I talked to Daddy yesterday about me needing some rest and a chance to settle my nerves and my stomach, and the fact that I had a doctor’s appointment coming up that would require finding someone to stay with him that day. He was agreeable to me trying to get the lady who had stayed at the house when I needed relief with Mama. I was a little surprised he agreed to it so quickly, but very glad he did.
So, I left a message for her to call, and she and I made some arrangements last night. She’s going to spend all day on Friday and part of the day on Sunday with Daddy, so DH and I can get completely away from the care giving responsibilities for just a little while. That will be good for us both, but particularly for me, I think. It also means we can go back to going to the yard sales and Estate Sales and having our Date Day again. I’ve really missed that. And I can go to at least Sunday School, and probably church, too.
Thank goodness Daddy has never been one to spend a lot of money, so we should be able to take care of the respite care costs without a problem. I really feel for those care givers who are not able to pay anyone to give themselves a break every once in awhile. I hope for their sakes that they have family nearby who can spell them. Since we don’t have family near, this is our best choice. She’s already used to Daddy, and he’s already used to her, and we trust her. We couldn’t ask for a better combination.
Frances was so excited to hear from us, being the Christmas season, and she was between jobs. She was more than happy to take part time work, under the circumstances. I told her we’d understand if she found full time employment, as long as she kept her obligation for my Dec. 20th appointment. She agreed. So a salary was agreed on, and she will be at Daddy’s at 7:00AM this Friday!!