Soooo yeah, my mom had a relapse today and they moved her to the CCU (Coronary Care Unit)..She had shortness of breath again and her blood pressure is elevated. Thankfully she’ll be in a room with just one bed and she’ll be attached to a monitor so that they can keep a better eye on her. The nurse said this was probably all due to the pneumonia. When I left her today she had a mask on and it looked like she was getting ready to sleep.

I always feel weird leaving her, but I don’t know what else I could do. They wanted her to relax, that the breathing mask would make it difficult for her to talk. She’ll have the mask on overnight and if her breathing improves they’ll take it off of her.

Freaky, scary times. I don’t know if I should go into work or stay home tomorrow. I’ll worry wherever I go. I called my brothers and fielded some questions – some I didn’t know the answer to, so I feel stupid. I have lots of thoughts running through my head during these times.

That’s all for now, I’ll let you all know what’s going on if there’s a change. Thank you all for being a virtual shoulder to cry on.


December’s Coming: Any Ideas are Welcome!

Hey everyone, hope you’re enjoying the weekend wrap-up. December will be here on Tuesday, so if you’d like to share some fun holidays, birthdays or anniversaries just post them in the comments section. The happier the better, I think we all need some good cheer.

Thank youuuuu!

To inspire, here’s a clip from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”:

Saturday Scavenger Shots: Late

Glazed Tree

Here is a shot for this week’s word, “cars”, chosen by Dmarks. This was taken last year after an ice storm, and….wait, “cars” isn’t this week’s word, it was last week’s word! I’m late! Hehe. How’s that for an example of this week’s word, “LATE”, chosen by AlienCG?

The photo could still be used for this week’s word, as ice storms can make people drive slower and arrive late to their destinations. Ice can also make planes run late as well.

So that is it for this week’s edition of Saturday Scavenger Shots. Enjoy the weekend, peeps!

“I’m on no sleep. No sleep!”

Hey everyone! I know I haven’t posted anything in over a week, and it kind of felt good to just not think about blogging. How did Thanksgiving go for everyone?

So after working at orientation last Saturday, I was able to start my week-long vacation. My brother dropped off the turkey on Sunday, then my mom and I went shopping for the rest of the groceries on Monday. Things were falling into place.

Then on Tuesday night, my mom called me and sounded awful. She asked if I could come over, because she wasn’t feeling well. Had the chills and was sore all over. She feared the H1N1, but I figured she was just exhausted from redecorating her condo and moving furniture. She tends to overdo it and winds up sore the next day. She was also nauseous, though. Well I served her some tea, she had some crackers, and warmed up a little. Then she decided to go to bed early. She asked me to stay overnight just in case.

Skip to 2am in the morning, and well she got worse. I wanted to take her to the hospital, but seeing as how she didn’t look like she could breathe too well, I called the ambulance. They arrived quickly, set her up on a bed and we all drove to the hospital.

Turns out she has pneumonia! We never saw that coming. I thought of other things she may have had, like a heart attack, but that wasn’t the case. Pneumonia in both lungs. So they gave her oxygen and meds to scare off the nausea and help her breathe better, and then both my mom and the nurses said I could go home and call later to find out which room she’d be in. By the time I got home, I think it was 5am. I had told my one brother what happened, the one that lives in the same state, and then the next step was to call the other three brothers. I hate that part. It’s breaking the bad news to them and also having to repeat the same details three times, while I field questions from them. So before I could get that done, I had to get some sleep. I slept from 5:30am until 8am. I could’ve and should’ve slept longer, but I wanted to get the calls over with and I didn’t want them to think that I waited till last minute to call them. That happened once before and I haven’t quite been able to forgive myself for it. Long story. So I called my brother in Texas, realizing that it was probably 5am there, but stopped caring what time it was. Then after I told Texas brother, I called the Arizona brothers. I called them an hour later, I think they’re three hours behind us. I was relieved once all the calls were done.

Now during all of this, I was pretty proud of myself for keeping it together. I was calm and collected (but concerned). But then came the realization that my mom wouldn’t be able to come home for Thanksgiving, they wanted to keep her in the hospital for awhile. Which, really, is the best for her health. If she has anymore problems, she’s in the right place for it. But it sucked, to be quite honest. We considered the idea of postponing Thanksgiving, and having it when my mom was home. Then my Ohio brother said that they wouldn’t be able to do it Friday, Saturday or Sunday, that we should go through with the meal anyway, even if it was without my mom. That’s when it all hit me, and I fought back the tears until I got off the phone with my brother. It was bound to happen, though, it had been quite a day so far.

Thankfully my mom is recovering. She still wheezes when she breathes and she has a cough, but she doesn’t have the nausea, chills or sore muscles (unless you count the ones from sleeping on a hospital bed), and she looks much, much better than she did when she first arrived at the hospital. She can eat now, too.

Also, I cooked the Thanksgiving dinner all by myself! It was sad that my mom couldn’t be there, but my brother and his family, plus my nephew’s girlfriend came over. The turkey came out perfect, the sides were great (except the stuffing needed some work) and after we cleaned up the dining room and the kitchen, and the dishwasher was loaded, we sat down to watch “Star Trek”. My brother and sister-in-law hadn’t seen it, but for the rest of us this would be our 2nd (3rd for me) viewing. We didn’t care, we love that movie. My brother got me laughing by making fun of how I said something. Usually that would cause me to be a bit irritated, but I was tired and it hit me just right and I had a good laugh. Then we all went to visit my mom and by the time we were all done pestering her, she was ready for sleep.

This morning, around 6am, the phone rang. Freaked me out, I thought it was something bad from the hospital, but it was my mom calling to check up on me and tell me it was snowing. She didn’t realize how early it was, but we talked a bit before she demanded I go back to bed. I fell back to sleep….until 8am, and the phone rang again.

This time it was my brother who said, “Hello, this is Mr. Ben Dover.”….I think I laughed, but can’t remember. Then he asked, “So what are you doing?”

Me: Sleeping.

Him: But it’s Black Friday, why aren’t you out shopping?”

The thought of going out at that time almost made me sick to my stomach. He just told me that they bought some poinsettias for our mom and that they were going to drop them off at her place. So we finally got off the phone and I tried to go back to sleep. Couldn’t. Dang it! I got up to start the day.

I actually got the urge to go shopping later on, though, but it was more retail therapy than Christmas shopping. I bought myself the Wii Fit Plus! I love it, quite a workout and very fun. I managed to buy two gifts, though. So it wasn’t all about me!

Went to visit my mom today and she said that the doctor’s going to take another X-ray tomorrow, and if things look better and all, she can go home either Sunday or Monday. But she will have to take it easy for two weeks – which means no overdoing it with lifting furniture and stuff. We’ve told her before that we’d be happy to help her move stuff, and this time she’s going to have to take her family up on the offer if she wants to stay out of the hospital.

So that’s how things have been going this week. Exciting, eh? It was kind of a strain to get myself to post this, but the post has actually been cut down a bit. Hopefully I’ll feel more like blogging tomorrow. First, though, I must sleep. I’m watching my mom’s cat, and he’s been hiding most of the week. Comes out to cuddle, eat, irritate Skittles, etc., so he’s okay. Skittles looks like I feel. She’s passed out on my bed and sleeping hard. I hope to sleep like that tonight. My mom misses her bed too, so hopefully she can get proper sleep on it when she gets to go home.


I noticed that I haven’t posted anything since Wednesday. I don’t have much to report on, though, but wanted to post something for today.

Although it is technically my vacation for a week, I can’t quite celebrate it yet. I have to work a half day tomorrow…er…, now, actually, for our school’s orientation. But that basically involves me smiling at new students and their parents and introducing myself over and over. No big deal. There are two sessions of that before noon and then that’s it.

There’s usually breakfast nearby, so that’s always good. One time during a lull in visitors, my coworker and I went to look for some food. She tripped and fell on me. More like “at” me, since I never lost my footing, but her head and shoulders slammed into my right shoulder. That memory still makes me laugh. Sometimes I wish I had moments like that recorded so I could watch them again for amusement.

Anyway, aside from that there’s nothing to share with the world. I will be posting more within a few days, but I do hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

“Who’s gonna turn down a Junior Mint??”

Well it’s the end of Wednesday, and I’m home in my jammies listening to music and checking out the internet while listening to the gentle rain hit the window. Plus my cat is content after I played with her and let her drink from the faucet. Life is good.

I didn’t have to go to work until noon today, so I went in for my scheduled doctor’s appointment for a yearly checkup, blood test (for pesky thyroid) and a flu shot. The nurse was awesome, the blood test part didn’t hurt at all and the shot just hurt a teensy bit.

My doctor, who wears cool ties, asked me:

“How old are you?”

Me: Thirty-five..

Doctor: Okay…Well when you turn 50 we’ll have to discuss some other tests to run. But you’ve still got some time.

Alrighty then! Can’t wait till I’m fifty. I suspect he’ll order me a colonoscopy (fun!) and a mammogram. Patience, Tara, don’t get too excited! I’ve had a few mammograms in the past, they’re so comfortable. I’m sure the colonoscopy is like going to a spa.

After the doc’s appointment, I went to work and we had a staff meeting. We were fed, which is always great incentive to attend one of those things. It wasn’t a bad meeting and the chicken was good. Some of my lovely coworkers won some much-deserved awards, and it seemed everyone was appreciated. Very refreshing! Like a Junior Mint for the soul.

Aside from those little tidbits, though, I don’t have much else to talk about. How ’bout you? I hope you all had a productive day and are very ready for the upcoming weekend which is only a few more days off.

“That’s a powerful instrument you have there!”

I was going to post this last night, but I was just not feelin’ it. I may have been over tired or just not into the blogging mood. But I’m in a better mood now, so here are some things to talk about:

– Do you remember the post where I think I said that “Paranormal Activity” was good but not the scariest I’ve ever seen? Well it still isn’t the scariest, but little creepy things in the movie did get to me. For instance, the other night while tossing and turning, trying to find a comfy spot on my bed, I had my foot uncovered. I remembered a scene from the movie and quickly drew the foot back in under the covers. Just when I felt safe to sleep with a leg uncovered. I watched a movie a long time ago on TV where some unseen, supernatural force crept through the window and started touching a woman’s uncovered leg. I just got over that, people. But now I can’t have one of my feet exposed to the mysterious realm of darkness.

– Then the other night when I was taking trash out, I glanced over at my bedroom window and got a bit of a startle. Because Ohio is still unsure about what temps we should have, it’s been warm enough for me to keep my fan on in my bedroom window. I also close the blinds because it’s much easier for someone to look through a first story window than a 2nd story balcony. So the blinds were down, the lights were on, but I went dumb for a second when I looked towards my window. I saw a dark shadow move back and forth against the window. Eeek! Oh wait..It was the spooky, oscillating fan. Duh.

– I treated myself to my favorite Chinese/Vietnamese takeout on Sunday. Usually I order for my mom too, because we love that place. But this time I did it all for myself. Is that so selfish? The vegetarian crystal rolls didn’t taste quite as good. Maybe that was punishment for being so greedy. But the pepper steak and rice dish I ordered….Oh my, I loved that dish. They give you so much, so I was able to save some for later. I bought a few bags of shrimp chips too.

– Pre-ordered “Star Trek” this weekend, and it should be coming soon!

– My Ab Circle Pro, however, did come in! I got the notice yesterday morning, picked the order up during lunch, took it home and assembled it while eating. This was all completed within an hour, I felt so accomplished. The equipment was so easy to set up, I was kind of scared at how easy it was. Then I worked out a bit on it after work, before choir.

– Ahh, choir. Folks, I might have to change seats if that’s possible. I don’t want to separate from the girls next to me because I like talking to them between songs and before practice. But the Cackler is gonna make me lose my hearing and my sanity, I swear. I feel I can’t escape from her voice and it’s getting more and more difficult to laugh about it. I suspect my choir director hears her too, but won’t single her out. Last night he told the Soprano section that someone is singing too high and it’s hitting his ears wrong. It’s hitting his ears wrong?? My mom suggested I ask the lady next to me if we could switch seats. Problem is, the woman next to me doesn’t like the sound of the Cackler either, so I’d be putting her ears in harm’s way. It’s not with every song, the Cackler can sound mellow during more mellow songs. It’s just the ones where we have to sing a little louder and a bit higher where she takes the actual note we have to a higher octave.

– I caught the movie “Sister Act” on TV recently. One lady in the choir (played by Kathy Najimy) sings like the Cackler to the point where it startles the other singers. Whoopi Goldberg’s character tells her: “I think it’s probably a good idea if we bring you down out of the rafters. I mean everybody wants to be closer to God I’m just not sure you can do it vocally..”

– Enough about all that stuff. One more week of work and then I’m off for a week! I do have to work this Saturday to help my manager with student orientation, but that’s cool. It’s only a half day anyway. Then when I get back from Thanksgiving vacation, I work two and a half more weeks and I’m vacation again. Woot! Gotta use those vacation days up! But even after those two chunks of time, I still have four days that I can carry over to the next year. Yay! Put em on my tab!