Friday, November 12, 2010
I plead temporary insanity
Plus, it has been awhile since Mom has had her blood taken and where she has deteriorated mentally quite a bit, I was very concerned that she might freak out with the needle and dear Auntie isn't as good at controlling her as I am.
So we got up early and headed to the hospital. Luckily we had a lovely technican. She was so kind and patient. It did take awhile and she did fuss a bit but overall Mom did pretty well. One of the things they were testing for required that Mom not take her anti-seizure medication this morning. She is very regulated and I was very anxious that she take it as soon as possible. I had brought it with me and as soon as we were done with the needles I took Mom to the coffee shop in the hospital so we could get a drink for taking the pill.
I was looking at the cooler trying to find a small container of milk, plus trying to hold onto Mom who was doing her best to escape. The lady working knew Mom but hasn't seen her since she declined. Once I explained my problem she grabbed a small glass behind the counter and filled it with milk. And then she refused to take any money for it! Its so strange - but when people do any small act of kindness towards Mom - I get all teary. It was just a half glass of milk, but at that stressful moment it was such a kind gesture that it touched me.
This is about the time I went temporarily insane! We went home and I suggested that we all jump in the car, drive to Moncton (45 mins away) for lunch and then start a little of our Christmas shopping.
WHAT THE HECK WAS I THINKING???
After we started out I begn to have flashbacks from the last time we tried this. I vaguely recall vowing never to do it again. Yup, temporary insanity for sure! It is impossible to shop with Mom, especially now that the stores in Moncton are extremely busy. Someone has to physically hold on to her or she is gone. She can move quickly if you turn your back. And even when you hold her arm, she pulls and pulls. After 2 stores, Auntie looked at me and said "Lets pull the plug".
I'm going to go back tomorrow alone and get a little done and then some day in a few weeks I will arrange for a respite worker to stay with Mom and Auntie and I will try again - alone.
Time to hook. Later!