Thursday, August 21, 2014

We Surprised Her Again and She Really IS a Ninja!

On the spur of the moment last week we stopped in at Little Caesars to see Beth at work. She was really busy! These stacks are wrapped in plastic and there are 50 boxes in each stack.

Here she is putting the glue on top of the box.

Then she sticks the coupons on...
And folds the top back to reveal the next one.
Once she gets all the coupons on, she then folds each box.
Behind her are the stacks that she's done in previous weeks.
After we got home, I received this text from her job coach:
"Beth did SIX stacks tonight. Wahoo!! I am so PROUD of her. She is AMAZING!"
I know I've been posting about her at work a lot lately, but she's doing such a fantastic job!
We're so proud of her!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sideways Quarters

Beth spent just about all of her money on our vacation last month and then didn't get a paycheck because she was gone... so we had to get out the change jar!

We poured out a bunch of change and separated it all. I showed her how to count and stack the coins so they would match each roll: groups of 4 quarters, 10 dimes, etc.

At first she tried to roll the pennies but couldn't get her fingers all the way in the tube. So we did quarters instead. Much better. :)

The hardest part was trying to get the quarters flat once they were in the tube. You know how they'll slip and end up on their edge, then she couldn't figure out how to get it flat again with her finger still in the tube... but she kept trying!

She stuffed them, folded over the tops and then we took them to the bank.
This girl loves her cash! One time when she was little, my mom had taken her and her sisters to the mall. My mom gave them each a nickel or dime or something to throw into the fountain. Both Diana and Sharaya threw theirs in right away but Beth looked at hers and stuck it in her pocket! :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Resigned to the Fact That It Really Is Over

Remember the hydrangea bush I posted about a while ago? Some of you asked to see a picture of it in full bloom so here it is! I think next year I need to prune it more because the flowers are too heavy for the branches. I have been cutting them and bringing inside to fill my vases. I love fresh flowers!

Beth is still doing okay after her fall down the stairs. No bumps or bruises, thank goodness.
Here she is jumping waves at La Jolla, California.
Gosh we had such a great time in San Diego. I don't know if you're like me, but once we get home, I tend to constantly think about the trip, go over and over the pictures and just try to remember every moment! After a few weeks, I finally resign to the fact that it really IS over and it's time to get back to daily life. We just really like to travel. :)
Allison enjoying the shade.
And a bag of Cheez-its.
My dad eating a cupcake with 7 of his 11 great-grandkids.
This is Beth after she got out of the pool at the condo. Silly goose!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Long Walk

We usually buy Beth's bus pass on-line but because we were on vacation last month we completely forgot until it was too late. So we had to go get it in person.

I knew the building was at the park and ride, but I didn't know where at the park and ride. We drove around one whole lot but didn't find one open parking space. So we headed down a different lot. A very large lot.

We found a spot to park and after walking quite a ways I found a small coffee shop and the gentleman pointed me in the direction of the Rideshare store. I didn't realize there was a parking lot right next to it!

Oh well. We bought her pass and began the long walk back to the car.
Across the Bus Only entrance
Past one large lot and into our lot
Then all the way down to our car. (We were at the far end of this row.)
But she got her bus pass! One happy camper!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

She Scared Us!

Beth fell down the stairs last night.

Her apartment is in our day light basement and she had come up to get dinner. She was taking her plate back downstairs when I heard a loud grunt. Then I heard her fall, the plate flying against the wall, her thumping down the stairs... oh my gosh my heart is beating faster even now, just remembering that sound!!

By the time I got to the stairs, she was sort of sitting on the landing and both feet were up on the bottom stair, she was holding her head and sobbing.

Chuck and I flew down the stairs asking if she was okay and she just cried. She did managed to say, "I hurt my head!" The whole time I'm whispering, "Jesus! Jesus!" I was SO scared! I asked her if she hurt anywhere and she shook her head no. I slowly moved her legs down off the bottom stair so her whole body was on the landing. She was shaking and crying like I've never seen before!

I checked her arms and legs and she seemed okay so I had her stand up and we took her into her room and had her sit in her chair. Still holding her head, still crying, I wrapped my arms around her and began to pray.

She cried and cried.

I asked her to move her feet, her hands, her neck. Everything worked fine and she said nothing hurt, except the one spot on her head where she hit the wall. After she began to calm down I asked her if she had fallen part way down the stairs, or all the way... she said she couldn't remember. I asked her if she fell down on her front or if she did a summersault but she couldn't remember.

Chuck cleaned up her dinner (thank goodness the plate was Corell and didn't break!) and I went up to get her more pancakes. When I came back down, she was still crying and upset. I could tell this really scared her. She usually bounces right back from stuff like this and can often be heard yelling, "I'm okay!!" if she bumps her arm or hits her leg on something. Last night she cried for a long time.

I sent my sister a text (she's a nurse) and asked her if there was anything I should watch for as far as a head injury. Her pupils were normal, so she suggested I wake her once or twice during the night and if she didn't wake up easily, then we should take her to the ER. I did that, but she always woke up normally. In fact, one time she got angry at me, rolled over and pulled the covers up over her head!

Thursdays she usually takes a shower while I'm at work but today I told her she needed to wait until I got home. She took it while I was home for lunch and did fine. There isn't even a bump on her head tonight. That was so scary! I don't think I'll ever forget the sound of her falling.

Tonight when she came up to get dinner, she held the handrail on the way back down.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Why I Haven't Written

We've been on vacation. Went to San Diego for a big family reunion, then spent a few days visiting friends and family.

Had a Lake Day; my sister lives at a lake, cleaning cabins in exchange for rent so we got to go on paddle boats, play in the splash park and just enjoy the view.

We spent some time at La Jolla Shores; took the girls to Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor; went to Downtown Disney; (couldn't afford Disneyland so this gave us everything Disney without the price!) had dinner at the Rainforest CafĂ©... a full week of fun and relaxation! We're back home now, back to laundry and dishes and our own beds. :) 
My dad with 10 of his 11 great-grandkids
(Allison is the one with the floaties)
Outside the Lego Store in Downtown Disney

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Stack of Boxes"

Beth sent me this text last week: I DID IT FIVE STACK OF BOXES MOTHERA

Me: Beth you are amazing!

Beth: YES I AM

This girl works at Little Caesars and she works hard! She folds pizza boxes, 3 hours a night, two nights a week.

The boxes come flat, wrapped in plastic in groups of 50. She moves each group from one counter to another, unwraps them, folds them and puts a sticker on each box. The stacks get so high, she needs help placing them on the top.

That's 250 boxes. In 3 hours. She's a pizza box ninja!!


Friday, July 11, 2014

A Letter From the Doctor

Beth got a letter from the doctor today. The results of her lab work are: she needs more medicine. The doctor is raising her dosage from 62mg a day to 75. She said it may be the cause of her weight gain.

All the levels look good, her HGB A1C, Free T4, Glucose, everything is within the normal range except her TSH. That is very high. So, we'll up the dosage and see what happens.

One thing Beth liked about this new doctor is the examining room. Usually you have to sit up on the small bed type thing and it terrifies Beth. She has become SO afraid of heights the last few years. It's so bad that we had to put her mattress and box springs on the floor. She just refused to sleep in her bed because 'it was too high.'

So when we went into this new room, she got a big smile on her face! The nurse motioned for her to 'have a seat' and she loved it! She was completely relaxed and I think that helped her when she was talking with the nurse.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

One Tired Girl

Beth walked in a parade yesterday with her friends from All Aboard. She's done this now for 4 years and looks forward to it every year.

Unfortunately Sharaya and Diana were in a different parade and we weren't able to see them. :( They both work for a car dealership and Sharaya got to drive a vw bug convertible! They said they saw a lot of familiar faces lining the street and it seemed kinda weird to be driving slow waving at all their friends.

Her first time in a convertible!

Chuck and I dropped Beth off at 9:00, then went to get our seats along the parade route. The parade started at noon and we didn't have to wait long until All Aboard came around the corner. (They actually walked about 1/2 mile TO the parade, walked the parade route, then 1/2 mile back to the meeting room.)
They were all so excited, waving at the crowds and smiling! You could tell they absolutely LOVED being there! We were looking for Beth and looking for her...
Then we spotted her. I'm so glad she was on our side of the street!
We picked her up after the parade and went out to lunch. Drove to a park and hung out before having to take her to work. Turns out they were closing early and she wasn't even on the schedule to work that night! Oh well. Came home and watched fireworks on TV this year. We really had a great day!
One tired girl!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Monday... with a Twist

Beth has hypothyroidism. Her doctor had a difficult time regulating her meds so last year she had a radio-iodine treatment to kill her thyroid. She'll be on meds for the rest of her life, but I think it was worth it. She hasn't had any symptoms since the treatment.

The last time she saw her doctor he told us that everything looked good and he wouldn't need to see her for 6 months. During those 6 months, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law and her doctor no longer accepted her medical insurance. Oh joy.

I've spent the last couple of months looking for a new doctor, contacting her old doctor, getting the referral, answering a lot of questions and filling out a 6 page Patient Medical History form. I had to do it over the course of a few days cause I just didn't have time to do it all in one sitting! I thought her former doctor would have faxed all that info over but, oh well. It's done now and she had her first appointment on Monday.

A new complex, new doctor, new procedures... and I forgot my phone so no pictures. :(

The doctor was very friendly (a female this time, last doctor was male) and spoke directly with Beth, only looking at me if Beth didn't answer. I think we're really gonna like her.

After the appointment, we went to the lab so she could have some blood drawn and while we're sitting in the waiting room, she tells me I can wait for her. "You don't want me to come in?"

She points to the crux of her elbow and says, "You don't like this." I agreed that I don't like to watch people getting shots, but I usually just look the other way.

"You can wait here."

Well!! So when the nurse called her name, she handed me her purse and went in without me! Remember, this is a new office with people she's never met before.

I can hear her tell the technician, "My mom not like these."

She laughed and told her that she understood, some people can't watch. I sat in the waiting room listening to my painfully shy daughter speak with a complete stranger, laugh with her and have a perfectly normal conversation.

It was the best blood draw I've never been to!!