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Looking up a bit [Jul. 11th, 2006|05:41 pm]

Marsha's back at the nursing home, and seems to be doing a bit better (though her short term memory is still shot to hell).

Three things accomplished:
  • The bogus DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order is out of Marsha's chart at the nursing home. If I were in Marsha's position, I'd have a DNR, but I'm not Marsha (who is the Official Optimist in this partnership, and generally speaking it's served her well). It was signed by a doctor she'd seen at the hospital, dated the day after we had an Advance Directive witnessed (with the Living Will part carefully crossed out per the instructions). Marsha definitely doesn't want major surgery, and she's not sure about dialysis -- other than that, anything goes in terms of life support. Not something that you can just check off on a form. I think this was probably just a communications glitch -- somebody didn't notice the crossed-out Living Will, and the doctor filled out the DNR thinking Marsha wanted it. It wasn't effective, anyway, since Marsha hadn't signed it.

  • Marsha's computer equipment is set up more rationally -- on an over-the-bed table as before, but with cables running down to the power strip, the power strip duct-taped to the crossbar of the table, and only the cord for the power strip projecting out into the world. I still need to plug in a few more things, but we're getting back to working order.

  • We got the maintenance guy's O.K. to plug it into the wall -- can't be over 20 amps, he says (as if!). He also understood what I was saying when I explained that the sensor for Marsha's mouse couldn't see anything but the little shiny dot glued to her glasses. I don't know if electricians consider themselves to be geeks, but there's a least a bit of a common approach to things.

[User Picture]From: northlighthero
2006-07-11 10:50 pm (UTC)
Three cheers for Marsha, the maintenance guy (and others who speak geekspeak), and especially for YOU.

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From: solsticeborn63
2006-07-12 12:22 am (UTC)

not about your post at all

Just in case you notice (sometimes it takes me months to notice these things) I thought you might like to know who "friended" you. It's me. Marjie. You may not remember, and then again.... A few years ago I emailed several people on reclaiming.org asking about any reclaiming people in Pittsburgh and ya hooked me up. We're small still. About 3 people. But we get up to 13 at our public rituals and more than 3 at "coffees". Its a good way to grow though. At first we grew like "quick grow grass" which grows and dies within a week. Now we're in slow grow mode. It is good. I have a lot more contacts now from shore to shore but you were the very first!
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[User Picture]From: swansister
2006-07-12 01:28 pm (UTC)

Re: not about your post at all

I hope that it is a good thing that Marsha is back at the Nursing Home.

I hope that you are able to take some time for yourself...

Big Hugs of Love,

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[User Picture]From: angelweed
2006-07-31 01:23 am (UTC)

Re: not about your post at all

Greetings, Marjie! Thanks for getting in touch. I'm glad I was of use to you, and to have the opportunity to read your journal. (My own drama has been very distracting lately, and I feel a bit of a laggard in getting back to you. But better late than never.)
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