Another busy few days. Last time I posted I was getting ready to finalize things at the Long Term Care Facility for Mom. I went on Friday morning to complete all the paperwork. Lordy, there were about 20 pages to the agreement etc. I have never held back on telling you how I feel here so there is no point stopping now. It was quite an emotional time. It seemed like with every paper I signed I felt a little worse. Well, mixed feelings really. I know I'm doing the right thing, but each paper I signed felt like I was selling her or just handing her off to be someone else's responsibility. I know that's silly but the paperwork was getting out of hand.
We discussed Moms condition and limitations and then it was time for me to see the room. We kept walking and walking down the corridor and I kept getting this sinking feeling, especially as we neared the end. Sure enough, the room was the last one at the end of the hall. I felt sick, but decided to hold emotions in check and just let see what happens. I knew the rooms were small but.......small barely qualifies. Tiny, more like it - for 2 people. I tried to introduce myself to the lady in the room but it wasn't going well. The more I tried to talk to her the more she gave me "the stink eye". Shit, this isn't going well, I'm thinking.
Then the staff member with me said that maybe the room at the end of the hall wasn't the best idea for mom as she doesn't communicate well and is unable to understand the call bell and how to ring it. Perhaps she needs to be closer to the front or middle of the ward. YAY!!! That's what I was thinking but didn't want to start out complaining in the first 5 minutes.
So she was going to try and see if someone would agree to trade rooms before Tuesday. So that was great but it also means I can't get the room set up yet. I did ask if it was ok if I bought a small recliner for the room so auntie and I would have something comfortable to sit in while we visited. No problem so I did go put one on hold to be delivered this week.
Then I went to find a pretty new comforter or bedspread. Arrgh. What a pain that was. Good luck finding something in a "twin bed" size for someone over the age of 12. There was nothing but kiddy stuff. I figured I was going to have to drive into the city Saturday morning and try my luck. But then about 11pm Friday night I remembered Amazon. I went online and found all kinds. I bought a very nice, cheery quilt and it should be delivered Tuesday.
So I'm hoping that tomorrow they will have the actual room location confirmed so I can start bringing a few things in. The ambulance is transporting her Tuesday at 10:30 so that doesn't leave me much time. I've picked out a handful of outfits for her and they are packed in the car. I need to buy new slippers and pick out a few pictures for her room. And I want to hook a few smallish rugs for her wall.
Auntie and I are trying to adjust to the fact that we are getting some time back to ourselves. We did something today we haven't done in a long time. We went out for brunch together.