Wednesday, July 3, 2013

From Mary Jo

Happy 4th of July to our country!

Our son visited today with dil, great time as they brought the laptop loaded with their winter's experiences teaching in a tiny fishing village. Life is much different there, very stark and hard. Drug and alchohol abuse is rampant despite it being a dry village. Most kids only eat at school as do many adults. The school cafeteria is open to all in the village and serves breakfast and lunch. Kids get an afterschool snack to tide them over till morning. Even though money runs out for food, parents manage to get their drugs, cigarettes and booze. It is very hard to send children home daily to abuse and poverty. I'm proud of them for wanting to make a difference in kids lives.

We are having halibut, corn on the cob, salad and a mixed berry cream pie tomorrow. The base is like cheesecake topped with mixed fresh berries, red and blue on white. Great celebrations all around us with concerts and fireworks. DH is not steady enough to manage going out. Went to lunch today and that was great but he's done enough for awhile.

Am preparing for the second hip replacement July 16. Lots has changed in 2 years since the last. Will be dressing daily and in a recliner after day 1. Up and moving the first evening. Am having a spinal and less general anesthesia as that helps minimize bleeding - a problem last time. DD will be here for 2 weeks. 4 adult grands live nearby to drive and help as needed.

Lots of dental work had to be done before surgery. Radiation affects teeth like meth does. Decay along the gum line is a side effect. Don't know which was worse, the work or the cost. Huge! This radiation was minimal compared to the dosage from the first. Should not have many problems this time.

Just finished a pieced quilt top and plan to applique a firefighter on the center. Could anyone connect me to a donation site for the hotshots who died in the Arizona fire?


At July 4, 2013 at 7:50 AM , Blogger Lavinia-AZ said...

Thoughts and prayers are with you, MJ, good luck with the hip replacement.

At July 5, 2013 at 8:29 AM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

Yes, Mary Jo keep us "posted" on the surgery and recovery.
Sara in Fla.


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