Saturday, August 31, 2013

I'm still here!

I haven't been in blog mode. I was having trouble with my right eye, the vision was just off. I went to my regular eye doc, who took some pictures and said that I have cataracts starting, but he didn't think that was the problem. He thought something was happening with my retina- not what I wanted to hear! So my primary gave me a referral to a retinologist.

By the time my appointment came up, I was a nervous wreck, convinced I would lose the sight in that eye. I asked Ralph to go with me for moral support and for another set of ears.

After a short exam, the retinologist said my retinas are fine, I have cataracts and that's what's causing the blurriness! I could have cried, I was so relieved! Cataracts are so fixable! I now have an appointment with the cataract doc, as the retinology group doesn't do cataracts. I'm so happy to live now- 40 years ago when my Mom had cataract surgery, she was in the hospital for 8 days. She said they stuck her with needles all around and in the eye! Now it's all drops, and you're home on the couch by lunchtime. 

I was so worried about my eye, I haven't been able to concentrate on much. I did a little bit of sewing, and no crocheting. A little reading, a little computer time. And it's Labor Day weekend, and fun time is over! Back to the Salt Mines on Tuesday!

And I'm working on pix.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Amaryllis Jane has arrived in Washington!

I flew to Sea-Tac Airport on July 12. Manda's due date was July 15, and Amary arrived on July 19.
The day after I arrived, we went to the Space Needle for brunch, which is a fabulous, though pricey, experience. Sunday we went out to lunch, then to a yarn store and a quilt shop. The rest of the week Manda was working from home, so we'd go out to lunch each day, and she'd work and I'd read or play on the iPad the rest of the day.
Friday morning Ben woke me up 6ish to tell me Manda was in labor. At 9.30 we called Heather, our resident labor expert, and she advised Manda to call the doc. She was told to head to the hospital. Things progressed rapidly, and baby was born at 12.54 p.m. Manda and Ben took a good look at her, counted her fingers and toes, and announced that her name is Amaryllis Jane. She weighed 8 lbs, 14.2 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long.
The evening the pediatrician said she is perfect, which we already knew. The hospital is set up with labor-delivery-mother/infant rooms, so Amary never left the room until she was 24 hours old and had to go to the nursery for bloodwork. Ben went with her, then they were discharged! Even though she's a good weight, she still looks so tiny!

Amary is now 2 weeks old, and I came home Thursday. She's staying awake longer, and showing an interest in her surroundings. Manda sent me a pic last night of her carrying Amary in a sling. Amary's working on sleeping for a long stretch at night, so Manda can get some real rest. 

I just put the question up on the HGTV boards how to post to the blog pix from the iPad, and I hope to be able to do that soon. Amary puts me in mind of Heather when she was a tiny baby, with the same shaped head and dark hair. 

I'm so glad Amary was born during the summer, and I was able to spend almost 3 weeks in Mill Creek. 

Back on the home front, Florence is not doing well. Ralph was spending nights there, with an aid being there 3-11, but that was really hard on him. This week he and Frank had an aid start 7p to 7a, and Ralph goes up 3-7p, which is a pain but easier on him. 

And so it goes!