Another trip to my mom and dad's house is gauged upon how much I can accomplish, and also how much I can get my mom to accomplish. Luckily she still finds some joy in knitting and crocheting. This time around I was also able to repair her sewing machine. This is quite a feat for me since even though I am creative, things to do with machines and fixing machines are not my strong point..
She is very attached to my dad now. She follows him everywhere and does her selection of "tricks" for him.
My dad, at 84, is aging gracefully (in spite of this pose as a homeless man on the living room couch!). My mother. at 80, has aged too rapidly in the past few years. She has not been too severely affected by the progression of Parkinsons Disease, but more so by the side effects of the numerous medications she takes. I think she could probably cut some of the meds in half and totally eliminate many of them. Luckily the doctors seem to have finally come around to my "expert view" of medicine and cut down her blood regulating drugs. This has improved things a bit. I did notice some improvements in mood and energy level. These high notes where interspersed with the now "usual" outbursts of anger and sadness all multiplied by 1,000!!
The main accomplishment of this trip was to get my mother to go outside. She hasn't been outside for nearly a year, since her back injury last September.
Is it bad to say that I was a little bit happy to get back on the plane a week later and head home?
All in all things went well and I think I will be able to stay at my house and my job for a while longer. I know I can be useful to them, but I wish I could just bring them more joy....