1. Mom commented several times today that she was in less pain thanks to the shots administered yesterday at the Pain Management Clinic. It's all a matter of degree. Less pain still involves pain. Mom's life has become more constrained since two medical professionals have strongly recommended that she use her walker full time. Her house is small and kind of crowded, but she's doing her best to navigate it. It's difficult for her to carry things -- say plates of food or a glass of water -- while using her current walker. Soon, the Deke and I are going to go walker shopping and look for a narrower walker and one equipped with a tray and a basket or other kind of pouch so Mom can more safely carry food and water from the kitchen to the living room and not rely on others to do these sorts of things. I have to admit, my mind is preoccupied with trying to help Mom maintain her independence and to do things to help her live safely while also giving her help with things she finds difficult or impossible to do. It was good that this morning, with help, Mom made her way out to her back yard raspberry bushes this morning and did some picking. It would have been dangerous for her to make that jaunt alone and she needs help getting situated in the chair she sits in while picking and needs helping moving the chair in order to harvest other spots.
2. Mom got to have another little outing today when we drove her over to Carol's for a dinner in the back yard and enjoyed steak and grilled vegetables, corn on the cob, and salad.
3. At 10:00 p.m., Patrick arrived in Kellogg and he and the Deke and I enjoyed a beer and the cool Kellogg night air on Mom's back deck.