June 27th, 2006
Yesterday I got a really nice surprise when my friend Pam showed up to visit me! I tried to explain to Sophia that she is the sister of the boyfriend of my friend that had visited the night before, but I think her brain exploded on that one. Pam loves to garden and cook, and she brought me flowers from her garden (and catnip for my kitties!) and a big piece of banana/strawberry bread she made. It was yummy. As Sophia said, “Donna, your friends spoil you!” Pam and I sat outside and yacked for awhile and had a nice visit. She’s so cute and tiny! She told me some crazy stories about her cat’s antics. I can’t wait to get home to my kitties!!! GOD I miss them.
I’m still running into my old boss Sharon here every night, but her father is going home tomorrow so that will be it for that. I never did see her son, darn it, but I saw her daughter who is now 28, tall, thin, gorgeous and sweet. She is getting married in August. Sharon raised a couple great kids, but I can’t imagine where they got their good looks from! Haha
Speaking of going home, there are a lot of discharges this week (I’m not one of them!) Rose actually went home today, which is a scary thought to me… she lives alone, and even though her son and others will be “checking in regularly”, it only takes a split second for something serious to happen. The woman has no memory, and has choked a few times while eating recently - I have been there to call over help and several staff end up wheeling her away and helping her, but what the hell will happen when she is alone?? She won’t remember that she chokes on toast easily and will very likely make it for herself. I wish they would just send her to a nursing home with 24 hour care.
So Blanche and I have an empty seat at our table for now. I just hope it isn’t filled by anyone like the woman who hoots like an owl and yells “”PRAISE JESUS! OH HELP ME, JESUS!” all day or the 96 year old woman who tells everyone she doesn’t belong here, yet carries around her little stuffed dog and thinks its real.
Napolean Dynamite is working on the cable lines in the rooms this week. Swear to God.
Tomorrow morning I go for more X-rays, and hopefully a latte. I’m working on getting set up with a LifeLine “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” alarm thingy, a stripper pole beside my bed, (well, that’s what I’m calling it. They consider it a “sturdy pole” to help me pull myself out of bed) and Meals on Wheels. I’m pretty sure, anyway. This is the place to be when you need that sort of help arranged, so I’m starting to ask for it. My leg brace is back at the shop getting adjusted again and I hope to be using it soon… the little test run I did yesterday proved that it does indeed help my toes lift up, so that’s good.
Okay, no visitors expected tonight, so I’m gonna go grab a French Vanilla and await the shift change at 7:00. After that I get my SHOWER tonight!!! PRAISE JESUS!!