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    Thank you NancyTree .

    I'm not really sure how my father is doing. His leg is doing much better. And the nurse reports that his skin lesions are much improved. But he has not had much of an appetite for four days now. I cooked him a haggis for Robbie Burns Night on Monday, along with some clapshot, mashed potatoes, cranachan--the whole works. Usually he loves this sort of food. But he hardly ate any of it. I gave him some of the leftovers for dinner on Tuesday. He only ate half of what was on his plate. Tonight I offered him the remains of that plate. And he still didn't finish it. (Now my mother is complaining because most of the haggis is still taking up space in our tiny little bar fridge, which is chockablock full due to our full-sized refrigerator still being broken.)

    My father doesn't need to consume a lot of calories because he cannot move very much. It would not be terrible for him to lose some weight. But usually he has a good appetite. So it's disconcerting when he doesn't. He was supposed to see our family physician next Monday. But my mother had an appointment with the same doc yesterday. We were both so concerned with my father's lack of eating that she switched appointments with him. The doctor could not find anything wrong with him, however. (Other than the obvious: my father has Multiple Schlerosis, which was diagnosed 37 years ago, and which he probably had for at least 11 years before his diagnosis.) Now our family physician wants my father to see an MS specialist. Which would be a good idea. Except for the fact that we don't have any locally. I would have to take him to either London or Windsor--both of which are Covid hotspots these days. Meanwhile, none of us can get vaccinated yet because the area we live in is not a hotspot. So we wait.

    Anyhow... thank you for asking about him. He is at least still at home, and the infection appears to finally be under control, and apart from not having much of an appetite he seems to be okay (relatively speaking, for him).

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      Thank you DorothyMH . The complaining does rub me the wrong way. But I know I'm sensitized to it because of our history. So I try to take deep breaths and remind myself that this is just my mother's way. She does still thank me for working out with her every day, when we are done. So I know she appreciates it. And the gains she has made are substantial at this point. She has to be happy about that.

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        Hmm, no appetite sounds not okay, I get your worries. It's good the doc didn't find any bad signs, and luckily the skin is improving. Does he still have antibiotocs? That works on the gastrointestinal system, maybe that does something on his appetite?
        Good luck with everything!

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          Thank you NancyTree .

          My father is still on antibiotics, yes. The current one he had taken before, a couple of years ago, and tolerated well at that time. Now he has been on this same med for over a week, at least. (He has been on so many different antibiotics over the past two months, I've lost track of which ones he was on when.) He seemed to be tolerating this one well again when he first switched to it. But maybe this is a cumulative effect of 8 weeks of strong antibiotics. Hopefully he will finally be done with the antibiotics soon, and his gut flora will have a chance to recover.

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            Thursday, January 28 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 281


            push/pull/press:

            50 Push-Ups Challenge - Day 10
            Negative Pull-Ups Challenge - Day 10
            Power Pull Challenge - day off
            Quest for the Press - Day 5 - which is a rest day. (Quest for the Press is a "30 Day" program, but the 30 days include 4 rest days. I have decided to take the scheduled rest days this time through, even though I am also taking Sundays as a rest day from all my push/pull/press work. This will enable me to keep all four programs on the same schedule at least for my first run through them, and I don't think the extra rest days will be too much, considering how much work I am doing overall.

            Total time for push/pull/press: 2:28


            Workout with my mother: Day 315

            Posture x 3
            Full Circuit - Day 2
            Knee Saver (with dragon adds + mods)
            Sore Feet x 2
            Wrist Pain
            Hand Tendons x 2

            Total time for w/o w. mother: 58:30

            Total workout time: 61 minutes


            Other stuff:

            7.4 km hiking

            Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 394/394
            No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 413
            No Seated English Television - - Total Consecutive Days: 332
            Daily French Study - - Total Consective Days: 80
            GOBOT (6:30) - - 5/5
            GBOT (11:00) - - 5/5


            Year 51 Goals Tracking:

            1. 48/1000 km running
            2. 139.9/3000 km total distance
            3. 42 min. / 100 hours yoga/dance
            4. fastest 5K year-to-date: 28:30 (goal is < 22)
            5. most push-ups in one set: 16/50 - I was shaking on the last one, but I got it done
            6. press-to-handstand progress: successful "puppy press" from left leg on chair and feeling much more stable entering handstand this way than in the past (puppy press from right leg on the chair was still not quite there, which may have simply been a case of being tired by that point--usually pushing off my right leg is easier for me) (goal = 1 unassisted)
            7. 1/15 chapters Bird Bio course
            8. 0/100 nature journal entries with sketches
            9. 12/100 complete bird counts
            10. bird species IDed by ear: 5/100
            11. Fluenz French: 19/150 sessions
            12. French tests: TBD
            13. pull-up progress: 8 second unassisted negative (goal = 1 unassisted)

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              Congrats to both of you on Fireheart! Full Circuit is an impressive choice for your next program, I hope it goes well

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                Thank you, Zastria !

                There will need to be some modifications for Full Circuit. But because it is time based and not rep based, my mother and I can each work at our own speed. My mother is familiar enough with the exercises now that she can handle doing something slightly different from what I am doing. So, for example: I can still do jumping jacks, even though my mother will need to do step jacks. So we both can benefit from doing the program.

                The biggest problem for my mother is when a workout includes both floor work and standing work without a break in between. For example, in Full Circuit Day 3 where each set is 2 minutes of supine ab work followed by 1 minute of jacks. That structure does not work for my mother because it takes her ~ 3 minutes just to get back onto her feet after sitting on the floor. So what we did was: I did the workout as specified, but my mother just lay on the floor and took 1 minute breaks between each set of core work. Then she got back to her feet at the end, and we did 3 minutes non-stop of step jacks together.

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                  This morning my mother is not well-rested because she spent half the night sitting up with my father because he kept shouting for her because he was hallucinating/imagining people in his bedroom who were not there.

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                    That doesn’t sound good....he’s not running a fever is he? How is he in daylight?

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                      In happier news: the part that was back-ordered for our refrigerator finally arrived and was installed yesterday. So this morning I brought all of our food back inside and re-loaded it into the refrigerator. Three and a half weeks of having to use our garage as a walk-in refrigerator was not fun. So having our kitchen finally back to normal is a very welcome change.

                      On the vaccine front: some doses of the Moderna vaccine actually made it into my region last Monday. All the doses were used up within a couple of hours on just two retirement homes. And now with both Pfizer and Moderna renegging on the delivery schedules they had promised to Canada, goodness knows when sleepy little Chatham-Kent will receive any more doses. But at least our local healthcare system was ready to move when a supply did show up here, and they got it all into people's arms quickly.

                      Hang in there Homo sapiens. We can do this!

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                        Yay for finally having a working kitchen again!
                        Fingers crossed for the vaccine, and your father!

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                          I don't think he has a fever, DorothyMH . I haven't seen him yet this morning. (He is still with his morning attendant, who gets him out of bed, dressed, toileted, etc.) He did give a coherent answer re: what he wanted for breakfast. So there's that at least. He has been very difficult to understand for the past three days. He sounds like someone who has had a stroke. But I asked him about that, and he said it was just an MS attack making it difficult for him to move his tongue and jaw. (Which could very well be the case. But there is always a danger he will assume things are MS-related which are not.)

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                            Hugs to you, restful thoughts to your mom and continued healing thoughts and prayers for your dad.

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                              That sounds not good.. I hope he'll be alright

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                                I hope your dad is doing better by the time you read this.

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