Great news about John! I was wondering the other day and went by the "no news is good news" theory. Glad you're feeling better. It really can take a while to get back to normal. And you've had a very rough time lately, it's nice to know that things are looking up.
Here in Toronto we have broken the record for the rainiest summer and it's not over yet. It's supposed to rain tomorrow too. At least the grass is lovely and green - normally at this time of year it goes all dry and yellow, unless it's watered like mad. I don't water the lawn because I think that's a real waste of water. I do water my flowers though.
This morning the activities co-ordinator took John to the sensory room. No mean feat, his chair is heavy to push, and the sensory room is in the nursing section. This meant a journey along the corridor to the residential floor, then up in the lift to the nursing floor.
She was thrilled with his response. Apparently he wasn't interested in the lava lamps, but loved the fibreoptic lights. He actually reached out to hold one of them, the first spontaneous response for ages.
When they got back, she gave him a sweet, and left another one on the arm of his chair, hoping he'd take it. He didn't, it was still there when I went in at lunch time, so that didn't work.
Hello Hazel, so glad to hear that things are picking up a little for you both. I was very interested to read about the sensory room. I've only seen a couple of these rooms and had forgotten about them. They don't have one in my mum's home because it is not registered for EMI care although there are clearly a number of residents who have dementia there. I did see quite an impressive sensory room in a home on the South coast, when I was thinking of moving lock,stock, barrel and mother down south, but for boring pragmatic reasons, stayed put.
Hope that the weather is proving a little more benign for you. Take care, love Deborah x
Pleased to read your message and hear about John's reaction. Glad they are going to try again. I saw a sensory room at one of the places I looked at last year and it was amazing. Sadly they don't have one at Mum's place because it is rather basic, but the place is generally very good and I think she is as happy as she is going to be.
His heel has healed over -- though swabs still come back MRSA. He's more alert, and his colour is good. I get smiles and kisses -- though not on the mouth. When I go to kiss him, he sticks his tongue out!
Tomorrow is a big day for the home. The group has a chef of the year competition, and each home has to put on a themed festival and meal. These are videoed, and judged by head office. They're doing a coronation street party -- no, a street party from the time of the coronation!
They've put so much work into it, but the activities co-ordinator has torn a muscle and is on crutches, and the handyman's father, who was a long-term resident of John's unit, died yesterday. How unlucky can you be! Sorry, that sounds uncaring, and I didn't mean it that way. The whole unit (and one regular visitor!) is very upset at his loss.
And I've got my meeting with my MD tomorrow morning, so I might be out of a job by lunch time!