September 21, 2023

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Thanksgiving and Dad Replace – Southern Hospitality

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I do know you all love to listen to about my household, so I’m sharing an replace as we speak on Thanksgiving and my mother and father. My members of the family had been all dwelling for the vacation and we did all have a feast collectively so I’ll share that too. When mother and father are aged, you simply need to take it at some point and vacation at a time. We by no means know when issues are going to vary drastically and the vacations as we knew them are positively completely different now than earlier than. However we’re grateful to nonetheless have them each right here with us.

I’ve been taking a lot of pics alongside the best way, as we’ve been exterior lots throughout this fall season. Dad dearly loves the outside they usually have a pleasant patio in his reminiscence care space and may go on the market on his personal, so we regularly go on the market to sit down and go to.

They each are doing fairly nicely contemplating their age and illnesses. Mother remains to be content material and has healed up properly from her damaged shoulder. I did an replace on their one yr anniversary at Dogwood for those who missed that one. We’re nonetheless so blissful that we moved them after we did.

They’re each content material of their environment. Mother continues to have a lot of mates and participates in lots of the actions. Dad simply seems to be ahead to his 3 meals a day, however largely stays to himself. He likes quiet greater than a number of noise, so doesn’t sit in entrance of the TV or hang around with massive teams.

It’s good to have a snug outside house to retreat to and he does that usually even after we aren’t there.

Dogwood decorates for all of the seasons and makes it good for the residents.

That they had a pleasant celebration for all of the veterans and pa’s image was on the wall. He preferred that and walked over to see it.

Mother discovered an image of him in his military uniform of their photograph albums, so that they scanned it and hung it on the wall with the remainder of the veterans represented. They did a pleasant celebrations of the veterans with many members of the family there and it was nicely obtained.

Daddy can nonetheless discuss his military days and keep in mind a lot of the place he went and what occurred again then. He was in on the finish of the battle, so didn’t see any fight and we’re grateful for that.

The week earlier than Thanksgiving, Dogwood invited all of the household to return for a Thanksgiving meal collectively. It was very good they usually do a extremely good job of constructing issues very particular for the residents and households. We’re grateful for them and all they do to make life as regular as doable for these in assisted residing and reminiscence care. Dad was blissful to be in mother’s eating room for a change as a substitute of his facet in reminiscence care. Mark went with me and we had a pleasant go to.

We obtained an image after dinner by the fireside to recollect our day. This was about the one actual household image I obtained for Thanksgiving this yr. Dad didn’t get to be with us on Thanksgiving day so I’m glad we had this one.

We had a little bit of a scare the weekend earlier than Thanksgiving, when mother went over that Sunday morning and located dad torpid and weak. He had a tough time getting up and going that morning and was sitting on the breakfast desk after breakfast. He sat there the entire morning till lunch and ate his lunch, however nonetheless didn’t need to rise up and go. He was simply weak and had no vitality, so we determined to take him to the hospital. At that time, an ambulance was known as and I had them take him to Northside Cherokee Canton the place he was admitted that evening for observance and assessments. My sister drove in simply in time to fulfill me and go to the hospital with dad the place we admitted him on that Sunday night and he stayed for 3 nights.

Dad has had A-fib for years (perhaps 20 or so) and has performed very well for all these years and managed by a heart specialist. He’s been on a blood thinner all this time too and has had common checkups by his heart specialist. They are saying he’s nonetheless doing very well for his age.

Northside did assessments and confirmed that dad’s coronary heart is pumping at solely 50% what it must be. He was dehydrated too they usually gave him fluids the primary day, which appeared to perk him up by the following day. They didn’t discover anything alarming, however none of us actually knew concerning the 50% diagnoses half till then.

This was proper after he obtained again from the hospital. He nonetheless wasn’t as much as going with us for Thanksgiving day, so I picked mother up and we had Thanksgiving lunch at Bruce’s mother’s home, Doris. She lives in an over 55 group in a pleasant dwelling with an open ground plan and has a a lot greater desk and space for all of us to sit down, so we had lunch there and it was scrumptious. We 3 women all cooked the meal and we had been happy with ourselves.

Right here’s my plate! As you may see, we didn’t go hungry!

Bruce borrowed my electrical smoker and cooked the turkey over there. It turned out so yummy! We’re going to do one identical to it for Christmas.

I made a home made from scratch NY fashion cheesecake that I hadn’t made for years and it was yummy too. I’ll share the recipe with you afterward for those who’re . I served it with pureed strawberries.

Renee, Alex and Philip visiting at Dogwood at some point.

Renee and Bruce went dwelling on Saturday and Lauren and her household stayed till Sunday, so we obtained in just a few visits. Dad was napping right here and Lauren was getting her Christmas playing cards performed.

Little Alex is a giant hit, she’s so cute.

Iris likes to play video games and he or she and mother performed Rummikub just a few occasions. She additionally likes Bingo lots.

The women frolicked in mother’s room and wrote on her white board. Lauren’s household stayed subsequent door at Holbrook. They’ve hospitality suites that they lease out to household and friends, in order that labored out nice. That they had a 2 bed room and it was good for his or her household of 5. And so they may simply stroll over and see mother anytime.

Mother noticed them earlier than they left on Sunday and Lauren obtained this shot of mother with Alex. So cute! We love having all of them dwelling and they’re coming again for just a few days earlier than Christmas too.

So again to dad. I took him to his heart specialist after he obtained again from the hospital. Since he has been again, the employees over in reminiscence care have been having to go in and get him up within the morning to dress and go to breakfast. He had been getting up on his personal earlier than, however he appears to be extra drained. He’s laying again down after breakfast too and napping which he wasn’t doing earlier than. After speaking to his heart specialist, they did an EKG check whereas we had been there and he didn’t see anything too alarming occurring. They did add a brand new coronary heart medicine for him to start out taking, a beta blocker that’s supposed to assist his coronary heart perform higher. His heart specialist mentioned that in wanting again at his information that his coronary heart has been pumping at 50% for a number of years now, so it’s not a brand new factor. None of us knew this was the case, not even mother, so all of us thought the prognosis on the hospital was one thing new. So this onset of being drained is perhaps a brand new regular for dad, we simply don’t know. His coronary heart is failing and at some point it can in all probability take him, however we do not know how lengthy he can final like this. Apparently individuals reside for years with partial coronary heart perform. So we depart him in God’s fingers.

We had been suggested to get hospice concerned on the early stage and he qualifies for additional care from them in order that’s what we’re doing. It will get a nurse in to see him as soon as per week at his facility in addition to additional care groups that may are available for private care like shaving and altering garments. So this will likely be a welcome addition for dad to get extra individuals seeing him. Even in good care services, they don’t all the time have sufficient individuals to go round for additional care. If he needs to take naps day by day, then he ought to try this and have the ability to relaxation when he needs. We hope he’ll get a few of his energy again, but when he doesn’t we simply need him to be snug. He can nonetheless handle to rise up and stroll on his walker for now. He nonetheless has an important urge for food and appears ahead to these 3 meals a day, so we’re glad about that. He must do what he feels as much as doing and never any greater than that. Watching somebody get weaker is actually not enjoyable, however getting old on the whole is a tough highway. We’re grateful he’s performed in addition to he has at 95 and we are going to do our greatest to ensure he’s snug and content material in no matter days the Lord permits him to reside. We’re peaceable and know that God is in command of our days and we depart that call as much as Him. Thanks as all the time for worrying about my mother and father and household. They’re beloved by so many individuals!

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