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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Hurricane Emily

Hum, who do I know with that name? Ever think you would have a hurricane named after you. Had the whole week end off, but sooooo hot, over 100 with that hot wind blowing, can't get out and do much. Went to the gym early and a little shopping and then home. Did an elk roast today in the crock pot. Let it cook all day with a package of french onion soup mix dumped on top. Came out real tender and very tasty. Meg I told you I was a simple cook. Meat, salad and vegetable. Thats it. Occ. bread and less occ. dessert. Poor AC. He is wasting away, since he has been going to the gym with me he is down to a 31 in. waist from 33.
Some of you may not know we are dealing with his sister's husband who has alzheimers. He is 82, a retired Airforce Col. who flew planes for a living. Over the last couple years we have watched him loose most of himself. His wife Betty, has been the typical military wife, but has always allowed him to run everything. Well guess who has had to learn how to run things? She leans heavily on AC, which makes it hard on him, as he has to manage two yards, plus all the daily problems with things, and taking them to appointments. Up till recently he even had been vacuming her house weekly. She has now started getting private help in to stay so she can get out to hair apt. and occ to shop. And a bath aid to help with those chores. But she is dealing with alot, loosing her husband an inch at a time, He pees in the waste basket, runs into things, and occ gets ugly with her, thinking she is stealing his money. Well I didn't know this was where this was going when I started to write. We are more worried about Betty than her husb. As the 24 hr caregive and she is 80 and works all day, she is burning herself out. But she is one that will have "But she kept a clean house" on her head stone.
We got our little boat registered and the trailer licensed recently, but no desire to take it out till it cools some. Most of the lakes very close are just out in the open desert so would be pretty hot. I have a little umbrella I can attach to the seat when we go. Well it is almost 7pm and still 100 degrees. bye for now. dc

3 comments:

addict said...

Of all of the natural disasters to be named after me, a hurricane fits!

Sorry to hear about ac's sis/husb...
I can't imagine what that must be like to live with alzheimers for her or him...
Tell ac to take good care too, doing double time has to be hard for him as well. Getting outside help is wise... they all will be needing all of the help and support available.

MomThatsNuts said...

I worked in an Alzhiemers unit for a long time. Its a terrible disease for the family to deal with.

And I thought I had the only grave marker that said SHE HAD A CLEAN HOUSE....

Mom

Meems said...

Yes, I am an "Emily" too and do you have any idea how many corny jokes I get to hear for the next 2 weeks! Cant wait, should be good!