Hi all. I have decided to begin giving you all occasional updates on how mama is doing and what I/we are doing to take care of her.
We did nothing special for her on Mothers' Day. In past years, we have always preferred to wait until the next Sunday in order to avoid huge crowds in the restaurants. Obviously, the current
"dress rehearsal for a police state" has obviated that concern; nevertheless, the force of habit prevailed this year, and Mothers' Day came and went with no observation on our part.
The following Sunday, I took her to an area of East Dallas we call the Swiss Avenue District where some of the older money and older mansions can be seen. I have no pictures of our outing--darn! Just forgot to pick up the phone until it was too late.
I bought her two bunches of small, multi-colored dianthus and left them in a lavendar-colored (one of her favorite colors) vase in the kitchen where everyone can enjoy them.
We have engaged a hospice service called New Hope that is paid for by her Medicare. They send a nurse to the house once per week to monitor her condition and report to the medical people who will use that constantly-updated information to ramp up her care, as needed, right up to the time of her death.
While driving around in Swiss Avenue District, she told me, 'I don't like that nurse.' 'What's wrong?' I asked. 'I don't know. I just don't like her.' So I got New Hope to send her a new nurse who showed up for the first time today. She likes him very much.
New Hope was sending a physical therapist whom she loved. He stopped coming for a while due to fear of COVID19--silly boy! I am trying to get them to restart his twice-weekly visits.
New Hope will soon send a social worker to talk to mama and find a way to get her pads paid for by Medicaid. They are quite expensive.
Future updates porbably won't be this long, and some will include pictures.