Thursday, March 12

Parent update and stuff

In the plane's lavatory. LOL
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And that reason is that nothing write-worthy has been happening since my visit to Colorado when my father passed away. I guess I can mention that my mom is no longer residing in the nursing home she was when I left. Apparently all that "we'll work around HER schedule and routines" was just lip service. She likes to sleep in until around 11 a.m because she enjoys some of the late night talk shows. Shows like 'Jay Leno' specifically. Plus she isn't a breakfast eater and prefers to just wait until lunchtime to eat, after she's been awake at least an hour before having to move around a lot. They said is would be "no problem". Yeah! Right! The first morning or the one after, they woke her up at 9 a.m and said it was time for her shower and then breakfast. She told them she didn't do morning showers or breakfast, and was ignored and given what she told me on the phone to be "the fastest shower and being dressed I've ever had" and then was taken to breakfast in a wheel chair. They were told, and agreed, that she needed to be encouraged to use her walker or she would just let them do EVERYTHING for her. *sigh* In the second week I was sent an email saying how they (nurses) had had to sit with her the "last couple of mornings because of her anxiety attacks" and they "didn't have time for that", so the ON-CALL doctor (she had a primary) thought they should change ALL of her medications because "obviously it's not stopping the anxiety attacks". Well gosh, could it be that her husband of 49 years had died just 2 weeks ago? DUH!! Anyway, my sister and brother in law decided that the hospital wasn't going to work, so they moved her out of there and into their house, where she's been about a week now. As far as I know she's doing okay.
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As for me and my medical issues... I had an appointment today. Apparently I either have a bladder problem or a prostate problem causing some urine retention (most likely bladder). Will be going back for more investigation. *sigh*
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Other than that, we (Rain and I) are actually becoming pretty good at pool. *smile*
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Oh yeah... on our way home from the doctor we had to stop about a mile from our house to stomp out a fire that was probably caused by someone throwing a lit cigarette butt out their window. Another half a mile later there was an even BIGGER brush fire that was mostly likely caused by the same thing, but it was already too big for us. When we got home a few minutes later I called 911 and they arrived about 10 minutes or so later to take care of it. I'm glad they did too, because the wind was blowing in our direction, and there is a LOT of dry leaves and pasture areas between us and said fire (1/4 mile away). Some people are just idiots!! Everyone is safe, sound, and flame-less now and good to go. *smile* So please remember...
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DO NOT THROW YOUR CIGARETTE BUTTS OUT OF THE VEHICLE WINDOW... PLEASE!

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8 comments:

lovelife said...

well I hope your mom does better where she is at now.

Sustainablehome said...

I'm glad your mom is out of that place. My mom has worked at convalescent homes for over 20 years and she would rather die then end up in one. She told me today, when she retires, she's going to volunteer as an Ombudsman. They investigate any complaints by residents or their families, and fight for the resident.

I'm glad you are following up with your doctor. It could be something easily fixed now.

Rambleman said...

Just found out that as of around 4 a.m. this morning my mom passed away :-(

Lee said...

I am so sorry for your loss Todd. A real double whammy. I shuddered when i read what your mom was going thru at the nursing home though. My mom had to place her husband in a care facility about 2 yrs ago, maybe a little more. This is my mom's second marriage and her husband is 20 yrs older than she. His medical needs and his very strong temper made it no longer possible to care for him at home. BUT the nursing home staff are not uniformly caring by a long chalk. Like my mom has had to speak to staff becuase they fail to put a blanket on him at night. Now who in their right mind would leave a 95 year old frail elderly man uncovered in MAINE? In the winter????

At any rate, I hope your mom is much happiernow in the summerlands with your dad.

Rambleman said...

Thank you, LEE. I'm sure she's much happier.

Rambleman said...

Wow, Lee, that's terrible about your mom's husband :-(

Sustainablehome said...

Todd, I am so, so sorry.

Rambleman said...

Preciate it.