So you know what my Mom is doing at rehab....how about me???
Here's a typical day for me:
- Arrive between 9:00 and 10:00 AM and stop in to rehab gym to greet Mom and smooze a few minutes with OT and PT.
- Put away folded clean clothes I washed and grab the dirty clothes.
- Walk around the center and greet care workers we've come to know, unit secretary, nurses.
- Depending on amount of sleep night before, possibly take a quick cat nap on Mom's bed while she's working hard in the gym. (I know, I know, that's pitiful and so uunfair.)
- Sit in room and chat with Mom about an hour or so until her lunch arrives and we have to analyze what she can eat and what she WILL eat. Oh, and i eat the lunch I brought with me.
- Watch two local channels' newscasts.
- Read some. Sometimes Mom dozes off. Sometimes I doze off.
- Whenever Mom takes a bathroom break, I zip down to the "Day Room" computer, check her email, my email, check out a few things on Google, then head back to the room.
- Depending on sleep amount, maybe take another short nap on bed while Mom reads in wheelchair.
- Get a ride back to my Mom's house between 4:00-5:00. Wash the dirty clothes to bring back.
As you can see, not a really stimulating day of activity! Of course, some days, the nurse practitioner comes in, or a doctor, or the dietician, or the social worker. Then, I'm "on patrol", gathering all the facts and information to bring back to share with my sister. Most days, there's also a pep talk to keep Mom motivated to do the hard work in order to demonstrate that she will be ready to go home and care for herself. Some days, I have to be the taskmaster, other days, the jokester to keep her smiling. When I offered to come in and help, I was willing to do ANYTHING necessary to get Mom back to her level of normal, including sacrificing my plans in Atlanta.
I'm returning to Atlanta for a writers' conference Friday through Sunday and I'm excited. Partly because the conference is so invigorating and inspiring, and makes me want to write better. Partly because I need some mental stimulation after 14 days of sitting in a hospital room and now a rehab center room.
I will be returning to Boston for another 10 shift with Mom while my sister and bro-in-law work and the nephews go to school. But I think the hardest part is done and after another week in rehab, she will get to go home.
Going home........ I'm looking forward to that myself, even if it's only for a weekend :-)