Upon recollection this New Year’s may not have started out too badly. Yes, there was a huge amount of snow and now frigid cold, but things happened which had held promise for the coming months of 2014.
At first our CNA had been sick yesterday. She couldn’t make it here to our house. For three days Mom and I had been cooped up in the house. The CNA returns today, thank heavens. She brings some cheer with her always.
Mom had to use the bathroom with help in the early hours for three days waking me up on the baby monitor. My lack of sleep was devastating to me mentally until yesterday evening I took an hour-long blessed nap. Granted by Mom’s not disturbing me or needing me in any way. She is so sweet to me!
My doctor had made a friendly phone call to me granting me one question which she would truthfully answer and wishing me a Happy New Year. She is my angel of some twenty-five odd years or so.
I had a very productive and useful (as always) life coaching phone session with Denise. We discussed how best to deal with my caregiving anxiety issues of not being up to snuff as a caretaker. Can I do the job adequately is always a concern of mine.
Getting a substitute CNA for today in case ours would still be sick had been arranged also. That had been a step in the right direction to allay my fears of being alone with Mom and not doing a good enough job for her.
Mom had done some of her physical therapy exercises on her bed alone and walked with her walker, with me behind her, more than since we had returned from the skilled rehab center together. We had surveyed the Chicagoland Winter Wonderland Outside together several times also.
2 am, January 3, 2014
Mom just called me to assist her to the bathroom as always in the wee morning hours lately. I had been up this time for a change. We sat on her bed afterward and chatted and I caught her up to date about what had happened with our CNA, the snow, etc. Now? We await dawn. Mom is asleep again. I am writing this blog article.
Calm. Quiet. And collected. Another day with my Mom. What more could I ask for? Yes! The start of 2014 wasn’t so bad after all.
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