Archive for August, 2009

Sunday

August 31, 2009

Hello everyone,

Just a quick post to let you know we are doing well. Scott still seems to be comfy and content at Citizens. The staff has impressed us and I feel like he’s in great hands.

The residents are delightful and take good care of us, too. Mary peeks in on Scott at night and says prayers for us daily. Joe has given both dogs toys and has checked on me to make sure I’m doing okay. TJ just shows up randomly in Scott’s doorway, but always has the biggest smile. Lloyd wants to know, always, “When are you bringing those dogs back?”

Speaking of dogs, Kaiser & Elsa have spent a few days at Daveda Farm. That’s Dave & Eda’s llama farm; A.K.A. summer camp. They will return home tomorrow afternoon. I will get a week’s worth of doggie kisses in about 2 minutes. I can’t wait!

This week we have received some wonderful visits. I’m reminded by each of them just how special & important Scott is to people (other than me!) It was so good to see you all, by the way, and we look forward to next time! We have also been getting to know our staff and our neighbors a bit better. We are surrounded by good people.

Speaking of good people, (segues a little weak tonight 😉 ) thanks again to all of you who are keeping Scott in your thoughts & prayers and are going out of your way to help us out. We are forever grateful.

I will talk to you again soon. Good night!

Missed You

August 24, 2009

Hello Friends. I missed “talking” to you this week!

Scott’s been well. He’s  still getting his low-key therapy and incredible care from the nursing staff. It seems to me that he’s beginning to open his eyes more and more over the last week or so. Staff reports that there is more movement from his arm & legs and especially his toes. We’ve also seen tons of crazy facial expressions. We don’t know exactly what it all means, of course, but maybe he’s beginning the adjustment to the Baclofen’s sedating effects.

We’re still trying to get Scott the right wheelchair. (Or his wheelchair right.) He seems to want to slide out of the two he’s had so far. As you can imagine, that would be disastrous! Little adjustments are being made here and there by therapy staff and I’m sure we’ll get it all hammered out…

Scott’s more popular than he realizes. Not only does he have a huge network of family and friends, he now has some fans. Some of the residents at Citizens have expressed how nice it is to have special visitors like Kaiser, Elsa and the MCFFP&D. They think Scott’s pretty special. Wait until they actually get to meet him!

So, what  if you’re not a dachshund or a piper? Don’t worry, you are welcome too! As a reminder, Scott’s now at:

Citizen’s Care & Rehab
1900 Rosemont Ave
Frederick, MD 21702
Room D-1 

If you’re wondering what to do when you visit, here are a few ideas:

  • Talk to him! (I know. Duuhhh…) Bring all of your good stories and best gossip! Or just tell him how much he’s missed at the _____. 
  • Read to him. Juicy love stories are his favorite. (Just kidding, of course!) 
  • Bring him a change of tunes. Scott has a CD player and an iPod dock in his room. Feel free to bring in your favorites to share. 
  • Show him your pictures. When Scott’s eyes are open, he seems to focus well on, and be interested in, photos. 
  • Touch him. Nothing is more comforting or healing than human touch. Just don’t tickle. Or touch his feet!  Not only does he not like it under normal circumstances, but it seems to aggravate the excessive muscle tone in his legs.

You can really drop by at any time. Please just keep in mind that if you stop in before 4pm, you might have to wait for a therapy session to be over. If you come by after 8pm, keep it down to a dull roar. Scott’s roommate, Floyd, loves his sleep!

Thanks so much to those of you who have been visiting. It does us all good to see and hear from you!

Sunday Evening Post

August 17, 2009

This afternoon I arrived at Citizen’s to find Scott in his wheelchair with eyes wide. We talked for a bit and then we ventured outside to the courtyard. As hot as it was, it wasn’t long before we were sweating bullets. Needless to say, we did not spend the rest of the afternoon outside.

Next week promises to be pretty busy. I’m going to be working as much as possible between care meetings & medicaid navigation. Scott’s still receiving therapy, getting lots of rest and adjusting to his baclofen. Because I don’t want to bore you with details and I’m going to be pretty busy, I have decided to post only on Sundays. That is, of course, unless something exciting happens! 😉

As always, if you want to get in touch with me, you can do so by commenting in this blog, emailing or calling me. Oh yeah, there’s face book, too! Please remember that if you want to visit Scott, you are most welcome to do so! Again, the address is:

Citizens Care & Rehab
1900 Rosemont Ave
Frederick, MD 21702

I’ll be in touch soon! Good night, friends, and have a wonderful week!

Saturday

August 16, 2009

I woke to the smell of sizzling bacon (nice) but then had to see my parents off (not nice). Mom & Larry had to hit the road this morning. They were saying crazy stuff about needing to work for a living. Or something like that 😉

Scott & I spent some time together this afternoon. We got him into his new chair (which handles much better than the old one) and we spent some time outside together in the courtyard. He’s still hanging in there, but there are really no new changes to report right now.

This afternoon I did some real work. (Guess I still need to work for a living, too!) And then spent some quality time with a couple of close friends, a pizza and a beer or three.

Hope your Saturday was nice, too!

Doyle Family Escape Artist #2

August 14, 2009

Mom & I stopped in at Citi for a quick visit this morning. We brought Elsa to see her Daddy. We arrived during his OT session, however, so we took a little walk while we waited. Normally I would try to participate or watch Scott’s session, but with a 9 lb. wriggly dog under my arm, the walk seemed like a better option.

The fenced-in courtyard has a nice, big gazebo with patio furniture. It’s surrounded by pretty plants & trees, a small garden and lots of grass. All of the other visiting dogs come here to burn off some energy, so we let Elsa run while Mom & I talked.

After a bit, Mom saw a flash of pink on the other side of the courtyard fence. Elsa, in her little pink harness & trailing leash, had found her way through a rabbit hole. The fence gates are locked, so in a panic, Mom runs back into the building to go out the front door and head her off. I go over the fence. Once around and over, we find Elsa happily rolling in something stinky.

Hmmpphh!

Still Well

August 14, 2009

Hi friends!

I just wanted to write a quick note to let you know that Scott is doing just fine. He’s very comfy in his new digs and is being very well cared-for! It’s me who’s the weak link these days. Please be patient as I catch up! I’ll post some more details soon, but in the mean time, please know that Scott is still hanging in there!

Sleep well, everyone.

The “New Place”

August 12, 2009

Hello everyone!

I’m sorry I left you post-less last night! It was a long day, to say the least, and I’m still trying to catch up. Getting Scott settled into the new place and trying to get back to work has been trying. Scott seems to be handling it much better than I am!

The “new place”, by the way, is Citizen’s Care & Rehab in Frederick. We still aren’t on a really regular schedule, but if you would like to visit Scott, please feel free. We would love to see you! Therapy sessions are usually in the morning, but can be as late as 4. So if you don’t mind a possible wait for him to be finished with one thing or the next, come on down. We would like to keep visiting hours after 12 and no later than 8; he still needs his rest (and so do the other residents!) He can also receive correspondence at:

1900 Rosemont Ave
D Wing
Frederick, MD 21702

And I think that’s all I can manage for tonight! I will talk to you soon!

Sunday

August 10, 2009

This morning, I took the crew in to visit Scott. By crew, I mean my Mom, Larry & me. We are only three, but our presence is big!

The day was uneventful. Scott got in his ROM, but he only got in a little pampering from me today. Our wonderful staff had already beaten me to the bath, the shave, lotion on his feet. I’m going to feel obsolete soon if they keep this up! 😉

Scott’s still pretty sleepy, but he opened his eyes and gave me some pretty nasty looks when I was stretching out his knees. Whew! I bet that’s going on his list of things he hates. He opened his eyes also when I played some voicemails I received this morning (between 3 & 5AM!) from LA. They were from the Van Duzen’s and the East Coast Party Boyz on their last night in CA. Sounds like they were partying like rockstars. We love you, too, guys!!

I worked most of the afternoon and evening today. (Yes, work work!) I can’t believe I’m actually still awake. I will rectify that shortly. G’night!

Communications

August 9, 2009

As I finished up my last post, I realize that I’ve missed two people tonight on FB chat completely. This isn’t the first night, either. And there are also a slew of text messages, FB messages, emails and phone calls that I haven’t returned yet. (And it has, sadly, been a while…) I would like to let you know that my lack of follow-up is not personal and I really appreciate your patience!!

Smiles?

August 9, 2009

Today Scott’s nurse said he smiled at her. I’ve seen annoyance, anger, pain, maybe even frustration, but nothing so far that indicated a happy camper. I’m looking forward to seeing it for myself. Dammit, Scott! Smiling for other women… 😉

We had visits today from Aunt Diane and cousin Bob. Melanie took me out for pizza & then spent some quality time telling Scott about her summer adventures. Mom & Larry arrived this evening. We had burgers from the grill and played with the dogs. Chanda, Mom’s mini schnauzer, is here too. So far, Kaiser doesn’t seem to mind sharing his digs.

Tomorrow we’ll be up bright and early to start picking on Scott. Like all Sundays in recent past, there is no therapy, but we’ll work on his ROM exercises. And he’ll probably get his pampering and manscaping, too. (Although, the staff here doesn’t even let him get a 5 o’clock shadow! Good thing there is still nose hair & crazy random eyebrows or I would feel totally worthless!)

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, friends. We’ll talk soon!