January 10 – to celebrate today
A long day, but, in retrospect, a lot to celebrate!
Awakened at 2:30 by a call from Kalisi, Mom’s caregiver –Mom had fallen on her way to the bathroom, now back in bed she is complaining of neck pain.
Call to doctor-on-call at local clinic; he advises DO NOT MOVE HER, call 911, get Mom to ER for evaluation
3AM – house invaded by huge friendly guys on firefighting crew (“They always send us because we can usually get here 15 minutes faster in case of urgent need”) and ambulance crew. Ambulance guys strap Mom to a board a la mummy from head to toe and cart her off. I go back across the hedge, don sweatsuit and shoes. Tearful Kalisi has gathered Mom’s pills, ID, documentation of health care, clothing. Off to El Camino Hospital.
3:30AM: Mom is admitted and in a room waiting for CAT scan.
4:30 AM. Good news! Per CAT scan. Mom has not broken any bones, just a muscle strain. To be discharged, with a foam collar to support strained neck.
6:30 AM – back home, Mom in bed and so am I, not sleeping.
6:45AM – alarm goes off. I can either make some phone calls cancelling my scheduled activities, or
6:50 AM go ahead with my day as planned, which includes
7:30AM pick up my friend DM and do an aerobic gossip/exercise course in a nearby park. I gradually stop yawning.
9AM: DM and I volunteer to prune roses and weed flower beds at the San Jose Rose Garden. Swarms of people, including several middle school groups, teen-age service clubs, nearby residents with children and grandchildren. Lots of chopping thorns, whacking weeds, smashing snails. Great therapy!
12noon : home to a hot shower and the newspaper
1PM lunch at Casa Lupe in Los Altos – my favorite tostada
Rest of afternoon: Laundry, prepare house for
6:30 PM arrival of our Movie Club friends for our monthly dinner and discussion (Movie of the Month: The Imitation Game – average rating 9 out of a possible 10, my rating: 8.5)
10PM: “I’m going to sleep until 10 tomorrow”