6/25/04 11:05 am Good Day to all of Y'all, It is a wet and rainy month here in the heart of Texas. So far this month we had officially had 13" of rain at the airport. Five years ago, when Jerry and I got married, it rained everyday in June except our wedding day, which was good since we had the reception in our back yard. Enough of the weather, I know you want to know about Mom and Dad and I haven't written since the 14th. Well, there hasn't been much to tell you about. They have been well and doing fine. Some good news is that the Home Heath has begun doing therapy on Mom again. They dropped her mid May "because she wasn't making any progress." Liz called the nurse concerning Mom's feeding tube (it was clogged up a bit) the other day and when the nurse came out she was suprised at how well she looked and how much progess she had made on her own (with the help of Liz and the rest of the staff). So Mom is back on the books and they are going to do some for Dad too! Now, we did have a little set back for Mom on Wednesday this week. Liz called me at work to tell me Mom had a little dried blood in her mouth like she had spit up a little bit and there was a little dried blood near her feeding tube, but she wasn't "actively" bleeding. I called the dr and got her an appointment that day. It turns out she has too much coumadin in her system. The cardiologist upped her coumadin from 3mg to 4mg a day and it had been about 9 days she was getting the new dose. The Dr. told us to stop the coumadin for 3 days and then to take her for a blood test on Saturday (tomorow) and then she will tell us what to give her. Other than the coumadin thing (which could be a big thing) all is good. Dad has an appointment with the hand dr on Monday to see how his hand is healing and will most likely start on therapy. Joan is down at Mom and Dad's house and is starting the process of getting the stuff out of the house and ready to sell. She is having a yard sale today and tomorrow to try to get rid of some of the small stuff. You FL folks go on buy and see what there is to buy. We will be using the money collected to help pay for their care. And many thanks to Dotty and Frank and Valerie for pitching in and helping out with the yard sale. Joan hopes to have the house on the market by the end of July. We really have to sell the house to get the money to pay for their care. Unfortunately, they won't ever be well enough to live on their own again and Fl is too far from us to help them out. I really have to check on them on a daily basis and be there if something goes wrong and they need to go to the Dr. Even getting medications and food have to be done almost daily. The nurses are too busy to run errands and Dad really can't be left on his own at the house. We are afraid he will fall down and hurt himself if he was home alone. He is walking on his own, but we like to escort him to keep him steady (he still is getting over the pneumonia). I will keep everyone posted on what's happening here in TX. I hope all of you have a great 4th of July holiday and keep safe. Sorry we are going to miss the 50th Anniv celebration in Chicago. We are all thinking of you and wish that Mom and Dad could be there too. Maybe in a few months they would be better and could make the trip there by train and come for a visit. Love and hugs to all, Mary et. al.