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Dept. of Ever So Quickly

Things that I have done over the last day or so:

  • Had a very good, sometimes intensely nerve-wracking and ultimately completely worthwhile home visit with my Mum. We picked her up at the hospital Tuesday, pried her from their clutches by 2 p.m., went out for grapenut ice cream cones (our favorites), had supper at home, which I cooked for her and Step-dad Rob, got through some sundown syndrome, got her all her meds, and got through the night. Then we went out for brunch, took another drive through the countryside so that she could drink in the blue sky and summer clouds above the multiple greens of the Valley, and took her back to hospital. I'd give the visit an 8 of 10, despite not having expected to keep having to re-tape her incision dressing four times. (Gah. I am not healer material.)
  • Spent enough time on a bad futon bed,  under enough stress, that I developed a full-on back spasm episode. I'm about half way through it, I estimate, which means lots of drugs tonight. More than I'm currently operating under, I mean. I really, really, really hate back spasms.
  • Had some quiet time with my little brother, and will have more of that tomorrow when I spend my final night here down at his place. I'll get to have time with his current rather dynamic flame, and I'm looking forward to that.
  • Other things: here in Nova Scotia, where so many fishermen fish for so much fish, I had what may have been the worst fish and chips of my entire life, when I took my brother out for supper. I was both relieved and disappointed when he didn't notice the horrible nature of my offering, and indeed thought it was OK. Heh.
I hope to have more pics and even video to post tomorrow. The pics and video have been taken, but uploading the video is proving a bit difficult, and the spasms are starting to get a little hard to take, so I'm about to pack up and go back to the apartment. Thanks again for all of the good thoughts pointed in my mother's direction!

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Aug. 21st, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
I'd be happy to use muscles on your back, but it's not practical from two time zones away, and won't exactly keep until you're home . . .

I have a special personal use for the word "nominal": "less than twice as bad as expected". In the other direction, it sounds as though your trip is going better than you might have reasonably hoped. In all the circumstances, an 8 is pretty damned good.

One of the Chicago personalities of the earliest days of television was Dave Garroway. He always used to sign off with "Peace". Then there was a personal crisis, perhaps cancer, iirc. After that, he always signed off with "Courage".
Aug. 22nd, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
Ah, I do indeed remember reading about Dave Garroway, and have heard tapes of some of his shows. I'd forgotten the change in his sign-off.

As for the back spasm, it appears to be in the controllable range today. We'll keep our fingers crossed that it's gone tomorrow, for my flights home.
Aug. 22nd, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
So glad you had such a lovely time with her. I would have prefered a 10/10 for you - but 8 ain't bad at all!!

Ouch!! Hope your back feels better soon!! Futons are the WORST.

Ugh, srsly?! Problem with seafood towns - you can either get the very best or the bottom of the barrel...oi.


Looking forward to more, sweetie. Just hope you find some time to rest and DEAL, yeah?
Aug. 22nd, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
Hello, my dear! My back is doing better, and I'm really happy that the visit has been an 8 out of 10 thus far.

And when it comes to the fish, I completely forgot to mention that I had a simply delicious seafood chowder when we had lunch with my mother. Some shrimp, and loads of local haddock, lobster (lots of lobster) and tiny, utterly delicious Digby scallops, which are very different from scallops elsewhere in the world, all swimming in a rich brother of milk and court boullion - which the cook undoubtedly called 'fish water.' Heh.

Aug. 22nd, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
OMG, that chowder sounds amazing! Do you know how many people I would stab to get to that food?!

Sorry...you probably remember my love affair with food. One day I shall get back to Chi-Town and fix you proper italian spaghetti. *Grins*

Hope the rest of the visit is the best, lovie. Keeping you safe in my heart...

Aug. 22nd, 2013 02:35 am (UTC)
I'm glad your visit was overall so positive! Still keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Sorry about the back spasms. Hope that will pass quickly.
Aug. 22nd, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. My mother and I talked a great deal about closing one's eyes on this world and opening them on the next. We are at peace, I think, with her taking the train at this point.

Edited at 2013-08-22 05:23 pm (UTC)
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