I’m home from church this morning not feeling very well, and even though I was awake for a couple of hours in the night, I am not really sleepy just now, so I thought I’d visit for a while. I am hoping for a nap while everyone is out.
We met with a hospice coordinator last Friday to discuss what their services involved for Great-Grandma. I had thought you didn’t call hospice in until death was imminent, but apparently that’s not the case. Technically one is supposed to have a terminal diagnosis of six months or less in order to use hospice, but certain diagnoses automatically qualify (like dementia), and they understand no one can predict when death might come in those cases. One of the biggest pluses with them is that she will be under a nurse’s care, and even a doctor can come to the house in an emergency. She had a low spell a couple of weeks ago where she was throwing up or gagging at meals, her heart rate was elevated, and she wasn’t smiling or interacting much at all. By the time her doctor could see her in his office, she was pretty much back to normal. Plus her doctor’s office is terrible about returning phone calls or handling prescriptions outside office visits. When we first moved to Knoxville and Jim was looking for a doctor for her, he had to call 31 doctors before he found one who would take a Medicare patient. 😦 So, all of that to say, it will be very nice to have someone we can call who can even come to the house if need be.They also send out a social worker who will help answer questions and help us prepare for all of that aspect of what we need to do to be ready for when her time comes. We were actually pretty amazed at all they do and wished we had known all this when we first brought her home almost two years ago. In fact, we really wondered why the social worker at the nursing home didn’t mention it as a possibility when she was making arrangements for her to come home.
I’ve been going back through some of my older posts, partly to see if there is anything I might be able to edit and use in our church ladies’ newsletter, partly because every now and then I think about gathering some posts into a book, and I wanted to take a look at what I had. I am amazed at how verbose some of those earliest posts are, and even more amazed that people read and commented on them! I don’t know that people would today. One of my purposes for blogging was to improve my writing by writing, and though I am still too wordy, I think I have improved in that regard.
I’m also sad about the folks I considered good blogging friends who are no longer blogging or commenting. I know it’s necessary some times, but I miss them.
Finally, I haven’t shared a picture of my favorite little guy in a while, and I just love this one of him:
Hope you are having a great Sunday!