August 13th, 2006
Ahhh it’s good to be home. Even though it’s a real struggle to do every little thing, it’s good for me to be trying. I can see an improvement just in the few days I have been home - the walking I have to do around here is helping. I won’t even take one step without my walker, though!! Lesson learned.
Rob left this morning. I love him and want to keep him. We had a lot of fun hanging out, but aside from that he did so many little things that were such a great help to me. Here is a run down:
- Walking beside/behind me every step, putting my walker in the van, helping with doors, etc.
- Swept up the broken glass from a dish I broke and all this stuff I dropped while trying to arrange my freezer at one o’clock in the morning;
- Brought a fresh pineapple, sliced it all up, served me some (and himself), and left the rest in my fridge for me;
- Said “we have to get you a latte” on Saturday and helped me get my scooter out so we could go to the mall. We stopped in the Sears tire centre and he helped the guy put air in my flattened scooter tires. He helped me get whatever I needed off the shelves in Walmart, carried my latte home, unloaded all the shopping bags and put my stuff away. etc.
- He cleaned the cat litter boxes;
- He didn’t mind that I wanted to go to a trendy Chain restaurant that I like for dinner because I had a hankerin’ for their foccaccia cheese toast and Moxie size bellinis, and he wouldn’t let me contribute anything to the bill afterwards;
- He helped me get up from the low seated booth;
- He poured the wine and brought me cereal (yes, at the same time - late night snack!) while we listened to all kinds of music;
- He recorded a wonderful message off my phone that I’ve had in my voice mail from Susan Jeffers for years and made it into an MP3 so I finally have a real copy of it and can delete it from my archives!!
- He asked questions and listened to me talk until my speech started slurring (from MS, not the wine!)
- He washed all my dishes, took out the garbage, opened water bottles, etc.
- He gave me one of his T-shirts;
- He was very gracious (as always) to my parents and the friends of mine he met while he was here.
I could go on. He is so awesome and I’m so glad we have become friends. He (also) really wants me to go to Montreal next month and will do anything he can to help, but of course it depends on my health and finances. His girlfriend works in the hotel business and can most likely get me a deal on a room (Em and I will stay downtown on the weekend). Oh, and his show on Friday night was great too! A few girls arrived at the end and only caught a couple songs. They were upset because it took them “all night to find where he was” and they had heard him on CKUA radio and wanted to see him so badly! So he played another set.
Different women from Home Care have been coming in every morning to help me shower/dress and stuff. I said to Rob, “now every person who has been in my apartment this weekend has seen me naked except you”. Hehe (even my friend Andrea, who came by yesterday and brought me more clothes - she helped me change into the clothes she brought me at the care centre that day lol). I have no modesty left. I’ll strip for any stranger that walks in haha
So yes, Andrea brought me more clothes. A couple pairs of pants and several tops. I reminded her there are these things called “receipts” that you can use to return clothes you decide you don’t actually want when you take them home. She says she never keeps them and can’t be bothered with store credit. So, you know, this is working in my favour. I wore a pair of pants and a white top she gave me out for dinner last night (Rob said I looked “like an angel” when the sun shone on me! Tee hee hee I WANT TO KEEP HIM). I can’t believe she doesn’t keep these clothes, they are totally casual and stylish and brand new!!
Speaking of friends that do things for me and give me stuff, (of which I have so many, I could cry sometimes when I think about y’all) when I was at the Pub on Friday for Rob’s show, at the end of the night I asked the bartender to check the freezer for food with my name on it - Christine said she was making me some meals I would just need to heat up and that they’d be waiting for me. The bartender came out with this big box full of trays of lasagna, chicken alfredo, chicken pot pies, panini sandwiches, hamburger patties… enough food to overload my freezer (hence the 1:00 a.m. re-arrangement mentioned above) and keep me stuffed for a good two weeks!! A m a z i n g .
I got a pot pie in the oven, so I am outta here. Wrist rest required!