Tuesday, November 9, 2004

RAMBLING PROSE

Thought I would give an update on all that is going on around here. The new Alzheimer's medication my Dad is taking is working a small miracle. Saturday night the whole family was celebrating his 85th birthday, standing around the table, with the birthday cake in front of him singing "Happy Birthday" at the top of our out of tune lungs. He looked around at us and on the last line sang "Happy Birthday to ME!" I almost began crying. Despite the hearing problem, he now will communicate with you in a strong voice rather than the vague facial expressions of late. It is remarkable the strides they are making in treating dementia.

Zorro and I are going to Knoxville this afternoon for two days to enable him to take the required tests for placement in several positions that may be open to him. I think Atlanta is out, but several other options have presented themselves. Chicago being one of them. I am taking a wait and see position, as I have no idea where we will end up! It is like being on an out of control bus careening down a mountainside! Zorro seems to forget that I have to adjust my career and life too, but (sigh)..........

Finally!!!!!!!! At the birthday party my two sisters, Omega and Mid-Sis made semi-commitments to go to IRELAND in March! We have causally been taking about this for several months. I'm there. I am thrilled!

Zorro and I began running again, hoping to be able to run in the Turkey Trot in Louisville on Thanksgiving Day. 10K. I am laughing hysterically. I know I can do it, but it won't be pretty.

18 comments:

gypsytrader49 said...

That is heartwarming to hear that about your Dad. Wow! Medicine is making so many strides...we've just got to get that Stem cell research going.
You must be in awesome shape to run that race. Pretty or not we want to see pix.
Good Luck.

my78novata said...

oh man my ankles are so small I cant run. I am small boned and it just kills them not to mention my knees. So glad abotu yoru dad. I wish my mom would start getting on treatments now. By the time shes 85 she wont even be able to move since she wont take care of herself. Lori

ksquester said...

Such good news to hear about your Dad. Hey, If the opportunity ever comes up for Kansas City, don't rule it out. It's a wonderful city. We lived in Illinois for 7 years and it was a difficult  for me because of the weather. Keep us posted!  Anne

yakima127 said...

Great news about your Dad!  Still no answer about where you're going...that is a tad stressful!  Good luck running!  I hope to outgrow my laziness one day and become a svelt, athletic runner like you!  JAE

mlraminiak said...

Mary, I love to come here and read the excitement with which you face challenges.  What kind of drugs are you on, and where can I get some?  (LOL!)  I feel like that lady in the "fake orgasm" scene in "When Harry Met Sally"--"I'll have whatever SHE had!"  Lisa  :-]

k2plus2 said...

Hey Mary, Glad to hear you are running again!  WOOHOO!  and that's great about your dad.  Hard to understand that that they don't understand either.   Good luck with the career business.  When will you find out where you may end up?  Good luck with the Turkey Trot.  Cya, kris

sistercdr said...

I am so glad that the new medication is having a positive effect.  That is such a blessing.  Good luck to the hubs with his placement tests, your running, and Ireland.

readmereadyou said...

How wonderful that medicine is working. I didn't think they were making such magnificent strides. I wish my aunt could have lived to see that medication.

Enjoy your run.....I don't envy your move. I wish you all the best and hope you find the job and home of your dreams. Go......Turkey Trot. : )

Angela

txsguinan said...

Yay for your Dad!  I know just how you feel. Happy Birthday to him.

Yay for you running again!  I envy and admire your determination and fitness, but then that's because you always have so much fun with it. It's kind of exciting about the job thing... (did I mention that Chicago is my favorite American city?)

And double-Yay (!!) for you and the sis' going back to Ireland!  (And yay for me too, because... I'm coming with...;)

garyvp said...

Hope things work out with your Dad. Sounds encouraging. Go for that run...I made a 15K a couple fo weeks ago...if I can do that you can do the Turkey Trot for sure.

cneinhorn said...

good news about your Dad!  I know you can do it too...........get those miles in so you'll be ready for the Turkey Trot!!! Yes!  Way to go!  (I really need to start running again......) :0
~JerseyGirl
http://journals.aol.com/cneinhorn/WonderGirl

judithheartsong said...

I am so happy to hear your Dad is doing better. judi

martinsek5 said...

I've been wondering what happened with your possible move to Atlanta!  I hope that you find something just perfect for you :-) Pamela

karensull12 said...

Great news about your Dad.  It's nice to have something to look forward to...hope you go on that trip!

chasingmoksha said...

At first I read "Gambling Prose." LOL! Silly me.

So happy to hear about your dad!  I think I would had cried.
Your careening bus reminded me of the Knight Bus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, coming out November 23, I cannot wait, have pre-ordered it already from Barnes and Noble! LOL!

I am crossing my fringers for you and Zorro and thinking about you and your possible adjustments. {{{{Alpha}}}}

Oooooo Ireland in March, it is become an annual event for you.  I am thrilled for you. If my school pulls it off we will be in England at Easter time.

10K, you GO GIRL!!!!!

mrccgoody said...

That's great about your dad's medicine.  I know that must have been a precious moment to have him really there at such a special time.

Chicago is a nice city but too far away! :(  Knoxville is okay, but still not as good as Kentucky.  Next best thing, I guess...

sieoftopaz said...

I'm sorry to hear Atlanta is out.  But that's wonderful news about the meds for your dad! ... Turkey Trot?  Is that like "Run ForrestAlpha, run?  ~Sie

krobbie67 said...

Great news about your father. I hope the meds continue to do the trick. Good luck to Zorro. Hmm...Chicago. I might just have to plan another trip to see my bro in Illinois if you go there. Do you think my family will start wondering when all my trips begin to revolve around J-Land meetings? :-) ---Robbie