Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Three Beautiful Things 08/07/17: Cosette on the Mend, Mom's Good Day, IPA and Backyard Dinner

1. The best news of the day was that after returning home after spending the night in ER, Cosette had a much better day on Monday. She felt much better. She was able to keep food down. When I last talked to Carol and Zoe at about 5 o'clock, they were both optimistic that the worst of it was behind Cosette and Cosette wrote a post on Facebook that told the same story.

2. I spent time in the morning and the afternoon with Mom. Mom had had many hours of sleep, starting early Sunday afternoon and she was much more alert and with it on Monday morning. She had several visitors, including Christy's puppy Riley, and Mom enjoyed them all. Her CNA from Hospice also visited and I enjoyed her a lot and learned more about how palliative care requires that caregivers learn as they go. I got the impression that the people working with Mom are getting a clearer sense of how to administer medicines that will help keep Mom more comfortable. I was especially happy that Nurse Lisa had given Mom a morning dose of Lorazepam (Ativan) before she might have started showing symptoms of agitation and Mom was relaxed in the morning and slept peacefully for the two hours I was with her in the afternoon.

3. The Deke and I went uptown to Radio Brewing and enjoyed their beautifully brewed X Minus One IPA. I talked for a while with Rick Chapman and the Deke had some great conversation with Page, who poured our beers. We returned to Mom's house and went next door for some grilled chicken, corn on the cob, beets with chard, cucumber salad, and watermelon and had a relaxing time with Christy and Everett in the ever reliable cool North Idaho evening air.

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