Saturday, February 27, 2010
Nana is doing better today. We take it one day at a time. She has a UTI and a swollen lymph node on top of everything else with the stroke. The antibiotics seem to be kicking in, and she noticeably improved from yesterday to today. To all those praying, thank you and please continue to do so! Gaga got bronchitis on top of this all, had to go to the doctor on Tuesday for an antibiotic, and is now feeling better. It seems like this week it has poured in the health area.
Work has kept me quite busy...but I'm very excited about the progress we are making. Getting new projects started...organizing current items...loads of phone calls...and meetings too. Plus working with Eddie some more. :) I had lunch with a very good friend on Thursday. I always enjoy it when he and I are able to meet. I even got a little bit of scrapbooking in too!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Autos did away with horses; now the autos seem to try and do away with people.
The best thinkers on their feet are pedestrians.
Often the more horsepower in the car, the less horse sense in the driver.
Friday, February 12, 2010
I did attend part of a conference representing Crown and got to meet one of our most experienced trainers, Tom Wells. He and I have enjoyed working together over the phone and e-mail, and it was great to finally meet in person! Here we are together...
Thank you to all who have sent e-mails and called about my grandma. Your love and concern has meant so much. She is stable right now, but she has been having quite a bit of pain in the feeding tube area (stomach) which is very concerning. At one point last night, she wasn't allowing them to feed her or give her medication through the tube. They did an x-ray, and it came back okay. We are honestly not sure at times how this whole medical situation is going to turn out. Please pray for the Father's shalom (peace) to be with us especially my mom. We continue to pray for my grandma's healing and trust the Father. Also, my grandfather has had some flare up of Alzheimer's symptoms which is difficult. As they so aptly put at the conference I attended a portion of, the Father will take us beyond our logic/reasoning but never beyond our faith.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
LETTER FROM THE BOSS
Subject: Fairness in Layoffs
As the CEO of this organization, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barrack Obama is our President and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way. To compensate for these increases, our prices would have to increase by about 10%. But since we cannot increase our prices right now due to the dismal state of the economy, we will have to lay off sixty of our employees instead. This has really been bothering me, since I believe we are family here and I didn't know how to choose who would have to go. So, this is what I did. I walked through our parking lots and found sixty 'Obama' bumper stickers on our employees' cars and have decided these folks will be the ones to let go. I can't think of a more fair way to approach this problem. They voted for change, I gave it to them. I will see the rest of you at the annual company picnic. Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
In the midst of all this, they transported my Nana from the hospital at 7:30pm yesterday to the rehab center. We couldn't believe it, but no matter what we said, that's when they were going to do it. By that point, we already had 10" of snow and could not get to the hospital. We are also on a Level 2 snow emergency which means that the police don't want you out on the roads unless absolutely you have to be. So we have been on the phone a lot checking on her and making sure she is okay. She did safely arrive and get settled in.
Now, get this...here's the interesting part of the story. We had picked a place about 3 miles from my grandfather. It was a new place and seemed nice; however, the social worker delayed in sending our paperwork in. By the time she did that, there were no spots open even though there had been plenty the day before. They had gotten inundated due to many discharges from the hospitals in preparation for the snow storm. So we had to scramble to find a new rehab place. We had a place called The Wexner Heritage House highly recommended to us. It's not only a top quality rehab place, but also the ONLY Jewish rehab center in our area. They are Jewish owned and run but interdenominational in who they serve. They told us it's nearly impossible to get in there. Well, I went ahead and called. The lady in admissions said they usually don't have any spots available, but they "happened" to have two people who were due to come in this weekend bumped to later next week...so they had 2 beds open. I couldn't believe it, so we were able to get my grandma in there. This will be interesting for us to experience and be right in the middle of the Jewish Community with us going back to our Hebrew Roots. There is even a Kosher Market about 5 miles from the rehab center.
Today is Mommy's birthday, so we enjoyed our normal Shabbat morning of listening to Eddie. We are all snowed in, so it was just Eddie running the show from home. Three of us logged in from home and helped admin. Eddie asked me for my vote for which recorded teaching to play after the live things, and I picked the 7,000 Year Plan of Yah. Oh, that sounds like a good teaching...I haven't heard it before. He did an hour and a half 5 minute update (explaining the news events of the week through Biblical prophecy and Hebraic understanding) then he did a live Q&A for about 2 hours. It was about 2pm when we wrapped up. He then replayed the 5 minute update and played the teaching.
We had lunch of cream of broccoli soup with cheese and crackers and pickles. Then we had cherry cheesecake for dessert in honor of Mommy's birthday. She has yet to open her presents as she's on the phone enjoying catching up with "Aunt" Deborah. :) So I can't tell what they are yet. Shhhhhhhhh!
Shabbat shalom ya'll!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The MRI on Monday confirmed that my Nana (Lee) had a stroke. She is mostly affected in her swallowing, speech, and right side. She did not pass the swallowing test which means that she was aspirating food into her lungs. As a result, they planned to put in a feeding tube which was done today. She will also need skilled care and therapy for 6 - 10 weeks, so we are planning on discharge to a nursing home. We also are arranging some changes in my grandfather’s (Bud) care as he will need more care in assisted living with my grandma not being with him.
After the feeding tube was put in today, she seem to be feeling better and knowing that she can now get nourishment, definitely puts a bright spot back in place. She has not been able to eat since Sunday night. This has been a crazy week in between taking care of things at home, being with Nana, making sure she is receiving the care she needs and deserves, making sure Gaga is okay, and keeping up with work as best as possible.
We decided to take my grandfather back to the Assisted Living each night in order to maintain his routine for him which is key for people with Alzheimer's. My dad volunteered to spend the night with him and did so from Sunday night until last night. Then he would get up and make sure he was taken care of in the morning, come home and milk the cow, get a few things done at home, be at the hospital with us, milk the cow in the evening, and go back with Gaga at night. He was so willing to serve and be a blessing. Tonight is the first night that he won't be with him as we have a snowstorm coming in and need Daddy here at home with us. However, he is still gone right now making sure Gaga is okay tonight as well as taking Nana some clothes in case she is discharged before we can get to her. They could go ahead and discharge her and take her by medical transport as planned on Saturday, and with the 4-8" of snow we are supposed to get tomorrow morning thru Saturday morning, travel might be treacherous. We might not be able to get to the hospital...we pray not. As Timothy so wisely put, "Jocelin, there aren't many men like your Father. You are going to be hard pressed to find a young man like him." But I expect Him to be just like my Daddy!
We have received so many sweet notes as well as calls...and the prayer warriors have been a HUGE blessing! Beau called while we were in the ER as he knew what was going on, and he and his mom got the Messianic prayer groups activated immediately. Donna got the B'nai Shalom (Monte's Congregation) Prayer Team activated...and Dr. Scotty who leads that group has been keeping in touch. So many co-workers from Crown have e-mailed. My boss, John, got my key coaches praying right after I called him on our way to the hospital. My two closest girlfriends, Ellie and Maria, have been praying and they and their families keeping in touch. My coaches who I had appointments with this week after seeing the prayer request, e-mailed me to let me know they wanted me to reschedule for sometime after the crisis was past, and they didn't expect me to keep the appointment this week. That was so thoughtful! Then a friend from the Mennonite church, Carolyn, came by for a surprise visit at the hospital. Her hugs were such a blessing and encouragement when we needed them. Then other special friends - Dean, Linda, and John E - keeping in touch and many who I'm not naming.
It has been interesting to see that some of those we would have "expected" to be supportive haven't been, but support has come from some very unexpected avenues. Yahweh has truly given us the grace and mercy we needed to get through this. I never would have thought I could have survived on 4 hours of sleep for a 40 hour period, but I did! It has also made us realize that when we know someone who has a loved one in the hospital some things that we could do such as pray, call them every day or two, go visit them and their loved one, fix a meal, take care of their animals, etc.
As we find a new normal and adjust to what life is like now, I praise Yah that in the midst of the storms of life He never changes!!!! Halleluyah!