Groupon Is A Great Source Of Local Things To Do

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

Have you ever had one of those days where you wanted to go out and do something but you didn’t know where to go or what to do?  Then Groupon Things To Do is the answer for you. Did you know that Groupon is a great resource for finding fun, exciting things to do right in your area, no matter where you live? 

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Groupon Things To Do is the way find out about things to do locally, and then get the tickets or passes at a great discount. That’s a win win if you ask me. 

Whether you are looking for movies, concerts, theaters & shows, comedy clubs, sporting events, the ballet, a massage, or a Japanese restaurant, you will most likely find in on Groupon, at a fabulous price. You might find a football game you didn’t know about, a bowling alley with charm, or even a circus! 

Getting  started with Groupon is so easy, too. Just sign up. It’s free to join. After you open your account, you can search for things to do by categories or by location. With Groupon Things To Do, you won’t have time to be bored again. You might even find an online soapmaking course! Now that is a unique thing to do that is useful, too. 

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We Depend On Depend® To Keep Our Mother Comfortable

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CaringMadeEasy #CollectiveBias

 

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My Mama

Our Mother is 88 years old. She has always been a very independent, strong, hardworking woman. She raised five children, and worked a full-time job for most of the years that we were growing up. So, when she started showing signs earlier this year that she was not able to do things she has always done, it was distressing to me and my siblings.  She also started doing some things that if it weren’t for the fact that they indicated her mind was slipping, it would have been funny. For instance, I took her to a doctor’s appointment in April, and she had to give a urine sample. I was in the bathroom with her, helping her with her clothing. To my surprise, she was wearing five pairs of panties, with a Poise® Liner in each pair! When I asked her why she had on so many pairs of underware, she told me that she couldn’t walk fast enough to get to the bathroom and she did not want to wet her pants. 

Mama was diagnosed with dementia not long after that, and we (my three siblings and I) had to make some very hard decisions. She was falling down at home because she forgot to use her walker. After the second fall, she was taken to the hospital via ambulance. Her doctor told us she could no longer live alone. So, we decided as a family to admit her to a rehab facility to see if they could improve her strength, while we looked for an assisted living facility to move her to. Last month, we got her moved in to a nice one bedroom apartment in an assisted living home just a couple of miles from my sister’s house. 

Now that Mama is in the assisted living facility, she is wearing Depend® Fit Flex Underwear for Women. These disposable undergarments are easy to get on and off, so that if Mama remembers to go to the bathroom, she can just pull them down like regular panties. And if she forgets to go, she won’t be embarrassed in front of the other residents of the facility. If she needs help changing, they are easy enough to get on and off that I am able to help her, even with my disability. Depend Fit-Flex women’s undergarments have all-around leg elastics and a smooth, close-to-body fit. When Mama has them on, no one knows she is wearing them.  They are soft, quiet, and breathable so that they are comfortable to wear. 

depend fit flex womens undergarments

Depend in the Sam’s Club Pharmacy.

Depend® and Poise® products are both available at Sam’s Club, which makes it really easy for me to pick them up while I am shopping for other things. Sam’s Club is your one-stop shop for all things caregiving, including prescription refills, free health screenings, and health-related products. How do you care for your patients or loved ones and how can Sam’s Club help? Take a look at the Sam’s Club Caregiver page to see all the products and services available in the club.  You can also shop online, which is a great time saver. 

There is a sticker inside the Depend package that you can use to redeem at the Sam’s Club pharmacy for an awesome caregiver sample kit. I am going to get mine next time I go! And, if you download the Digimark app, you can scan anywhere on the Depend packaging, and it will take you to the Sam’s Club Caregiver website. How handy is that?

Mama has a hard time remembering family members. She usually thinks my sister is her mother, and she doesn’t remember my brother’s name. I decided to make her a Family Memory Book to tuck into a gift basket I am making for her. 

Family photos printed out.

Family photos printed out.

To make the memory book, I looked through family photos on Facebook, and downloaded a photo of each family member. 

My supplies

My supplies

**Next, I chose some pretty paper, and cut out frames for each photo using my cutting machine. I varied the shape of the frames to make the book interesting. 

Cut the photos to fit the frames I cut out with my cutting machine.

I cut the photos to fit the frames I cut out with my cutting machine.

**Then, I pasted each photo onto a 6″ X 6″ sheet of colorful paper, and pasted a frame on each one. 

To help Mama remember, I used a marker to write everyone's name.

To help Mama remember, I used a marker to write everyone’s name.

**The next step was to use a marker and write each person’s name on the paper, so Mama would know who they are. 

I used a hole puncher to punch holes in the paper.

I used a hole puncher to punch holes in the paper.

**Last, I punched holes in each sheet of paper, threaded a coordinating ribbon through the holes, and tied the ends of the ribbon in a bow. Now Mama has a small photo Family Memory Book to help her remember the names of her children and grandchildren. 

The finished Memory Book for my Mama.

The finished Memory Book for my Mama.

The inside:

The inside of the memory book.

The inside of the memory book.

Do you have a friend or relative that needs a caregiver? Are you that person? What products or services help you the most? Do you have any tips or suggestions for helping someone with dementia remember those they love most?  What items would you include in a gift basket to help their transition into an assisted living facility go smoothly?

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Introducing Morti, The New Kitty Rescue

While all the health issues were going on in the last couple of weeks, Fabgrandpa and I decided to get another kitten. We wanted one that was at least three months old, so that he would be a companion for Rosie The Boy Cat. We went to the Haralson County Animal Shelter to adopt our new little kitty. 

morti the shelter cat

Morti The Shelter Cat

Morti, short for Mortimer, is an orange Tabby cat with somewhat long hair and a bushy tail. He was the oldest kitty at the shelter, and his euthanization date was the day after we were there. He was also the friendliest one of all, actively reaching out of the cage to play with us. He is a pretty boy for sure. 

morti the shelter cat

Morti comes home. Rosie The Boy Cat is not sure what to think of this feline intruder.

The first day that Morti was here, there was a lot of hissing, batting of paws, and arching of backs on both sides. Rosie was not sure that to think of this feline intruder. This went on for about two days, then there were a couple of days of Rosie ignoring Morti, sort of like, if I ignor him he won’t be here. 

morti the shelter cat

Morti on the scratching tree.

On the second or third day here, Morti claimed Rosie’s bed as his own. This was not taken very well by Rosie. I am going to have to get another kitty bed for him soon. I know he was mad at me for this, I could just tell. I got the cold shoulder from Rosie for several days. 

the new kittie

Morti stole Rosie’s bed. I never thought that would happen.

It has been exactly one week since Morti came to live with us. The two kitties are now at least friendly to each other. I saw them playing together this afternoon for the first time, and that made me happy. What do y’all think of our new kitty? 

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Cardiac Catheterization: Fabgrandpa’s Heart Surgery

When we were called and asked to come in to Dr. Rouse’s office just a couple of days after Fabgrandpa’s stress test, I knew it would not be good news. Doctors don’t call you that quick when it is happy or good news. So, when we went in and heard that Fabgrandpa needed to go for a Cardiac Catheterization, I was not surprised. The stress test was on Monday, August 8, the counsultation in Dr. Rouse’s office was on August 11, and his procedure was scheduled for August 18. Dr. Rouse told us that they would do the catheterization, and if they found any blockages, they would insert stents into those arteries. Fabgrandpa would be in recovery for 6-8 hours, and then we would go home. It didn’t happen exactly like that, but we are now back home after a three day, two night stay in the hospital. NOTE: Graphic photos are ahead, if you are squeamish, don’t click to read more. 

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Save Money With Groupon Coupons

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own. #GrouponCoupons #ad

Now that Fabgrandpa and I are retired and getting Social Security, we have a fixed income. We have to try to stay on a budget so that we can make ends meet all month long. Some months it is hard to do due to unexpected expenses, or those pesky co-pays for medical care. One co-pay for a specialist visit is $45! And we had three of those in one week this month. It all really adds up. 

To help save money and keep more of our money in our pocket, we use coupons. The Groupon Coupons can help save a lot of money because they offer so many. When we went to see our daughter in Virginia a few months ago, we used a Groupon Coupon for parking at the airport and saved over $50! 

Now that we have two cats, we will need to start using Groupon Coupons from PetSmart. Right now Groupon has 52 coupons available for PetSmart! What a big way to save! Sears also has more than 150 coupons offered through Groupon, including $10 off of a $25 purchase, and one for $5 off of an apparel order. These savings really add up. 

Groupon is free to join. As soon as you sign up, you can start looking for coupons from your favorite retailers. What are you waiting for? Go get your Groupon Coupons now!

 

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Fabgrandpa: Scheduled For A Cardiac Catheterization

 Cardiac catheterization

Fabgrandpa

In the ongoing circle of going to doctors, trying to figure out what is wrong with the man of the house, we have now seen Dr. Howell, the primary care physician; Dr. G, the Ear/Nose/Throat doctor; Dr. Mikolides, the neurologist; Dr. Whitney, The vascular surgeon; Dr. Robinson, the pulmonologist, and now Dr. Rouse, the cardiologist. 

 Cardiac catheterization

Me and Fabgrandpa in 2011

The first time we went to see Dr. Robinson was June 22. She took a medical history, and sheduled Fabgrandpa for a lung function test. He has had lung function tests before at the VA, but those were very simple, easy tests compared to what Dr. Robinson did. This lung function test was very sophisticated, with ultra modern equipment. Fabgrandpa sat in what looked like a modern telephone booth, and the breaths he took were recorded electronically. This machine gave Dr. Robinson a ton of information about Fabgrandpa’s lung function. Quite a contrast with the plastic tube that the VA used, which only showed how far he could blow the marker up the tube. 

Next, Dr. Robinson changed the medication he was using to see if there would be any change in breathing ability. She also took blood to run a bunch of tests. We were referred to Dr. Rouse, a cardiologist, for a stress test. 

With our granddaughter, Sarah at her school play last year.

With our granddaughter, Sarah at her school play last year.

On Monday last week, Fabgrandpa went to Dr. Rouse’s office for the stress test. Because he can not walk for very long without getting out of breath, they did the chemical stress test, where they inject Fabgrandpa with the chemical, and then monitor his heart function.

On Wednesday, we went back to Dr. Robinson’s office for results of his testing. She told us that he has Alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, which is an inherited condition that raises your risk for lung and liver disease. She said that even if he had never smoked a cigarette in his life, with Alpha-1, he could still get COPD. Dr. Robinson is setting up a home health nurse who will come to our house once a week and give Fabgrandpa an Alpha-1 injection. 

When we got home from the pulmonologist’s office, we got a call from Dr. Rouse’s office, asking if we could come in the next day at 8:00 a.m. We took that appointment and got up bright and early to get there on time. 

Dr. Rouse said that the stress test came back as “abnormal”, and he is scheduling a Cardiac catheterization for Thursday, August 18. Next week. All of this is happening so quickly that we are wondering why we didn’t start with the pulmonologist and cardiologist, instead of taking this round about journey to get here.  If Dr. Rouse finds a blockage, he will go ahead an insert stents while he is in there with the catheter.

I am nervous, worried, scared, but also hopeful that the things these two doctors aare doing will make my sweetheart feel better. I hope that getting stents will allow Fabgrandpa to feel good enough to go on day trips, and go out and have some fun. All we have done for about two years now is go to doctors. It gets to be depressing, and disheartening, to go from one doctor to another and still feel bad. I’ll let you all know how things go with the Cardiac catheterization on Thursday.

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