Hello and thanks to all of you who helped me when my mother was in hospital. I thought I'd bring you up to date
She was discharged after 12 days, and I went to stay with her because she was so weak, tired and frail. Staying was much easier than the constant trekking the 80 odd miles to & from the hospital. She's been able to attend to her personal care needs including her new colostomy bag (Not bad for an 89 year old, eh?) while I was doing the shopping, cooking, light housework etc etc. I stayed for 2 weeks, coming home yesterday. I plan to return for 24 hours every week to stock her freezer with instant dinners and make sure she can manage these.
It's been a hard few weeks and I now feel exhausted, due to my difficulty, (with severe COPD) of living in someone elses home, being extremely bored, and being very patient with mother all the time - I could never have been a nurse!!
One good thing though was using her scooter and getting out into the local community. Being very chatty, I made friends with the local greengrocer, a charming Austrian couple running a cafe where I had marvellous coffee, and a chap called Eddie who has a mobility scooter that looks like a motor bike at the front-end and an ordinary scooter at the back-end. He'd been a Hell's Angel and decorated his scooter with studs, bandannas and chrome attachments. He's a really nice guy who gave me scooter-envy! By the end of the 2 weeks they were asking me how my mother was
I'm now looking forward to picking up my busy social life again, but will take it slowly. Today, I plan to go to my local garden centre on my own scooter, and get my head together looking at the flowers and plants, and eating a wonderful cheese scone in the cafe.