Friday, August 12, 2011
Day 31 - High Hopes
Today begins month two of my 24/7 caregiver duty. My son is making progress toward recovery. I am not sure what I am doing at any given moment, other than the best I can.
And please understand, this is a "no whine zone". :) We are thankful for good medicine and good progress.
Nevertheless, here is what yesterday was like: (think the credit card commercial, this costs "X", that is "priceless")
15 - number of glasses of ice water - two trips back and forth from bedroom to kitchen = 30 trips
5 cath kit resets - three trips bed to bathroom = 15 trips
5 - number of loads of laundry - 4 trips each, to washer, load to dryer, load to surface to fold, load to cupboards = 20 trips
trips to store for various errands = 2
meals to prepare and serve = 6 trips
reset A/C up or down depending upon where his body temp is running (as a paraplegic his body does not self-regulate normally) 10 times - 2 trips each = 20 trips
trip to Big 5 Sporting Goods to buy hand weights, so that he can begin to rebuild arm strength for when he is allowed to begin to transfer into his wheelchair again = 2 trips
4 times to let Annie (his black lab) in and out of house - 2 trips each = 8 trips
Bring in news paper and pick it up to throw away = 2 trips
General conversation Q & As and misc. request 10 = 20 trips
Total = 125 trips to his room or elsewhere
Number of times he said, "Thank you, Mom" or "I appreciate what you are doing, Mom" or "Please sit down for a while, Mom" - at least 10 more times than the total number of trips I made - once each trip and sometimes, twice = PRICELESS !!
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The book of Romans tells us that perseverance produces character and character produces hope. Around here, we have "high hopes" !
Hope your day is also full of hope, despite whatever "trips" life is requiring of you today. Until next time .... Marsha