Monday, March 12

A Long Two Weeks

This has been a long two weeks. Everyone got the flu. First Brandon, then me, then Jordan, their Dad and Mom and then hubby. It included fever, chills, muscle weakness and just feeling blah. I was sleeping hours and then laying down for a nap. I just couldn't stay awake.

At the first sign of sore throat, I used Watkins Medicated Ointment. Great stuff and that was the end of the sore throat. I'm still fighting the symptoms. 

Brandon's lasted a full two weeks. Jordan not quite as bad. Everyone is still feeling the lasting effects from it. 

The weather is a little more mild and the first robin has been spotted. Spring is almost here. 

Enjoy your week. Will add more soon.

Wednesday, February 28

Another Busy Week

Well, this week has been a busy one. Monday, Brandon phoned and said he was sick, so we didn't have to pick him up from work. Tuesday, he phoned and asked me if I would bring him some chicken soup. I hardly recognized his voice and when I got there, he had a fever. He certainly couldn't have worked.

Today was Drs. appointment. All went well there, except I had to wait an hour, which is usual for this Dr. A very busy man. Then an errand tonight after hubby and I had fried bologna sandwiches. Something we don't often have but it was quick. 

Tomorrow, hubby, Brandon and I have to go to the family Dr. Jordan will be going with us. We will get the boys' some groceries and Jordan has another matter of business to attend to. By the time it's all done, it will pretty much be an all day venture. 

I don't know of anything for Friday, but who knows. It seems there's always something.

Mom  went today for an ultra sound and I'm hoping it shows why she ended up in the hospital and why the UTI's continue to return. Hopefully, she will not have to suffer with that particular ailment again.

Friday, February 23

Water Everywhere

This has been an interesting winter. First we got buckets of snow and minus temperatures that I haven't seen in a few years.  The ice on the river was really thick. Often the river stays open and has thin ice but not this year. 

The mild spell that followed broke up some of the ice on the river. Since the river runs for about a 100 miles north of us, that is a lot of ice. We had ice jams coming out our ears. This is what it looked like here. 

The ice was almost up to the bridge. It continued to be jammed but some broke up above us and made the build up even worse.

Then it started to flood. It got so bad that 5,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes. Water filled the basements and was about 4 feet up the 1st floors. 

The Canadian Coast Guard blasted the mouth of the river and the water started moving. We have 3 bridges to get across the river and 2 of them had to be closed, as well as the pedestrian bridge. 

This is what the farmer's field looked like near the 3rd bridge. 

The photo below is of the river. It goes from the bank to the trees in the background. Beyond is another field owned by the farmer. 

The last time I saw anything like this was in 1974. The City has no estimate on the damage as yet. They kept the bridges closed but we did see that the main one has opened. They had to be inspected to see if they were structurally safe, so that one is good. 

Many people were in shelters and living with relatives or friends. They are allowed to go back to their homes now, but the homes will take a lot of restoration. 

Many people will be feeling the effects of the flood for months. Time will tell if they will get help from either the government or insurance. Very sad. 

Monday, February 12

A Horrible Week

It's not been any fun around here lately. Mom is 90 and she called last Tuesday night and told me she had a pain in her head. This, she said, had been going on for a couple weeks and it was worse. 

Hubby and I took her up to the hospital because she didn't want the expense of an ambulance. It took about three hours for her to be looked at. The nurse wanted her to take Tylenol and she refused. So, we sat and sat and sat. Finally at 2 AM, I told her she Had to take the Tylenol. She was not happy about it. Immediately after she went to the washroom and spit them into the toilet. 

The only thing that happened while we were there was that they took blood tests about 1 AM and it took them until 5 AM to come back. Even though I told them right off that she had a UTI, they never did take a urine sample. I was furious. 

If you refuse treatment, this hospital just let's you sit until you do what they say. Mom has been a handful ever since. No help from the siblings, I'm afraid.