Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I've been battling an upper respiratory infection that's been going around. Starts with a sore throat, moves to the sinuses, and ends up in your chest. I've had the seasonal flu shot, and been using Purell whenever I've come in contact with a door handle, money, shopping cart, etc. but I still caught something. Lucky it wasn't the swine flu. I guess that's something extra for which to give thanks.

I missed my visit with Mom on Tuesday. Not only did I feel like crap, but I didn't want to bring it into her facility and risk anyone getting sick.

I'm going up to be with her today. They are serving Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30 to 12:30 and I told them I'd be there for that. I was feeling much better yesterday and even better today. I'm still not 100% but I don't think I'm contagious anymore.

The gathering is either going to be great or a disaster. Mom has been crying a lot when we aren't there. She wants to go home and gets really agitated when the staff won't let her.

Today I'm thankful that we found a great place for her where she's safe and well-cared for, even if she doesn't fully realize she is where she is for her own good.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


Mom said...

And a happy Thanksgiving to you too. Hope your mom is in a pleasant mood today.

Greg said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I wish we had a similarly-themed holiday here in the UK - it seems a positive thing to focus on one's blessings for a change.

citygirl said...

Happy Thanksgiving YOY. Good that you didn't bring germs into your mom's place - I know I used to be super-careful about that. It's amazing how fast my mom's home could be locked down with an outbreak (and that means no visitors are allowed so your imagination runs wild as to how your mom is REALLY doing!). One day, the place would be fine; the next day, over half the residents were sick. It spreads quickly among them!

I was just thinking, this is your first holiday without your mom at home - must feel weird? Good that you're going to see her for dinner - enjoy the time with her. Hopefully she'll be might want to check in on the medications if your mom is crying and aggitated alot - it might need some adjusting. Or hey, maybe she's like me and is just miserable because it's fall and there's so little daylight!

Gavin said...

Mom--Thank you, and to you as well.

Greg-You never need an excuse to have a turkey dinner and all the fixings!

Citygirl-I have thought that about Mom's meds and I'm going to bring it up. None of the nurses were there today. I also thought about the difference between this year and last when I had a deja vu moment. I was going through the sale flyers to see if any bargains are worth the trouble of mixing with the masses tomorrow, and I thought how I'd done the same thing a year ago. Only difference is that I couldn't have gone then even if I wanted to -- this year I can go but probably won't. That's about the difference. Oh, and I didn't have to cook! :)