These are the thoughts of a Texas transplant in West Michigan who makes his living as a newspaper reporter by evening, and a struggling novelist by day.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

help coming

i checked out from the library this cd, the best latin album of all time -- ever. i got it for the beck song (a mariachi mix). and here i am now listening to "macarena" and a blast from 1996 or so, "no tengo dinero" by los umbrellos. yeah, a far cry from my '80s metal days. i enjoy it all now, i guess. my aplogies to everyone i told i'd only listent o heavy rock all my life.

and to a more serious subject.

i talked to mom tuesday and she sounded tired. she relayed to me that dad was weak. he could shower and hadn't shaved. a nurse ws there and offered to help. he declined.

i was a little upset because mom needs help and this was a good opportunity to get it. but what could i do. i know hospice would be good to help mom out with dad.

i talked to linda yesterday and brought it up. i don't want mom to get sick or end up in the hospital because she got hurt trying to get dad to the shower or something.

later on, linda called me to say that the doctor broached the subject of hospice. he pointed out that it was not only or specifically for the person who's sick or dying. in this case, it would help mom with things to make life a little easier for her.

now, they're looking into it and are expecting a phone call or visit from the hospice person. i'm very pleased by it. i think having someone from hospice to help with dad or sit with him while she runs an errand is good.

mom sounded better tonight. she called, too. maybe it was a little bit of relief knowing there's that kind of help there. i hope it works out.

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