Last time I wrote, dad had a fat lip and puffy cheeks and I was a bit concerned about it. Luckily after the nurse practitioner on call had prescribed antibiotics, antihistamines and an ice pack, dad made a fairly quick recovery. By the third day after he was treated, his face was back to normal and I was much relieved to hear that.
This past week has been a fairly uneventful week, which is the way I like it.
Monday dad’s companion brought her husband along with her. She had surgery recently and couldn’t drive herself. It turned out well that way though as dad had a nice long conversation with the companion’s husband.
Often I feel like dad doesn’t relate to the men at his ALF very well. In fact, he has been in conflict with two of them. One was the man why didn’t want dad to be near his lady friend, Mary, before she moved to memory care. That man has moved out also. Then recently dad had the altercation with another man, whom I don’t know. Thankfully, they don’t seem to have been in contact since then.
So I think it is good for dad to relate well to the companion’s husband. Dad always had several good male friends when he was living with mom in the mobile home community. One by one, they passed away and since then, dad hasn’t had any close male friends.
Dad’s Tuesday companion brought him his snacks and stuff he had requested. She came at a good time to take him to Happy Hour, but he didn’t want to go that day. He said he had been dizzy earlier and didn’t want a drink. His dizziness has been an occasional problem for many years, so is not a new concern.
Instead dad and his companion played cards in his room and she also straightened out his kitchen. She also checked his bottle of scotch and found it is still nearly full. It is good to know he isn’t really drinking a lot from it. He just likes to know he has access to it when he wants it.
His Wednesday companion is a very outgoing lady. She has some land in a rural/suburban area nearby and keeps small animals like chickens, goats and sheep. She told dad about all the new “babies” she had, for they just had new baby goats and lambs. She is a very cheerful woman and soon found the ladies in the lounge were joining in their conversation. In fact, the ladies were so interested; his companion lingered with them for awhile after her visit with dad.
All in all, I think dad had a very good week. And I am relieved to see he is still happy and healthy and I am able to stay far from home without too much worry. (I always worry a little, just seeing the weather forecast there!)
Their weather continues to be unseasonably cold and nasty, but thankfully dad doesn’t have to worry about it. He is mostly unaware of the cold, ice and snow as he rarely leaves the confines of his ALF. I am lucky the companions have been able to get out through the nasty weather to visit with dad most of the time, for I sure wouldn’t want to be out there myself!