img_4861Time for an update. Mary has been doing pretty well the past couple of weeks. She has been going to physical therapy twice a week. It seems to help a little bit. She still complains of dizziness, especially in the mornings. For that reason, we try not to schedule anything for her early in the morning.

Last week she was complaining of a pain in her side and a dry cough. Seeing as she hadn’t fallen any time recently, so that kind of ruled out a broken rib. Paula took her to her urgent care doctor to get it checked out. Doctor T. seemed to think it was pleurisy (an inflammation of the pleura, the lining of the lung). Click here for more info on pleurisy. He prescribed an antibiotic for the infection and med for the cough. It seems that she is feeling much better. We don’t know how she got it or why, nor does it particularly matter.

On Friday, Mike and his family came over for dinner. Mary is always happy to see the grand-kids. She loves to see the little ones. It always puts a smile on her face.

We took her with us on Saturday to my lodge installation of officers. We will be going to our OES meeting tonight. She is happy to see all of the people she knows.

Our stress level has been increasing of late. We try not to leave her alone for any length of time. So either Paula or I stay with her. So that rules out going to the movies or shows. We look forward to doing the grocery shopping because that means we have about an hour alone together. We have been using caregivers for the longer trips but that can be a challenge for short time events like a date to go to the movies.

I have finished my annual Christmas letter. I have been doing it now for about 20 years. I just have to finish putting postage on the letters, sealing and dropping in the mailbox. This year the list has grown to about 140 of our nearest and dearest friends from Maine to California.

I don’t know if I will get out another post before Christmas. If I don’t, then I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my readers a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.



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