Archive for June, 2007

Well, I’ll Be

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

I had a real nice conversation tonight with a new found cousin, Say-rah (aka Sarah) from Oklahoma, who just so happens to be related to me in about 52 different ways. What a delight! We certainly share the gift of gab if nothing else. Oh, and by the way, she loves Cemetery Hoppin’ about as much as I do! Yep, we’ve decided we “am” kin… :D

As soon as I am able to get a few things fleshed out that she has sent my way (lots of Beasley and Tart info), I hope to update the Family Reports. That hasn’t been done in quite a while so you folks should find loads of new info once that happens.

I was also contacted by descendants of Kitty Langdon Williams (03/02/1889 – 03/14/1964), daughter of Willis Carroll and Delia Thompson Langdon. Thanks to their willingness to share info, we are going to be able to flesh out that family as well. Good things happening all around.

Pops has had a rough couple of days with pain in his legs. We are beginning to think that perhaps his chloresterol medicine is affecting his legs. His cousin, Barbara, found out a while back that she cannot take statins due to severe pain it causes in her legs and I had the very same problem. Our doctors finally had to move us to meds that do not contain statins. Pops has been suffering with the pain in his legs for quite some time now and we were attributing it to the hernia. Now with it happening in both legs and being so bad, we are wondering about the idea of the statins. To be on the safe side, he has stopped his medication until he sees the surgeon on Tuesday. Please continue to pray and I’ll keep you posted.

Have a great day tomorrow and find lots of reasons to smile!

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Hi Ya’

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Wow, has my world been a busy place lately! Inspector Gadget has been in training all week and the requests coming through the office door have seemed to be non-stop. I’ve been so bushed by the time I get home every night that I just collapse on the couch, watch my soapies, play Jeopardy on the phone with Mama, and go to bed. I’m over it I tell you. I want my “cushy, do nothing but play all day” job back.

Pops is hanging in there. The Prostate Specialist Dude said he thinks the Prostate being enlarged is simply due to age. I must admit that I enjoyed hearing that. “Due to age.” Yep. Liked it. They still sent blood work just to be on the safe side. The results should be back by Monday. Pops should meet with the Surgeon on Tuesday and they will hopefully set a date for surgery then. I’ll keep you posted.

I had a grit fit this morning so we ordered in breakfast. I am now culinarily satisfied. I’m not sure that is even a word but it should be so I declare that it now is. Say it with me now…”culinarily”. Very good. Sort of just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it?

Have a wonderful day. I’m going to try to hide from all things work related. See ya’.

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Good Morning

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

It’s been a hectic day already! Whew! I just got into the office. I had to go by the firing range at the Academy first thing and qualify for the first half of the year. I figured to get it out of the way before the heat got too bad today. It was still hot but not as bad as it will be by this afternoon I’m sure.

Posted 17 new Death Certificates this morning. Check them out under “New Stuff”. Maybe you’ll find something you can use. I have almost 20 pages of obituaries aleady but I’m not ready to post them yet. I’m also still working on the cemetery photos of St. Mary’s Grove and I started a new project involving Military Records from WWII…You guys are gonna love this one…Trust me.

Remember when I mentioned a possible great genealogical discovery in my Holmes line the other day. Yeah well, let me just say this about that. Never, NEVER, never attempt to make great genealogical discoveries when you are under the influence of mind numbing allergy drugs. Yep, not such a good idea. Things end up not at all being what they seem to be. Nope, not at all. False alarm. Pardon me, please.

By the way…Hiya Juli! Thanks for stopping in. Sit a spell and visit!

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Pssst

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Hey Ya’ll,

I’ve been in hiding. I thought I might have to join the Victim Witness Protection Program after my little “Skinny Legs” prank but it just might be safe to step out into the light after all. :D

Pops met with the surgeon on Friday and he said that the gall bladder is an absolute mess and is now a priority over the femoral hernia. Yipee yahoo. So why not surgery? Well, it seems that Pops also has an enlarged Prostate which was discovered when they did the Cat Scan that diagnosed the femoral hernia. They don’t feel it would be wise to do the surgery to remove the gall bladder and repair the hernia before he sees the specialist concerning the Prostate in case that needs surgery as well. Better to do everything at once if at all possible. The problem? Can’t see the specialist before July 19th. Yep, I know. Not a good thing.

Georgia on My Mind put it best when she said Pops is just like a retread…he blew all at once! He can’t ever do anything the simple way.

Anywho, Saturday morning began with a phone call from Pops letting me know that his bag was packed and he was on his way to Sentara Leigh’s ER with more gall bladder attacks. Oh joy. Knowing that if he waited until he was bad enough to need an ambulance, he would be taken to Chesapeake General Apathy Hospital, he opted to go ahead and have Mama drive him to Leigh while he sat in the passenger seat with a bucket between his legs. Good move there. He gets a sticky star for courage.

After checking him over and learning that he had dined on a dinner of fried flounder the night before, the docs sent him home with the admonition to stay completely away from fried or fatty foods and ice cream at all costs. That hurt his feelings since he loves to have ice cream just about every night for dessert. Poor little feller. He rested the remainder of the day and evening and felt well enough to go to church Sunday.

This morning he was able to convince the folks at the specialist’s office that waiting until the 19th was not a good idea and they moved his appointment up to tomorrow at 2:30. I have to believe there was a little bit of Divine Intervention there. Thank you Jesus. We’ll take all we can get. Please continue to keep him and us in your prayers.

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Awww Now

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Here’s a special shout out and dedication to my Soul Sister Twin who decided to wear a shorts jumpsuit to work today with her skinny legged self. There has been no end to the jokes. This is for you Sweetie…With much love…

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Pops

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Pops went home at about 5:00 this evening. As for the results of the ultrasound…we never got them. Yep. Needless to say, that, along with many other things that happened during his stay, has left us very unhappy with the level of care he received at Motel 6 Chesapeake General Hospital. He is scheduled to meet with his surgeon at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon regarding the hernia.

I’m off to bed. Let us all pray that the inmates will leave the phone alone tonight!

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Not Fun

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Picture it…Deep Creek…1 a.m. I am in as deep a sleep as is possible when one’s father is in the hospital. Puppies are curled up beside me, one between my shoulders and one in the small of my back. Mollie prefers her own bed don’t you know.

Suddenly, the quiet sounds of the night are pierced…PIERCED…by the ring of the telephone.

I immediately spring into action flipping from my prone position across the bed, over the puppies, and reach the phone before the end of the first ring. Good Lord in Heaven what has happened to my Pops?

A recording greets me with a collect call from an inmate at the Norfolk City Jail. AN. INMATE. As soon as I was able to swallow my heart back down out of my throat, I pretty much slammed the phone back into its cradle and thought about the several choice words I wanted to say to the Norfolk City Jail inmate who randomly picked my number to call at 1 a.m. on a night that my Pops happens to be in the hospital.

As I slowly tried to recover from the stroke I was sure I was having, I noticed the pups looking at me with awe in their eyes. Apparently, my gymnastic performance had truly been amazing and the judges had given me 10’s across the board! How cool is that? I’m sure it is a given that I will be contacted any day now by the USA Women’s Olympic Gymnastic Team. I’ll be sure to let you all know how that goes.

As for Pops…we are still waiting for the results of his ultrasound. If all is clear, he should be released today with instructions to contact his surgeon to set up a date to repair the femoral hernia. Needless to say, he is ready to go home but we want to be sure he is okay to go home first. Your prayers and well wishes are much appreciated. Thank you so much.

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Pops

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

When I left the hospital Pops was tired but resting comfortably. He is doing much better. Here’s what we think happened…

He has been having pain that we thought was probably due to a pulled groin muscle. The pain kept getting worse and was confirmed Monday as a Femoral Hernia. He had an appointment for Tuesday (yesterday) with a surgeon to set up a date for surgery to repair the hernia.

He woke up at about 5 a.m. Tuesday (yesterday) morning in quite a bit of pain which he at first attributed to the hernia. Unable to get comfortable, he got out of bed and went to sit in his recliner. He drifted off to sleep but woke up to pain in his back. The pain worsened and unable to get comfortable he decided to head to the bathroom. Once there, he got very lightheaded and became afraid that he was going to pass out. He called for Mama to help him to the bed.

After a while he felt a bit better but he never did get to feeling good. For those of you who don’t know my Pops personally, he is not one to EVER admit that he doesn’t feel well or to ask for assistance or to say he needs to go to the doctor or the hospital. He got lightheaded several more times and the pain continued but Mr. Stubborn still refused to go on to the doctor opting instead to wait for his appointment with the surgeon already scheduled for later that afternoon.

Needless to say, the appointment didn’t happen. I happened to call the house when I was home for lunch and Mama answered as Pops was in the throes of projectile vomiting and STILL trying to argue that he didn’t need to go to the doctor. I had already learned that one of the signs to watch for with the femoral hernia was vomiting which could indicate that the hernia had strangulated and could pose a life threatening emergency. I called 911 from my house and sent the ambulance to their house.

We all converged on the ER from points all around Hampton Roads and, after what seemed like an eternity in the ER, Pops was admitted with what they suspect to be Pancreatitis. He still has the Femoral Hernia and they are watching it closely but it is now the secondary concern and the Pancreas is the primary concern.

Apparently, he passed a gallstone and, in the process, the gallstone entered his pancreas and got stuck before it finally was able to pass its way out of his body. This, of course, inflamed the Pancreas and caused all kinds of problems. The fact that he is diabetic didn’t help matters any either.

He was taken for an ultrasound of his abdomen this afternoon and we should get the results of that when the doctor comes in tomorrow morning. We will know more about what is going on then. We know they are looking for how inflamed the Pancreas is, whether or not the bile duct is damaged from the gallstone getting stuck, if any more gallstones are in the gall bladder now, and whether or not all of the enzymes and chemicals the Pancreas released when it was so angry did any damage to any other organs, etc. I’ll let you all know as soon as I know anything.

He is in Chesapeake General Hospital for now. When things get right and he is released, they will set things up for the surgery to repair the Femoral Hernia but that surgery will take place at Sentara Leigh in Virginia Beach. As a matter of fact, Pops said, if he has to have any other surgery due to anything going on with this Pancreatitis as well, he wants the surgery to be done at Leigh too.

Please keep us all in your prayers. Thanks Silverblue for taking up the slack for me.

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Update on Deb’s Dad

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Silver Blue here, guest blogging for Deb as she waits for information regarding her Dad. He’s currently in Chesapeake General Hospital, with what they think is pancreatis (secondary diagnosis is femoral hernia). They also think that he may have had a gall stone to attempt to pass and get lodged in his system somewhere. The doctors have run tests and the results have not been received, yet.

 I’m sure Deb will post more when she returns — she just wanted me to give everyone and update.

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She Lives!!

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Hellooooo my people. I have missed you all dearly. I was way, way, way under the weather but things are finally looking up and I do believe I am going to live.

During my recuperation, I managed to catch up on all of the episodes of “24” that I had TiVoed. Have I mentioned before that I love me some TiVo? Yum! Anyway…I have now made it through an entire day (24 hours) of Jack and I have yet to see him: 1. potty 2. eat or 3. sleep. Is this man a robot? Truly, I want to know. Seriously though, the only way I can watch this show without totally screaming out loud, “You have got to be kidding me!” is to try to forget that everything is happening in just one hour and that the entire season takes place in just one day. Good Lord! Who lives like that? It boggles the mind don’t cha know. Still, you gotta love Jack.

I have started transcribing the photos I took at St. Mary’s Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery. This time, since I have photos and not video to accompany the text, I intend to link the appropriate photo to each name. How cool is that? I’ll be working on it in addition to everything else so it will take time to make it to the site. Patience, please. In the meantime, if you have a request for someone you think may be buried there, drop me a line and we’ll see if I got the photo when I was there.

I am hoping to have some really good news in the next day or so concerning a possible genealogical discovery of mine. I think I may have figured something out…could I be any more vague…that will answer a lot of questions for a lot of folks diggin’ up bones in the Holmes family tree. Keeping my fingers crossed. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear anything.

I have been tasked by my Great Aunt Rebeth to put together a book of her ancestry and descendants. I have decided to go whole hog with it and present her with a bound product, including photos and a few other extras, at our annual Family Reunion in Coats, NC in August. It will also serve as a present for her 95th birthday. I am having a ball putting it together and working with various family members gathering needed info on her descendants. She is such a sweet lady and I am honored to do this for her.

More later. Much to do. Have a great day.

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