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24 Mar

I can’t believe how tired I am. I go back to work on Monday and I am looking forward to it. But some down-time would be great. Yesterday was a busy day. It was our last visit to the hospital. Mom had blood work at 7:00am, a CT scan at 7:30, breakfast and then Physio at 10:00. I tried to get the running¬† around done while she was doing part of her physio so I got my exercise, running back to the parking garage, to the parking office (the other side of the hospital from the garage), up to physio, back to the parking office, to the pharmacy¬†and then back to physio. Crazy! Then learn all Mom’s exercises for home with her. Afterwards we started saying our good-byes. There was some wonderful people in the transplant program, friends we had made over the last six weeks. Only those who have gone through this process can understand just how easily friendships are made as you cheer each other on.

After we left the hospital, we headed back to the apartment to pack up. It is scary how much stuff we accumulated in the last month! Of course it had snowed overnight over 5 inches so packing things out to my Escape was a little more interesting. I managed to fit everything in, including my mom’s chair! I cleaned, vacumned and tidied up. By the time we were ready to leave, I wanted a nap!

I will almost, but not quite, miss these places. The hospital was a busy, but not impersonal place full of caring people. The little apartment was our respite even when it started to feel closed in. It was an experience that we didn’t really expect but one I won’t ever forget.



21 Mar

Mom is learning a new skill. She is a writer, but for years she has written on an old typewriter. True, it was electric, but still a typewriter! Her last book was done on their desk-top computer with a lot of coaching. She did pretty well. But the desk-top is at home and we are stuck in the city. My lap-top is old and plagued with viruses. I didn’t want to put Mom’s book onto it, to lose the changes if it crashed!

So Mom decided to purchase her own. With some long distance advice from a techie friend, we bought a small laptop. I installed the office program and showed Mom how to insert the “stick”. And yes, even that was an adventure! Yes, Mom, it can go in any of those holes, No, Mom, only the one way! Of course, she decided she needed to do this while I was cooking supper, which did get a little well done! Hey, didn’t I go through this stuff about 15 years ago with my kids!?

She is fine with the keyboarding part. (Mom, don’t hit the keys so hard!) Now showing her how it scrolls down, to copy and paste….oh, I think we will leave that till I’m cooking supper tomorrow!