This blog was formerly dedicated in 2009 to my Dad who died of Alzheimer's in 2013. It's been three years now...and I find myself missing blogging...so I am re-inventing my blog... because, after all, life is about moving through, and going forward...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bad Backs, Diving and The Creature From The Black Lagoon...

Fasted fourteen hours to test my cholesterol levels this morning.  I know my numbers will be high.  It is always way up there in the summer months, mainly because I cannot stay away from ice cream and frozen yogurt.  When it is hot outside, it is my excuse not to anything, let alone exercise.

After my appointment, I took myself out to Coco's for breakfast.  They have a special breakfast for $3.99.  Two eggs, two pieces of bacon or sausage, country potatoes and my choice of pancakes or toast.  I chose toast.  Sat there and read the book I am reading (SHADOW DIVERS by Robert Kurson).  I had tried to read it this morning while I was distracting myself from food...and Izzy got behind me on the couch, put her paws on my shoulder and kept giving me wet willies in my ear...

This book is so exciting!  I can't wait for the movie.  It is suppose to come out in 2012.  I will be buying a ticket the first day!  It was so nice to sit and relax and read to my hearts content...

I ran some errands and then came home because my back was really hurting...

I have been cleaning out our master closet the past few days...threw my back out again.  I am serious pain.  I feel like someone threw acid on my left clavicle and then stabbed me with a huge 12 inch butcher knife!  Got my ICY HOT PAK on, listening to CREED and just took a Motrin...hopefully, it will help me finish this post...

Never heard from the nurse at the nursing home yesterday, so I called.  No new orders and basically she gave me the same report Mom did.  I asked to be transferred to the social worker and then asked for Dad to be put on the list for the Podiatrist.  My last visit his feet looked like the monster from  the movie, CREATURE OF THE BLACK LAGOON... 

She assured me he was on the list.  She told me Mom had left her a voice mail too.  I complained we had visited twice (once me and once my sister) when the podiatrist had been there.  We both told the CNA we would wait while he had his nails trimmed and we were each reassured it could be done afterward.  Both times the guy left!  So hopefully, we can get him trimmed soon.

The social worker also told me Dad's new glasses arrived.  It only took two months.  They make them in the prisons.  I wanted to know his eye prescriptions to make sure he can a new prescription instead of just a replacement.  In the process of looking up his last eye exam, she told me each time Dad returns back from a hospital visit, they close out his other chart and start a new one.  WHaaaaaaaaaaat???  She explained they were short on storage space.  Is it me?  That makes zero sense to me!!

That would certainly explain the problem they have not calling me consistently about Dad!!!!  I told her I had concerns his past history would not be readily available.  She reassured me all his allergies and pertinent information is transferred over to the new chart.  Have any of you ever heard of that before?  Is this common on Medicare-Medi-Cal patients??

Today was my youngest daughter's last day of work as she begins her maternity leave.  I spoke with her tonight and she was very emotional leaving work today.  She is due to have my third grand son in two weeks.

I'm pooped...I'm hitting the sack early for a change...night, night...

4 comments:

That corgi :) said...

that doesn't make any sense to me either, Donna, that they close out a chart each time after a hospital stay. Makes you wonder about continuity of care. ouch on your back; hope it is a bit better today. I will have to check out that book; I always am looking for a good book to read.

betty

Entre Nous said...

I'm going to have to check that book out at the library! I've been reading the biography of F.D.R. Really dry political stuff.

Take extra care on the back, it's taking me forever to heal my ruptured disc. Back pain is the worst.

Chatty Crone said...

I have to agree - closing the chart out each and every time? It is so hard to get things done when you live close I can't imagine living and doing this from another state.

You have a lot going on girl.

sandie w/♥

Pat said...

Hope your back gets better.

That whole chart business is ridiculous!