Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Meal Between the Chapters

For all you cooks out there who are beside yourself with curiosity (yeah, right) as to what the first meal in our new house was, we dined on leftover hamburgers and hotdogs that were grilled in Smithfield, then frozen and carted to Manteo. 

For dessert we had apple/butterscotch cake which was--you guessed it--baked in Smithfield (for Thanksgiving), then frozen and carted to Manteo.   Bottom line was that our Manteo meal consisted of Smithfield food.  Pretty fitting I guess, for the meal between the chapters.

                                                       

In the first picture, I seem to have caught Steve halfway between a smirk and a smile.  I thought about not posting the picture, but then I changed my mind because it’s really sorta funny. Also, Sarah looks a bit more cheery in that picture than in the second one.

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So there you have it.  The smirking Smith dad and the non-smirking Smith daughter.

The morning after our first night, I found my human child and my canine child hard at work breaking in the newly relocated couch and the accompanying TV.  It’s a hard life.

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Snowy’s not quite sure what to think about all of this.  He almost got lost going up to Sarah’s room last night since he’s used to just one flight of stairs going straight up.  In this house, it’s stairs, turn on a landing, more stairs, turn and go through a door, more stairs, turn on a landing, more stairs and finally, Sarah’s room.

Last night in the midst of his exploratory stair climbing, his perpetually confused canine look was even more perpetually confused looking than ever.   Believe me, I can relate since confusion seems to be my new best friend!

Gotta go.  More boxes (and confusion) await.

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Beverly said...

Poor Snowy! It's hard work getting to Sarah now!

Lesley said...

I was wondering how he was doing. He and Sarah are going to be in great shape, climbing all those stairs. And you'll get lots of respiratory exercise hollering up those stairs to Sarah :)

Catherine said...

How about a recipe for that apple/butterscotch combo? Sounds interesting.

Sue G said...

Oh my. All those stairs sound daunting.

Remind me about them if I every say I'm coming for a visit. Oy.

NSB Mom said...

How do you like Manteo? I spent some time in Buxton a few years back...

Anonymous said...

Nancy Bratt's site now says that "Hospice entered our lives in September (2009).



Here is a repost of Nancy's myspace entry dated Nov 28, 2007:



http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendId=106614161&page=20

nannys' condition continues to deteriorate. she continues to lose weight, and her blood work remains a mess. she has a problem holding onto potassium and iron. they have upped her to the highest dose possible. her white blood cell count remains low which means her immune system is nearly non existant. she sleeps most of the day and is hooked to pumps for hydration, vitamins, food etc for 18 hours a day. she has a major blood infection wich she has been battling for over 4 weeks now. 4 of the days were in the hospital. i am her main caregiver, and ***she is on full hospice. she is not expected to make it to next christmas.** she loses weight and hasnt held onto wieght even when her tpn calories, lipids and sugar has been increased. she recieves daily phone calls from friends, but remains very weak. thanks for checking in on nanny.



and from October 13, 2007



http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendId=106614161&page=21



updated: if anyone ever doubted nannys' conditions we have it in writing now! i remember a few years back there was some doubt, but as i read the status nanny is and the conditions she has, i started crying. mike holly is our caseworker and the person nanny talks to regarding how i am taking care of her. her conditions listed were 2 pages long, confirmed by her doctors and when i read **"hospice" **that is when i lost it. i then thought of all the doctors that had to read these before they approved me to be nannys' caretaker. and when i read that nanny soon would need 24 hour care, i said I WILL TAKE CARE OF HER!! in black and white it said she may need a future hoome living care, and hell no, i am her mother and i will take caer of nanny when she needs that 24/7 care. for now i am just thankfull she is up and walking, laughing with her mommie and trying to enjoy life. it hurts, however, to read her diagnoses and realize that this is what she has. but i am relieved to know that if anyone had a doubt(some family) we now have it all in back and white. a thick pamphlet of nannys' diagnoses, prognosis(poor) and signed by her doctors and mike holly, our caseworker.



**********
October 13, 2007



nanny is a client of home and community services of washington and **providence home and hospice. **i am now her caretaker and will begin getting paid november 1st. today is my first day as a paid employee! it is bittersweet at the same time because although i get to spend time with my daughter, its the fact that i *have* to spend time with her for this reason.

Susan C said...

Yes, all of those stairs do in deed sound daunting.

I'm glad everyone seems to be adjusting well.

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