This blog was formerly dedicated in 2009 to my Dad who died of Alzheimer's in 2013. It's been three years now...and I find myself missing blogging...so I am re-inventing my blog... because, after all, life is about moving through, and going forward...

Friday, February 3, 2012

Bingo....

Mom went to visit Dad today...  When she arrived, "Pickles" Dad's nurse, let Mom know Dad wanted to sleep in this morning...so she let him sleep, then gave him a shower and fed him breakfast.  Dad was happy and joyful, but did not have much of an appetite for lunch because of the late breakfast...

They sat and chatted with a few other patients while Dad picked at his lunch.  The lady who spouts loud bursts of sounds, and the Captain's toothless girlfriend carried on a nice conversation with Mom.  Dad directed his attention to the loud lady, smiling and telling her politely he could not understand her and asking to repeat what she said...

Dad told Mom (the loud lady) had such an excellent memory and always gave him so many compliments... I have to give Mom credit, because the woman can be very loud and it is so distracting when I visit with Dad...Dad seems to have more patients for anyone having a difficult time...

Mom read Dad some letters and cards she had received to share news of their friends... Dad said he remembered, but Mom said she could tell he wasn't sure...

She called me so I could talk to Dad, but I had been on the phone for various phone calls and was in the middle of a conversation about my transition to Medicare (in June) with one of the health care benefits, so I asked Mom if I could call her back...  Unfortunately, when I did, she was on her way home...

Dad's hair looked really nice, his eye looked terrible, and he had his wander guard on both his wrist and is ankle.

Dad told Mom, "When we go out to the drugstore, all the children talk to me and want me to tell them stories..."

Mom complimented Dad telling him he has always been good with children...

Dad continued..." They love me so much and give me chocolate.  I love chocolate.  But their parents give me cream candy which is my most favorite..."

When Dad lived at home, he used to tell Mom all the time he could not have chocolate...he usually wanted anything but chocolate...

Dad told Mom he still is enjoying watching my sister Holl Doll on the TV.  He is convinced she is making money on TV.  Last year he told Mom he saw my brother K____ in commercials for his jewelry business... and my brother does not advertise on TV and does not have a jewelry business...  Entertaining and proof of Dad's active imagination....

Mom asked Dad what he had planned for the rest of the day and he answered he was looking forward to playing Bingo.  "Black out" was his favorite.

Mom told Dad she had some books in her car she was going to deliver to one of her friends.  Dad complimented Mom and told her how much he admired all the friends Mom had.  She told him she was a "people person".  Dad was very impressed with that phrase and told her it was an excellent way to describe her.

"Don't let me hang you up...you go ahead and take your books to your friend... I am going to play Bingo," 

Mom thanked him and gave him his kiss and hug...Mom said it was a good visit...

3 comments:

Mari said...

Another good visit! I always laugh when you talk about "Pickles" because one of our residents has a favorite aide he calls Pickles too.

Thisisme. said...

I'm glad it was a good visit, Donna. You always tell the visits so well, that I can almost imagine that I am there with your dad as welL! Hope you are keeping well my friend. Take care. Hugs.

Linda O'Connell said...

This post makes my heart smile.