Thursday, March 1, 2018

Thursday......and Prayers for Our Joni.....

I set two alarms to make sure I woke up in time for my appointment with my urologist.
Turns out I didn't need either one.

Dr. Bloom is my very favorite doctor - although I only have two!
Dr. Suma Abraham is my primary care doctor and I dearly love her, too.
She referred me to Dr. Bloom after I turned 65 and was able to get insurance coverage.
I had a constant UTI for years and years and, looking back, I don't know how I managed life like that.
All the time we were down in Katy taking care of Amber and the quads - I had an UTI.
Dr. Bloom has given me my life I didn't even know was possible since I had been afflicted with this condition for so many years.
I did a tally for how many times I got up one night to go to the bathroom.
It was 36 times.
Sometimes less....but not by much and sometimes more. 
It's a good thing I was younger then because I don't know how I got enough rest to function the way I did!
I take a pill every night along with Vitamin C.
No UTI in 2 years!
Now I only visit Dr. Bloom once a year.
I baked chocolate chip cookies yesterday afternoon and took him a bag full.
He said he knew when he saw my name on the list this morning that he was going to get a snack!
This is one doctor visit I look forward to!
As I was checking out, I heard him tell his nurse, "Grab a cookie! They are delicious!!"

From there I hustled through the big nice Kroger on MacArthur that is nearly as good as HEB!
I bought food to prepare for the funeral of a dear family friend's son tomorrow.

Then I raced home to pick Louis Dean up for his follow up appointment!

He is still feeling blah. No energy. No spark.
Even the doctor didn't get but one story and two smiles from his today.
She said he will feel better as he recovers.
His chest sounded good and he is over the flu.
He's taken all the medicine.
All he needs to do now is regain his strength.....and his mojo.
I have seldom seen him like this!

We went on over to see Reaoma since I will be in Fort Worth all day tomorrow.

She was resting through much of my visit.
I gave her arms and hands a massage with some of the good hand cream Pam has there for her.
We talked and she was happy about seeing Pam yesterday.

After we left there - I still had two more stops!
Walgreens for my medicine and then I filled up the car with gas.
It was easier to do it then than in the morning.
I don't do mornings well and tomorrow will be a really early one!

I left at 9:30 this morning and arrived back shortly before 4:00!
Home at last!

The rains have gone and the sky turned blue so I went out to see the neighborhood.
At least my front yard.

Green grass is growing!
I work a little bit every day in the front flower bed up by the door and in front of the music and guest room windows. Right night I am raking up leaves and giving the liriope haircuts.
I do this in the spring and then again in August if the heat and lack of water has turned the ends all brown and scorched.

The I went to work in the kitchen - first putting up all the groceries, loading the dishwasher and then starting the food to take to Fort Worth tomorrow.
Taking and serving food is what we do when loved ones are grieving.
That's the way we show our love and allows us to serve then even as we grieve along with them.

I made a big fluffy salad......
Cool Whip, Jello, cottage cheese, chopped frozen cranberries, chopped pecans, drained crushed pineapple and a can of cut up pineapple slices.
I found a fresh sprig of mint in the garden to use as a garnish.

Next I made a sour cream pound cake using Summer's recipe!
A box of yellow cake mix
1 cup of sour cream
1/2 cup of oil
3/4 cup of sugar
4 eggs
325* for 1 hour
Turns out perfect every single time!

I felt like I was on a cooking show when I made up a big batch of potato salad.
I used my food processor to chop up the onion, sweet peppers, celery and I cut up the dill pickles and boiled eggs by hand.

It turned out really good.
Louis Dean and I both had a bowl for our dinner tonight.
It's been a long and busy day and I need to make an early night of it of I'm going to get up and get going early in the morning.

Please say a prayer if you can for our dear Joni and the family.
This is David, her only son.......

"You never said I'm leaving you, you never said goodbye. You were gone before I knew it and only God knows why. In life I loved you dearly, in death I love you still. In my heart I hold a place that only you can fill. It broke my heart to lose you but you didn't go alone. A part of me went with you, the day God called you home."

From Joni's Facebook page


Bluebird49 said...

I love autocoorrect turning UTIs into
It Is! 😉

Ginny Hartzler said...

I am so sorry! Even though we know they are with their Father in such beauty, we still miss them so much down here. Louis Dean's body fought so hard against this flu that it has left him exhausted. I had almost constant U.T.I.'s like you. I have not had one in a very long time though. Can I ask what the pill is that the doctor gave you? This is a great picture of you and your doctor!

Linda said...


Anonymous said...

I wish my doctor would give me that pill, do you mind me asking what the pill was? I have suffered from the same problem for 15 years!!!! I am sorry Louis Dean is not bounced back yet but it was such a bad flu, maybe more time is needed.

We make food for everyone when they are grieving here as well,, its what we do too. I keep you and family in my prayers,, what a handsome young man, so sad.

Susie said...

Linda, So glad for the good doctor reports you and LD received. You are a busy bee. I love that pretty cake. I learned this from my sister...when we take food to someone's house in the time of death, we also take paper plates, paper towels and T.P....because some times with the amount of visitors, the family can't remember everyday things. So sorry for Joni's loss..such a young person to be gone so soon. Blessings to all, xoxo,love, Susie

Vee said...

Feeding him your good, nutritious, and oh so delicious food will bring the oomph back. Everyone says how much this flu knocks the stuffing out of a person. You have been a good wife and a good nurse!

Thank you for posting your friend’s son’s photo. You have given the prayer request a face. I am praying for this day’s remembrances to be meaningful and healing, though there will never be a getting over this, that there will be comfort and peace in the journey forward.

Loved seeing thay vivid green sprig of spring grass! Now that gives me hope. It is blowing up a gale here. 💨

Hootin' Anni said...

Through all this...and you keep on going & going! Like the Energizer Bunny!

NanaDiana said...

First off-I am sorry that LD hasn't gotten his mojo back. It will come back, I'm sure. The older we get the harder we are hit when we contract the flu or something else. I will say a little prayer for him (and for you so you don't worry).

It looks like you got a lot done in spite of everything going on. I have only had a few UTI's in my life and they are absolutely miserable. I go as soon as I feel one coming on so that I don't end up having to be catherized. UGH!

Take good care and have a great weekend. xo Diana

ps- I missed the Joni story and prayers needed. I will go back and see what I missed. Been running on the fast track here and not as much time to visit blogs as in the past.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Will definitely be saying a prayer. Yes food is what we do too. That cake sounds so easy and looks wonderful! Glad you have good weather. Here we have snow! Again!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

All that cooking would wear me out! Glad that Louis Dean is over the flu but looks like it will take a bit longer to get that energy back. Praying for him, you and Joni.

Sandra said...

so sorry to hear about David, prayers for the family. Hope LD gets his mojo back soon, don't tell him but when we get a certain age, it is harder to kick in gear and grab that mojo. it will happen for him and i pray SOON... he looks sad which is most certainly not him.

Jan said...

Praying for your friend and her family. Also for LD for a quick recovery!

Curtains in My Tree said...

You have made me hungry with all that good food and I could eat a huge piece of that pound cake
So sorry Louis Dean is still not up to par.
You are always so busy also
I know even with knowing God and all our prayers that mothers heart is crushed, this is so sad to hear about David

Carole said...

What a whole lot of food you did! Sending you both some virtual mojo! Cheers

Deanna Rabe said...

I’m so sorry about the loss of this beloved son and grandson of your friends. You are a good friend and wife. LD will hopefully be feeling better soon.

Terra said...

What a sad loss of the young man, and sad but true words. Reminds me of how I feel as a widow. I wrote down your pound cake recipe. I might buy a pan in that shape to try the recipe.

Carla said...

I don't know how you did it Linda. You were a trooper that's for sure. So sorry to read about your friends son/grandson. Thoughts and prayers for the family