Apr 08, 2017
I just want to thank you all for your emails and blog comments. I don’t think that I could have got through this last week and a half without your tremendous support. While Colin was back in Canada I did manage to get my travel records updated and most importantly I got my emails up to date, more or less. I even got some laundry done and tidied up the RV a bit.
We had freezing temps when we arrived and even had the heat on for a while. The next day it was sweltering and today we have wind warnings and the RV has been rocking.
I also managed to get the A/C unit broken or at least I thought that it was. I ended up calling the office and they sent someone around who got someone else who knew about electricity. The someone was so tall that the top of his head brushed the ceiling of our rig. Turns out that somehow the breaker tripped and shut the A/C unit down. That was an easy fix but I still want to know why it happened.
On the way to the laundry room yesterday I came across a dog pen with two chocolate dachshunds. They were lovely doxies but I just couldn’t bring myself to pet them or stay and visit for more than a moment. Turns out that they had a third girl which had to be put down a few weeks ago, she was almost twelve just like Caeli. I saw another go past earlier today. My heart is still very very tender and sore.
It turns out that there are two sets of people here in Las Vegas that I know and another who is a blog reader who reached out. Thank you for offering to visit but I really needed the last few days on my own. Plus I was either on the phone or chatting online with Colin most of the day. I did need to be here to go over some ideas re Mommio and to encourage him.
So what can I tell you about Mommio. Colin was told by his brothers this last Wednesday that he better get to Winnipeg ASAP so instead of driving home and then flying to Winnipeg he left this last Thursday. He found her looking very frail and lost. One day she was at her home and the next she was in hospital. It seems to go back to her stopping her meds which led to her not eating and going downhill. She immediately perked up when Colin showed up and even began to eat. He managed to get her hearing aids and asked the nurses to put them in everyday. Suddenly there was better communication. He sat by her bedside and chatted when she was awake. He even brought a few of the girls toys and she cuddled the toys as she slept. She was lonely and in a foreign environment surrounded by loud noises and people she did not know. I stayed up late last night pulling out photos of her and Colin and he took the bus very early this morning to Walmart and at 7AM they were printing out photos. He got to the hospital in time for breakfast and taped the photos to the wall. She said “now I don’t feel alone anymore”. So that is what Colin has been doing plus much much more. She loved her TimBit treats. I also suggested getting her some Ensure with the extra protein and she is actually enjoying it. He also got her a bunch of magazines to look at. She had nothing and was just laying there staring into space with nothing to connect her to the present and to reality.
Meanwhile it has been decided (not by us) that she can never go back to living alone and so her apartment was being cleaned out. She is on a list for a care facility of some sort. She of course needs to be assessed and to start eating and walking again before that will happen. I don’t have too many details but at supper last night they announced that they were moving her to another room as she no longer needed such direct and constant care. Boy, Colin sure must have perked her up. Sadly the room is old and smells and is most depressing. She had a bad night last night and the nurse told him that she was calling his name in the night to come and save her. So many challenges ahead. Yes there is family back in Winnipeg but Colin and his Mom have always been very close.
So Colin did the best he could and tried to set some routines for her and the nursing staff. He did all he could do for now. He is on his way back to Vegas tonight and I’m sure that it was most difficult to leave his Mom laying in that hospital bed all alone and like a tiny doll. We will take a few days to regroup and to relax and then head home and decide what we can do next regarding Mommio. We love her so much and know how difficult it must be for her to suddenly go from being 100% independent to 100% dependent. There is nothing wrong with her physically, she just become weak and unable to be on her own. Colin is most concerned at how frail she has become since he saw her last October. She has lived a long life and will possibly go into a decline due to her care and surroundings. It is so very very sad. There is not much we can do as we live so far away.