Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Monday - Sad Day

On the evening of Saturday April 2nd, my son Bret called me and told me he had some bad news about someone in my neighborhood and asked me if I was sitting down, which I was.  My first thought was of my young neighbor Kyle that maybe he had been in a wreck.  He has had a couple of accidents and maybe that is why that thought popped into my mind.  Instead it was a friend who lives around the corner on the street behind us, Julie Kirk. 

Her husband has terminal colon cancer, and a neighbor had taken him for a jeep ride. They do this to lift his spirits and to take his mind off his cancer. When they got home, Malcolm went into the house and the first thing he noticed was that Julie wasn't up.  He went into their bedroom and found her dead.  What a shock!!!! to put it mildly.  Julie had just turned 45 on February 27th.  They have four boys, three who are grown and two are on missions.  The youngest Pierce is only 9 and is still at home.  The good thing is that he was gone on an outing with the school that dark day. Julie's mother who lives next door was gone on a trip too.  Poor Malcolm was alone, but I am sure the neighbors rallied around him as soon as they found out. My heart aches for the family and especially Pierce.  I have seen the interaction between him and his Mom at church.  Julie was always hugging him and you could see the love between them. I don't know how much longer Malcolm will live, but I can't stand the thought of poor little Pierce losing not only his mother but his father too.

My personal opinion is that Julie had been under so much stress with her husband's illness, and had gained a lot of weight-----she was a stress eater------I think she had a stroke or a heart attack.  At this time I haven't heard what the cause of death was. I think that she was so busy taking care of everybody else that she didn't listen to her body symptoms, etc. and the outcome wasn't good.  The only good thing about her death was how she her sleep.  That is the way I want to go.  Don't we all?

I will miss Julie and her bright smile, her cute personality, her hugs and the way she brightened a room when she walked in.  I am still in disbelief that she is gone and I won't be seeing her around the neighborhood, and church.  Her funeral was really nice, and she had many friends and family there.

After the funeral, I met Sherry, Renee and Rozlynn at The Scoop.  Once again I forgot my camera.  Rozlynn is so dang cute and could warp me around her finger in a minute.  I took her for a little walk and I should say a little run because that is what she does is run.  I don't think she knows how to walk slow. 

Renee is having a tough time right now and I wish I could wave a magic wand and make everything right for her, but unfortunately that isn't how life is. All I can do is pray for her.

Clark County Fair

Frank & I worked a shift at the Family History booth at the fair.  It was the first day and we worked the late shift.  The wind was blowing so hard that I thought the tent we were in was going to blow down.  There was dust on everything.  One of our screens blew over and Frank had to tape it back up. It got really cold and I was glad I had taken a winter coat.

We were impressed with the two young girls that were transcribing census.  Their work was showing on the big screens and people would stop to see what the girls were doing.  I didn't get the their names written down, but they are the granddaughters of Cindy Brown the head of our Family History Center.  Usually you don't see young people doing things like this. 

The only things we got to see at the fair was what was on the aisle of where our booth was located.  Frank and I thought we would go the next day, but it was really cold, and windy and I still wasn't feeling too well.  So this is the first year in years that we didn't get to the fair.  I missed the funnel cakes......darn!!!!

Saturday was even worse as far as the weather.  It actually rained, and it was trying to snow at the same time.  So cold and windy again.  Makes me wonder just how well the fair did.  Who wants to go to the fair in that kind of weather?  Sunday was a much better day as far as the weather so maybe it was a better turn out day for the fair.

Sherry brought Rozlynn out to spend the weekend as Renee had to work Saturday, and her day care is closed on the weekends.  I went to Sherry's to spend the afternoon with her and Rozlynn.  I had so much fun playing with Rozlynn.  I can't believe that I forgot to take my camera again.  I am going to have to put it in my purse and leave it there so it is always with me.  Sherry and Renee went to the fair Sunday, and I spent the day at home resting as I still was feeling lousy.  I think the antibiotic was making me feel bad as they state on the Z-pack that it stays in your system several days after you finish your last pill. I didn't go to church and Frank ended up coming home early as he scratched his arm and had blood all over his white shirt. So we spent a quiet Sunday afternoon snoozing...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Feeling Lousy

I have been sick for a week now.  I haven't felt like doing anything except laying around.  It started out with a sore throat that never ended, but did get a little better.  Then my sinuses plugged up and keep draining down my throat which is making me cough, and I am sure keeping my throat red and sore.

Frank has been a trouper taking care of me and the household chores.  I am so lucky to have a husband who is willing to help out especially when needed.  The only thing he doesn't do is cook, so it has been easy stuff like take out pizza, soup from the can, and dinner from Sugars.  Then the poor guy ended up with Bursitis in his shoulder and has been in pain, and on top of that he had a tooth starting to hurt him, and went to the dentist to find out he has a cracked tooth and will be going back today to get started on a crown.  I am afraid it will abscess before it is over.  When it rains it pours.  He made the statement "Isn't my back pain enough?" 

In the mean time I am running a fever off and on.  I am either hot or chilling.  So I decided I probably have a sinus infection as when I bend down my face hurts.  I called my local doctor yesterday only to get the answer machine stating their hours and they should have been in.  I left a message asking if I could get in to see the doctor thinking they would call me back.  They never did.  Today I called again and listened closely to the message, at least today they stated they would be out of the office on Thursday the 7th.  Frank drove to the office to find they were open and the receptionist was on the phone.  He tried to get me in and the first appointment they had was for tomorrow afternoon.  Frustration, Frustration!!!!! This doesn't sound very accommodating for a small town doctor.  So I am thinking that after Frank has his tooth fixed I may have him take me to the Mesquite clinic.  I just want to get an antibiotic before the infection gets any worse, and of course get to feeling better instead of feeling like a big truck ran over me.