Monday, November 30, 2015


I've had to laugh at myself a lot recently.

I call Mom multiple times a week.  Her phone number is programmed into my house phone as well as my ell phone.  I don't rely upon a speed dial code.  I have long been in the habit of dialing her number fully each time I call.  I don't know why.  I just do it.

Lately, when I dialed, I would have to hang up and dial again, stopping myself before the number was complete and connecting the call.  I realized that each time, I was dialing the number that was Grandma's for decades.  I would dial the area code and exchange and start on the last four digits when it would hit me that I was dialing the wrong number.

I have no idea why this number kept popping up.  Clearly, some connections between neurons were firing.  I told Mom about it and her response was "Don't tell me you've got it too!"  I don't.

It just fascinates me that we know so little about how our brains work.  Why was the number being dialed without me even thinking about it?  Why was I recalling my Grandparents' number?  What triggered that memory and maintained it for so many days?

In the past week, the number has stopped popping up for me.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

May you have a day full of happiness and peace.  
May you have food on your plate and a warm place to rest your feet.  
May you have a cold nose and a warm heart to keep you company, if you are so inclined.
May you have good weather and safe travels.
May the miles between you and your loved ones not be a burden or a barrier to your happiness.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Michelle's Husband

A couple of months ago, Lyn saw President Obama on television.  Mom asked her if she knew who he was and Lyn delivered The Look at epic levels.  "He's Michelle Obama's husband."

Lyn's response tickled Mom.  She agreed.  Lyn was right.  Mom pointed out that he's also the President.  Lyn, of course, "knew that but he's Michelle's husband."  For whatever reason, his role as Michelle's husband was more important or memorable to Lyn than his role as President.

Mom wrote a quick note to the First Lady, hoping that she too would find it funny.  Mom's note explained a bit about Lyn and Nikka so that Mrs. Obama would have context for the note.

Yesterday, a large envelope was delivered to their door.  Inside, Mom found a personally written note from the First Lady.  Mrs. Obama mentioned Nikka in the note.  Lyn was very excited!  Mrs. Obama included a picture of herself with her dog Bo.  Lyn loves the picture but thinks "they should get a Pit."

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Planning for Santa

Lyn's thinking ahead and planning for Santa.  

She's already announced that he's going to bring her a surprise.  She's not sure what it is and doesn't know what she wants him to bring her but she just knows he'll surprise her.

She asked Mom "Do you think this year when she calls Santa Clause, I can pick the picture he uses?" She was thinking of the Portable North Pole videos I've set up for her the past few years.  Mom sputtered for a few moments, trying to come up with a response.  Finally, she gave up and offered "No.  He chooses the pictures he wants."  Lyn doesn't know I supply the pictures.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sundowning Strongly

Last week, Mom had a meeting to attend in the evening for her Home Owners Association (HOA).  The quarterly meetings are held at the local police stations about 2 miles from the house.  Lyn has always gone with Mom even if the meeting is after dark.  She just takes a dose of her medication to try and keep the Sundowner's anxiety under control.

Last week's meeting was short.  They didn't have a quorum and couldn't get the business of the day resolved.  They did answer some questions posed by one of the community members who attended but were done in well under an hour.  Mom could tell Lyn was anxious to leave and they were quickly in the car on the way home.

Lyn didn't know where they were.  She didn't know the way home.  Lyn was so frightened she was shaking and sobbing as she demanded that they go straight home.  She didn't want Mom to stop anywhere.  Mom assured her they were going home but explained she had to stop.  Before Mom could say " the red lights", Lyn wailed "No!! Don't stop anywhere!"  Mom was able to convince Lyn that red light stops were required.

Lyn's getting more and more afraid of being out of the house after dark.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Mrs. J

Let me take a quick diversion of our usual blog topic to say good bye to Mrs. J.

Mrs. J passed away this week after fighting cancer.  She lived long enough to meet her newest grandchild.

Mrs. J and her husband ran the Explorer Troop with the Sheriff's office there in Albuquerque for many years.  My brother was very involved with the organization through middle and high school.  Mrs. J was a force to be reckoned with and our families have maintained a connection ever since.  She loved her family and the kids who participated in the Troop.  She was kind to my sister.

She passed at home with her husband at her side.

Dormit in pace.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Unintentional Slimming

Lyn lost three pounds between her recent visit with her doctor in which she was diagnosed with a sinus infection and her visit a week later when it was bronchitis.

She's not exercising regularly and not on a diet.  She's not eating much though.  She's often not hungry and really has very little interest in food anymore.  We've also noticed she's starting to complain of a stomach ache after she eats.  She can't smell.  She can't really taste as a result.  She doesn't get pleasure from eating and would probably forget to eat if Mom didn't prompt her.

The weight loss doesn't happen with each visit.  However, it is steady and pretty consistent.  She has not registered a weight game in over two years.  While she's been over-weight (as are we all) for some time, the weight loss isn't a great thing either.  It is another symptom of her disease progression.