Well, I've been gone for a bit and rather than wait any longer to blog about why I've been gone, we'll just do a nice daily breakdown for all the would-be stalkers out there...catch me if you can!
One week ago: Went out of town with moon_grrl and KJ to sell books at a conference in South Bend. Had a good time there. Sold books, saw the Grotto and Basilica but didn't get to see Touchdown Jesus up close. I'll post my pics later. Haven't downloaded them yet. You'll see why.
Saturday: The day before we were to drive back, I got a phone call that my mom had fallen twice and broke her right ankle and left wrist. Get home at 11pm and my mom, sister, and nephew are at my house because the hospital sent my mom home even though she couldn't walk, go to the bathroom by herself, nor feed herself. My house is an old two-story house and I live on the first floor while my sister lives on the second. You can't even *get* the chair in the bathroom. This means you get to the bathroom and then half to work your way to the toilet. Great fun.
Sunday: Me and sagefool spent over 12 hours organizing, moving, cleaning, fixing my mom's apartment so she could get around it in her wheelchair. I owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for finding a sub to work for him, not sleeping, and working like a dog to help get my mom back into her apartment. I got to bed around 3:30am, I believe....
Monday: I stayed home from work to watch my nephew (no school) and so I could help my mom go to the bathroom as needed and, you know, *feed* her. Plus, we took my mom to see the orthopedic surgeon re: mom's broken foot. The ortho was about 2 hours behind schedule, but when we finally saw him and his team, they were great. Cut the casts off---one was so tight it was cutting off circulation to her thumb. Put her in a special shoe and a brace. Said wrist wasn't broken, but because she's had 4 surgeries on that wrist/hand, there's not enough structure to the wrist and it's collapsing. The fall probably only moved everything around where it's painful because there is a gap in the middle of her wrist. The fifth metatarsal has an oblique fracture that will be difficult to heal. That means it's a lengthwise fracture of her pinkie foot bone that will split apart if she puts too much weight on it. Could need screws. Ortho suggests that a walker with a platform adjustment for her arm will work better than a chair and that she *can* use the foot to pivot and whatnot, but not to walk. Suggests consults with podiatrist, primary doctor, hand surgeon, home health, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and neurology. Suggests that loss of balance and increased incidence of falling may be neurological in basis. Take mom to apartment for the first time. Get her settled in. Go home and crash.
Tuesday: Take mom and wheelchair to primary doctor's appointment. She's only running an hour and 10 minutes late. She thinks mom should be in the hospital. Load mom and wheelchair back into car and go through Mickie D's drive-thru. Did not win $1,000,000 via Monopoly promotion---not surprised at this point. Take mom to podiatrist appointment and arrive 45 minutes early. Podiatrist is *on time.* Says surgery to put pins in to fix foot adds more risk than necessary. Puts giant black boot with velcro and metal on her foot. Says if not better in a four weeks, revisit surgery. Really nice guy. Load mom and wheelchair back into car and go back to mom's. Get her ready for bed, organize her stuff, and receive call that mom is to be admitted to Carle. Re-dress mom, load her and wheelchair back into the car and drive to Carle. Unload mom and wheelchair at Carle and check her in. Get mom settled in. Go home and crash.
Wednesday: Decide to sleep in and get laundry/dishes/etc done today. Write email to work. Receive phone call from mom 15 minutes later that they are discharging her today and that I need to pick up a quad cane and her prescriptions for her. Go get mom's car, run errands, pick up nephew, pick up mom, get mom home with her quad cane and wheelchair. Get mom settled in. She can now basically do everything she *needs* to if we aren't there. Go home and crash.
Thursday: Went back to work today. She got her walker delivered today and she's pretty mobile now. Enjoyed my work...sitting at my desk...listening to music...not worrying. Doing laundry and chores tonight but might pop out for a bit to blow off some steam.
What a week. Definitely TGIF.