Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Unit 10

Hi everyone,
Wow, This year has gone by so fast.  This semester has also flown by too. I hope everyone is happy with their papers.  I am just trying to get through the holdiays without crying.  Not having all my family together.  I remember the old days as a child, the Christmas eve candle light church service the whole family attended they off to my uncle house for food and fun.  Then Christmas morning we all got one toy, one set of clothes and a stocking.  It was get, a big family dinner,  7 children, my parents, grandmother, and aunt and uncles.  As we all got married the family tree got many leaves, we had to add a  whole forest to it there are so many of us.  37 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  We lost my dad and my grandmother.  We never had any other grandparents they had passed away way before we all came along.  Now everyone comes and goes and there are no Christmas eve party at my uncles home.  I still attend church service on Christmas eve.  I miss the BIG get togethers,the small gifts, everything is commercialized.  I still follow the tradition with my daughters and now with my grandchildren.  I see my children following my tradition with their children too. At least I can see a little tradition still staying the same.  Why does the meaning of Christmas have to be about giving all at once, why can't it be all year around?

Have a save and happy holiday

Friday, December 10, 2010

Unit #8 blog CM229-10

I'm so confused on this blog today,  I thought I had everything done, but then I found that I missed something. My limited access on this computer is driving me nuts. On top of things when I try to get into class I can't get past the second screen and the screen freezes.  Only in the class for the last week and a half.So it did it again to me so I can't go in to find out what my option is for sem opt2.  I can't print from the computers at the hospital and I won't have time to wait for the writing center so I have to wing my report and hope that it's done right. I really worked hard on this and I don't have the energy in me to put one foot any farther this weekend.  I had the flu for four days over last week, then we were hit with the snow storm and I was stuck at the hospital so I worked on my report in between taking care of my mother in law in between being sick, yeah.  I was very thankful that she didn' get sick.  I have been wearing  a mask and hand washing is  must............
Thanks for letting me vest..LOL

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Unit#9

This week is really stressful with the final project due, with limited access to the Internet.  I feel that I am going to drown on this project.  I can only due with what I have at my finger tips and due what I can to get by.  God is my pilot and he will get me what I need to be. He will guide me and I will follow.

Unit#6 posting

What I have been dealing with the last 6 weeks have been very hectic, but I would I change it for anything. I have always believed that you are to take care of family as be as possible. And I promised my mother in law that I would years ago, and that's what I am doing. She had been listed in critical condition condition but has been moved to a new hospital in NY State.She is now listed in stable condition.  Yes, I am still taking care of her 12 hours per day.  We are planning to have her moved home in the new few weeks once we can get her home modified and get all the medical equipment approved.  I will continue the care at home..

unit#5 blog

Schooling for me is very important to me, I have a goal that I have set for myself and no matter what obstacles get in my way I will get through it and keep going to achieve what I set out to do. I have always seen when I made the blankets for the injured troops how they worked hard continuing to make due with their new bodies and try to go back to active duty as a soldier with limited abilities, and its working. So they give me the same goals to work at.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Comments in my blogs

Hi everyone,
How do I feel about my blogs?  I truly have not had much time to read them.  I just had the flu and have been taking care of my mother in law for over a month now, so I really have not had time to read my blogs.  I bearly have time to read my mail when my husband sends it to the hotel.  I don't know what day of the week it is half the time. I don't think I will continue to keep my after my class is done I just don't have the time.  At least I can say that I have tried it.  Thanks for listening

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Overall of of College comp II

      I like peer reviews because we all have a different aspect and outlook on things.  We all see thing things in black and white, but to use we could see color in different shades.  If we all had the exact and home, every home would be be decorated and furnished differently.  It's the same way with the way we think,  and talk and process things. 
      When I chose the topic of Cerebral Vascular Accidents it was due to my dad having one 9 years ago and then passing away from cancer suddenly.  I studied up on the subject after my dad came out of rehabilitation, I wanted to know if there was any new research being done that may help him regain any new straight that the rehab center may have not been up on.  I didn't come up with anything.  All we could do was tend to his care and keep is left side moving and get him up and walking on his strong left side.  My blogs that I received we uplifting and I was nice to know how much support there is out there is the virtual world, it was greatly appreciated. And my heart went out to the one's that had lost loved one's so close to their heart. I really do wish them the best. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

drafing of unit 6

Well I made it to the blog site this week, but this week’s assignment for Unit 6 was a little rough.  I didn’t have all the reports that I needs at my fingertips, but I did have a few of the tips in my head from when my dad had his cerebral vascular accident.  I also have many doctors and nurses all around me that have been very helpful answering my question for me.  I was fortunate that I saved many of my papers that I printed off before my computer crashed, so I do have a few of the forms to go with along with my library book that I have been holding onto like gold.  I will deal with what I have and I’ll do fine.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tired or Exhausted

I know we are to be writing about our Unit 6 outline, but I have been to exhausted taking care of my mother in law and traveling back and forth from PA to NY and back.I don't know if I'm tired or exhausted.  Heck I'm not sure what day it is half the time.  I am doing all I can to take care of her at night and sometimes into the days.  She needs all the support and assistantance right now, but I need to concentate as best as I can on my school work.  Trying to keep my eyes open long enought to comprehend is becoming a challange.  I will make it though........

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dealing with family illness

Hi everyone,
I am writing what I am dealing with this past week. I received a call from my father in law on Monday afternoon that my mother in law was taken to the hospital. She is on a ventilator, she collapsed and she was given all sorts of tests.  We have come to find out that she was diagnosed last year with COPD and heart disease , but never told us she was sick, she didn't want us to worry about her.  My mother in law has been smoking heavy for over 50 years, and her mother died of lung cancer due to her smoking.  I would have figured that after seeing her mother so ill for 7 years, that she would stop smoking.  Instead she continued her 2 packs per day.  She has now been diagnosed with advanced stages of Pulmonary Emphysema.  Seeing her on a ventilator was so hard for me and my husband.  I'm hoping that my daughters will stop smoking now that they have seen how bad their grandmother is suffering.  I can't tell my daughters what to do, they are adults, but I make sure all the time how I don't want them smoking around my grandchildren. It's not fair to them to have their lungs ruined because of second hand smoke.

My mother in law is holding her own, but we have been told that she is in respiratory failure. All we can do for her is make her comfortable, and spend a much time as we can with her till the end.  I don't think she realized how it hurt  us that she would hide this from us all this time.  She has had rapid weight loss over the last 9 months, she stated that it was due to stress. I new that she had a severe deep cough, and she was becoming more winded just walking short distances.

I had to experience my dad struggling with his stroke for 7 years, but then be stricken with pancreatic cancer and pass away after 3 weeks from his diagnosis, but suffered terribly the entire time. I was just proud that I was able to spend almost the entire time with my dad, and made even a closer bond with him. We spoke our deepest thoughts, his fears and how proud he was of me and he loved me very much. There were 7 kids in our family, but me and my twin brother were his sidekick when he was home. My twin brother and I were at our dad's side when he passed away. I am hoping that he understood that when I told him it was alright to let go that mom would be fine, he new that I said it out of love for him.  I just couldn't stand to see him suffering anymore.

I know this is going to be the same situation, but she is my mother in law and not my dad, but we were still close.  I'm happy to be able to be there for her, my father in law and my husband during her last days.  My husband was on deployment at the time my dad passed away.  He wasn't granted leave to come home until he passed away.  I never felt to alone during those 3 weeks.
Tara

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Unit 3 blog

Hi everyone,
        I've been an online student for 6 semesters at Kaplan University, it has it's ups and downs at times. I like that I can work at my own pace from day to day. My downsides to working online is I'm at the mercy of the Internet, there may be times when the Internet may go down for minutes, hours or days. At one point we lost our phone line due to weather bringing down trees onto the phone lines, making it impossible to do my work.   When I have my up and down Internet I would then loose my test that I was in the middle of taking.
        Most of the work posted is self explanatory, but at times it could mean one thing to me, but when I turned in my work, it comes back incorrect for my misunderstanding.
        For me I don't have time to do my school work and convert with classmates too. I go in do my classwork and then log off. I'm sure there are others that have a full plate and do all they can do just to keep up with school, home and work.

       I wish all of you luck at Kaplan,
Tara

Monday, October 25, 2010

My military family support

We are a growing family with 2 grandchildren and another one on the way.  I am married to my husband for almost 24 years, and has served in the Army for 18 years.  I'm very lucky to have a man like this.  He sometimes has to put the army first when he's called out, but he is very dedicated to his family too.  We have 2 daughters and we have one granddaughter and one grandson.My  husband was not around to see his grandson be born or to even see for his first 9 months  of life, but to see them together most of the time makes up for all that he has missed.  I have always supported my husband for his choices he has made to stay in the army. He's very supportive of me taking my college courses and within a year I will graduate and have a job I can enjoy working at.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Broken sewing machine

Had a bad day my sewing machine is toast,  this is my 3rd sewing machine and now I can't afford to purchase a new one, and I am still making my fleece blankets.  I have no idea what to do, a new machine that will handle the amount of fleece I sew will cost $641.00.  If anyone has an idea I'm up for suggestions.