Sunday, December 19, 2004

with snow falling outside ...

As distracting and stressful as this time of year can be we were successful in chipping out some family time today.


I’m slowly learning to call ahead and advise Patti’s unit staff of our plans to pick her up and take her out. More often than not they are able to adapt their rotation and change and dress her by the time we get there. It really is a luxury and time saver from a caregiver perspective.


We popped out to the movies to see the opening weekend of “Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events” starring Jim Carey, Meryl Streep, Jude Law, … Patti could easily follow the mini stories within the story and laughed her way through the antics of the villainous Jim Carey.


The ongoing “restorative eating” therapy at her care facility continues to have wonderful success. Monitoring her consumption of bag of buttered popcorn was never easier. Re-learning to eat and pace herself even allowed for a fun food stop on the way back. Time out together without choking or accidents is a gift.


No question about it Patti is benefiting from 24/7 care. Slowly we are learning to best use those benefits to maximize time together. We even had time to read her some newly arrived Christmas cards and put up some more decorations before tucking her in for her mid-day nap.

However, the best part of the day is typing this with snow falling outside and a fire in the fireplace. <grin>


  1. Sounds like you had a very nice family day.  I am very happy for you.

    I agree.  I was working on the computer, yesterday afternoon, watching the snow falling outside.  It was so peaceful and lovely to watch.

  2. It is sooo true Patrick, Patti is doing much better with 24/7 care. It has taken me over 8 mos. to be able to truly admit this, being a Mom is a very difficult task and it was hard to admit she could be helped more in a care facility than by her good ol' Mom but it is happening and I am very thankful.


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