Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Everyone tells me not to mention the impending move to Mom until the day she is dropped off. This is hard for me, but I will follow their advice. They tell me it is going to be hard, probably the hardest thing I will ever do, but it must be done. I hate this disease and the dignity and independence that it has robbed from my mom. She is in distress most of the time; weepy and crying, angry and depressed. And she has every right to be so. I only hope that she can find some peace and joy in her new surroundings.
I'm tired. I had kind of caught up on my sleep. I need a few good nights where I sleep through the night without any interuptions. And guess what? Mom is very incontinent so once again I am trying to get a urine sample. I have no time to pick up the supplies or collect the specimen and drop it off. I need a helper. Desperately. The only indication that it might be a UTI is the fact that she is soiling right through her Depends. Several times per day. Does that indicate a UTI?
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I have been knitting too. I hope to make a felted purse. I've never felted before, but my neighbor has and she said she will help. Plus I finally found a mitten pattern for the beautiful hollyhock yarn from Annie. I can't wait to get started on them.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This video is the release of the lions at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota. These lions were rescued from a wildlife park that was going out of business. The Wildcat Sanctuary is an amazing place which was founded by Tammi Quist. It's troubling that such gorgeous creatures were once caged up in tiny little spaces and had it not been for the sanctuary they might have been used for 'canned hunts', where people (cowards) pay to shoot caged animals.
Friday, July 18, 2008
It's a beautiful day here, sunny and warm with a cool breeze blowing. I haven't had to turn on the AC. Mom has been fussy however. Her shoe comes off and she gets very upset about it. She also woke up at 3:00 AM which means that I once again didn't get a full night's sleep and it's taking it's toll. I feel like a walking zombie. I try to nap during the day but Mom gets fussy. It can't go on for much longer.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Tomorrow is the 11th anniversary of my Dad's passing. I miss him so much, I can't even begin to tell you how much. I think of him at some point every day and I wonder what he would do in my situation. And I miss my Mom too even though I'm thankful that she is still physically here with me.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Yesterday I made a quick run to the Home Depot. When I came home Mom told me something about a man stopping over. I was concerned about this and quizzed her, then I forgot about it chalking it up to the disease and confusion. Tonight George mentioned that the garage door was up and the car was missing and he was concerned so he stopped over to make sure things were OK. Mystery solved. It's nice to have neighbors who care. I must have pressed the button to close the garage door but it didn't go down. Hmm.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Mom is sleeping again. I need to convince her to come out with me. She doesn't want to leave the house and I'm not sure what to try to entice her. The weather is beautiful today. Last evening we had storms which broke the heat. The weather alert radio, which arrived yesterday, really got a workout on it's first day on the job.
Friday, July 11, 2008
We were awakened by thunder and lightning at 3:00 AM this morning. Yesterday a line of storms rolled through and knocked out the power. It was out from about 1:00 until just before 5:00 PM. This produced a lot of anxiety for Mom. I'm so glad the caregiver was with her. I had tried to call home several times in the afternoon but there was no answer so I assumed that the power had gone off. I didn't jump to conclusions and freak myself out so I'm proud of that.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Friday Mom has an appointment with the neurologist. She hates to leave the house so this should be fun. Not. And this appointment is downtown rather than in the suburbs so she will want to know why it's so far away from home.
I've been having to rely on caffeine to keep me awake at work lately due to the sleep deprivation I've been experiencing. I never drink caffeine otherwise.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
One of my favorite vantage points for watching the fireworks is in the pilot house of the Edwin H. Gott. In the early 80s we were invited by the captain of the Gott, Jesse B. Cooper, and his wife Susie to view the fireworks display from the Gott, which was docked in the Duluth harbor. It was quite a spectacular sight! A little bit of trivia; Captain Cooper was one of the last people in contact with the crew of Edmund Fitzgerald.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
On July 18th the nurse from one of the ALFs we are on the list for is going to come out and do an evaluation of Mom.
It was a quiet July 4th for us. We stayed home and barbecued. I made a potato salad that turned out to be pretty good. Later that night we watched Pop Goes the 4th. We could hear fireworks in the distance but we didn't venture out to see them.
I ate my first strawberry today from our Topsy Turvy planters. It was good!