Here it is late at night (nearly ten o'clock) and I am thinking seriously about bed, but wanted to do an update. I got up this morning and filled the crockpot with pork tenderloin, to which I added some fresh herbs (onion cloves, cilantro, tarragon, sweet basil, and oregano) from my herb garden on the front porch. I chopped up an onion, added some garlic, a touch of soy sauce, some Worcestershire sauce, and a can of root beer. I put the lid on it all, and left for the nursing home about ten o'clock. Upon arriving, I saw Gramps was still in bed, but found out he had done better eating breakfast this morning than yesterday. One of the therapists had already been working on him before I got there, and Gramps room mate who is blind, told me that the therapist had really worked him over and that he could hear Gramps groaning and moaning while she worked on Gramps. I said, "Good!"
Soon after I arrived the occupational therapist worked with him and got him up into the wheel chair and took him to the bathroom so he could sit on the commode. After a while, she brought him back into his room and it was time for his lunch. She sat with him, and insisted he feed himself with just a little help from her, and was very encouraging to him. He did not eat a lot but she told him he needed to stretch his stomach by eating as much as he could. He had told me earlier that he didn't think he would be any better. I think he has given up, and only wants to be in bed.
After lunch, his physical therapist came in to work with him and get him to walk, so I left and went to have some lunch on my own. When I got back, he was back in bed and so I sat down with him for awhile and then went out to sit on the front porch and read. I came back in later and he was asleep, so I sat beside him and dozed off myself. At suppertime, they got him up into the chair and he only ate a few bites. They were getting ready to put him back to bed when I left.
At home, I quickly opened a couple of cans of green beans, got out the garlic bread to toast in the oven, and put it into the baking sheet, turned on the oven, and heated it all. In about 30 minutes, the neighbors came down to eat and we set the table and had a great time eating and talking. We then had dessert of cake and ice cream, and fresh strawberries. Laurie cleared off the table and loaded the dishwasher for me, and then we went outside and they set up the frames and garden dirt for me to plant a small garden out back. I hope to get it planted this weekend.
I am hoping Gramps will soon decide he wants to get better and will improve on his frame of mind and really begin working to get out of there. Please pray that he will become hopeful of leaving there and work towards it.
Allie and I are meeting with the nursing home team that works with him tomorrow, and then tomorrow afternoon I have a dental appointment to have my seven natural teeth cleaned. Ha (all my other teeth belong to me, but are dentures and they are soaked every night. ha ha).
Well, I gotta get to bed, or I won't get any sleep since it is getting late. Much love to each of you, my friends. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. More later. Bye now.