Things have been a bit upside down in our family for the past few weeks with it seeming like everyone in the family was taking turns coming down with the flu.
|A treat of hot chocolate is even
better with whipped cream
No matter how miserable we felt, it was nothing compared to finding out my mother-in-law had taken a fall in her apartment that required a trip to the hospital. Thankfully she wasn’t too badly hurt aside from a couple of stitches on her finger and a bruise on her cheek but there was more to come.
Thankfully things were a bit more under control by the time we arrived home but there was still much to do. Since MIL had a room to herself we were able to bring her little Christmas tree in to brighten things up.
Now that she was allowed visitors some of her friends and neighbors came by for a cup of tea (hubby kept her well supplied from Tim Hortons downstairs at the hospital, much nicer than the “hospital food” tea!)
|One of her neighbors brought MIL
eye drops when she ran out
Once she had other visitors, hubby was able to take a bit of a break and get out of the hospital for a real meal. It had fallen to him to do hospital duty since he still had vacation time and everyone else either had work and/or childcare responsibilities.
We had another unexpected circle of support, our friends, and contacts on social media. It may seem like a small thing but a little note of encouragement or the sharing of tips on how to get a senior to eat when they don’t like (the aforementioned) hospital food really helped bolster our spirits. (FYI “sneaking in” a treat from McDonald’s is a popular option and worked for us!)
|EJ is happy his great-grandma
is coming home this week
So we are now well past the crisis. My mother-in-law is heading home to her tiny apartment this week. Homecare and house cleaners will begin their regular visits once again and she can get back to her knitting and to tending her houseplants (we managed to keep them alive while she was in hospital!) Life is back to (our) normal but with a difference.