugs back to you!
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   Posted 6/20/2011 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Sewfun and Mudmagnet,

Thanks for your birthday wishes! turn I've had such a busy week that I haven't been able to post as much as I like. Today I was babysitting my little grandson for the day, and it was exhausting but great fun! He keep us hopping. His little personality is really coming out now that he's 7 months. I had him laughing and laughing today. turn I hope you're both feeling well.

Kitt,
I hope things are going as well as possible and that you're remembering to take care of yourself, so you'll be there for others. Give yourself permission for a nap here and there if you need it, and take the time for some healthy meals. We'll be watching over you!

I know how stressful this situation is, and how much affection you feel for your MIL. Hang in there, my friend. Just be there, and let your MIL know she is loved...even if you think she can't hear you. I wish I could be there to lend a hand and a hug.

Joy,
Thanks for holding down the fort here! I will post as often as possible. Things are settling down a bit, but I'm still on the go. Tomorrow is my last day of the school year in my son's classroom. He has a special "fest" with a picnic for families and games. One of the games he plays is "Are You Smarter than a Third Grader". I can't wait to see that one! He had T-shirts made up for all the kids and adults who help out. He has had these each year since he started teaching, and this is the first one I've been able to attend. Another full day of activities tomorrow! I tutor after school as usual. I won't get out of there until 4:40!

Janice,
I hope you're rested and back in the swing of things at home.

Bill,
How are you doing? Hope things are going well for you.

Take care All! Have a great week.
(((((Hugs)))))
Denise

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   Posted 6/20/2011 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like a fun filled time you're having, Denise! :)

It's been a little slow at times, so it hasn't been too hard.

Kitt, I hope you're taking some time for you.
Joy
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