April 19, 2007
To all of you who are keeping up with our family emergency… EC had a second stroke (in a week) last night and is not expected to recover. Liza’s brothers from Ft. Collins, Denver and Fayetteville are in the air now on their way here. Her sisters are already here and with her. Baby sister flew in from NH this morning.
I will wrap Liza in the good wishes from you all. As for me, A.D.D. I am just numb. Today is 10 months since Dad passed. We will make it through this sadness somehow I know. We will just be Starting Over one more time.
April 17, 2007
Aging sucks. Seeing your parents struggle with aging is even worse.
Liza’s mom, EC, is recovering from a stroke. Above are Liza’s hospital pics (as promised). One looking out, one looking in. I can smell the bleach and the illness.
Eighty something EC made it through another round of tests today and was given the OK to eat solid foods (that would made me feel better). Discussions have started about rehab.
EC knows about starting over. Mr. EC passed away years ago (a big starting over) and since then she has recovered from several surgeries including hip replacement, the first stroke, and intestinal blockage. If she can recoup from this I am giving her an honorary degree from the University of Starting Over.
Warm wishes. anitamorrell.wordpress.com and dailyart.wordpress.com
April 15, 2007
EC’s stroke has been confirmed as “not as bad as it could have been” but she has weeks of rehab ahead for sure. And more invasive tests tomorrow.
She has constant advocacy by family at her side. First son (Liza’s brother) arrived yesterday. Liza slept through the afternoon then went back to the hospital in the evening.
I did what every good southern woman does. Went on a up-and-down-every-isle grocery shopping trip and have been cooking since. Last night, banana bread with nuts and love. Often made by EC usually with one ingredient missing. Often made by my own mother, EM, in little tin cradled loaves.
I have whipped up my best homemade chicken soup (young carrots, celery with leaves, lots of garlic). Boneless pork chops that marinated all night in Cuban mojo…. yum… and a new green bean/artichoke casserole that I tried out on Liza after she returned from the hospital late last night.
Liza will deliver the chicken soup and banana bread to EC to be approved by Kelly, the sweet, young-enough-to-still-care nurse.
Since she has not been feeling well either, portions of the same I will take to EM along with the pork and casserole for her supper.
There is something in my wiring that says love food can fix anything. A.D.D. (about me) I know this is not true. It is just all I know to do.
April 14, 2007
Liza’s mom is stabalized now. Still having a hard time speaking and her right arm is pretty much useless. We are all hoping stroke rehab will help with these things and that she continues to get stronger. Ninety some pounds… she hasn’t alot of getting sick room.
Liza sends “Best” to all of you. I am going to take her camera to her this morning (she spent last night in chair by her mother’s bed) just in case she gets the notion to click. I am passing on your good wishes as the e-mails and phone calls come.
It is just so hard to see our parents age and leave us. They are our oldest and dearest friends, and impossible to replace.
April 13, 2007
This post is for friends and family. Liza’s mom (EC) had another stroke last night. Having problems speaking. In tests now at hospital. Cell phones don’t work well there. Will update here ASAP.
Not another Starting Over… please no. (First Exposure, about me) Warm wishes for EC.
April 2, 2007
Our small town is enjoying a rebirth, having “bottomed out” as have so many downtowns across our nation. It is starting a new life with the renovations of historically significant buildings, new shops and loft conversions.
We wanted to be a part of this restoration so we purchased a two story brick building on a side street only a few storefronts from the main street of town. Two storefronts downstairs and a roomy upstairs city home made for the perfect arrangement for us. For now.
Last night Liza was prawling around the neighborhood when she noticed this urban moon peaking between two city buildings. Oh Liza!
April 2, 2007
I know it is too early for Spring Fever… just a balmy East Tennessee seasonal tease. By the week-end, Johnny Wood (local TV guy) says it’s going to be freezing again.
But today is warm and sunny. Showy red and yellow tullips have sprung up in beds around our downtown building that I did not know existed.
As the roller coaster weather continues so does my life A.D.D. But Springtime sights like the cherry trees above sure can boost the happy meter. These beauties grow on either side of my C & D’s front porch and also dot the landscape all over our town.
Happy Spring. Enjoy while it lasts!