September 22, 2008 at 11:44 am EDT

For those of us living in the northern hemisphere, fall officially begins tomorrow at 11:44 AM. We’ve had a couple of frost warnings but so far, the flowers are still blooming and we can still buy corn on the cob at the local farm. Sure felt like fall this morning! Although, I’ve got to get better at this hi/low BG stuff. Woke up this morning, put on the winter robe but still sat at the computer shaking, not a lot… Finally had my own AHA! moment, tested and said, “Duh.” It wasn’t awful but definitely lower than I usually wake up to. The insulin continues to work and I continue to feel much, much better.

Yesterday morning was a trip to the ER with my dad at 8 AM. The nursing home called to say his catheter had become dislodged and the nurse tried but couldn’t reinsert it (poor dad). He went by ambulance and I met him there. Normally we are there for at least a couple of hours so I take snacks for me, something to read and my Ipod. Not yesterday, the ER was quiet and we were out of there in less than 30 minutes. The local ambulance that took him had even waited so it made the ordeal much, much easier. Very nifty! And, even better – dad was calm and “with it.”

Dad’s new med – it’s Aricept – seems to be (keep your fingers crossed) working! I’ve seen a tremendous improvement in his awareness these last 5 days. This morning we talked about his stocks and he knew what he was saying – better yet, I knew what he was saying. After a couple of weeks of going into his room with no clue of what/who to expect, the last few days have been nice. I’m happy that he’s more himself and not complaining that government agents have stolen his blanket. Dad has not been dx’d with Alzheimer’s but his confusion has worsened since June.

And finally, went to stick myself with the Levemir the other night. Good thing I looked first, I think this would have hurt! I have no clue how I bent it so badly but I’ll be more careful in the future.

4 thoughts on “September 22, 2008 at 11:44 am EDT

  1. I know, how can fall be here already!!! Sorry to hear about the trip to the ER, that’s always such a drag. But I’m glad this one was less of a drag than usual and that your dad is doing well. Ouch, hate those bent needles!!

  2. Happy fall 🙂Sounds like you’ve found a great med match for your dad. And… EEKS! That needle looks awful. Glad that you noticed.

  3. Hi Colleen. Thanks for this update on your Dad’s condition. We pray that he continues to do well with the new med. As for that needle, I guess we have to keep our eyes open all the time. That one would have stung a bit. It seems like you were posting pictures of mounds of snow in your yard just the other day! Hard to believe that summer is already gone. The relentless humidity down here will be easing off soon, but I’d give almost anything to see those beautiful fall colors “up close and personal” in New England again.

  4. Glad to hear that the Aricept is working. I know what you mean about now knowing what/who’ll you’ll find when you walk into the room. My heart starts to race as I walk down the long hallway……We’ve had unseasonable warmth this week – close to 80 today. And it seems like a lot of the trees are losing leaves without them turning color.

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