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Posted February 11, 2016 - 08:35 AM

Feel for you Daniel, we had those types of issues with my dad when he got bad. Starting to deal with mom some now.

Mom and Dad had 2 sconce lights in the bathroom with plugs on each one. They both mysteriously lost power to the plugs and bulbs. When I remodeled the bathroom and removed lights, Dad had pulled wires from the fixture, wire nutted them and taped them. We can only assume he was paranoid they would start a fire.

Living with my mom, we are finding stuff in cabinets that have no logical reasons to be put there, at least not our logic, probably perfectly correct to mom.

We found the fire detectors in closets too with dad.


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Posted February 11, 2016 - 11:41 AM

Filling out forms for Dad's VA care.  Reads like lawyer crap.  I "think" I have things filled out right & ready to mail along with a copy of my power of attorney.  Trying to change his VA care to local Dr through the "Choice Care Act" which allows this when the nearest VA care center is over 40 miles away.  In Dad's case, it's over 70 miles away.  They make things so difficult when it could be simple and in plain english!


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Posted February 11, 2016 - 05:10 PM

Uneventful day as I had hoped for.  Fed silage, then did Dad's VA stuff (see post above), did some piddly GT stuff in the shop, fed out several hay rolls, and cleaned manure from the heifer feeding area.  I spread 2 buckets of gravel, cleaned up the loader bucket, then came in the house and have been cleaning up my computer room and organizing.  Found lots of old software that won't even run on today's PC's, and an old CD drive (turtle slow by today's stds) and more, so tossed a lot of junk.  Also put a card reader into my Dell PC.  I forgot I bought the card reader till I "re-discovered" it while cleaning house. Not a single thing broke or gave problems other than doing the VA stuff.  


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Posted February 11, 2016 - 05:39 PM

Sounds like a real good day!


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Posted February 11, 2016 - 06:18 PM

Mom's nurse just called a little bit ago, and her blood is still dangerously thin.  They want her to eat greens every meal to bring her INR level down to a safe level.  Luckily we had a large can of mixed greens, so we took them out & cooked them up for her.  Teresa is going to town in the morning to get Mom some fresh spinach.  We have no idea why her blood has gotten so thin, but the nurse is on top of it! 


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Woke to find a bit of snow, and still falling.  Not much, but didn't want to see it.

 

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Posted February 12, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Most of us were so spoiled, then we get slammed with a big storm, 5 inches to 2 feet depending on where you were.  Now these little snow falls of 2-3 inches.  We are all in an uproar! I hate snow.....

 

Now this frigid cold for the last few days, and coming up.

 

My laptop actually froze solid in my truck.  It wouldn't even turn on!  I had to let it sit in the warm office for a couple hours before it would turn on.


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 05:59 PM

Worked on Dad-in-law's Dodge truck today.  He went to put it in 4WD and it seemed as though it was locked up.  Slid under there for a look, and the front driveshaft had just one bolt holding it to the transfer case shaft plate and the other 3 had just worked loose and had fallen out.  It then cocked over to one side and jammed the driveshaft against the transfer case cross support.  Got the bole out, then un-jammed the shaft.  Luckily the threads were all good.  Put new bolts in and all is fine!  :thumbs:


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 06:17 PM

Paw was sure lucky though, as this happened when he first put it in 4WD instead of going at speed when it dropped the shaft bolts.  It put a gouge in the transfer case, but no leaks.  If it had happened at even a very slow speed, it would most likely busted a hole in the case.  

  I also got a lot of straightening done in the shop today.  Been needing it for a while.

We went to town for more greens to lower Mom's INR, but when we got there the nurse had just left & her blood has thickened enough that she doesn't need the spinach.  It's still higher than they'd like, but is dropping just fine.  They think that by tomorrow her number should be in the right range.

  May go to Campbellsville tomorrow to get my copper oil line and other stuff.


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 06:39 PM

Glad that Mom is getting better in that respect! Why don't you eat some of the spinach? It's good for Popeye!


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 06:54 PM

  Why don't you eat some of the spinach? It's good for Popeye!

 

Good for ole Popeye, but could be deadly to me!  I can't eat any greens due to my blood thinners.  They thicken the blood, so if I ate them I could have myself another clot.   Mom is on thinners, but for whatever reason, her blood got extremely too thin and the greens were to thicken her blood up some.

  My INR stays pretty much stone solid stable, so I wanna keep it that way.  A normal person NOT on warfarin has an INR of .8 to 1.2.  Mine has to be between 2.2 and 2.5, so I take 6mg of Warfarin daily (Mom only takes 2mg/day).  A while back when I went to the Dr, my INR was only 1.6, or close to no protection from clotting.  The only thing I had changed was I started taking a daily vitamin, which did NOT list vitamin K, which is what greens have a lot of.  Evidently the vitamin did have K in it, as I stopped the vitamin and my INR went right back to 2.2 where it usually stays.  I also have to limit broccoli cabbage, and green stuff in general.


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 07:01 PM

Boy, I would hate to have to give up my greens. Gotta do what you have to do to keep on livin..


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 07:03 PM

Gotcha, Daniel! I did not know that!


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Posted February 12, 2016 - 07:12 PM

Glad Grandma's ok.

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Posted February 12, 2016 - 07:20 PM

Interesting reading on the greens and vitamin k. I was not aware of that!

Giving up green vegetables would be tough. I am newly addicted to kale greens! Steam em up little salt and pepper...oh my
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