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!



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.


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!


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!


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!!


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!

Settling In

August 8, 2009

Scott’s new home seems to be agreeing with him. He has looked very relaxed and comfortable. We are still learning his schedule and meeting the staff, but we feel most welcome. His therapy schedule is a little less demanding and he will have the whole weekend off as there are no therapy sessions on saturdays here. Scott’s neighbors are great and they love, love, love little Miss Elsa. She got a toy and some treats from other patients when she visited her daddy this evening.

I apologize for the short post tonight. We’ve got more to share, but I’ve got some bathrooms to clean… My Momma is coming tomorrow!

Day 2

August 6, 2009

Hello friends!

We had a good day today. Very busy, but very good. We met the wound care specialist, Scott’s PT, ST & OT, and more nurses & aids than we can name (mostly because I’m really bad at names and Scott is not helping me keep track!) Elsa graced Scott and all of the other patients with her presence. (She was really well-behaved and gracious and I’m so proud of her!) Scott’s eyes were open much more than they have been in days. And I only cried once.