Thursday, May 21, 2015

Life Has Turned Rather Hectic

I haven't written any blog entries lately due to so much that is currently going on in our lives. Veronica has been working on getting transferred to the Hampton Roads area so that we can live and be available should dad need our help. We will actually be really close to him since we will be moving into his home. We have been busy bringing load after load of our furniture on our weekly runs and visit to his home. I was taking him to physical therapy which he had 3 times a week but he has since stopped going because he is feeling much better. I also have been taking him most of the time to his dialysis appointments 3 times a week. Veronica has been giving me a few breaks on taking Dad to his dialysis. We both have taken him to the grocery store where he gets a good workout pushing the cart up and down each isle. Veronica loves baking him his goodies. We both cook for him...he loves his fish and then there is laundry. Lets just say that all of this is very time consuming but we would not have it any other way.
Since we will be downsizing from a 1500sf residence down to maybe a 600sf place we decided to have a garage sale at our place on the Outer Banks. Because Dad had so much stuff in the garage and around the house he asked us to go through it all and take with us whatever we thought would sell at our garage sale. So for the next 3 runs up to his place with pieces of our furniture in the back of our vehicle we unloaded our furniture into our new home and packed the back of our vehicle up with stuff for the garage sale. We ended up having 2 garage sales on back to back Saturdays. We kept a monetary tally of what Dads stuff sold for so we could give him his money from this garage sale.
Tonight we head back down to our place on the Outer Banks. Tomorrow morning I will start to pack up and box all of our belongings up in preparation for the movers to come. I talk as if we have the movers all picked and set up. I have one of the very few movers in our area coming in our place tomorrow to give us an estimate. The company that is coming in for the estimate is part of the Wheaton Moving Company chain.
We are hoping to have the movers pick our stuff up around 6/15 and by the next day we should be in our new home. Got a lot of things to get done between now and then so I am sure that our hectic lives will continue for a bit.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Spending Some Special Time With My Dad

Within the last couple of months my Dad has had a couple of unfortunate accidents. About 4-5 weeks ago he accidentally hit a local CVS Pharmacy building. He was not going very fast. Actually he was trying to straighten up the car while attempting to park in the handicap parking spot in front of the building. He must have hit the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal. His car jumped a curb and hit a trash can and the corner of the wall near the entrance of the building. Luckily no one was hurt badly. My Dad suffered a mild neck sprain and spent minimal time in the ER being examined. Unfortunately the car did not fare as well and was determined to be totaled. My Dad has since ordered one of the safest vehicles on the road..a Subaru Impreza. This car has all kinds of safety features. This new car should arrive here within the next 60 days or so.
Then about two weeks ago my Dad woke up from a nap and went outside to get the mail. He got dizzy (his pulse rate had dropped according to doctors) and he fell down in the driveway. He was able to get up and come into the house where he yelled for help. We cleaned up the numerous scrapes and scratches that he had received from the fall. He was complaining about his hip really hurting and as time went he was having more and more of a difficult time walking around. After watching him over the next hour or two and based on our observations along with the fact that he said that his stomach was getting queasy we decided to take him to our local ER. He was admitted into the hospital for numerous tests and continued on his dialysis during his multi day hospital stay. He was finally discharged after staying in the hospital for 4 nights. Luckily he had nothing broken but did have a deep bruise in his hip along with his lower back hurting.
Veronica and I have been also moving some of our belongings and furniture up to our Dads place on each trip that we make up there. Unfortunately there have been times when I need to stay behind while Veronica goes back home on the Outer Banks. It is during these times that Veronica ends up having to load our RAV4 up and bring up our belongings and packed boxes and even some furniture on her own. We are hoping to be completely moved up to Virginia Beach by July or August of this year.
I have been staying in his home for a couple of weeks now. He uses a walker to get around until he gets better. I have him all set up with physical therapy sessions and I help him out with whatever he needs around the house along with the usual cooking, dishes and laundry. I have been driving him to dialysis and his physical therapy sessions along with wherever else he needs to go. We are focusing on getting him healed up and feeling better again so that he can be more independent like he was before the accident. I am thinking that after a couple of weeks of physical therapy that he will be able to freely move around without any pain and be able to drive himself like he is used to. I will be staying here until he gets back to feeling his normal self.
Yesterday was our Dads 86th birthday. Veronica and I had sent out invitations to family and friends for his 2PM birthday party. During the course of the day our Dad received many telephone calls from various family members and even Skyped several more on the computer. We had set up all kinds of platters of food and snacks along with some sliced turkey sliders and salmon cake sliders. I made a special sauce to go on the sliders too. Around 2pm all of the invited neighbors started to show up. We wanted this birthday to be extra special for our Dad especially since everything he has had to go through these past 6 months. Everyone had a great time and based on the smile on our Dads face we accomplished our goal in providing him a very special day.
My brother Lenny with Veronica and Dad
 Me along with our Dad and Lenny




 Veronica and Dad with his Birthday cake

 Happy 86th Birthday Dad!!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Veronique Is Returning Home

Veronica picked up my piece of art from the Glenn Eure Ghost Fleet Gallery this afternoon. I was planning on picking her up myself but I was up in Virginia Beach helping my Dad out. While she was packing up Veronique from the gallery a lady that was working there said that there had been a person interested in buying Veronique for 1 thousand dollars.Veronica knew what my answer would have been had I had been there and was offered this amount directly. So with Veronique in hand Veronica made her way to the exit so that Veronique would be in her rightful spot at home. Although Veronique did not win a ribbon in the 37th Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show, it felt good to know that someone appreciated my artwork enough to offer a thousand dollars for it. Kind of cool indeed.
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