The past few weekends have been free of too many commitments, yet they have been hectic and un-relaxing. Yesterday morning it started almost immediately with my mother deciding to take my dad to a hospital that specializes in dementia patients and could evaluate him. (He has been busy packing everything they own - shoving random items into their four wheeler endlessly). Because he is mobile and has no intention of staying in a home, an ambulance had to take him there. We anticipated resistance on his part, but he was very happy and willing to go with the ambulance crew and talked to them on the entire drive. Getting him admitted took nearly all day as they waited for a bed to open up. I am thankful that my brother was with my mom during the whole process. I was at work at the library and my husband was at a wrestling meet which meant that even if I hadn't been at work, I would have had three kids along with me.
Today I visited him for the first time. This is just a temporary home until he is referred to a nursing home. His dementia is progressing rapidly right now, and he was quite confused about everything. Our visit was short as he had just seen my mom and was agitated because he wanted to leave with her. Although he is still here physically, in some ways this move to a home seems as though he is truly gone. Certainly the father I know is no longer there.
My reading has been slow because of this. Tonight we will go and hang out with my mom and watch the movie Pitch Perfect. I am close to the end of The Cutting Season by Attica Locke and am hoping I can finish that off today. I did manage to run both days this weekend and am making great progress in Anna Quindlen's Every Last One -my treadmill book.
Although this coming week is a full week of activities, I am planning on enjoying having next Monday off for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.
I have nothing in mind for supper but three hungry children which means I need to get up and forage through our food to see what I can come up with. Here's hoping you have a happy and busy week ahead.