Thursday, June 14, 2007

Caregiving: an adventure

Under black skies and with severe thunderstorm warnings, I headed out Wednesday evening to pick Patti up from her care facility and bring her home for dinner and some family time with our daughter.


Turning on the radio in our van the warnings droned on about 60 mph wind gusts, yada yada yada. Noticing that our flag pole was looking more like a limbo pole I did get out and lower the flag before driving off.


Arriving near the care facility I had to juke around a couple side roads to get around emergency vehicles blocking the main road. Once at the care facility I discovered it darkened. Even the automatic front doors had to be pulled apart by hand. Rumor had it that a tree had blown down across the power lines knocking out power and closing the road.


It was rather strange walking through the building illuminated only in emergency lighting. However, Patti was headed out! She may have been the only resident to have a warm dinner. <grin>


Later when we returned the power company had everything back to normal and roads were reopened, only the buzzing of chain saws as human beavers gnawed on the fallen tree were evidence that anything had ever been wrong. ... Unless, of course, you asked the staff. It had been a 'long' shift for them.


Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer


  1. (((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))))))I am glad all of you was ok.Have a nice day.

  2. Patti likes her outtings! lol.... Wish we would get some rain here... it's been couple months since we had any worthwhile rain.... Have a good one!!

  3. Patti is such a trooper! :o)

  4.  I had to do my job by battery operated lanterns before, not fun.  Glad Patti got a nice warm meal and probably enjoyed the wonderful storm also.


  5. It sounds like something you'd see in a movie, how eerie it must have been and confusing for all the residents.  Patti is lucky she has a knight such as you. Rache

  6. I can just imagine her waiting in the dimly-lit darkness, and then you show up, her hero, to carry her away, to take her home, to warmth and light and family. She must have smiled greatly when you walked into her room. You bring her assurance every day. Have a wonderful week-end, Patrick! bea

  7. ..........I don't know how you maintain the energy to do the "field trips".  Love provides the motive but the strength comes from within.................and you must run low sometimes,  courage!

  8. Glad to catch up with your journal and learn that your stories will be on TV.  Good choice!  Gerry


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