Yesterday, I changed the clothes rack that I made Woody into a "chest of wire baskets". It's s shelving unit, with wire baskets or "bin", in place of shelves. The idea is that it lets caregivers see what clothes are available and grab them easily.
I went through Woody's clothes and removed about eight the large red t-shirts. The nursing home laundry tends to shrink Woody's clothes, and the t-shirts are starting to run small. Its better if I replace the t-shirts with extra-large shirts.
Last night, I picked up two red sweatshirts and four pair of sweatpants. I'll give them to Woody after I mark them.
Woody has a second shelving unit that I plan on converting to a small clothes rack, today. I've ordered the parts, and I'll pick them up later today at The Container Store at Glenwood and Creedmore.
THE PROTEIN SHAKE EXPERIMENT:
Yesterday and today, I took a break from protein shakes and had Eggbeaters omelets. Yesterday, I made on with mozzarella, today, I used sliced turkey breast and Swiss.
I've been monitoring my blood sugar closely, and I've skipped my insulin injection because it wasn't needed. My blood sugar is in range, without it.
Doug just sent me a txt msg. He's driving in from Asheville to see me.
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I ordered a new pair of shoes from Zappos. These are the Propét Wash and Wear Slip-Ons. They're my third pair of these.
They're long wearing, comfortable, and come in wide widths. Plus, you are supposed to be able to toss these in the washer.
I was looking at the shoes my friends and co-workers were wearing. One was wearing a pair of Vibram shoes that fit him like a glove - literally. Others, were wearing shoes with constrasting fabrics and colors that laced up. My shoes, on the other hand, are plain. One color, one material, no laces.
I wonder if there's a meaning to this?
|Not to belabor a point, but last week, my roommate Woody suffered a stroke. A few days later, he took off headed towards Florida. He was found a day later, wandering around a small town an hour away from here completely disoriented.|
He was not wearing his Medical ID pendant. We had taken it off in the ER a few days earlier for a chest x-ray, and had never put it back on him.
He was carrying a pocketful of calling cards I had given him, but there was no information on him that indicated what medical conditions he had or who to call.
MEDICALERT + SAFE RETURN PROGRAM
The nurse-practitioner who is treating Woody suggested that I enroll in the MEDICALERT + SAFE RETURN program run by the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org). By enrolling in the program, you get a special MEDICALERT bracelet explaining that the wearer is "MEMORY IMPAIRED" and gives a number to call.
Woody's medical ID pendant did not list "memory impairment" as a medical condition, and that is important.
There is another side to that. When I called the police, a "Missing Persons" report was filed, but to the best of my knowledge, a "Silver Alert" was not called. "Silver Alerts" are called at the disgression of the supervisor, who apparently didn't feel it was needed.
Having the Alzheimer's Association on your side could help you to reach the threshold needed to get a "Silver Alert" called. You call them toll-free, after calling "911".
CAREGIVER MEDIC ALERT
The nurse-practitioner who is treating Woody also told me that as a caregiver, I should wear a special MEDICALERT bracelet indicating my status as a caregiver.
The idea is that in the event that something should happen to me, it's not enough for medical personnel know what medical issues I have. Someone needs to take care of Woody.
The bracelets are available on the Alzheimer's Association website at alz.org.
|Today, marks the 70th Anniversary of Kristallnacht. |
On a single night, 92 Jews were murdered and 25,000–30,000 were arrested and deported to concentration camps.
Kristallnacht changed the nature of persecution from economic, political, and social to the physical with beatings, incarceration, and murder; the event is often referred to as the beginning of the Holocaust.
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