It’s been eleven days since Mom was admitted to the hospital. For the past week they have said every day that they think she’s almost ready to transfer to a skilled nursing facility. On the one hand we’d like to see her moved because that’s a sign that things are progressing. On the other we want to be sure she’s ready to be moved. Duh.
When she developed a raspy, wet cough we were concerned about bronchitis or pneumonia but she never ran a fever and her oxygen levels have remained in the normal range. They eventually started her on cough medicine and when we visited the other evening she sounded much better. I was still surprised yesterday to learn they were moving her to the nursing facility. I guess I got so used to hearing they wanted to observe/evaluate her overnight that I wasn’t prepared to hear she was ready to go.
The nursing facility is not as convenient as the hospital was for visiting. After work I would request a ride via Uber and off I’d go, arriving at the hospital within 10 minutes. Then I’d visit a while with Mom, waiting for JD and SIL to arrive. We usually stayed for a couple of hours, grabbing a bite in the hospital cafeteria or a coffee from the Starbucks in the lobby at some point in the evening. We don’t make it home till nearly 9 and by then I’m ready for bed. On top of that schedule, I haven’t been sleeping well – go figure.
No way I can visit the nursing home like that. I understand it needs to be closer to where Mom lives with my sister and brother in law but we won’t get to visit except on weekends. Visiting here in Seattle every night exhausts me. No way I can travel up to Lynnwood after work, visit a couple hours and then head home.
Lest I fail to look on the bright side – this IS a good sign!
On to other news …
The other day I had some time on my hands and I was looking for a wide version of my favorite wall paper:
The old one doesn’t work on my new monitors.
I couldn’t find this exact wallpaper for wide dual monitors but here’s one I did find:
It looks so much cooler on my monitors than it does here!
Finally, on Tuesday we had a department white elephant holiday party. Pizza and dessert were eaten; gifts were opened and some were even traded. There was a lot of laughter. Here’s what I’ll be taking home:
Um, yeah, I am so ready for this weekend. Too bad it’s only Thursday.