Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Three Beautiful Things 03/10/17: Mom Update, Macaroni and Cheese, Dinner with Scott and Ed

1.  Christy called Mom's cardiologist's office to report on how Mom was doing a week after going on oxygen all through the day and night. The office returned the call later in the afternoon. I took the call and had a very pleasant conversation with Heather who expressed concern for Mom's high heart rate, explained the way Mom's reduced heart function causes edema, and expressed support for Mom napping as often as she wants to. She will pass the notes of our conversation on to the doctor and we'll see if he makes any adjustments in Mom's medicine that might help slow down her heart, but not lower her blood pressure which is already on the low side.

2.  Because I wanted to be home when the nurse called, I didn't go to the store this afternoon, but I was able to make a macaroni and cheese dish out of onion, ground pork sausage, macaroni, sharp cheddar cheese, milk, and flour.  I don't remember ever making macaroni and cheese before and it made me happy that Mom and Carol both thought this simple dish worked pretty well.

3.  Scott drove over to the Silver Valley from Spokane, picked up Ed, and they came to Mom's house and talked with her for a while before the three of us went to Best Shots for a bite to eat and to shoot the breeze. We had fun joking around with and hearing stories from our server, Baylee, about when she was a student of Scott's son in middle school.  I capped off the night with a visit to Christy and Everett's for a slug of Knob Creek Kentucky Bourbon and some superb conversation.

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