Things are rocking and rolling here in TX. All is good (knock on wood) for now. Today, Mom is to get a hair cut and perm and Dad is to get a hair cut. I found a guy who works well with the elderly and he comes to the house to do their hair. It is a good thing, they get to stay at home and we get to support a gentleman's up and coming business.
I took Mom to see her GI doctor and he has released her from him unless she has another problem. A few days later we got to go to see the Neurologist. She was really suprised to see at how alert and bright eyed she was. Dr. K switched around one of her meds and gave me a longer acting med to help with the parkinson's-like tremors. (the dr. thinks that she may be in the begining stages of parkinson's but is not 100% sure). The next day it was time for both M&D to go see the regular GP. Dr. D was also impressed at how well both were looking. Dad was very chatty with her and very awake and attentive. The last time we saw her before the holidays, he was very uncommunicative, and almost sleeping in her office. She sent him for some testing and found out that he had a bladder infection. He had a reaction to the drug she tried first and then he was better with the second drug. Mom also had a bladder infection around Christmas, but is all better now too.
Our holidays were great. All of our family were together. Tom, Mary, Andy and Matt came down from PA and Joan came in from GA. We had a good time. I firmly believe that Mom recognized everyone. She was very smiley when Joan came in. We were actually at the hospital, getting the tests done that Dr. D wanted for them (where we found the bladder infection for dad) and both were very excited when she came in there. I kept telling them she was coming, but I guess they didn't expect it at the hospital.
We had the Christmas Eve dinner at Anna's and Jerry's parents and brother came. We had, at one count, 16 people there. While we were fixing the last of the items for dinner, it started snowing pretty hard! Couldn't believe it snow in Houston at Christmas. We got only a half inch at Anna's but Aaron and Matt had fun playing in the snow. Emily's boyfriend, Troy, tried to make a snow angel, but all he really did was lay down and melt the snow into a angel-like shape. Well, what can you say. We don't see snow here in Tx much. Galveston (about 70 miles south of us) got about 10 inches of snow. They were showing on the news how people were building life-sized snowmen on the beach! It was funny to see the snowmen and the surf in the same picture.
For Christmas we brought Mom and Dad over to my house (about .7 mile from Anna's) to open the gifts and for Christmas dinner. We got Mom out of the wheelchair and put her on my loveseat (which is a recliner) and she was happy there. My sister-in-law Mary, helped Mom open all her wonderful gifts. We really had a wonderful day.
Jerry got a new pool heater (ours went kaput about 2 years ago) and installed it for the holidays, so on Sunday, it got warm enough for us to get in the pool. I shouldn't say us, I didn't actually get in, but all the Yankees had a blast. Mary was recovering from foot surgery and loved swimming in the warm water. It was still pretty cool out and you could see the steam rising from water, but they had a blast. Matt was in the most. He is like a fish! You couldn't get him out! Aaron did a bunch of swimming too, but he couldn't outlast Matt!
Tom, Mary, Andy and Matt left on the Monday after Christmas. Joan stayed around until that Thursday (she wanted to get back before all the crazy people were out for New Years Eve), she had to be back to school on Monday.
I hope all of you had a great holiday! I will keep you up to date on the folks conditions and just them in general.
Love and hugs,
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