Mom was released from the hospital last night and sent by ambulance to our second-choice nursing home. I stopped by her apartment (just down the street) and picked up a few of her things, and met her there.

It’s pretty much a homier version of a hospital setting, except the stuff is older. The place was built in 1973, and in some places, it shows.

Mom has a roommate. She seems nice, if frail. I was going to bring a TV in for mom, but Mom ended up watching Dancing with the Stars on her roommate’s TV.

I’m bringing some of the kids’ artwork in to hang on Mom’s bulletin board. It should cheer the place up a bit.

There’s a sign posted near the door that discourages kids under 18 from visiting, presumably because they will bring germs. A few garden-variety kid-germs could wreak utter havoc in a place like that.

I guess the kids won’t be visiting much.

There’s no phone for Mom. We could pay Verizon to have one installed, but for a 2-week stay, it doesn’t seem worthwhile. I’ll be stopping by Radio Shack this morning to pick up a Tracfone that hopefully, Mom won’t be confused by. I hate not being able to reach Mom.

Which is weird, because I thought I would feel relieved.

I am unsettled by this nursing home stuff.

It’s only for two weeks, right?


About Kathleen

Kathleen Heuer is a serial arts advocate and volunteer. She is the mom of two beautiful girls, wife to a brilliant nuclear engineer, and referee between her golden retriever and her hissy 18-year-old cat. For more, go to http://about.me/kathleendheuer.
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3 Responses to Unsettled

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  2. Thanks for your beautifully simple and honest post about this difficult life situation you and your mother are currently experiencing. It might only be two weeks, but any time is a nursing home is unsettling to be sure. I hope that all goes as smoothly as possible and she can return home soon.

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