Thursday, September 24, 2009

Some Big News

Tomorrow is going to be a big day for Dolly!

We are moving to Sharon. Epoch has an empty bed and is 1.9 miles from my house, not to mention it is basically on Julie's way to and from work. I think this will be a fantastic move considering we will be able to pop in more often to visit with her. Heck, if she doesn't like her dinner, we can bring her something else! I am very excited, and Mom is too.

Mom is also a bit nervous. I've noticed that she has finally been making friends at Sherrill House, and now she will be leaving tomorrow (it is sad). This I hope, will foster her friendship faeries to make friends more quickly than she has in the past. She made no friends at Spaulding (only staff friends), and just started making friends at Sherrill House a couple of weeks ago. She has been there since June. I am so glad that she is coming out of her shell, so to speak. I hope the friendship faeries continue to do their work when we get settled at Epoch.

I had some training on transferring Dolly today. She did very well, I did very well, I think we passed. We did a few wheelchair to bed transfers, then we went outside and did a couple of wheelchair to car transfers, John(PT) is a good teacher. I feel more confident in helping her transfer which is good, and she did a great job. She still needs constant reminding on her position, her feet, locking the chair, where to push off, and where to grab. Hopefully we can make all these motions second nature if we keep at it.

Dolly also did some hallway walking with her special side walker. She needs assistance, but really, she looked good walking. I think the carpet was her nemesis, she does so much better on smooth flooring with it. Her foot got stuck a few times in the short pile, she doesn't lift her leg, she just shuffles it. It was a good job anyway, I was thrilled to see her "GO"!

Hopefully we can make some more improvements at Epoch and get her back on Medicare for the time being. Wouldn't that be sweet?


  1. Yes it would be. I totally know this is the better move for mom, and for ALL of us. I'm just feeling a little bittersweet tonight. I'll be fine!

    Mom's doing good.I'm really, really proud of her, in so many ways.


  2. I am glad to hear that things seem to be moving forward. It is wonderful that Dolly will be closer and easier to visit for you and Julie to visit. Congrats on your training with Dolly sounds like you will be pros in no time.

  3. Glad to hear she will be moving closer. May she get stronger everyday. I will continue to keep you all in my thoughts.

  4. This is great, so nice how close she will be now. I hope she makes friends right away!

  5. One great solution to your mothers transfer problem is to use a mrswivel and learn the balance pivot. This 3 sec transfer can even be used to transfers between uneven surfaces. With an eval and treat order from you doctor a PT will come out and train everyone on this simple, effective method. Your mother will be more mobile with less effort.

  6. Depending on how Dolly feels about having people around, she might really like being in a community setting :)

    Amazing isn't it, how something that inhabits our daily life like carpet can be a real pain in the tuckus sometimes??? Wow...

    Sounds like it will be better for everyone that visiting will be easier...hooray!