Thursday, July 30, 2020

HOME!

After 22 days I am home again! Mom is doing remarkably well. Her biggest obstacle is walking, but she's pretty speedy in that wheelchair. She's in zero pain, can get up and dressed alone, and make coffee and something simple for breakfast. She's wearing the Medical Guardian pendant and that gives me some peace of mind although I still made it clear that she is not to attempt walking with her walker unless someone is beside her. We made arrangements to have a senior care aide with her 5 x week from 11-3 to help with getting her to and from appts (she has a long line of friends offering to do this, but she doesn't want to impose on them - none of them would consider it an imposition) as well as helping with some cooking and various household chores for the time being. A nurse comes 2x week, as does physical therapy and occupational therapy. I took her to her appointment for moulding and marking in preparation for radiation which is yet to be scheduled. I was still on the road home when one of the neighbors brought a meal over and 3 more texted me. So, I felt it was time to come home.

I was away for 5 weeks. Home for 10 days. Away for 3 weeks. I'm so glad I was able to be there for mom, but boy, did I ever miss home!

At the end of my 10 hr trip, I was greeted by an enthusiastic Skeet and a happy husband. I had rented a car to come back so first thing Wednesday morning found us in town. DH had rented a car to come to Texas 6 weeks earlier, before mom's surgery, and he paid $153.00 for 1 day. My rental cost $280.00 for the same route!!! I was flabbergasted, but it was my only way home. I talked to the manager and was told that there was an extremely high demand for rental cars as few people were flying, but I still could not believe the huge increase! That's just ridiculous. When I did a little digging, I found out that a lot of rental vehicles had recently been sold (they make more money on selling them than renting them), but that too attributed to the decrease in available rentals. Increase demand. Decrease supply. The basic principal of economics means I dropped a cool $280.00 in a single day. That's a lot of fabric! 😄But, it got me home and that's priceless. 

When I got home, my 3-yr old phone died that night. It was a refurbished phone so I guess it was time, but I really do not like to spend money on phones. I think they are wildly overpriced and I refuse to buy the newest, greatest, latest. Alas, we don't have a landline and cell phones have become a part of our everyday lives, mine included. I don't play any games or participate in social media although I used to post on Instagram a few years ago. Blogging seems to be the only medium I've embraced. So, new phone in hand, DH and I made a Sam's run and then escaped all things urban and turned towards dirt and sky.


I am completely and utterly peopled out! And it's going to take me a while to recuperate, but this is how I do it.

Eating from the garden that DH so sweetly tended to. It flourished under his newly discovered green thumb:


Firing up the grill and giving thanks for the new ranch raised beef in the deep freeze


Mowing in the cool of the morning:


Yes, this is a good start:


11 comments:

Chantal said...

So happy to hear your Mom is doing well. Sending prayers so she keeps it up. I hope you didn't trash your old phone because it probably still work. Try rebooting it. (Press all three buttons that are on the sides of the phone for 5-6 seconds or until it vibrates. It will restart on its own after ... that is, if it's not completely dead.) Good luck with that. ;^)

Violet said...

Hallelujah! And thank God your mom is doing so well and you had a safe trip home. Although the car rental situation is pretty disgusting. I understand making a profit, but price gouging is unconscionable. There's no place like home.

Tired Teacher 2 said...

I’m thrilled to hear your Mom is doing so well and that her friends are thereto help if necessary. Welcome home!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

There is nothing like the love of a good man--you are blessed!

Nancy said...

Wow, you've had a time of it! I'm so pleased to hear that your mom is doing well. She sounds like a woman with an independent nature, one of whom you might say, "It's hard to keep a good woman down." But it's sad when illness requires it. I hope she just keeps getting better and better.
I know you'd go but I hope your mom doesn't need you to go back for a while so you can enjoy HOME!

Dorian said...

Yah, so glad you were able to come home. So happy and thankful your Mom is doing well. Continued prayers for her.

Shepherdess55 said...

Happy to read that your mother is doing so well that you were able to return home. Your relief to finally be able to do so also comes through. Take time to enjoy your return to your daily life.

Joanne W said...

So happy to hear that your Mom is doing so well but I will continue to keep her in my prayers. Glad that you are home again. There is just no place like home.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Welcome home!!

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

Skeet looks pretty happy to be riding with your hubby! So glad your mom is taking rehab in stride and she has wonderful friends and neighbors. Time to be still in the Lord and refresh yourself at home.

Anonymous said...

Glad your mom is doing better and also to read that you got to come home. I know you were missed.

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