The weekend has been a long, if quiet, one. Bill alternates between sleeping and dozing. The pain is steady, but has not been overwhelming. We have been trying to stay on time with his pain med. doses – I say “we”, but he has done most of it. I have had to get up a couple of times in the night to re-adjust or help him find something, but for the most part Bill has gotten his own meds and set his alarm for the next dose each time. He’s not supposed to get up except to go to the bathroom, and he’s been a good boy! It makes it easier to be a good boy when walking hurts so bad, though. He has a “moon boot”, but his foot hurts just lowering it to the floor, much less walking on it. He has been a trooper, though, as I have had to be with Dad and Mom nearly all day each day of his recovery so far. It’s amazing how little care they need, but how much I need to keep my eye on them! I think Mama just waits for me to be gone for a minute so she can change the thermostat! In the words of Boolie, “Mama, your a Doodle!” [“Driving Miss Daisy”]
I haven’t had time to mention it, but last weekend I took Mama and Daddy to our Allen Family Reunion. Reunions have been an Allen tradition long before I was born, but this version began shortly after Bill and I got married. We don’t do a day long event – oh no, it’s a weekend long event. Our family looks forward to it every year. As my kids have married and moved off, that has been one of their saddest regrets – missing the Allen Family Reunion.
Last year, Jeanne and I were able to go together and take Daddy. Mama was still able to stay alone with just a middle of the day check by my sis in law, Karla. This year, of course, neither Mama nor Daddy could stay home (alone or together) so I decided I would take them both for just the day Saturday. I knew it would be a bit hard on Mama – traveling in a car is not easy on her arthritis, nor her confusion tendency – but I really thought she would enjoy a change of scenery. So we got up early and headed north. It’s just about an hour and a half away from our house, so we were there for the traditional big country breakfast. Mama was only slightly confused, and Daddy was so glad to be there.
I really think the trip did them both good. Mama didn’t enjoy the cool wind that was blowing, but did enjoy visiting with her dear sisters in law, Aunt Blanche, Aunt Jerri, and Aunt Jackie. Daddy enjoyed visiting with everyone! He is now the only living brother – the Patriarch of this branch of the Allen family – and the entire family delights in him. I was so glad we went. And a special blessing for me was the trip home. Mama was very chatty going home, which is totally unusual! It was wonderful!!!!!
Here are a couple of pictures from the reunion. If you just need to see more, go to Dannye Reigh’s xanga here.
Well, Mama is lonely – I’d better go back over! I hope your weekend was blessed, as mine was!
God bless your week!