Mike slept

Romans 8:31 Is what, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Looking down on Ponderay Lake from Schwitzer Mountain ski resort

Mije was only up 2x last night, and that was good. I woke up at 6:45 and I laid in bed enjoying the warm and comfort. We didn’t have anyplace to go, or anywhere we needed to be. It was lovely to lay there. At 7:30 I got a call from a friend, Cindy. She told me another friend, Stephanie, had to take her husband into the ER last night. He was having trouble breathing. (He doesn’t have c0vid) He has other health issues and needs prayer.

Anyway, I got up about 7:45 and got ready for the day. Mike slept. I had a cup of tea, and an English muffin, and Mike slept. I cleaned up after myself, swept the floor, and Mike slept. I dusted the furniture and made another cup of tea, and Mike slept!

Mike got up about 1 and immediately fell asleep on the sofa. At 2 he asked for breakfast, so I made oatmeal with fresh strawberries. He ate it all! 😁 My neighbor, JoAnn came over and we visited for 90 minutes; after she left Mike wanted to go to Elmer’s for dinner. He had the fish & chips.

Once back at the house, Mike’s sister called and said she’d be here around 9:30 tonight, and after Mike went to bed, I stayed up to greet Vicki and to show her which room she’d be sleeping in. We talked until 10:45. I have to get up at 6 to shut off the house alarm so she can take her dog out.

Tonight a frost/freeze prediction is stated, so I covered the tomato plants and adjusted the water away from them. I still am hoping for a few more to ripen. The others I will pick and place in a cool, dry room to slowly ripen through the winter months.

I have the feeling I am forgetting something major, but I don’t know what it is. I am to tired to stay awake to figure it out.

More demanding and belligerent

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.

Volunteer sunflowers in my yard

Mike woke me up 3x last night, not physically shaking me, or verbally calling me; he was up, wandering the house, making noises. This woke me. I find I tend to get headaches now, probably because I am not getting enough sleep.

Mike is awake more, but he’s becoming more demanding, and more belligerent He says he doesn’t want to argue over everything, yet he argues with me constantly. He keeps telling me to mind my own business, he doesn’t need someone to watch over him. Then he turns around and asks for help getting his shoes and socks on, or putting his shirt on correctly. I believe the arguing is due to the dementia, but I’m not sure.

Mike was awake and getting dressed this morning at 7:15, as I was going downstairs. I told him he could sleep for 3 more hours and he said okay. And then he was up, and down, he got up to get a drink of water, he went to the bathroom, he laid back down, He wanted to find his shoes, and then he wanted to find a socks,And then he laid back down. Then he decided to take a shower, so he got up got a stuff together and climbed the stairs to the shower. When he was finished he didn’t go back to bed, he laid down on the sofa. And then he was upset every time I moved, every time I made a noise, this lace, he was frustrated because I woke him up. Eventually, about 9:30 this morning, I convinced him to go back to bed. When I woke him up at 10:45 to go to the Bennett house, then he was upset because he didn’t feel he had had enough sleep.

I got my errands done today. I got to the bank, Costco, in the Post Office, I got home and unloaded the car get everything put away, and then it was time to go get Mike again.

He went to sleep on the sofa as soon as we got in, and while he slept I went to the backyard checked my plants make sure everything was all right, and I picked a few tomatoes.

After dinner, Mike decided to watch a little bit of TV; And at 7 o’clock he decided it was time for bed, I had him wait until 7:30 and gave him his evening meds, and I told him good night. He blew up!! Told me I was out of line, told me I was micromanaging and I needed to leave him alone. (sigh) He was in bed by 7:45.

Now I have set his meds up for the next 2 weeks. He has several, so I put them in piles for each day, then put the piles into snack baggies. Each morning and each evening he gets a baggie. Many pills in the morning, 6 for the evening. This helps me keep track of what needs to be refilled, and also makes giving them to him easier. Everything is locked away, and I have hidden the key, so he can’t get into them.

Now, as the evening progresses, I am beginning to get sleepy. Time to sign off.

Today was easier than some

Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

From my garden

Mike only woke me 3x last night; I got a fairly decent amount of sleep. I was up, for the day, at 7 and downstairs by 7:15. Mike was getting dressed, he had a shirt on. I told him he could sleep for 2 more hours and he said, “but you called me!” I assured him I hadn’t, and I was able to convince him to go back to bed. He climbed in without taking off the shirt.

I sat for an hour enjoying the quiet and a hot cup of tea. Then I put clothes into the dryer, unloaded the dishwasher, and printed some documents. At 9:30 I woke him and said it was time to get up. He needed help with his shoes and socks, and we were out the door by 10.

We went to the chiropractor and then to Elmer’s. Mike had an omelette with avocado, sour cream, grated cheese, and salsa; I had ham and eggs.

Once we got home, Mike immediately went to sleep, and I went out to the garden. I trimmed the tomato plants, cutting off all branches that didn’t have fruit. Then I did a quick harvest and went back into the house. I really don’t like leaving Mike alone for any length of time, and I’m never sure how long he’ll sleep.

Around 5:30 he wanted to go to bed and I told him he needed to stay up for 2 more hours, he didn’t care for that, but said he’d watch some tv. He fell asleep on the lounge chair.

At 7 I woke him, gave him his evening meds, and helped him into bed. 15 minutes later he was up to get a drink, back to bed; then he was up to go to the bathroom, back to bed; then he wanted to find his eye drops, back to bed; finally he wanted his glasses, I showed him they were on his night stand, and so far he’s stayed in bed – it’s now 9:15.

I have finished preparing for tomorrow’s errands, and I have my clothes laid out. It’s time to close down for tonight.

Tired

Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Flowers are beginning to show signs of the end of summer

It’s been a “tired” day. And I have been working to stay awake. Mike was up and down several times last night, and that means I was awake also. Mainly to make sure he was okay and didn’t need anything.

About 7:30 I was having my 1st cup of tea for the day, and Mike got up. I told him he could go back to bed for 3 more hours, he said okay, went into his room, and closed the door.

While he went back to bed, I managed to get some laundry going, empty and refill the dishwasher, and get some documents printed.

After we got home, Mike told me he was very tired, Nd he sat in his chair to watch TV and fell asleep. By 5:30 he didn’t want dinner, he just wanted to go to bed. I convinced him to stay up until 7:30. (Maybe he’ll not wander the house tonight)

Mike didn’t need help getting ready for bed this evening, and he didn’t need help with his lights, or closing his door. So here’s hoping, and praying, he stays asleep all night.

I am also ready to sleep, it’s been a long day, because it was a long night.

An Emotional Day

EEphesians2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through face and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God

A plethora of birdhouses

Today was emotional. Mysister, Lisa, left at 8 am to head back home. I loved having her here with me. I loved our visits and memories. I will deeply miss her.

After she left this morning I had, maybe 45 minutes before Mike got up. He needed help getting his shoes on, and he wanted oatmeal for breakfast. After that was done, I had to help him find the tv remote, his glasses, he needed help with the microwave, where are the earphones for the TV? He needs an extra blanket, but it’s to hot, turn on a fan!

Then he accused me of hiding something, or someone, in the basement. And the door is locked so he won’t find out! (sigh) He wouldn’t believe me when I told him it was locked to keep him from falling down the stairs. I got the key and took him downstairs and he checked out each room and finally agreed there was nothing, and noone, hiding.

He decided to grab his scale to take back up with him and he wanted another blanket. Whatever!

Once we got upstairs he decided it was bedtime. He needed help getting his socks, and his jeans, off. Finally he was ready to climb into bed. I covered him, kissed his forehead, turned out the lights and closed his door.

Now I am ready to say goodnight.

A much needed break

Hebrews 1:14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Me and Mike, out for pizza

Today was a really good day for me. From 10:30 am until close to 3 pm I got to go out and about with my sister! We had a grand time. We went to Bayview to see the float houses

Float Houses

We were in Sandpoint and went to Graffiti Alley

At Graffiti Alley

We ate lunch at Spuds, and ended up driving back to Coeur d’Alene and we walked up Sherman on the North and down Sherman on the South.

Lisa and I talked, and talked, and talked. I was so thrilled to have her with me. And I am sad she has to leave tomorrow.

Robert kept Mike for the day, they stayed in, didn’t go anywhere and after Lisa and I got home, we picked up Mike, and headed for pizza. Robert and Alycia also joined us with Alycia’s kids. The pizza was great and Mike says he’s done going out to eat. We’ll see. Sometimes he forgets these pronouncements he makes.

This break was much needed and much appreciated.

Everyone else is now in their respective rooms, and, most likely, asleep. I’m next. 🙂

Sundowners?

Romans12:10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

At Fernan Lake

Lisa and I talked quietly for a couple of hours, until Mike got up. While I fixed his breakfast, Lisa took a shower, then Mike needed help getting his shoes on.

The 3 of us went to the Bennett House and I signed Mike in, then Lisa and I took off for a while. I took her to the Garnet Cafe, then we drove to Worley, and to Mica Bay on the way back to Coeur d’Alene. We got Mike and then I took Lisa to Fernan Lake and to Lake Coeur d’Alene.

After we got home, Mike got really agitated about a flashlight not working, and he wanted me to go to the store to get batteries RIGHT NOW!! I told him no, he didn’t like that at all. I told him I would be happy to get batteries tomorrow and he wasn’t happy with that answer either. (sigh)

He went to bed, and 45 minutes later he was up again to tell me how upset he was with a door on the stairs that lead to the basement. I told him I couldn’t have him on the stairs anymore because I had to call Robert when Mike had problems. Mike asked why was the door locked and I told him so he wouldn’t try using the stairs. “I want to speak with the doctor! Locking me up isn’t right. ” I told him no one has locked him up and he can go out any door! He grumbled but went back to bed. Now, at 10:30, he’s been up 3x wanders around the house and goes back to bed. IF I ask him what he needs, he then says he has to go to the bathroom.

I find there are days it’s easy to care for him, physically and emotionally, and there are days when it’s exhausting and tearful all day long. For the most part, today was an easy day.

I am hoping to get a good nights sleep this evening so I need to close

An Easy Day

1 Corinthians 11:12 For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.

Mike and Robert

I can honestly say, today was an easy day! I was up at 5:30 and got the basement bedroom ready for my sister, who was arriving today. I was so happy and excited to know in a few short hours I would be seeing her again!

After preparing the room, I went back to the main floor, fixed a cup of tea and sat quiet for about an hour. Then at 9:30 Mike got himself up, and needed help getting dressed. He was picked up at 10:30 to go to lunch with the guys, and I went to lunch with 2 of the wives. It was so nice.

I was back home, and an hour later we had to leave for an appointment with the chiropractor. Mike didn’t want to go anywhere else, so straight back home again. And then I waited for my sister.

When Lisa finally got here, the hugs were long and sweet. Then I fixed us each a cup of tea and we talked, and talked, and talked! 3 hours of nonstop talking!

Mike decided to go to bed at 7:30 and Jenny helped him, then she and Lisa began visiting more. At 9:30, Jenny needed to call it a day and head for her room and some sleep – because tomorrow she and Lisa will be talking! ❤

Now it’s time to shut down for the evening

A Good Day

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaimed peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘your God reigns!’

Pictures made from pebbles

It was a good day. Last night I got the living room rearranged, and after taking Mike to the Bennett House, today, I got home and did the kitchen, while Robert took some extra stuff to the shop, and he ran the vacuum for me.

Robert then made me an expresso! With my own machine. I hadn’t figured out how to use it properly, and he showed me how! 🙂

When it was time to get Mike, Robert did that while I changed my clothes, fixed my hair and put on some makeup. Our court appointed interviewer, Pam, would be here for sure, but I didn’t know if Mike’s court appointed attorney, Corey, would make it. I wanted everything to be just right. It turns out, Corey decided he would meet Mike in October, just a couple of weeks before our court hearing. That’s fine, I still have everything pretty well in place.

Mike was having a good day, and when Pam asked him if he understood the guardianship, he said yes, and explained it to her. We were all impressed. However, as it got close to winding things up, Mike told Pam he doesn’t fully trust me! 🙄 Now, was this Mike talking? Or the dementia? That’s anyone’s guess, but my money is on the dementia. Then Mike started talking about totally unrelated things, and I knew he was tired. He got several things confused, forgot his thoughts in the middle of a discussion, and began to garble his words. Pam had worked in social services for a while, and she knew it was time to say goodbye.

It was nice to have ‘the old Mike back’ , even for a short while. He became testy after Pam left, and couldn’t get settled. He went to bed at least 2x and back up again. It looks like the 3rd time stuck, because I can hear him snoring. Finally.

Mike’s still not happy about his room being moved to the main floor, but he’s not as vocal today as day 1 and 2. Hopefully, by the weekend, he’ll be fully settled and accepting.

I am thankful for Robert’s help and patience with Mike, and around the house. He’s been a big blessing. I know I get frustrated, and gripe, but I think that’s more tired than anything else.

At this point I will say good-night

A wheelchair helped

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart.

A garden decoration

Is started out OK today. Mike wanted fried eggs for breakfast, so I fixed it for him, and then he took a very long nap. He slept from 10:30 until 2:30. When he woke up coma he decided he wanted some new pillows for his new pillows for his bed So we went to Walmart. Mike held my hand from the car through the parking lot to the store, and once inside I got a wheelchair and I didn’t have to do a lot of convincing to get him to sit in it instead of trying to walk. If shopping was much, much easier with Mike sitting in the wheelchair. When we left the store, he also held my hand back through the parking lot again until we reached the vehicle and we got in and went to our next stop which was Kohl’s.

We went to Kohl’s to find out if they had any flannel sheets, we used a wheelchair, and I ended up getting him some fleece sheets, that’s what they had. He held my hand walking through the parking lot both ways.

From there we went to Best Buy, again he held my hands through the parking lot and youth were the parking lot and to the store and we used a wheelchair. We made 2 full loops through the store and then we left.

On one of our walks from the store back to the vehicle, some jerk and a big pickup truck to see youth big pickup truck decided to blare his horn at us as Mike was going slowly through the crosswalk. If I had my arms for purchases, and Michael’s holding my hand, and when the horn blared it caused Mike to stumble because he was startled. I managed to be able to hold the packages without dropping anything, keeping ahold of Mike and keeping him upright and we made it back to the car in one piece, thankfully.

If after we got back home Mike was very unsettled, if settled, he took a short nap, and then he wanted to know where the stakes were. I told youth. I told him there were no stakes tonight. Youth a superior and then he was restless, yusuf Kama and he would sit on the sofa and then lay on the floor and then go to his bedroom and lay down and then go watch TV and back-and-forth and back-and-forth. He was talking to people who weren’t there, he you’re, he began calling me, comma at least 15 times in one hour Just as I would get seated he’d call me again and again, “Jenny where are you?” , “Jenny where are you?” Tonight I was more than ready for him to finally go to bed.

Now call my Mike’s been in bed about 2 and a 1/2 hours and a 1/2 hours, and hes been up at least 3 times. He needed a drink of water, his C-Pap machine wasn’t working right, (he didn’t have it plugged in), he had to go to the bathroom. The house alarms are set, and I am tired.