This last week has really been a strange one, on several counts. I wouldn’t normally go this long without a post, but I tried to get a little too fancy with my Drive Partitioning software, and couldn’t get the computer to boot at all! It took me several days to figure out how to fix it, and several more to get everything back the way it belonged. Luckily, I’m good about backing up my data, so I didn’t lose any of that.
In between working on the computer, DH and I have had quite a time with Daddy. He’s been getting more and more wobbly, and less and less able to follow our transfer directions. So, we’ve had several episodes of it taking every bit of strength the two of us had to get him from one place to another. The last straw was Monday or Tuesday (I’ve lost track HA!) when we had the usual bowel problem. Thank goodness I had decided to move the commode into the bedroom, instead of trying to take him in the bathroom. By the time that ordeal was finished, he just about finished all three of us before we got him cleaned up and back in his wheelchair. The Hospice nurse came not long after that, and she could tell how exhausted we all were. This time, when I asked for lifting help, she agreed that it was time.
So, what did I get for Valentine’s Day???? A brand spanking new Hoyer Lift!!! Frances, our paid care giver, DH, and I learned how to use it this morning, and we were able to move Daddy from the bed all the way into the living room to his recliner, without any trouble at all. He’s more comfortable, and we’re MUCH happier. And our backs and nerves appreciate it, too!!
I’ve been pleased with how well the Zelepar has been helping me deal with all this physical and emotional strain. I did have a bout of hysterical crying this weekend, though, because Daddy’s foot looked worse to me, and I felt so guilty that I had let it get that way. My head knew I’d done my best, but my emotions sure didn’t. The Podiatrist was here today, and he’s very pleased with how it’s progressing, so that’s a big relief. Hey, that’s another Valentine’s Day present for me!!
And, today, for the first time in years, the pressure sore on Daddy’s bottom is all but healed! Present number THREE!!
I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. For the first time in quite some time, I really think we’re going to be able to keep Daddy out of a Nursing Home. The lift, the gel seat cushion, our Estate Sale sheepskin finds, and the rippling mattress have made all the difference in the world in Daddy’s quality of life. I thank God for his tender mercies.