2022 Life Logs, Day 222: A Wonderful Day Doing Almost Nothing

2022 Life Logs, Day 222: A Wonderful Day Doing Almost Nothing
Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Weather: Mostly Cloudy and Cooler; High 75, Low 65 degrees
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

When I got home last night, the cottage was so hot and humid that I could barely breathe. I left windows open when I was away, but I did not leave the fans running. Evidently it has been hot and humid here. It was so hot inside that I honestly thought about going to Heather and Jed’s to spend the night, but after a very little bit of rain, things cooled down just a little. I left all the fans blowing full force all night and this morning I woke up almost cold. I don’t love cold, but I have to admit it felt good this morning. Today was cloudy and overcast with a high of 75 degrees F and it looks like it is going to stay in the 70’s and 80’s over the next week. Maybe the extreme heat has passed.

Heather and family are in Boothbay this week. They had planned to sail home, but that is not going to happen. On Sunday, Jonah returned from Scout camp with a nasty summer cold. He has rebounded, but Heather got the cold next and is still not feeling good, and yesterday Ollie came down with it. Jed and Sam spent yesterday working on the boat and it seems the list of repairs that need to be done keeps getting longer, not shorter. I’m hoping they at least get to go out for a couple of days. Tomorrow night at 9:36 pm will be the best time to view this month’s full supermoon and seeing it from their boat at anchor or on a mooring would be beautiful. But if that doesn’t happen, we know there will be more full moons.

I am now my sister’s medical caretaker, and I did spent part of my day dealing with that. Then tonight, I had my first challenge. My sister called her daughter Janet (not the one with cancer) to say she had chest pains. Janet didn’t know how to contact people at my sister’s assisted living facility, so she called me. I called Terra Bella, figured out how to reach a night shift staff member, and within minutes they were in my sister’s room. I talked to my sister briefly before they arrived, and she honestly sounded fine. She said she had chest pains AND indigestion. I explained that the chest pains could be caused by indigestion. The nurse then came in to check her out and called me to me know she thought it was indigestion, certainly not a heart attack. They offered to get my sister to the ER, but she refused and I decided not to override her decision. But I can see how challenging it is going to be to make health decisions for her being so far away.

Most of my day was critter oriented, taking Shadow for walks and going to Heather and Jed’s to feed the kittens Zuzu, the guinea pig. Shadow is still sticking to me like glue, and it was just what I needed to comfort me. My back got worse everyday that I was away, so sitting and petting Shadow suited me just fine. But it was when I took him for a walk that things started to get better. The first quarter mile was excruciating, but the next quarter mile felt better. I headed home at that point and did the rest of my daily mile late this afternoon. That was much easier. Walking and eating my normal diet for just one day seems like what the doctor ordered. Tomorrow morning I go to my chiropractor. I have a feeling he is going to say to keep walking but curb other strenuous activities. I desperately need to weed the garden, but that might have to wait.

2022 Life Logs, Day 221: Long Trek Home from North Carolina

2022 Life Logs, Day 221: Long Trek Home from North Carolina
Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Weather: Sunny Morning in NC, Rain on Return to Boston; High 85, Low 69 degrees
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

After an eleven-and-a-half-hour trek, I finally got home tonight at 7:30 pm. Much of my day was spent traveling to and from airports and waiting for transportation. And my bus ride home from Boston was longer than my flight from Charlotte. Regardless, the good thing is that I am home with my Shadow. And he really is my shadow. He will not leave my side. It is so good to be home.

I could go on and on with a laundry list of all the things that were difficult and challenging this past week, but I don’t want to subject you to that. I will just say that home has never felt so good.

2022 Life Logs, Day 220: Flying Home Tomorrow

2022 Life Logs, Day 220: Flying Home Tomorrow
Date: Monday, August 8, 2022
Weather: Sunny; High 91, Low 71 degrees
Location: At Home on the Shores of Lake Norman with the Thompsons, Mooresville, NC

My niece is stable, and I am flying home tomorrow. I’m so tired, that’s all I can write. More tomorrow night when I get home.

2022 Life Logs, Day 219: Still Holding

2022 Life Logs, Day 219: Still Holding
Date: Sunday, August 7, 2022
Weather: Sunny; High 89, Low 70 degrees
Location: At Home on the Shores of Lake Norman with the Thompsons, Mooresville, NC

After a very, very difficult week, I just had an amazing evening. Family friends invited me to spend the next couple of nights with them. They were out for the evening when I arrived, so I had an hour or so all to myself. Their home is on Lake Norman, and the first wonderful surprise happened when I turned onto their street. There were two adult and one young deer at the entrance to the street to greet me. I let myself into the house and then immediately walked down to the dock. It was just before sunset and the view was breathtaking. I moved from the sitting area down to the floating dock on the water as the sky was changing colors. Fish were jumping and a turtle stuck its nose up out of the water to say hello. I felt like I was on a sailboat as the dock rocked with the incoming waves from passing boats. For a few minutes, I felt like I was in heaven. Such a special moment in such a beautiful setting. But now back to reality.

I checked out of my home for the past seven days this morning, went to Lowe’s to get a couple of items for my sister, and then spent the rest of the day with her. Just before sunset, I drove to my new home for tonight and tomorrow night with family friends, Brian and Judy Thompson. If my niece remains stable, I have decided to fly home on Tuesday and return as soon as my niece passes. Tomorrow’s job is to talk to hospice to see if they can find someone who will stay with my sister until I can get here after my niece’s death. My niece’s situation has not changed in the past 24 hours, so we are just waiting. I have given up on the idea of driving down here with Shadow. When I return, I will fly.

My sister really didn’t want to go out today, so I stayed at home with her all day and evening. I have eaten what I would consider real food for a week, and I agree with her that the food in her assisted living facility is not what I would choose to eat. But today I did, and I am still alive!

2022 Life Logs, Day 218: Still Holding

2022 Life Logs, Day 218: Still Holding
Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022
Weather: Sunny Day, Rainy Evening; High 88, Low 70 degrees
Location: At Home in The Fairfield Inn, Mooresville, NC

This ‘flight’ I am on is still in a holding pattern. I am still in the process of figuring out what I am going to do, but in the meantime, I am cancelling tomorrow’s flight and rescheduling for ??? I was able to reschedule once with no extra charge but rescheduling a second time is going to cost about $200. I just could not leave my sister tomorrow morning. My thinking at this point is that I fly home on Tuesday, get Shadow and drive down here with him, and get an AirBnB for the next couple of weeks. But this all depends on how my niece Jennifer is doing. After a sharp downturn, she has made a miraculous comeback. It is temporary, but her pulse rate is strong, she is fairly alert and oriented. She now wants to see people, so this afternoon I took my sister over. Jennifer was talking, even laughing, especially when Jennifer’s daughter’s big dog Marley got up and tried to sit on Patsy’s lap. Patsy only weighs 84 pounds and I’m sure Marley must weigh at least 60. We had a nice family time together. But now it is time for me to get online and make flight changes that are still to be determined. This is all just so hard.