I have left Jean looking at a DVD of the grandchildren playing at our dream home. The youngest with her pet sheep Pixie, it followed her everywhere. Summer they are playing in the river, and winter in the snow sliding down the banks, all 9 of them. Now three of the have children of their own. This treatment opens her her memory bank to see and enjoy treasured times. Treating the mind was overlooked in the nursing home. The most precious gift we are given, we waste it, can't make it, can't buy it, yet some say I'll buy some! We no not how much we are to receive.That's TIME. Well invested it goes into the memory bank and labled "fond memories". Now Jean sees the everyday things missing in the nursing home. Children at play, people tending their gardens, shopping etc.
When I first removed Jean from the home her face was pitted with blackheads,teeth had not been cleaned resulting in oral thrush. To-day her skin is beautiful, breath is fresh and sweet with regular dental check-ups. Her ankles had become swollen, I gave all of her footwear away except a new pair of leather boots. I purchased an oversize pair of slippers. Now I fit her boots when I take her out. I noted she always lay with her head held back, opening her mouth. Then as now I ensure her head is propped forward whether on her side or back on the chair or bed. In the wheelchair her head fell back I supported it with one hand. As she gained weight from five stone she improved, now she can hold it up turn it around.
I'll get back to you on photos I have't a clue how to receive or send, will seek advice of our son when he calls. He's an art teacher. People seem surprised to see me, On first meeting me our daughter's husband say "Your not so big, from what colleen told me I expected to see a giant".
There was an American who came in my office in Dahran: "So your the Irish guy they talk about, not what I expected". "What do they say?" I ask "You can be a real mean dude, but" I cut in "The But is the part that counts" "You get things done and your very fair". I am only 5' 7" 145lbs. I'm concerned about middle age spread as my waist has slipped over 31" by half an inch, my chest is still 40-42". Feeling a bit down I asked Colleen, "I'm losing tone, what do you think?" I hope jokingly "Your eyes are OK."
May your God go with you.