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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 5:14 PM
Joined: 12/21/2014
Posts: 564

I took advantage of Hospice providing a volunteer for some respite - for DAD.

He and I "escaped" for three hours this afternoon and ate at a BBQ place.  Drove around to places he lived when he was a kid - his memory of those places is as sharp as a tack!  However, he was adamant that "7th Street" went east-west and "Southwest Boulevard" went north-south.  He didn't believe me when I told him they were the opposite and literally asked half a dozen people at the BBQ place.  I won.  Poor dad.  He's like "I can't believe I was wrong about that my entire life."  I told him, as gently as I could, that I don't think he had that wrong his entire life.   After lunch, we went to the popcorn store and dad splurged on some flavored popcorn to put into a popcorn tin.

In two weeks, Dad and I will escape again.  This time about an hour's drive south to visit his brother. 

It was nice to get to wear the daughter hat for a few hours today.  

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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:23 PM
Joined: 9/8/2017
Posts: 2298

awwww....that is so cute.
Jo C.
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 11:24 PM
Joined: 12/9/2011
Posts: 10964

Romiha; he is adorable and you are so sweet.  What a wonderful afternoon; talk about creating moments of joy!  You are a loving and kind daughter.   I am glad you had a good time and are planning your next outing.

Big hug to a very special person,


Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 5:50 AM
Joined: 4/3/2019
Posts: 257

How lovely!!  Will you be doing this every two weeks? It sounds like such a nice day. 


Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:47 AM
Joined: 12/21/2014
Posts: 564

Livesbythebeach wrote:

How lovely!!  Will you be doing this every two weeks? It sounds like such a nice day. 


That's the plan.  Since mom is now on Hospice (at home), I can get a volunteer to sit with mom to provide respite for me, since I'm the primary caregiver.  Initially I turned it down, other than when dad has doctor's appointments BUT I changed my mind after dad mentioned the other day that he wished he could jump in his car and drive to check out places.  That's when I realized that he never gets time away (other than doctor's appointments), so decided to take advantage of the volunteers!

Dad still is annoying as the co-pilot in the car, but that's okay.  

I have the next 3-hour time already in place for 2 weeks from yesterday and plan to do this once every 2 weeks.  Yesterday at popcorn shop, dad wanted to wait in the car and have me pick out the popcorn. I said Nope!  Parked in the handicapped space and had him come inside to pick out the popcorn.  They had a chili-cheese flavor that I know he's never tried and they had samples, so that was one of the flavors he chose.   He tires easily, so I understand why he wanted to wait in the car but I also know that he needs to be a little more active for so many reasons.   I guess I still had my caregiver hat on underneath the daughter hat!

Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:46 AM
Joined: 7/17/2017
Posts: 403

Thank you for sharing your happy story; what a wonderful picture of you two, by the way!! When my Mom was in the later stages of ALZ, and I needed to take her to an eye appointment in my car , I put her in the backseat for safety.  She would wave her arms around and scream when I was driving (LOL, I'm really not that bad of a driver!).
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