Mom’s been getting around pretty well overall. Every day the mobility is increasing, her flexibility is improving and she’s getting herself in and out of bed, dressed, to the bathroom, etc. 

With her walker of course, but she’s managing. 

I’ve also been making her try things on her own– like icing her knee (with a wrap) and doing her exercises.  And getting herself into and out of her knee exerciser. 

Mostly she’s doing really decently.

We have yet to get the shower fixed (which worries me) and I need to make sure she can get in and out ok with the seat in place before I leave. 

To everyone who’s been offering advice, I thank you for that. She has an in home therapist coming every day, and a stay at home young neighbor who’ll be looking in in her. Also, the neighbor kids will be doing things like laundry and putting up groceries, etc. 

And she has an extensive network of friends and church folks to help her in my absence. 

With her abilities the past few days, I’m feeling better about her being on her own. I will worry about the dogs (although we have a solution for that) and her getting food, but I know her friends will help with that. 

I just wish the fucking plumber would call. 

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Feeling Frustrated

This post is going to come across as horribly crass and insensitive and downright bitchy. But my mother is frustrating me. 

Well- care of my mother is frustrating me. 

Mom just had knee surgery on Monday and we are home now. At the hospital, the care was great and things went well overall. But now we’re home and I’m only here until Sunday to help. 

And I’m getting frustrated. 

First of all, she let her knees/ankles go several years beyond expiration, so she is in rough shape. I knew she was having more difficulty getting around, but she’s a stoic and I’m not nearby so I didn’t know how bad it had gotten. 

Secondly, her weight and fitness level are problematic and creating issues with her mobility. She already had issues getting dressed (so I understand) and now the knee surgery has made things even harder. She can barely get in and out of bed, and is having trouble doing several of the required exercises. She can’t bend down or lift her legs. 

While she is doing decently getting up out of chairs and walking with the walker, she can’t stand up if the chair/bed are lower than a certain height.  

I’m worried about the shower and other things that might arise when I’m gone.  I have a shower chair, but I need to take off the doors, install a rod and shower curtain, get a flexible shower head, etc.
Did I mention that my mom has two, aging, ankle biter dogs too?  Those are going to be a problem moving forward– although we have leads that can be attached to them for just letting them out back. 

The last frustrating thing is that Mom’s house is… a bit cluttered. She isn’t a hoarder, but she doesn’t tend to throw things away. And her house is small, with too much furniture. This makes pathways  for a walker sort of a challenge. I’ve rearranged it the best I can for now, but there just aren’t any easy options for her. 

Her bed is a challenge and it’s the only place to also put her passive knee exerciser. Which she can’t get into by herself because she can’t lift her leg and she can’t bed to attach the Velcro straps.

She has many friends who have all offered much help, but I’m worried about her. When I’m gone, who’s going to get her dinner or make her bed or get her water or just help her get around?

I mean, being her homecare person these past few days, I just see there’s so much that I’m doing that I don’t know how she’ll do it by herself. I’ve been basically running non-stop.

At this point I’m just hoping that mom improves markedly over the next 3 days so I can fee more comfortable about leaving. 

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Woofy Wednesday

The home again edition:

And a not safe for work snack–






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Postcards from Home

This week I’m writing from my childhood home–  well mostly from it. When I’m not at the hospital keeping mom company. 

Everything is ok– she had knee replacement surgery. We’re currently about 24 hours from the surgery and she’s doing well. She has been up and about a little and at 1:30 we have the first Physical Therapy appointment.

So far I’m mostly just sitting. Checking work email, practicing my choral music, etc. 

I’ll be here through the weekend to make sure she is well on the way to recovery before heading back to the minne-apple. 

Never fear though– I will post woofy Wednesday pics.

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Chris Hemsworth

Because ass. 

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Secret Thought Thursday

So, as I’m scrolling through Facebook today, I see a guy I know has posted a picture with a vague caption– but they have rings on very specific fingers now. 

Which made me have this thought:

I don’t know if I’d ever get married, but I’d sure like to meet a guy who makes me entertain the idea…..

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Woof Wednesday

Because I need a pick me up on this cold, dreary day. 

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Phoebe Time!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about Miss Phoebe the WonderCat. So here are some pics:

She likes to groom me for pictures. 

But she never knows where to look. 

Again with the not looking into the camera!

I like it when she just sacks out on my chest. 

Lookit my cute paw curl!

Oh Mister Demille…..

What?  I’m comfy up here!

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Last nice day?

When you are almost to mid-October and you have a 70° day, you best take full advantage of it. 

So I rode in to work today. 

The shit-show that is my office. Built ins and ugly paneling. 

Tomorrow there’s a chance of rain– then it turns colder. This may be my last bike of the year. 

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Woofy Wednesday

A sandwich is a sandwich, but a manwich is a meal!

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