Two-Week Update of 3/13/14

ambulanceFriday: On wakening up the air temperature was -10 F and wind chill -16 F and snowing. Chiropractor, dialysis, and laundry today.

Saturday: On wakening up the air temperature was +4 F and wind chill -11 F. Normal cares today after the special food giveaway that was rescheduled for today.

Sunday: On wakening up the air temperature was -9 F and wind chill -24 F. Normal cares today. We made homemade beef stew.

Monday: On wakening up the air temperature was -21 F and wind chill -25 F. We set a new record low temperature for the day, breaking the record from 1875 of -13. Dialysis and chiropractor today.

Tuesday: On wakening up the air temperature was +10 F and wind chill -2 F and snowed over night snowing when left podiatry appointment. Did all the work of transferring Mom’s prescriptions to the new pharmacy.

Wednesday: On wakening up the air temperature was +16 F and wind chill +7 F an it snowed over night. Dialysis today. Hemoglobin up to 11.4 without medication.

Thursday: On wakening up the air temperature was +4 F and wind chill -7 F. Dentist today for Mom, which is a 28-mile trip one way.  This is the first of three cleaning sessions. She had one tooth break off at the gum line so is scheduled to have it surgically removed on Tuesday.

Friday: On wakening up the air temperature was +26 F and wind chill +15 F. Chiropractor, dialysis, pick up CPAP supplies that came in, pick up hot packs that were ordered for her use at dialysis, go to pharmacy and laundry.

Saturday: On wakening up the air temperature was +24 F and wind chill +15 F and had freezing drizzle overnight. Normal  cares today, needed to wrap Mom’s leg today as it has opened again, and monthly supply shopping for my friend. We got to church and I was setting up for Mass as I am the sacristan when someone came to tell me the ambulance was over at the rectory. I went to investigate and found out it was our pastor was found on the floor by one of the parish staff. Mass was canceled and I was working with the staff to help arrange for covering tomorrow’s Masses.

Instead of being there for the first Mass and setting up for the second Mass and leaving to do my friend’s cares, we will need to make some adjustments. I also need to get the third Mass started and be there after the third Mass to be sure everything is put away as we are having a retired priest that has not been at our church before to say the Masses. I will be going to do the personal cares during the second Mass and go back to church and then go do the supportive cares during the third Mass and go back to church to put things away. Then back to my friend’s for chili.

Our other sacristan is temporarily unavailable and none of the staff are trained for setting up for Mass as they are administrative personnel, house keeping, or maintenance. I was first trained as an altar server in 1982 and at that time the altar servers acted as the sacristan. In 1994, we got a new pastor and I was asked to train the altar servers and act as sacristan as he wanted to come up to current standards that the altar servers were not to act as sacristan unless confirmed and most of them are not. I have had several assistance over the years, many of them have been altar servers that have been confirmed (10th grade) and most have since graduated college and have moved out of the area.

The current assistant is in college and is gone this semester for an exchange program. Our pastor has been taking care of the end of the second Mass and the third Mass during the time our other sacristan is gone for the exchange program as we do not have anyone eligible and willing to act as sacristan until conformation in May. Then it is about a two-month training process. I have two who are going to be confirmed in May that have expressed an interest and that I think would be approved for training.

Sunday: One hour less sleep due to the start of daylight savings time. On wakening up the air temperature was +15 F and wind chill +4 F. Normal cars today broken up by sacristan duties at church as our pastor is in hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

Monday: On wakening up the air temperature was +34 F and wind chill +29 F. Dialysis and chiropractor today.

Tuesday: On wakening up the air temperature was +31 F and wind chill +29 F with light freezing rain. Diabetic dietitian and oral surging today.

Wednesday: On wakening up the air temperature was +25 F and wind chill +13 F with light snow falling. Dialysis today.

Thursday: On wakening up the air temperature was +14 F and wind chill +7 F. Dentist for part two of three cleanings (28 miles one way to dentist).

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One thought on “Two-Week Update of 3/13/14

  1. Avatar of PegiPegi

    Larry, I bow down to your organizational skills that you can still have time to contribute at church with all the caregiving you do. Always enjoy your updates. Hope you’re having a nice weekend.

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