Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Coastal Breezes

Good merry morning!  It is great to be here in Oregon.  Yesterday we drove to the coast again to escape the heat here in the valley.  It was 93 degrees when we left and 66 degrees on the coast.  It was very pleasant to sit by the doorway of the restaurant we went to and feel the breeze from the ocean.  I took a snapshot.  This is in the coastal town of Florence.  It is a cute little town, with good restaurants.  This was a new one for me...International Fish Market Restaurant.  It sits on the river by the boat docks.
I am feeling like things are concluding here.  Maybe another month or two.  It is hard to tell.  Barb has a strong will to live and she hasn't given up.  But she is asleep most of the time now, and not able to communicate very well.  And she is so thin.  And cold.  Her room is about 99 degrees most of the time and she is still cold.  Her circulation must be very poor.  It's hard to see.
Well, I didn't mean to end on a sad note.  For the most part things are happy and good here.  I am so enjoying the time I have with my dad.  He is such a good, kind man.  I love that he can hear now.  It helps with his memory.  I didn't expect that.  But I am glad.  I hope things are good wherever you are in cyberspace today.  HAVVVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody

Friday, June 3, 2016

Modern Day Miracles

Good day!  It is still morning here.  And I am having a hard time waking up today.  It might have been the dream about the bears.  I thought the house was full of them.  I was glad to wake up!
Yesterday we had a miracle happen.  I took my dad to a hearing specialist.  He has been going to the VA for the last 10 years for his hearing, and it hasn't improved.  Instead he has gotten so he doesn't hear much, and lately it is so bad that he seems to be kind of isolated.  Anyway, I had become so tired of waiting for long times for his appointments at the VA and then being told they couldn't do any more, that I made this appointment for yesterday with an independent audiologist.  I was afraid that it was going to be a run around sales pitch, but I was so wrong!  After giving him a thorough hearing test, they put some new hearing aids in his ears, programmed them to go along with their findings, and voila!  He can hear again!!!!  I mean he can really hear.   I am so excited!  It will be such a change for him....not having to sit and wonder what everyone else is saying.  He can hear it all!  I guess that the hearing aids convert the sounds that are out of his range to a range he can hear.  This is fairly new technology.  It doesn't just make things louder, it makes them clearer.  And I guess it will filter the environmental sounds so that the background noise will not be annoying.  I am so astounded.  And I wish we had done this a year or more ago.  He is happy too.  And it is a good time for a little joy.
Other than that life continues to be interesting.  I never know what the day will bring.  Lately we have seen quite a few movies.  We got a larger TV so that Dad could see it better, and he loves netflix.  He loves that there are so many movies to choose from and is especially fond of the older movies.  So we have been watching the oldies but goodies.
I hope all is happy and well for you where ever you may find yourself in cyberspace today.  HAVVVVVGW!!!!!  Melody