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8/1/21 10:31 P

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We have a little local paper goes out weekly. Just covers local stuff about church, school and softball activities, of and obits too. I usually go on line to read news from larger town 10 miles from here, They cover more news.

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Our "local Newspaper" is mainly adverts or articles about totally different places that don't really apply to the area it is supposed to. Most of the stuff is supplied by "Stuff" which is their mother-company. I subscribed to a number of different areas publications and they are mostly exactly the same apart from the adverts are directed more locally.

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Still haven't seen or heard anything about the accident. None of my neighbors saw it Wednesday morning. We only get one edition of the local newspaper on Thursdays but it wasn't in there either. Knowing how they seem to publish... probably won't see anything til next Thursday.
Hope you both have a nice weekend! Stay cool Pat and stay warm Kris! Enjoy!

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I agree, every time I see an accident I worry about those involved.

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I hope the person involved in that van accident is o.k.

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Ouch! That is surely going to affect his insurance rates. Hope he didn't get too hurt. Saw a bad accident this morning on the way to the store and it wasn't bad weather conditions that caused it. The van was completely flipped upside down and really smashed. Don't know if anyone was seriously hurt or otherwise, but it didn't look good. There were about 6 police cars around but I don't know if it was a car chase or what.

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I hope he is OK and as you said has a wake up call. Just slowing down and driving defensively in the rain could have changed a lot that day. Insurance estimate is over $1500, for fence repair.

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Hopefully the 19 year old has had a "wake up" call and will learn from all of this chaos he may have caused either inadvertently or not.

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That sounds rather interesting.

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Have been unable to find out anthing about his condition, but my SIL said she found out he was arrested at the hospital. I don't know. His insurance is replacing the fence..

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Ouch. I hope that he wasn't hurt (much)

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Finally was able to get the police report on the man going through our fence. It was raining, he was going 65 hydroplaned lost control and went off the road and hit the tree. I do not know his condition. I worry about him. He was 19. My brother is going to contact the insurance company.

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It was a car accident that is all I know at this time.

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I can understand an intruder cutting a fence to get in, but why would they cut a tree down? Sounds weird.

Enjoy your fixed lift-chair. It will no doubt make your life a bit physically easier.

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Hopefully the sheriff's department will find out who has been trespassing on your property. Just take care and keep an eye out for any other signs of the intruder.
You have been busy... take a well deserved rest day or two if you can this weekend. I know how difficult that can be when you a taking care of your brother.
Try to have a nice Independence Day holiday and enjoy some fireworks if they are nearby.

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Been a busy week here. Monday found out someone had went through the fence on property that my brother, sister and I own. Apparenty it No one contacted us. The fence and a tree had been cut down. I saw it when we were going to town.Called the sherriff"s office for information. They said they didn't have the paper work yet. Still no information. Then therapy, amy nurses visit and 2 trips to my brother's heart Dr. Finally after 3 weeks of waiting they came and replaced my lift chair parts so I can use it. I am tired this afternoon.

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LOL - I had my mouth washed out more than a few times, including at school Didn't stop me tho' LOL!

I had my second Covid Jab on Thursday. I didn't feel the needle go in at all, and 2 days later have had no side-effects other than if I touch where it went in and then, and like last time, it just feels like a bruise. SOOOO Moral of the story - don't touch it hahahaha. There is no visible sign of having had it.

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Terrible way to spend your 68th B-day... but one thing I have learned about you is that you are a strong determined woman. You put your mind to something and you find a way to nail it. I do empathize with the "getting out bed" problem. I literally have had to drag myself out of it which is no small feat in the middle of the night just to make sure I make it to the bathroom in time. LOL Glad I live alone... I am getting to be a "potty mouth" when I have to once again go to the "potty!" LOL ... and just to think how my Mom washed out my mouth with Dial Soap when I was about 8 years old saying the word Sh*t! Still don't buy Dial to this day! LOL

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WOW - what a 68th birthday. One you no doubt will never forget.

Unfortunately, and as you will know, it isn't uncommon for fractures to not show until a while after the event.

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Setting the oil heater to turn on before you get out of bed sounds like a smart move.
I didn't really brake my back, I had 2 compression fractures to my L4L5 vertabra. I had a fall but it did not showm any fracture at the time. I endured the pain for over 6 months until one day I could not stand the pain, I was in constant spasms. I was living in my office chair because I did not have a W/C. One afternoon I walked into the spare bedroom and set on the bed. I thought I would rest a few minutes. I layed there for 36 hrs. I had left my cell phone on the charger in the kitchen. I kept trying to get up but I could not. I knew how to do it but the pain would cut my breath off. Finally the next afternoon, I said Pat you got to get up. Crying cussing and praying to God. I finally was able to get my feet to the side of the bed and push pull myself up on my elbow. Then I was finally able to reach my walker and set up. I made it into the kitchen and called a friend to come over. Then called my sisteri n law. It was my 68th
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I'm not surprised that your therapy wore you out yesterday. How did you break your back?

I got my second covid shot today.

The temperature gauge outdid itself today. This a.m. it was 11C /51.8F in the house. It was FREEZING when I woke. I heated my wheat bag up again and put another blanket on top and jumped back into bed.It looks like it will be another cold night so I am thinking I might set my oil column heater up to turn on before I wake.

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Had therapy yesturday and it really wore me out. As I have said my endurance is really low. Took me all afternoon to recover. My goals are ambitious according to my therapist so I am doing my exercises 5 times a day.Short bouts. Have to keep my heart and breathing rate in certain range. But I told him I will get it done. Don't think he beliees me. Last time I saw him was before I broke my back. He said "last time I was here with you we were walking out to the road with your cane. You have a long way to go to make that walk again".

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I am good. I do take care od me. I don't handle the heat well anymore and stress gets me down. I fet frustrated with all I can't do but know I am blessed to be able to do all I can.

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Hang in there. You must take good care of yourself to be able to help others. You know the spiel... "You must put the oxygen mask on your face first before helping your fellow passengers on the airplane." So too, on your life's journey. emoticon

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Thank you for you caring thoughts. It does mean a lot. He is a very stron person and still very active but is so hard when he has to depend on someone to drive him places. He has fallen a few times because he can't see the holes in the lawn he is very careful. Therapy tires me easily but at least I am working on getting better endurance.

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I feel for anyone with macular degeneration. My Stepfather had it and so too did a friend. One was wet MD and the other dry.



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I empathize what you are going through with your brother's macular degeneration. My mom went through similar operations, shots, etc. before she passed away in 2012. She was diagnosed in 2001 with macular degeneration but by the last couple years of her life she only had 5% vision in one eye and totally blind in the other. So, I understand how hard it must be to see your brother going through the same difficulties. When mom was still working full time at the age of 83, she had a massive stroke. For the following eight years she went from a walker to wheelchair and total blindness. Yet she never lost her sense of humor and was always a joy to be around. I consider myself lucky to have been able to be her sole care giver all those years. She passed away 15 days after her 91st birthday, June 25, 2012.

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His report was OK. He has really bad macular degeneration. He was getting the shots but after he got an infection behind the eye and had to have 2 emergency surgeries he said no more. It all started with cataract surgery in his right eye. He Also has cataracts in his L eye. Since he is now now blind in his Rt eye he does not want any surgery. It is OK right now according to his DR. But eventually it will have to be addressed.
I will keep signing in and checking on everyone until the end. We can do this. We are strong. Stay strong and focused. Don't give up on your goals.

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Yes, I also noticed fewer messages and blogs. Sad. Though, I will stay until the end.

I hope your brother had a good report. Take care! emoticon

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The teams are quite. But we are still here supporting and encouraging each other. 99 degrees when I came home just now. Had taken my brother to his eye Dr's. Then took my sister out to check on her house. I have looked at the other sites Not the same as Spark People.

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emoticon Stubborn Pac

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Maybe we should form a "Stubborn Pac"! LOL


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Stubborn or just know what is best for you. I guess I am stubborn too, yep I am. I don't like being told what to think or do.

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Ah-h-h... but "stubbornly" sticking to your own "advice" is always a wise thing to do. No one knows "you" better than yourself and it is "you" that has to live with the consequences.

Thanks again for giving me a chuckle! emoticon emoticon


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hahaha - I've always followed 'my advice' first and only others when based on *my* circumstances and not generic. Some describe it as being stubborn .... I describe it as knowing my own mind emoticon emoticon

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Yes, thanks Kris. Didn't know that when I unsubscribe from SP that my information would be scrubbed from the site. Good to know. I am planning on staying on til the end. I am hoping that the new Spark will evolve to be a little more "user friendly and sociable." I retired from "corporate life" and really do not want to be involved with something that has so much control and tries to make you bend to their way of thinking. I have always believed in being an individual and responsible for my own thoughts, actions and words. After my own research it is I who will make the decision to follow or not to follow "advice."

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Kris thanks for the information. I will be here til the last day. I am sad but life goes on. I will stay in touch with close friends that have shared their emails. I joined Spark 380 so I could take a look. I really don't care for the format. We will see. Glad you are sticking around til the end.

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When the "D" Day arrives, SP is deleting it's account so the content shouldn't be available to anyone. I will stay till the end, but the last day, if I haven't missed the boat, I will just close my account down and that wipes everything in one foul swoop.

In NZ there is an expression in Maori
Kia kaha e hoa!

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I am signed up on Spark America or Spark 360. I will be around here until the last day. Kris do we need to delete all our information on Spark People befor we leave?

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The last couple of days have been rather crazy. I am trying to save my "stuff" and also trying to keep up with what everyone is deciding to do the next few weeks before 8/17. Like I have said in other posts, I am not fond of FB, and I'm rather distrustful of the Google Groups, since I don't like Google's "tracking" of personal information. I don't want to lose track of you, so I am glad we are exchanging our personal emails.
Hang in there! Nothing can separate our friendships that we have formed though the years. It is just going to take a little time to sort things out. Hopefully the new "Spark America" will evolve into Spark World (I do not like the word Global).
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I'll get back to you about the contact options in the next day or two. I've been quite busy today putting some of my foods into the new Nutrition Tracker on Cronometer, but MAN, I have TONS of items to enter, even tho' they have more of what I use on their system, that SP has LOL!

One thing I thought about was creating our own private FB Group, rather than 'just' being friends on each others pages. That way we can continue as we are now, just somewhere else without others chipping in.

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I woke to the news this a.m. and to say I am gutted is an understatement. Because I live in NZ I won't be able to join.

I have been very active on SP since June 2007 and a number of those years I have not only been a Team Leader of various teams, but also a Community Leader on the main Community Message Boards.

I don't want to lose contact, either. I don't go anywhere or meet up with others in my 'real' life ... this IS my real life. My REAL friends are here.

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As many of you know the word came today that SparkPeople will be closing In August. This is sad and frustrating. There will be a new site Spark America.. I looked at the site, right now there is not a lot there. They will have a lot of things we have here. I don't want to lose contact with friends I have made here, some of you are like family. What are you thoughts?

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Kris Hope you are staying warm inNew Zealand. It is hot here already. We are having alot of rain along the East Coast and southern states. Western part of US is very dry and hot. It rained here last night, dry so far today but is cloudy and expecting more. I am trying to build my endurance . It will be a slow process.

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Your sister is a strong person obviously. I know it has been hard to come to the realization that she can't stay at home anymore. I am glad she was able to come to this decision on her own.

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I talked to my sister today. She has accepted that she won't be able to go home. Her little unit is not suitable for her now, plus she has gone past the point of being able to care for herself. She told me she accepts it, but it was a bitter pill to swallow, and I can certainly understand that - especially given that she had been fiercely independent (as much as possible) up until her fall.

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It sounds like your SIL lives a life of denial, and/or has never experienced her own serious health issues. My late hubby was like that, but when HE started to suffer from various things, he soon changed his mind. He would tell me "I didn't understand ...." I'm glad that you took your brother to get his vaccination.

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My brother was able to get his covid vaccine today. My SIL really did not think he needs it. She feels that people are just weak and need to be stronger when they are sick. I remember how she was when I had to stay with them when I broke my back. My brother is 78, has a very bad heart. Had one widow=maker heart attack 30 years ago. He also has High B/P, , macular degeneration, colitis, and degenerative arthritis. She does not want him to complain of any health issues. She doesn't deal well with his advancing age or the fact he can't do what he did 10 years ago. The macular degeneration treatments and disease has caused him to be blind. I worry about him alot. He wanted the vaccine and he wuldn't have gotten it if I did not take him. I think it will give him some peace and let him relax a little bit.

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Kris, NZ's numbers are impressive. They have done things right and were proactive. I'm very glad that you'll be able to get the vaccine now. I have to tell you that even tho we are fully vaccinated, DH and I are still masking indoors and when near people outside. We DO have a more relaxed sense about our own safety now.


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All of NZ (16yrs and over) is able to get Vaccinated. We are getting the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. We can opt out if we want, but most are getting it done, as will I. Very few people in NZ have had Covid - most have been returning Kiwis. When they come back into the country they have to go into managed isolation or a different facility for quarantine if they test positive. We have had 26 deaths total. Those who work on the front-line, as in on the border or managed isolation MUST have a covid vaccine to be able to work there. This was introduced about a month ago.

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We are late spring with summer heading our way. Glad you were able to get the flu shot. Is everyone in NewZealand getting the Covid Shot? We have people in the United States opting out. I know both my nurses are not taking it. Some friends yes some no. I had 2 friends that had covid but both are doing better now. Both are older and at risk. You just never know.

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We are now well into Autumn and Winter is knocking on the door. Officially Winter starts on 1st June. Last night was very chilly and it hasn't been exactly warm today.

I had my Flu Jab yesterday. It will mean that there will be a big enough gap between that and when I get the Covid one. It has to be a minimum of 2 weeks. My age-group in our area haven't been called up yet.

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Sounds great that she got a home visit! I hope your insurance will pay for the changes in her home. How is your weather ? Are you having fall yet?

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The OT took my sister back to her place yesterday, to see what changes needed to be made. The wheelchair doesn't fit in the bathroom and it is even more difficult to get into the loo. The shower has a big step up - it was built that way because of a drainage issue. When it is the result of an accident, our Accident Compensation Corporation often pay for alterations to be made so that the person can continue to live there.It is just a case of waiting to see what they come up with.

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It is a hard fact to accept sometimes. But we all have residual weaknesses. But it is harder for some than others. I continur to keep you both in my thoughts.

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Yeah - I know the recovery will be slow. I think she is fully waking up to that fact, too. It is highly unlikely she will ever fully recover, however I haven't mentioned that to her.

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Sounds like your sister is hopefully stablized at this point. As you know it will be a slow recovery.
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I just talked to my sister. She had another CT Scan today to see how her head injury is healing or not. She said she still requires a one-person assist with her walking, however sometimes she needs two people. Most of the time she is pushed in a specialized wheelchair, tho.

I would love it if we had rain for a full week.

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To day was the first day we has sunshine and no rain this week, Was nice to see the sun, Humisity still running hi. But I was able to get some walking in and chair exercises. Kris, how is your sister doing?

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I'm very glad your sister is making progress, but most of all, I'm glad that she seems happy. She's such a trooper.

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My niece messaged me tonight about my sister. This is a copy/paste of the message:

"Mum doing well, made some progress over the past week at ABI. She has Post Traumatic Amnesia and the left side of her body is weak, as well as her vision and brain processes. Speech is generally good but missing some words. Sight is weak at processing data. Very interesting. She is doing really well and took a few steps with the walker while I was there today. Socializing more too. Next meeting in 3 weeks. She is answering her phone but not using social media or messenger as she can't make sense of pictures and words together, too much info for her brain to process. She's happy where she is"



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I am so glad your sistr has a good nurse. It can really make a differance. Glad she is getting therapy. Little improvements lead to a better attitude and more improvements. Memory as you know is another matter. Some things may never come back. But I am glad she is happy.

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I talked to my sister tonight. She sounds really happy. A nurse came into the room while I was talking to her, and she sounded like I wished all nurses sounded. Loving, caring, happy, helpful, and very joyful.... I could go on but it would bore you LOL! One of my sister's exercises is trying to hold a ball between her knees. She is finding it really hard. I told her they should get her to try holding something else between her legs - she may not have much problem LOL! She also said her memory was shocking. I sure know what that feels like after a head injury. My accident nearly 20 years ago still affects my memory - mainly with numbers. I can look at a number and less than a minute later odds are I don't remember it. I used to have a FANTASTIC memory for them, and phone numbers were a specialty. Even if I had only rung someone once, odds were a year or so later I could still remember it.

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I hope your sister continues to improve. I hope the change of faciltiy will not be hard on her.

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I pray your sister continues to improve in Rehab. She's such a trooper.

I felt the same seeing the Queen sitting alone without her sweetheart of over 73 yrs. She looked so fragile. Even tho I'm in "the colonies", I have been fascinated by her since I was a little girl and found the story of her coronation in our encyclopedia when I was about 5. I'd have my mother read it to me. I'd gaze at her beautiful gown and thought how handsome her prince was.

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I watched the funeral and got to turn the light off at 5:30a.m. I woke just after noon. I felt very sorry for the Queen, not being allowed to have any family around her, but they can't make rules for everyone else and none for the Royals, and I know that they Royals will fully understand that. I feel for anyone who has had to deal with serious illness/injury and death, especially at this time.

My sister is being shifted to the Brain Injury Rehab facility tomorrow just before lunch time. I spoke with her briefly this afternoon. She said that she had been stood up, but needed support to stand, so that is a big improvement in itself.



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I understand about those bad nights, have them myself. Maybe you can see her later. I watched the funeral. It was sad, the Queen was so stoic in her grief. My heart breaks for her,

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I don't think I will be able to now. I didn't go today - I had a stink night last night No sleep until after 3a.m. and then at 4:30a.m. I was woken by severe Acid Burn. At 5 I got up and took some Acidex, which helped a bit, and finally fell asleep after 5:30. I eventually woke properly at 12:30p.m. I am hoping I can stay up to watch Prince Phillip's funeral on TV. It starts here at 11:30p.m. and goes through until about 3a.m.

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This is uplifting news. So glad she is feeling better. I hope you will be able to see her before she goes to the rehab unit. I know it will be good for both of you.

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My sister phoned me tonight. She sounded so much happier and brighter than when I saw her last week. It is amazing what good pain control can do, and she said that now she has very little pain. She has managed to lift her left arm up above her head, but she doesn't have the strength to lower it - it just falls. She still has a splint on that wrist/hand. She didn't mention whether there was still one to support her foot/ankle. She can move her legs now, but is nowhere near the stage where she can put any weight on them. On Monday she is being transferred to the Brain Injury Rehab facility, but I'm hoping to see her before then - so long as the weather isn't bad because I am not driving a long distance in cr*p weather. She knows and fully understands. She said that the staff are treating her really well, and she is happy with them. I certainly feel a lot happier now, too :-)

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Hoping your sister is feeling better. Hope the pain meds are helping. Amazing what they can do when administered properly. Nurses and nursing has changed so much since I started in nursing in the late sixty's. I hope she continues to improve physically and mentally. She remains in my prayers.

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That's very good news. Adequate pain relief is her right.

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It turned out that the Nurses weren't giving my sister the amount of morphine as prescribed. My pushing for the Pain Team to be involved opened the Dr's eyes as to what was happening. My sister said that he was angry about it. Anyway, she is getting the appropriate amount of morphine now and as a result she is happier, and my niece said today she had more movement in her hand and was watching TV when my Niece arrived. She saw the Dr and he was following up on the transfer re Brain Injury Rehab today.

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I'm glad they are taking care of her "elimination" because that can certainly add to her discomfort. How is she doing?

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I have to totally agree with your about machines reduces the nurses sensors. We were taught to use sense of smell, too, and how to describe what the smell was like. It sure helps to speed up figuring out what is wrong especially with wounds and UTI's. My sister was being given morphine, just not enough. Yes - they are taking good care of fluids and stool softeners. One thing that p's me off is that they don't seem to give very much fibrous foods. fruit and veg is nowhere near enough for a healthy bowel. She has Sjogren's too, so often has a very dry mouth.

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I'm certainly glad they are giving her pain relief now. I hope that they are being pro-active about the #1 side effect of morphine and opioids and are giving her stool softeners and fluids. I'm really happy to hear that she's smiling.

I was a nurse in the olden days where we didn't have a lot of machines so we were taught to use ALL of our senses with our patients-certain odors could alert us to an early infection even under a cast. Changes in vital signs could. mean that stoical patient who said everything was fine was really having a lot of pain. I think there is too much reliance on machines, monitors, etc. that should be there to supplement the nurse AND doctor's critical thinking.

I pray she will have a good day and night.
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I know exactly what you mean about 'reading' a patient. To me, that is part of being a First Responder, a Nurse ... OR a Doctor. I always used to put a lot of importance on watching their faces. They don't have to say anything because their face, whether it be the corner of their eyes or mouth, or their entire face, says a thousand words just by even the most subtle expression. Anyway, the good news is that they increased her morphine, and when my niece took my sister-in-law to see her today, she said that she was laughing and able to move her arm more, so that's good.

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Kris, it's heartbreaking that she's in so much pain and you had to point it out and ask for the pain mgt team. What happened to being able to "read" your patient and her vital signs to determine if she is getting adequate pain relief? She deserves better. Yes, uncontrolled pain can delay healing. It is almost impossible for a patient to fully participate in physical therapy if they are in intractable pain which is why I always tried to make sure my patients had something for pain before. I am so angry for her. And you.

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I went to see my sister today. The good thing is she is mentally unchanged. To look at her it is like looking at someone who has just had a stroke. Her left leg is in the beginning of contracture; she can't move her legs by herself nor her left arm. She only has use of her right hand. She is in extreme pain and the morphine they have been giving her has NOT been cutting the mustard. She has asked for more on occasion and she isn't charted for any more yet. I asked the Nurse today if the Pain Team was involved and she looked at me rather blank, then said "no but it is a good idea." I asked her to get them involved. She was going to talk with the Dr after. Then when the Physiotherapist and 2 OT's came into the room I told the Physio I had asked, and asked her to follow up on it. She too thought it a very good idea. They came in to start getting her used to a hoist. They managed to get her out of bed and into a specialized wheelchair. Then the nurse came back in with the morphine for iv and said the Dr had approved the extra. BUT numbnuts hadn't mentioned about the pain team at the same time so she said she would after. While she was putting Morphine into the IV more staff came in to take her back downstairs for another x-ray. They tried this a.m. BUT the nurse had forgotten to give her the extra morphine to get her through the procedure and that meant the pain was excessive and they couldn't shift my sister's leg, so they sent her back up to the ward without doing it. I find that totally disgusting, and had I been there at the time, I certainly would have said something.

After I left the Dr phoned my niece and said that they are looking to get her into a brain rehab about 5 minutes from where my niece lives. He said that she still has some swelling on the brain which he said directly relates to her weakness, and stroke like symptoms, and that said she is very lucky to still have her good brain function. If they can control the pain then she will have a much better recovery. I know that from personal experience. excessive pain really does hinder physical recovery and also helps to trigger significant depression.

Someone from the Brain Unit will be seeing her on Monday and I gather it will be just a case of waiting for a bed to become available.

My niece hadn't realized the pain wasn't being controlled by the morphine, so was surprised when I mentioned it to her, and again when the Dr did too.

I have a very strong feeling that she won't be going back home to live. My sister has that feeling too ... hopefully we will be surprised, but I'm not holding my breath.

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The good news was good. I am sure it has made everyone feel a little better. Hopefully the bleed will totally resolve itself and thank goodness no fracture. I keep her in my prayers.

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Well, that is some good news that the bleed is resolving, the movement and that there is NO fx.
Your visit will brighten her day.
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Quite likely the head injury added considerably to the fatigue, too.

Her MRI result shows her hip is o.k. The brain bleed seems to have stabilized. She has a bit more movement in her left hand fingers. My niece said that she appeared brighter today and was even laughing with others in her room when my niece walked in. She is likely being shifted to rehab because there isn't anything much that they can do for her in the ward she is in. I am going down on Friday, now that all the MRI's CT Scans etc. seem to be finished, AND she also has a bit more energy, but won't stay too long.

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All the testing may have added to her fatigue today. I hope that the MRI doesn't show a fracture or dislocation. She must be in a lot of pain. I'm so sorry. emoticon

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Thank you. She had another MRI this a.m., on her hips and back. The results weren't back by the time my niece left this a/noon. She is unable to use her left arm still and her head is still foggy, which is understandable. Mine was like it for a good couple years. My niece said she didn't seem as perky today as she did yesterday.

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Kris, I'm so sorry to hear about the brain bleed and the unstable BP is very worrisome. She has been thru so much and now this. Hopefully, today will be a good day for her.
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