Mom had a great visit with Yvonne & Lawrence this evening. We were able to talk them in to staying for dinner. While I was preparing dinner Yvonne was talking to Mom in the kitchen while she helped with salad preparation. I heard the stove beeping like it does when Mom accidentally touches the control panel; I went & cleared it. But within a few seconds she did it again, she said it was an accident because she was dizzy. I asked her to sit down; as she began to walk to the dining room she was really unstable & also said she was having trouble with her eyes. I brought a chair to her then went to get the sphygmomanometer. Her blood pressure was 87/47 mmHg; in general low blood pressure symptoms occur when blood pressure is below 90/60 mmHg. I called the Kaiser After Hours Clinic line. The nurse advised going to the ER but Mom didn't want to go. We worked out a deal with her: If she lay on the couch with her legs elevated and did not do any work, I would hold off on taking her to the doctor until tomorrow; unless she passed out. She was not allowed to take a shower either. I took her blood pressure about every hour. While she was lying down it was around 100/50 mmHg; when she was sitting up it was around 87/40 mmHg. I made her change in to her sleeping clothes and had her lie down to get ready to watch TV while I got ready to take Yvonne & Lawrence back to their hotel. She objected to not being able to shower but forgot about that once she started watching her Korean soap operas.
On the way back to their hotel, I also took Yvonne & Lawrence to Nitrogenie since Lawrence really likes ice cream. While at Ala Moana Center we also visited Shirokiya Japan Village Walk; Lawrence was so excited he started buying things he missed from when he lived in Japan! Here's one of the places we stopped at.
We also went to Foodland Farms which was across the parking lot from Shirokiya; Lawrence bought a bunch of things there, too! Today was actually the Grand Opening, which was in the morning. We were there a couple hours before it closed.
When got back home, Mom was asleep; Shiro was on the bed sleeping and Chibi was on the floor sleeping. Dad was in the main bedroom also asleep.
I posted the photo yesterday of Madeline and Lester from the local newspaper so you could see the size of the area affected by each storm system in relation to the size of the Big Island. As you can see, the diameter of the area affected is several times wider than the island itself. Thus the area affected by higher than normal winds is very large. Right now O'ahu is having gusty winds even though we are not under any sort of storm watch; wind speeds here are way less than that needed to issue a 'watch' but more than what we normally experience. If you have been watching news of Madeline you will know that even though the wind speeds have decreased from hurricane level to tropical storm level there has been a lot of rain, wind, and storm surge, along with power outages on the Big Island. And that was earlier in the day, as I write this (about 11 pm) Madeline should be near its closest point to the Big Island; I will have better information tomorrow morning on how much more damage Tropical Storm Madeline has done.
I stopped by Kokua to pick up fruits and vegetables since Curt will not be doing a Costco run this weekend; they are in Michigan for the University of Hawaii vs Michigan game. Here are Malama avocados. When the skin is purple it is ready to eat. (I just realized I should include something in the photo for scale. Malamas are about twice the size of Hass avocados.)
On the way back I took a bunch of side streets; due to President Obama arriving for a world environmental conference during rush hour and potential heavy rains from Madeline a lot of people were on the freeway trying to beat the rush, thus causing major gridlock! I passed by Crane Park and spotted another view of Leahi.
|Leahi #15 from Crane Park|
Here's Chibi checking out the rain. Although she likes being out in the cat run at night, when it rains she prefers to watch it from indoors. She's probably glad she no longer has to stay out in the cold Washington rain!
Happy Birthday to Uncle Danny, Lillian, and Heather!