Sunday, May 3, 2009

And the hits just keep on coming!

Okay, so I'm here to vent, so if you are looking for an upbeat, OP, diet goddess type of post, better move on. OP - don't even know what that means these days. Obviously I am not committed, but need to be committed (literally) --- Going crazy here!

So, the sunburn is much better. That's a plus. I am peeling and look like I have a skin disease, but it doesn't hurt.

Like I said, I haven't been eating well and know I need to. Tired of fast food and eating out and need to eat at home. So, this leads me to the week I have been having. The sunburn did get infected on my feet and had to go to the doctor for some cream. Its better. Then, my mother fell on Wednesday about 11:00 in the morning. She fell in her front yard and couldn't get up. Luckily after sitting on the ground in her front yard, her neighbor came out to check his mail. She luckily yelled to him and he came and helped her up. So, she calls me after I get off work that afternoon to tell me that she had fallen, but just bruised her arm up a bit but that she was fine. She lives about 30 minutes from me, out in the country. So, after a 20 minute conversation of me saying I would rush right up there, she convinced me she was fine, so I didn't go. I should have. She is stubborn and I know that. So, Thursday morning at about 5:00 a.m. my mother calls me and says she is hurting very badly and that she cannot get herself off the couch. (She has been getting weaker over the last year or so and getting up out of chairs, etc. has become hard for her). So, I rushed up there and got her up only to see that her right wrist/arm was severely bruised, and I knew looking at it that it must be broken. So, I got her up and brought her back to my house, called her doctor and luckily got her in to see him by that afternoon. He walked right in and said, I don't even have to x-ray it, its broken! (He did x-ray it and it was broken in two places with a chipped bone as well). So, this is my mother's right hand/arm and she is right handed. About 27 years ago she fell and broke her elbow on her left arm and her elbow joint had to be fused so her arm doesn't stretch all the way out, so this makes life for her very difficult. Her left arm doesn't half work and her right one is out of commission. Its been like having an infant in the house again! Its not fun for either of us. Its hard to see her getting older. She's my mom. She's always been invincible. I love her dearly and knowing that she's getting older and not doing well hasn't been easy to swallow these days. I spent the weekend with her at her house so she could actually get some rest in her own bed. Now we are back at my house because I have to work tomorrow. She goes to the orthopedic surgeon on Tuesday. One of my sisters is coming down from Nashville tomorrow to help Monday night and then help take her to the doctor on Tuesday.

So, that's been my week. Oh and that of course doesn't even include work. The lazy keep getting lazier, the kids are hanging from the rafters, the teachers are all bleery-eyed and ready for this all to be over, and me, well, as everyone else prepares to wind down the school years, mine picks up for the next few weeks. So, stress at home and stress at work. Makes for one bitchy woman......That's me!

On the upside, my husband and son that still lives at home have been so wonderful with me and my mom since she fell. The hubby came up to Mom's house and lifted her couch up so she could get up and down by herself. The son came up and helped clean the house. Though I did most of the cleaning at her house, he was helpful and he is a very caring soul for one so young!


Estela said...

CJ, so sorry about your mom. I hear you on the "invincible" - my mom turns 80 on the 11th and she plays in the guitar for our church choir! Wish I had her energy.

I hear you on the school setting! Girl, do I ever hear you!! I just finished preparing next yr's budget - principal doesn't know a lick about it and it's hell trying to explain different functions and accounts to her so I just take it upon myself to prepare our $60K budget yearly.

Hang in there Sweetie, I live on 1/2 pills of Xanax to help me get by, especially at this time of the school year!

Estela in South TX

Carlos said...

sounds like a craptastical weekend... glad you had some help from the menfolk but you still must be exhausted. hang in there, I hope things calm down soon

fatty McButter Pants said...

It is so hard to be a caretaker. Have other family members help if they can. You'll need all the help you can get.

Stress = eating for me, so give yourself a break. Treat yourself well, and you will get through this!

Bryher Hill said...

awww your poor mum! It is so hard to do things when you are right handed and in plaster! Thinking about her trouble getting out of chairs, etc. have you thought about getting some raisers for them? They are easy to come across or you could ask you doctor to refer her to an Occupational Therapist who would help out...

Debby said...

It is so hard to take care of an ailing parent! Hugs to you.

Can't help you on the OP thing...I'm so far from being OP I'm not even sure I remember the plan!

Hang in there!

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