Mom Update #9

photo of a table filled with get well cards

Moving Day

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 petting Tiki in front of  the house

Terry & Tiki hanging out in the front yard at Monterey Park

@Park Regency

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.

Photo of a PIH Letterhead document with info on visiting hours

Oopsy! Now that we’ve finally left PIH Health, I finally read their terms for visiting: till 8pm, over 16, and max 2 peeps — I guess being the outlaw Jacquez-Mendoza-Guerrero-Perez clan that we are, we just had to break every rule!

Business card for Park Regency Care Center in La Habra

New Home! Mom moved over to Park Regency on Saturday afternoon!

List of services at the Park Regency Beauty Shop

Park Regency Beauty Shop – nice!


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.

photo of a table filled with get well cards

Get Well Cards on Mom’s nightstand at the Park Regency

Tiki @My Place

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!

Photo of Tiki on a red pillow sticking her tongue out

I finally brought Tiki over to my place. Even though she’s sticking her tongue out at me in this pix, I think she’s a lot happier to not be left alone.

January 31st, 2016 by