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This door was blue when I left for school in the morning. This is how it looked when I got home.
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Mom’s 1st full day back at Park Regency.
The Physical Therapist said therapy will start tomorrow.
Tiki came to visit.
Tiki was happy to see mom.
Mom was happy to see Tiki.
On the 1st day of the 2nd week of this odyssey, Tiki came to Park Regency to visit mom. Their first time together since the fall. Everybody seemed very happy about this!
Also Tiki stayed at my place last night and that seems a lot better than being alone all day at Monterey Park.
Mom’s shoulder replacement surgery was only 60 hours ago and so she’s still in plenty of pain. When the staff move her for any number of reasons, it hurts. I think mom’s doing a good job of keeping positive, but the pain, the medication, the endless hours in bed, it’s all quite challenging.
There continues to be a wonderful stream of visitors and I think that really helps. Thanks so much to everyone!
Mom’s 1st week of this “Oops” odyssey ended today. After hip surgery on Monday and shoulder surgery on Thursday, today she finally left PIH Hospital in Downey, and transferred to a rehab facility:
Park Regency Care Center
1770 W. La Habra Blvd.
La Habra CA 90631
Mom’s in Room 115A
Park Regency phone is 562-691-8810
You can visit any time!
And great news, dogs are allowed too!
Terry came by the house today to help pick out some clothes for mom @Park Regency. We really don’t have any idea yet how long she’ll be there. The 2 things we know are that the PIH Physical Therapist Linda said it’d be about 5 weeks before she could put full weight on her right leg, and the Orthopedic Surgeon said it’d be 3 weeks before starting therapy on her right shoulder. So it seems like it might be a while.
Mom’s spirits are pretty good – perhaps better than mine would be – but for sure this is a blow to plans, to autonomy, to self-reliance and self-esteem, and I know it’s all weighing a little heavy on her. Still, she’s doing a pretty good job of being optimistic about her circumstances. PT Linda said with the shoulder replacement surgery mom could get up to 100% range of motion.
It’s hard for me not to think about how easy it would have been for this accident not to happen. Then again, that’s what accidents are: combinations of a number of unlikely things all at once and boom, something unexpected happens. I can’t help but think about Kathryn’s broken femur. Strangely I don’t really think so much about my two broken elbows. But what I do think about, what I am haunted by, is an accident from 46 years ago.
When I was a 14-year-old freshman at Bosco Tech, one day I was going into the boys room and somehow the heavy, spring loaded door and caught my left index finger in it. After a few seconds of screaming
Open it! Open it!
Someone opened the door and my finger came out. They iced me in the nurses’s office for an hour or two till my mom came and took me to the doctor who removed the nail and bandaged me up. There’s still a scar there to this day.
I haven’t thought about that accident for a long time. But since mom’s fall on Sunday, now I think about it every time I go through a big door. I get a shiver as I try to get through the doorway.
Life can be so beautiful and easy. And every now and then, so terrifying.
Yesterday Paige said that she thought Tiki was lonely. Scared. Stressed. I’ve been going over there for a couple of hours a day, but Tiki’s been alone the rest of the time, and often I’m there too late to go for a walk. So this afternoon I brought her over to my place. Blaire, Dasha & Silvana have been feeding her dog treats. She seems a lot calmer now.
Mom’s very fragile. Moving hurts up and down her right side. Even so, I think I’ll try taking Tiki over there tomorrow. I’m certain they’ll both be excited to see each other. Hopefully Tiki’s excitement won’t cause mom too much Ouch!
Each night after I leave the hospital I’ve been going to the house to hang out with Tiki for a couple of hours. But so far I haven’t gotten there during daylight and haven’t had the chance to take Tiki for a walk. Today I went to the house first and took Tiki for a nice long walk.
As she always does, Tiki was crazy excited the minute the leash drawer opened! And then she thoroughly enjoyed her adventure.
Mom’s friend Paige and Tiki’s almost twin Didi came by. Tiki never barks at them and always runs all over the lawn with Didi. Today Tiki didn’t run, she just barked at them. Paige thought that Tiki was lonely and stressed and letting us know. Paige also thought that Tiki had lost weight.
Mom feeds Tiki “People Food”. A variety of things, but probably the staple is Chicken, Rice & Cheese. In addition to a plate for her People Food, Tiki also has a bowl of water and a bowl of “hard dog food” that are always available. Tiki’s been drinking a lot of water every day. But even though I’ve only been feeding her once a day, she doesn’t seem to touch the hard food. I’m not sure what the best plan for all this is. Getting a length-of-time-at-rehab-facility estimate will help. I don’t know how long it will be till we get that estimate. Also IDK how long till mom will be able to get to the park out in the front of the facility so Tiki can come to visit. The sooner the better for both of them I’m sure.
I’m hoping to have Tiki join Didi for a meetup / walk on Monday.
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