Sunday, June 12, 2016

Fortnightly Update #12: The Life of an Unofficial CNA

This week will be another quicker update: I've been very busy since Monday, the day of my mom's hip replacement surgery. Although she spent two days in the luxury accommodations of her hospital room (which was actually a lot nicer than any she'd had in Montana), I caught a ride to the hospital to make sure they were treating her right. I should have actually berated them into treating her worse, because a hospital staff can take care of a lot, whereas one person can only do one thing at a time (nominally me). By the time she came home, I thought I'd have everything in hand, as most of the tasks looked easy enough for me to complete with time to spare...

But then we ran into some snags. Her prescriptions were a complete beast to get. Although we'd been assured beforehand by the nice staff of our pharmacy that there shouldn't be issues with me picking up prescriptions, one of my mom's prescriptions was one they didn't have. I waited an hour for the first round of pills, then I had to go down the street and wait another ten minutes on another bottle. When I got home, my mom noticed they hadn't given her one of the more important ones she had to have on hand for the next day. I called the pharmacy, who said they hadn't received a script for it. I looked through my mom's hospital folders for a number to the department she was taken care of at- they had one number on one of the materials, but only to the wrong department, which was unavailable. I looked up the hospital online, hunting through the website for the number, and made sure they sent a script. I again called the pharmacy, who assured me they had the prescription filled. I was prepared to tongue lash them, but they did have the prescription for me.

TL;DR: Pills are sometimes harder to get than you'd expect.

Recent Acquisitions (or the Piling of the-Piles):

the-pile Additions:


the-invisible-pile Additions:


Currently Reading:

Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
Despite fairly low expectations (I've never read anything by this author before), I've been impressed with this book so far- it has likeable characters and interesting worldbuilding. I'm only about 40%+ through, but I wouldn't be surprised if it exceeds 3.5 Stars.

Finished These Books:

Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey
I wrote a review for this one, but the takeaway is, it didn't meet my expectations for any of the genres it could be listed as, I had high expectations for it, and the pacing was really great (it didn't take me long to read this one). I wasn't blown away, but it's a good read.

In the Blogosphere:

Becca @ I'm Lost in Books posts on #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks - I Finally Made an Update Post!

La La Toadstone @ La La in the Library reveals Why I Love Anime, with five tv show and five movie selections. It's great for those looking to jump into the genre if you're having a staycation this summer.

Michelle @ True Book Addict posts Cat Thursday - It's one of those weeks..., which is one of those features I always click on.

In My Life:

If you didn't notice from my opening paragraphs, I've been busy taking care of my mom. As a pre-reward to myself, I also finally broke down and got an Xbox One, without the creepy all seeing eye that is the Kinect sensor. I think I've actually read more than I've played it, despite having a bunch of games I've wanted to play for a long time (Fallout 4, Forza Horizon 2, among others). My mom living in her lift chair in the living room may have something to do with it- when I explained I'd struck some avatar in Fallout 4 over the back of the head with a tire iron, she was a bit appalled. She also was creeped out by how realistic the graphics were when I was creating a character (Jane Doe). I have a feeling if she saw me play the Sims 3 in front of her, she'd be more entertained.

Other than appalling her with my virtual life, I've learned to give my mom her injections (for which watching House MD all the time paid off). I was irritated with the syringes they gave me- no matter how hard I tapped, the air bubble didn't float to the top. I resorted to administering the med until the bottom, where the air bubble remained, not injecting it (injecting air is a no-go). Since it was one of the meds given more as an extra precaution than anything else, I think I did an okay job. I'm just glad I'm not a nurse, a profession that four other people in my family have been.

Much like most human beings on the planet today, I'm saddened and appalled by the senseless shooting of many people at a nightclub in Florida. Fifty beautiful people have left the planet today needlessly, and rather than spout my philosophies on how to stop such acts, I'd like to remember the victims. They aren't the only people to depart the world today, nor the only ones to leave as a result of violence, but my thoughts are with them and their families. We need to love each other and make the world a less hateful place in their honor.


  1. It amazes me how fast they kick people out of tbe hospital anymore! I remember when my grandmother had her hip done in the 80s she was there for a couple of weeks. A friend of mine had her appendix taken out a few months ago and they sent her home in 24 hours. Yikes! I was a good girl, too, and I didn't buy anything last week, but I just bought two things this morning. Ha ha. Thanks for the shoutout! I hope you get some alone time to play your video games. Have a wonderful week.

    1. When I had my gallbladder removed (about 10 years ago) I left the same day- but when my mom had hers done later, she had to stay for a week or so- she had gangrene tissue around it, which made it more difficult to recover from. Amazingly, the scar from her gallbladder surgery is much larger than the one she'll have from her hip replacement.
      Well, that's not too bad! I'm considering buying a couple of books this summer, but I'm waiting until I get out of my reading rut. Your welcome for the shoutout- hope your week is delightful as well!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, La La!
      ~Litha Nelle

  2. I hope you are enjoying your X-Box One. You definitely deserve it after everything you've been through. I hope your mom is recovering well. I'm sorry for all your trouble with the medication. :-(

    I learned about the Orlando mass killings yesterday morning when I woke up. So, so sad. I wish there was more love and compassion in this world.

    I hope you have a good week!

    1. My mom likes the Xbox One too- I finally figured out how to stream her Amazon Prime movies/tv on to the big screen with it. Today she told the physical therapist she's in little to no pain at all- the only pain she gets is when she doesn't follow her hip rules (no bending over, no twisting, keep the "bad" leg out).

      I still can't wrap my head around the Orlando shooting. If you go out to a nightclub, you don't expect that to happen. I guess anywhere, you always have the expectation of safety. The way some people didn't treat it like a tragedy boiled my blood.

      I hope you have a great week too, Wendy- thanks for stopping by and commenting!
      ~Litha Nelle


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