Judging from the responses to my last blog post, I have a little explaining to do. Lisa was “seething” not at me, but at the gall of a stranger who would ask Mom to accompany her in an untidy task. Lisa can be that way with right-versus-wrong issues and with people named Sean. But that’s a whole ‘nuther blog post.
I am not saying that this person had poor intentions or would have harmed Mom in any way. But as my sister said to me today, it’s like getting to know a kid’s parents before letting him/her spend the night.
Sometimes, I do not put every detail in a blog post because some information shouldn’t be made public. Such is the case in yesterday’s post; I left out certain information which may have left you without some of the context. For that, I apologize. There’s a trust relationship between you and me. It’s a judgment only you can make, and that would have to be based on my writing in previous posts.
It was a sunny, warm and breezy day – just perfect for the cookout Piedmont Place put on in the roped-off front parking lot. All of the residents and their families were invited to enjoy terrific food, singing and dancing. It seemed that a good time was had by all.
Mom, too, spent some time out there and, after enjoying a hot dog and hamburger, thanked the Administrator, and a few minutes later, found her way around the barrier and proceeded to walk across the parking lot in the wrong direction. A nurse reeled her back, of course, and no harm was done.
Mom has been a “walking” risk before (as they say in the business) and had a door-locking radio bracelet on her left ankle to show for it. That could happen again (though I think not soon), or, if it becomes more serious, she could be assigned to the SPARKS unit where serious “walkers” have more serious security.
My point should be obvious. Mom’s judgment goes in and out. She’s in a great facility with people who care for and about her. But it’s a team which includes Mom and her children that ensures her safety. We’re all trying hard.