Thursday, May 8, 2008

At Home..

Mom is now at home. I still need to move some of her clothing and things back to her house. She seems to be doing well. She is supposed to have an appointment with her doctor on May 12. Hopefully she will get approval to start driving again. She is also hoping to get approval to go back to work part time. She is now walking around with only one crutch. Her right leg is at about 90 percent but the left leg is at 60 percent or so. She will find out if they are thinking she will need surgery on the left leg when she goes in on Monday hopefully. Mom is hoping that the appointment will go well and that her ex rays will show that the legs are healing properly.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

At Home for Now

Mom is at home this weekend and will come back to my home for a day or two this week. But she is almost ready to transition back to her home full time. She is able to do a little more each day! I am still worried about her trying to over do it at home. She has been at her house since Friday afternoon. I ran into her and Dad at Costco on Saturday (were my children mobbed her because she had a motorized cart). They were buying cleaning supplies. Not a good sign that mom will actually be taking it easy. We will see how it goes. I will try to get Mom to post soon.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Doing Well

Mom is doing good. She tried staying at home with Dad last Sunday. It seemed to go ok. She came to stay with us again Monday through Thursday. She is staying at home with dad this weekend. Brenden was supposed to come stay with them for the weekend to help but with Meghann in school he was to busy. Mom got several nice cards this week from the Garrett's and David Hilton. She seems to be doing alright. This week went well mom had a doctors appointment on Monday and got her taxes done. She was approved to start physical therapy and to start wearing a knee sling instead of a knee stabilizer. She has been doing well with the knee sling and will start out patient physical therapy on Wednesday. She has also gone to visit dad every other day. She will probably be back at home full time in a week and a half. I will write an update again soon.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

An Outing

On Friday we meet the OT at mom and dad's house so she could see what equipment if any she might need to order to help mom make the transition to her back to her house easier. We are thinking that might happen in a week or so. Depending on what the doctor says and how out patient physical therapy goes. After meeting with the OT (Occupational Therapist) at my parents house we headed out to Phill's Fish Market in Moss Landing to meet mom's class. I have included some pictures from our Outing. I know that mom really enjoyed seeing everyone from her class. She is waving in the back of this shot.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Update 4-7-08

Mom is able to do more each day! She is becoming more and more independent. Although sometimes she is a little to independent. Erik and Dad came and helped me last week so that I could get some things done for work. Mom also helped some with Jake and Nick from bed. THANKS! I was pretty overwhelmed last week as I tried to juggle work and all of my other responsibilities and I will be playing catch up this week. The boys are really enjoying being able to pop in and out of grandma Nita's room and to tell her about there days. We are really enjoying having her in our home. Although my dad misses her terribly and can't wait for her to come home. We are still waiting for a doctors appointment so we can get more feed back about what she is and is not aloud to do. Brenden, Meghann and Ellison came to visit on Saturday. Mom joined us in the living room to watch conference and spend time with the family. We tried to take a picture as they were leaving but Ellie was not very happy at that point. It's still kinda cute though.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Finally Out and About . . . At Least A Little!!!

Well, today I did several things for the first time. . . I experimented with taking a shower independently -- that went okay! Then we went into town so that I could finish up an IEP from just before my accident and find a few other things for some of the other teachers. Unfortunately, several people had cleaned up my desk and computer area so I couldn't find the old files so I had to reprint the old file but I was able to finish the IEP and turn it in. Then we ran a few errands and returned to the house. I guess that my leg was down for a little longer than desired so I had some more swelling but everything went pretty well!! Meaghan and the boys were impressive as she (with the boy's help) coordinated all my different pieces of equipment did the shopping , bullied me into following all the rules, etc. All in all, an exciting day!
Love ya!

Monday, March 31, 2008

A New Week . . .

Once again, I'd like to thank everyone who has called with supportive thoughts, sent cards and flowers, brought in food for the family, and come in and stayed with me when Meaghan was unable to do so!! --You have made this whole recuperation thing go much more quickly and happily!! The PT has started me on crutches and they seem to make it a little easier on the stairs and on the uneven areas around Meaghan's house so I should be able to get out to her car or our car and into the Doctor's office without problems. . . As a matter of fact, the PT is going to come in just a few minutes and give me a few more pointers on getting up and moving appropriately with my crutches -- hopefully giving me the okay for a little more independence. Also, the Doctor visit tomorrow should give me a pretty good indication of the present prognosis, the extent of my increased ability to move about, when I might be able to go home, when I might be able to return to work and under what kind of restrictions, etc. Once again, thanks for all of your prayers and thoughts!!
Love you!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Still Hanging In There. . . .

I'm slowly getting it together and getting better. The PT has come twice this week and given me several exercises to build the strength and mobility of my legs -- who would believe that your kneecaps could cause so much of a problem? I've had many visitors and calls and an incredible amount of food brought in by friends -- all of this has helped me feel loved and supported -- Thank you!! I'd especially like to thank the Jensen's for dinner on Friday; Aida for her calls and homemade bread on Saturday; Catherine for visiting and bringing us lunch and good wishes on Monday; Shirley and Leilah for visiting and spending time with me; Marilyn for coming by to visit and bring us dinner on Monday; Wendy Adler for dinner on Tuesday; Chris Hicks and Ruby Staley for dinner and a visit on Wednesday; Amanda Sachtleben for her concern and scheduling prowess, and to Sharan Joyce and her family for dinner tonight. I'm now allowed to go the 10 or so feet to the restroom with limited supervision and even able to go into the front room for short visits if I keep my leg up, etc. . . . all pretty exciting stuff!!!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Happy Easter

Mom seems to be adjusting to daily life at my house. She is enjoying her daily shower and spending time with the grand kids. Pat and Erik came and spent time with mom this weekend so I could grocery shop, get ready for Easter and watch the boys hunt for Easter eggs. Mom's been taking it easy and getting caught up on her reading. If any of you have read anything good recently that you can recommend, I am sure she would love to hear from you. Of course it is hard to find a book mom has not read. We had a beautiful warm Easter. The boys had lots of fun looking for eggs and playing outside. We hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Message from Mike

I am going to try to post this message from Mike Hilton to my mom: NOPE the video is actually to large to post but very cool.

ShowerChair -- At Last!!

Yesterday morning a gentleman showed up with the shower chair I had been promised! ***Many of you don't know this about me but I have to have a shower every day or I don't feel like I' m ready for the day -- and certainly not ready to see anyone. . . So this was a truly wonderful thing! I also got a visit from my Medical Case Manager/nurse who has promised to get me whatever I need and help set up my appointments etc. Ralf has "walking Pneumonia" but is starting to feel well enough to come and visit -- so he came by for about 20 minutes to bring me up to date. I had several calls from friends, coworkers, and family members -- checking up on me and making sure that everything was going as well as possible. I'd like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and for the thousands of things they do for me each day-- it's made a tremendous difference to me to know that people are thinking about me! I'm particularly thankful to Meaghan and Darin and their family for taking care of me and policing my movements-- it is so difficult for me to restrict myself and to stay in bed all of the time but Meaghan and family have really tried to make this as enjoyable an experience as possible!! Thanks and Love Nita

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Settled in and Trying to Do the Right Things

Today was my first real day at home. I am still focused on trying to follow doctor's order's and trying to stay down, etc. Marilyn Hayes came over and stayed with me for a couple of hours while Meaghan and the boys were at a game and brought over food for all of us. Dana Parry brought by dinner with Andrew.

Messages for Nita

If you would like to post a message for Nita let me know under comments and I will post your message. Several people have sent emails and messages of support. I will add those emails as comments below. Thanks for all your support.

Thanks for all the Fantastic Support,

I would like to thank everyone for the calls, flowers, outpouring of love and support, food, cards, visits, etc.! I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it's been to hear from everyone and how much it's helped me to feel better. I was especially cheered to receive flowers and messages on Friday and Saturday from so many friends --**I'll try and list everyone but will undoubtedly miss many of you so please forgive me!! ... Melanie, Sheri and all my students from Northminster, Catherine, Diane Wade, Blanca and her daughter, Vickie and RoseMarie--and everyone at SAS, Pat and Barbara, Jer and Eva and Family, Kelly and Billy, Betty, Francis and Shirley, Patrick and Erik, Brenden and Meghann, Ralf, Meaghan and Darin, Don & Ashley, Ruby & Tod, Aida and Julian, Ricardo, Gina, Cecilia for her help with the paperwork.
Thank you so much, Catherine, for bringing in the candy for the nurses -- phenomenally thoughtful! Also Jer and family --thanks for making that long trip to say hello and give me your love. . . Michael, Stephanie and Phineaus --your DVD was great! A special thanks to Meaghan and Darin and the boys for their daily love and support! I'd really like to thank the Lyman's, Singleton's, Steele's for bringing food by. Salden's thanks for helping Meaghan with the boys so Meg could be at the hospital with me (Barbra thanks for watching Ellie so Bren & Megh could come down).
While I'm at Meaghan's my cell phone won't really work so you can reach me at 831 728 1734.

Thanks for all your Love and Support!
Love - Nita

At Meaghan's House

Mom was realised from the hospital yesterday afternoon. The hard part was getting her home and up the stairs. Pat and Erik decided to carried her up the stairs. While in the hospital she practiced going up and down stairs but we decided it would be best to carry he. So far everything seems to be doing well. She has started a new Douglas Preston book and has a pile of books next to her bed that she is hoping to read soon.