Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving blessings

The holiday is over and it was very nice. I cooked; Amy and LeCole cleaned. I thought that was pretty fair. I didn't mind the cooking part and everything tasted the way I wanted it to. LOL! I did clean while I was working so the mess wasn't "too" bad. hahahaha! Yeah, right!

We were blessed to have Amy and Isaiah, Lecole, Devyn, and LeAuna, Keith, and LeCole's boyfriend, Jason for dinner. The menu included turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green rice, corn on the cob, and dinner rolls. Desserts were apple pie, cherry pie, and carrot cake. We were stuffed. In fact - I'm still stuffed. Sure enjoyed the food though.

I was disappointed to not hear from Ron's kids on Thanksgiving Day. We had invited Tim to dinner but not Stacey or Aaron. We figured Stacey would go eat with her in-laws and Aaron would just eat with his mom and step-dad. Come to find out, Stacey AND Tim both ate at Karen's house - which is just about 1/2 mile away. Not one of them called their dad, came to see their dad, or anything else. A simple phone call would have been nice. We didn't even get a rejection reply from Tim. I'm sure Ron is more upset about it than he lets on. I'm the one that is totally upset by it. One of these days, Ron will be gone and they will wonder why they never called him or came to see him. He is very down about his health and how limited in his movement. The only thing that never changes is the amount of pain that he is in.

But, he's still alive and kicking - which I think is a blessing. He's not so sure.

Friday, November 13, 2009

I have the best teacher...

School is going well. My first two classes finished with an A+ in each. My third class ended last week and it was also an A+ (Corporate Finance, no less - what a shocker; but since it was mostly a paper writing class - and I can write papers - I did well). The fourth class doesn't end until December 20 and there is quite a bit of writing for it as well.

This class is very interesting as it's an educational philosophy class. The early philosophers (Aristotle, Plato) really laid the foundations for later philosophers to follow (Bacon, Locke, Descartes, and more). Many of these have similar thoughts and ideas concerning education and many of these have very differing ideas.

This week, we are studying Jean Jacques Rousseau, Pestalozzi, Comenius, Froebel, and Elkind. On Thursday of each week, we have a post due regarding a discussion question. By Sunday, we have to reply to at least two other posts and also do some other assignment (varies each week). They're not hard but do take some time, especially for me because I don't like to do anything half-way and if we're to respond to two, I usually respond to five or six. My case studies are longer and my papers are longer. That's just how it's done. It works for me and I have an A+ so far to show for it.

With Ron's surgery this week, I got behind. For some reason when I sat down tonight, I thought I was working on my Thursday assignment - which I was, but it's FRIDAY. So, I sent the teacher a note and explained that life had gotten in the way of my best laid plans, Ron had surgery, I was behind, and didn't realize that I was a day late. I also asked her some other questions on a couple of issues I have about other assignments that I cannot quite do because of Ron's health.

She is fantastic. She sent me back the nicest note and said that we would work outside the box for me and that with my crazy life, she was more than willing to be very flexible with what I had left to do.

I told her I thought I could just kiss her. LOL - but I was serious.

Well...

I know I said I wouldn't post again until I had something positive to say. I do...

Since my last test, Ron has seen the gastro and had a motility study (which was negative) and this past Monday he had surgery. Now, a colonoscopy with polyp and hemorrhoid removal is not a major thing; in fact, it's usually pretty minor. What most people don't realize is that nothing with Ron is a minor thing. They had to do light general anesthesia because of his sleep apnea, and had to put a tube down his throat. In doing so, they scratched his throat and pinched his top lip. His lip is still swollen but not as bad as it was and his throat finally doesn't hurt.

Dr. Porter said he removed several very LARGE items from the area and some smaller polyps. He told me that he did some pretty major work there and that Ron would be very sore. He was not kidding. If this was someone who could take care of himself, it would still be a pain in the rear (pun intended) but with Ron he doesn't really have the manual dexterity to run the bidet and he absolutely cannot get into a tub of water (with his foot the way it is, he cannot submerge it into water). Plus, he's supposed to use the bidet each time he goes to the restroom. It's been pretty hectic trying to get him his "scheduled" times for soaking and then adding the extra times for soaking.

Ron's been on his normal pain medication routine (Fentanyl patches, Lortab) and got Percoset added. He says he's in as much pain tonight as he was on Monday. Poor guy. Can't sit, can't stand, and not too terribly comfortable lying down, either. I feel so sorry for him (and for myself just a bit as well; when he's up then I'm also up). I'm sure he will be very glad when things start feeling better.

But - PRAISE GOD - there was no cancer! That makes this a very positive post.