May 31st, 2017

by, DailySunshine On 05/31/2017

My father started the week off, trying to make up from lost time. He's trying to find more paperwork to submit to the VA Board…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/31/2017

We thought it was pneumonia and maybe his asthma was acting up. It was pneumonia and some respiratory activity, then they said there was cardiac…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/31/2017

Now this part of the year gets interesting. Sometimes I want to skip and fast forward the difficult times/situations, this is next couple of months,…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/31/2017

When I say, 'Cracking the Whip' it means to get up and go...now.  My get up and go is kinda slowing down. Leaving the hospital…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/31/2017

Would like to say a quick 'Thanks' to Sabra Design for their continued web support.  Check out Sabra Design if you or someone you know --maybe a…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/31/2017

This is the week of the Memorial Day Holiday. Yes, we pause to remember our veterans --living, deceased, active, retired and those that separated. Right…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/30/2017

It's Graduation Season! Congratulations to all the Graduates! Especially those in the medical field. As you go out into the world, make your mark. Keep…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/25/2017

There has been numerous research about pets and their abilities. My father is not really open to pets but I think eventually getting him a…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/25/2017

Well if you have a good relationship, it should be a good visit. I still applauded and encourage a visit with those who have a…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/23/2017

You are trying to leave, you have to be on your way. There so much you have to do, you just wanted to pop in,…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/23/2017

It is not always easy to talk about what's going on with your love one. You're saying the same thing over and over again.  You…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/22/2017

This might be 'common sense' items that I am suggesting you leave at home or have someone take them back home or hold for you…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/22/2017

Started the week off going to church. Gym time!              For the last couple of months, my dad has been really frustrated because he's leaking…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/22/2017

Day after the holiday, it's time to hit the gym. Walking, walking and more walking. Even hit the steps, climbing up a few and back…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/21/2017

Today my father really saw his leg for the first time post amputation. His emotions are up and down. As he is moving around, he…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/21/2017

When my mom was still living, I would see her after work and she was always asleep. Really sleepy and tired. It wasn't until we…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/21/2017

Belief is faith put into action... I had to come to the understanding that when you say you believe something, whatever it is, it holds…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/21/2017

Started off week four at home! Inauguration festivities over, long holiday over, getting back on track. Made it back in time to go to church. …

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by, DailySunshine On 05/21/2017

Well for the second and third week of January, my father was in Baltimore, Maryland at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The UTI had turned worse. It…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/21/2017

With the holidays all said and done, January started off busy.  First, an appointment with Neurology (Sleep Doctor), Physical Therapy and Wound Care.            …

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by, DailySunshine On 05/18/2017

It doesn't matter if you are sitting in a hospital room or the doctors office, it's 'hurry up and wait' time.  Time can really get…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/18/2017

As a precaution after surgery, my father was sent to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU). He was sent there on Sunday after surgery too…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/18/2017

So Tuesday was rough, for everyone. My aunt was here, she came straight from church on Sunday to be here for the emergency surgery. My…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/18/2017

A couple of weeks ago, my father's blood sugar was really low. When it was happening, the night caregiver heard my father say, 'Jesus, Jesus,…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/18/2017

My father was very emotional after surgery. He was very greatful. He was so full of love that it overwhelmed him.  A few weeks ago,…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/18/2017

After most of my dad's surgeries, he's not interested looking at the site. So I'm the one who usually does the wound care and gives…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/17/2017

The amputation went well. The doctors saw healthy blood, so they are optimistic amount the ability to heal.  Now this changes everything. Now I'm going…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/17/2017

Once a upon a time, I was an only child. It was me, my mom and dad. My mom had MS --Multiple Sclerosis and back…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/16/2017

I've heard this quote from many different people, no matter who says it or writes it, it's still powerful: 'If you fall, land on your…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/16/2017

You get use to daily routine and you hit little bumps. And then everything returns back to normal.  Then out of the blue, the dominos…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/16/2017

As a caregiver, there will be a day you want to skip. Everyday is a good day but they do come with challenges. Today is…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

Every so often, my father will do something or something might happen and I'll say to myself, 'Where have I seen this before?' It's because…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

The weather is breaking, we are getting hospital fatigue --we have never been at Walter Reed, either campus (DC or MD) for this long. Everyone…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

Well they took the two toes from the right foot and just as I had suspected, the right foot can't be saved. The surgeon came…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

It's Sunday and since this surgery was not on the schedule, dad gets the VIP Treatment. He's the only patient in PACU.      …

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

Are you the caregiver safe? Yes, you!  I'm asking this question because a few times my father has been enraged and started swinging. Each time…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

You might have picked up the perfect gift, made arrangements for today, did everything you were supposed to do. She had a great time, you…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

Just as I was coming into the hospital, the overnight caregiver was texting me letting me know that my father will have emergency surgery this…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/14/2017

Right now, I want to address rumors. Yes, rumors about 'The County Hospital' off of Main Street or 'City Hospital' on First Place.  If you…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/12/2017

So tomorrow will make two weeks that my father has been here at Walter Reed - Bethesda. He's had several rooms changes and now we…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/11/2017

Today, I lost one of my biggest supporters of this project 'It's Your Daily Sunshine'. His mom called me this morning to let me know…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/10/2017

Well my father is as ready as he's gonna to get. Prayers have been prayed, angels are in place, everything is ready to go. Escorts…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/10/2017

Ok, let's talk about hospital food. Depending on where you are the food maybe good, I mean really good that you make sure you take…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/09/2017

Well my father's blood levels have been low and the other day they dipped very low, so he had to have a transfusion.  My dad…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/09/2017

This is one of the topics you and your love one can discuss when you talk about what their wishes are: What happens if there…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/09/2017

During my father's last hospital visit and this one, it was very obvious that he needed a bed that adjusts and not lay flat. I've…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/09/2017

So we got to the hospital on Saturday, April 29th and my father started out in the Emergency Room. From there they decided that he…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/09/2017

The hospital's traveling cart has a little bit of everything, movies, snacks and sometimes you find something special that has been donated.  Today I picked…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/08/2017

I have a favor to ask, I'm not in a position to take my annual May break, why don't you go for me?  You probably…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/05/2017

Well my mom did not drive, so there was no worrying about her being out on the road.  Now she did have an electric scooter…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/05/2017

Ok, you're at the doctors office or emergency room and everyone that you talk to ask your love one about their home medications. First you're…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/05/2017

My sister and I do the best we can with my dad but we are women. His caregivers that help us take care of him…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/05/2017

So on Wednesday my father had the procedure to open up his veins on the left leg and that went fine. Fast-forward to today for…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/05/2017

This has been an interesting week.  First starting off in MICU but quickly moved back to the Heart Unit. My dad had three procedures: one…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/03/2017

Maybe it was easy to get your love one to do a Power of Attorney or maybe it was hard, either way, it's now finished…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/03/2017

Caregiving is hard and it can feel lonely.  If you are supporting someone who is taking care of someone, I think the best advice I…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/03/2017

It's the first of the month again. Are you paying your love ones bills too?  Are you finding that one/few bill(s) is always late for…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/03/2017

Sitting here in the hospital, reminds me of why I detox.  Talking about if your body is functioning correctly is not the most popular topic…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/03/2017

You can NOT believe everything you see with your eyes. The monitors will ring, your love one will look grave, you only hear the risks…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/02/2017

After being released from the ER, we came to the Cardiac floor where my father has been treated the last two visits but somehow there…

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by, DailySunshine On 05/02/2017

Well we are here again in the emergency room, what a week! And the same PA that took care of us over at VA is…

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