Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Activities and Other Stuff

Hey, Y'all,

As I mentioned in an earlier posting, this is National Assisted Living Week, and we have been having some activities in relation to this, along with other regular activities.
Yesterday, we had some singers come to entertain us, and they were really good. One thing I have noticed, a lot of the same songs are always sung, among them are "I'll Fly Away", and "Amazing Grace".

Yesterday we had the opportunity to have our toenails trimmed (not one of the activities associated with this week), and it was an interesting experience. The doctor was supposed to be here at 1:30, but was delayed because she was late finishing toenails at Heritage Nursing Home. Dub and I had pre-registered a couple of weeks ago and our names were on a list. We went to the waiting area around 1:30 and we were told it would be around 2:30 or 3 before the podiatrist would be here. We left and went back to our room to wait. When we returned to the waiting area, we were informed by one of the residents that we would be seen in the order in which we came in to wait. He was quite adamant (and vociferous) in informing everyone in what order everyone had come into the waiting area. I observed that pre-registering had nothing to do with who would be seen when. Many of the residents were wheeled into the doctor's presence ahead of those waiting in the waiting area. Hmmmmm. Anyway, we were all seen and trimmed and clipped before the supper hour. One thing I will say for the doctor, she was very adept at her task, and was quick with it. The resident who was so argumentative needed not to get his shorts in a wad over the whole thing. It is very interesting to observe seniors. They seem to be not any different than children many times.

This morning we were told that there would be singing in the living room area at 9:30. Gramps (Dub) and I went down to participate. One of the staff here plays the piano and sings, so she led the music. When I went in, another resident (a lady), asked who was going to sing and what. I put my arm around her shoulder and began singing, "The Farmer in the Dell" and she started singing it with me. Ha. We all had a great time singing hymns and as we sang, I thought about the words we were singing and how so very many of those singing could very well not be here at this time next year, and would likely be singing with those who have gone on before them. The singing was beautiful, a blending of voices that was a paean to the Lord.

This afternoon, we had a young medical resident to come and speak to us about how to care for our skin and the kind of problems that are common to seniors. It was quite interesting and informative.

Today, my home health care nurse came and checked my incision and told me I could leave off the bandage now. That was great news, and I will begin taking showers without worrying about covering the incision with a bandage.

I sat outside this evening and visited with a niece of another resident (and the resident). The niece had her 5 year old son, (Elliott), with her and he was having a great time riding his bicycle up and down the sidewalk. Then another resident's relative came out with a remote airplane (made of styrofoam) and he and Elliott had a great time playing with it. It was a lot of enjoyment watching them.

Well, that is about it for today. I have Dub's cold, of course, but am taking benedryl to keep the sneezing and snorting at bay as much as possible. I have been invited to the
Festival of Tables at our church next Saturday. Allie is coming to pick me up, since she is going as well. As some of you may know, I usually decorate a table and invite 7 people to come, but that was not an option this year. I will take pictures though, and post some when I can download them on my home computer in a couple of weeks.

I am also looking forward to having lunch with some school teacher friends of mine on next Tuesday. Isn't it wonderful to have good things to look forward to?

Well, this is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for tonight. Love to all of you. Bye for now. More later.


Tanya said...

well it sounds like they are taking pretty good care of you out there. I am glad that you are doing so much better and happy for you that showers will be so much easier :D . love you bunches

Judy said...

I can see you have your sense of humor back! When you said you had the opportunity to get your toenails trimmed, then, said it was not one of the planned activities, I burst out laughing.
I am glad you are both getting such good care there and enjoying the place and the occupants and the visitors. Glad you got your bandage off, too.