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Busy, Hectic, Wild Life

I'm having a hard time keeping up with this blog. Facebook and Twitter seem to have taken over my computer time. But I will do my best to post a blog occasionally.

Life has been crazy the last month or so.

Mom's dementia continues to rule her life. She's had some struggles lately, and lost her roommate this past week. She will have a new roommate soon I'm sure, since there is a waiting list for Presbyterian Manor.

Lenore and Daniel were in Wichita September 12-19. Most of the family met at Watermark Books on Saturday morning the 17th, where Daniel read and signed copies of TEACH YOUR BUFFALO TO PLAY DRUMS, his second illustrated children's book (authored by Audrey Vernick). After drawing buffalo's in everyone's book, we headed to Olive Garden for a family birthday lunch, celebrating Lenore, Nick and Marilyn's birthdays. It was Marilyn's 50th! Rhonda wasn't feeling well so didn't get to come (more on that later). We had a wonderful lunch and Lenore, having received an advance on her first YA novel LEVEL TWO (publishing in 2012), bought everyone's meal! THANKS Lenore!

On Sunday, Brandon, Kaitlin and I met Terry, Sandy, Lenore, Daniel, Nick and Michelle at the Warren Theatre and saw DRIVE with Ryan Gosling. It was an "artsy" movie and very violent. It was okay, but as usual, I had to cover my eyes during some of the scenes!

This past week we've spent dealing with Rhonda's illness. She fell on Tuesday night and Marilyn had to call EMS to help her get up. She wasn't any better by Friday, when I took her some Gatorade and visited with her at lunch. Friday night she wasn't answering the phone, so Marilyn and Diana went to check on her. She was actually in her living room and said she didn't hear the phone because she was asleep. Shortly after Marilyn & Diana left, Rhonda called me to say she was on the floor again. Marilyn & Diana went back over and called EMS, while convincing her that this time she needed to go to the hospital. All of us gathered at Via Christi-St. Francis, until they finally admitted her and got her a room about 2:15am Saturday morning. They are running tests, but she is anemic, had low blood pressure, needed oxygen, etc. She is still too weak to get up and around. While Kaitlin and I were visiting her this morning, the doctor came in and suggested doing a colonoscopy. She doesn't want to do it now, while she's in the hospital, but I told her she really needs to. I called Marilyn when I got home and told her we both need to gang up on her so she gets it done. Hopefully they can figure out what is wrong with her and get her on the road to recovery.

Here is a picture of Ally when I was at Rhonda's on Friday. Ally apparently didn't want me to leave...


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