Sliding all over ice storm Monday

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Sliding all over ice storm Monday
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Mon, 01-28-2013 - 11:09am

There was a freezing rain alert for this morning. My 6am clancelled so my boss asked me to take her 6am but in the end, all my clients cancelled and I ended up training hers.  It's just funny how it all worked out.  I'm taking a rest day today but should plan my workouts for the week.  There was a lot of skiing uphill w/ beginners yesterday and my legs are tired.  Plus, the cold always wipes me out.  What are you all up to? Oh, I have a new series of exercises that I've had my clients do that they've all liked. I'll post them above--requires stability ball and tubing.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 01-28-2013 - 12:33pm

I have had such a terrible weekend I can't even remember if I told you all that my husband sat stuck on an interstate for 4 hours on Friday because of an ice storm. I'm going to be a total Debbie Downer today.

To make a very long drawn out exasperating story short, my father-in-law fell and hit his head pretty badly a few weeks ago. He refused to let us take him to the hospital at that time to get things checked out. Remember he is blind and imo mentally ill. Over the last two weeks his health has rapidly declined and a few days ago he became unable to get up or down by himself. So, I spent the weekend trying to coax him into medical care as I watched him get worse and worse each hour. Finally, he agreed to let us take him to the hospital yesterday afternoon and once there they found his brain is bleeding and he is severely dehydrated. He had clots on both sides of the brain. They transported him to a nearby large city where a neurosurgeon performed surgery on him at 4:00 AM this morning to try to stop the pressure building on his brain. It is not looking good. As I type this he is alive and awake. They say he can never go back to living alone. My husband is at the hospital while I am back home trying to figure out what to do about his apartment and long term care-if he lives. We just knew something like this was inevitable and sure enough it is upon us.

To make matters worse it is storming, my throat is horribly scratchy, I'm exhausted and may have to drive back to the hospital which is more than 1.5 hours later this evening. I need strength vibes! 

Karla
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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Mon, 01-28-2013 - 12:54pm

I guess it's wet all over!  We've had almost 4 days of clouds and rain.  It's been wonderful. 

Karla, I'm so sorry to hear about your FIL.  How stressful that must be for all of you.  I don't have much to do today so I'll send all my extra energy (what there is of it... ) east.  It's so much harder to deal with these things when we don't feel well.  Grab naps if you can.  Get some protein shakes to keep in fridge just to keep your energy/nutrition levels up.  Take care and I hope you feel better!  

Our game night turned up about 27 people.  Largest game night ever.  It was a lot of fun but almost a little overwhelming with that large of a group.  We went out to dinner with friends on Friday evening so between that and Saturday, I'm a little emotionally drained.  Thankfully, I have no social enagements this week or weekend.  

I am off today so I spent the morning cleaning up the rest of the party.  I did a strength workout that was pretty good too.  My energy levels might be returning?  I'm on the antibiotics for another week and then I see the doc again in two weeks.  *fingers crossed*  

Food... I don't know.  I had a breakfast sandwich and grapefruit juice + benefiber (yay antibiotics mucking up the digestive system).  Not sure about lunch.  Very little sounds good right now.  Kinda wishing those Willy Wonka meals in a piece of gum were real.  :D  (I am also terribly lazy when it comes to food prep.)  

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 01-28-2013 - 1:23pm

So sorry to hear about your FIL.  As hard as it is, it might be better for him not to live by himself.  It will probably give you some peace of mind that he's not alone.  Hope he recovers quickly. I agree w/ kel--take care of yourself, too!  Have you ever tried gargling w/ apple cider vinegar and warm water (1/3 to 2/3)? It's my scratchy throat cure.  I talk about it all the time.  Just make sure to eat and rest when you can!






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 01-28-2013 - 1:25pm

Glad you're starting to feel better!  I can't imagine game night w/ that many people. I've done bunco once w/ a lot of people and once was enough.  I don't like huge gatherings like that to begin with!






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 01-28-2013 - 5:03pm

Karla,I am sending positive thoughts, prayers, and energy your way.  I hope that everything works out in the best way it can.  I agree that it's better that, at this point, he has care...this way, you don't have to feel responsible for want transpires going forward.  It is so hard to manage the living arrangements of the elderly.  I will be going to my mom's within a month or so for surgery she needs.  :O  ugh.

Jean, so nice that you have/had paying clients despite the cancellations.  I like this job for you so much!  Gymrat, so happy you are healthy and back to having fun...although 27 IS a very large number!

I visited with my mom and daughter this weekend.  Its was so pleasant.  I came home early yesterday morning to avoid the ice storm.  Today, work, errands re: the house closing, and spending some nice quality time with dh.  I did a low key hatha yoga class this weekend.  I am falling out of my gymrat status since recovering from the flu, but I will get back in shortly.  I also signed up for a quilting class that starts this weekend.  Busy, busy, busy, even though I have no children at home.  My goal is to visit my mom (and daughter) once per month.  It's a long drive, but since I am able, I just need to to DO IT.  No idea on food, although I got my first jar of coconut oil and Ezekiel bread, along with my standard foods.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Mon, 01-28-2013 - 5:07pm
Karla-I am so sorry for all you are dealing with. The hospital should have a social worker to help you with finding a suitable place for your FIL. also, does your husband's employer have an employee assistance program? If so, they will often research services and options for your FIL and also you and your husband. This can be helpful whatever the outcome. With my mom, I went through the EAP process several times as we moved from needing one level of care to another, and used social services at two different hospitals. I found the people I dealt with caring and compassionate, and they thought about things that I didn't because this is their job. And just talking with them helped me work through my feelings about difficult decisions. .........Gymrat - game night sounds fun.... Jean - you love to ski but don't like the cold? Yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. One of my colleagues and I went to the museum at the Oskar Schindler Factory...it is the best museum I have ever been to. It opened in 2020, and was built with a lot of European Union money...one of the ways that Poland used the money wisely because this is a sure visitor attraction. You've probably seen the movie Schinler's List. The museum is in the actual factory, which was operating as a factory when the movie was filmed here in Krakow. The exhibit is the story ok Krakow under Nazi Occupation - 1939 to 1945. I found it even more moving than Auschwitz, which is saying a lot. It opens with an exhibit of photographs from the 1930's-just ordinary Krakow families. They were like the pictures in my grandmothers attic...and in two of them, one of little girls playing, and one of a teenager dancing for the camera...it could have been my mother. She was that age and the hairstyle and clothes were like hers. The museum tells the story of what happened to everyone..not just the Jews, which is horrible, but of all the people here..the daily indignities that escalated into brutality. I am so sorry my nephew didn't go there...I want to say to all of you..you have to come to Krakow...you have to see this...there are oral history interviews with people Schindler saved...people who lived through unimaginable horror...and lived to grow old and tell their stories. We watched many of the interviews done in English...people who ended up in America...just ordinary looking old people reminiscing about their lives...the strength of the human spirit was so strongly evident. And of course, the people of Krakow and of Poland were waiting to be rescued from the Nazis, and their rescuers were the Communists...who maybe were not he ll bent on exterminating some of them, but didn't much care about thm either..as I said, an amazing day....
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 01-28-2013 - 5:51pm

That sounds really powerful. I haven't looked but it should all be online.  There is too much knowledge and experience from the survivors not to have it readily accessible to all.  I know it wouldn't be the same experience as seeing it but it's still important.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 01-28-2013 - 5:54pm

You have a good positive way of looking at things. I was thinking this morning that I'd rather not go to work and stay put, in the freezing rain.  I'm kind of on the fence about my job right now. There are things I like about it but I might be burning out. I feel like I'm babysitting egos sometimes.  OTOH, when a client makes progress or really loves things I've put together for them, it is rewarding.  Ugh, I just miss my free time.






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Tue, 01-29-2013 - 7:06am
Agreed - it sounds really powerful. I've learned so much from you living there! :)
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Tue, 01-29-2013 - 7:07am
Honestly, it's not my favorite either. I much prefer intimate gatherings. But... I happen to really like everyone we invited and I think it was a fluke that they all showed up.