Friday, November 21, 2014

The One with Pacemakers, Laundromats, and the Library ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Are you glad it’s Friday, friend? J

What a week we have had!

About the time that last Friday’s weekly wrap-up was posting, my mom went into congestive heart failure and was rushed to the ER. She had been in atrial fibrillation for nearly a week, but her heart rate had come down to normal when her lungs began to fill with fluid. After three different breathing treatments, she was finally breathing comfortably again and was admitted to the hospital.

Last Friday evening, we drove the hour there and the hour back to visit. When we left, Mom was well and expecting to go home the next day.

Saturday, we picked up our annual quarter of beef as well as the quarter of beef my husband’s parents purchase {an hour there and an hour back}. As they were visiting, Mom called to say that she had gone into AFib again that morning. I barely recognized her gravelly, exhausted voice. She wouldn’t be going home after all.

Over the weekend, we also had to face the fact that our washing machine was broken. We have had it for eight years and never moved it, and it didn’t even occur to me to read the manual for moving instructions. Turns out that the lid is supposed to be taped shut so that the lid lock mechanism doesn’t get damaged.


Monday morning, we took school to the Laundromat. It turned out to be fairly fast and stress-free, thanks to humongous washing machines and an incredible indoor play area.

Monday afternoon, we picked up my husband at work and headed to the hospital again. Mom was still in AFib, and the doctors were discussing {again} a pacemaker. As much as I hated to see Mom go through this, it was an interesting learning experience for the children. The 14yo has been studying the heart and its many possible issues in health, so her recent lessons were spot-on. We were present for a doctor visit/exam and asked him about his education. {Harvard!}

Tuesday, we hurried through some school at home and packed up the rest to get to the hospital. Remember that hour drive? Mom had a pacemaker put in that afternoon, and the procedure went well. We were there long enough to watch the day nurse try two times for an IV stick as well as to interview the night nurse about his education and plans for the future. We also helped Mom wash her face and comb her hair before bedtime.

By Wednesday morning, we were exhausted. I hate to mention our timing, so suffice it to say that waking up was nearly impossible. We tried to keep a normal day with church that evening.

Thursday, we returned to our library day. Mom finally went home Thursday afternoon, feeling better and looking forward to resting in her own bed.

Whew! J

I’m reading…

Conveniently Wed by Angel Moore. What’s cool is that I know Angel in real life! I met her at a writing conference last year, and she is one of the sweetest, most encouraging people I know. This is her debut novel with Love Inspired Historical, and she’s good! Her book officially releases in the December bundle from LIH, and you’ll probably be able to find it at your local Wal-Mart or K-Mart as well as a book store or Amazon.

Building our home this week…

Still unpacking. J Gradually, we’re getting closet shelving up. Purchasing the materials counts as progress, right?

One is done, just the right height for Daddy to play hide-and-seek. J

Thank you so much for your patience with me this fall, dear friend. At the end of September, the Lord used my time at the writers conference to lead me about this blog. He inspired me with ideas and a few changes. Nothing major, just fresh. But then it seemed he put a hold on that. One thing after another has crept up until it's a struggle to find a fresh shirt in the myriad of boxes decorating my bedroom each morning. J So I appreciate your continued reading. My goal here is simply to write, to encourage, and to connect with you.

Prayers for a wonderful weekend! J

How was your week?

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  1. What a few days you'll have had. Glad your mom is doing better and home. So much to do and som little time it seems sometimes.

    GOD BLESS!!!
    Charlotte Moore

    1. Yes, Charlotte, and it's amazing what you can cram into a week when you have to. Blessings to you! :-)

  2. What a long week all that driving and worry makes! Glad things are settling down for your mom and all of you. It always amazes me that when there is a health crisis some appliance has to break down too. While I was in surgery Monday our oven died. Literally quit for the kids and grandma baking one batch of cookies and not the next.

    And yes, buying shelving totally counts as progress on the closets. It will get put up eventually.

    1. I hadn't made the connection between appliances and health crisis, but as I think back on it, I think you're right. Interesting, Tristan! Praying for you this week and on as you heal and grieve. Thank you for being so open about it. :-)

  3. What a week! Glad your mom is doing better! Anything you do to get your house settled is progress.

    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Mary, about the house. It'll take a while, but I'm glad we spent the time with Mom. Blessings to you this week!

  4. Glad to hear your mum is doing better. That laundromat looks like a nice place.

  5. I don't know how I missed this comment earlier. Thanks for the shout out for my book. I think the pic of the closet shelving probably caused my focus to shift. I remember my son doing that for his first house. It's the little things we take for granted. :)


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