After writing that last blog on Friday morning, I went to see Elvon, and he was much better and speaking in sentences, at least until he got tired. He told me he likes The Terraces. That’s a relief. Comcast is the current frazzler. I spent an hour on the phone with them, on Friday, with no real result. It’s sort of working but not with Comcast’s remote until after you jump through a few hoops on the TV’s remote. . With about 20 people needing to turn it on and off, this is not acceptable. They are sending me a new remote, which I doubt will fix it. Sigh.
Because I say Elvon is happier does not mean he is getting better. But at least he is comfortable. This last was a family weekend. Cathryn had depositions to take in Arizona and used that as a springboard to a family visit. Elvon’s sister, Esther, in Fresno, decided she had to see him, too, and since none of them could come here for Christmas, we had the annual big family weekend. I stepped back and let them all have at him. Elvon was talkative on Saturday, but unresponsive Sunday and Monday. I had hoped for him to be well by Tuesday, but, alas, not.
Cat had to go home early Tuesday morning, to be with her husband, Matt, whose Crohn’s operation had failed and had to be re-done. It’s a lot more complicated than that, but I don’t understand it enough to explain. He’s still in the ICU, and worthy of thoughts and prayers, too.
Wednesday, Elvon was a little more awake, and I saw him, with our Hospice Social Worker, in the afternoon, and again after dinner to watch a movie. I brought wine, but he can’t really drink it any more. The acid makes him choke. We held hands and watched Anastasia. It turned out to be the cartoon version, but it suited our purposes. I am going back tonight. He seems to like our time together at the end of the day. I do, too.
The new Comcast remote arrived, today, and it was an earlier version than the one we had. I called them again, got more intelligent life on the end of the line, and we got it back to the way the original guy had installed, with the better remote. I then gave up, and revised the instructions to back where they were. At least it’s simpler.
I have been agonizing over our Christmas Greeting, and have now found one that works. It will be my next post.
Sue Nagle said:
Thinking about you and Elvin. Try to have some Christmas as best you can.
We will think of you and we wish you a good Christmas as much as it is possible and hope that Elvon might have some good days, makes it easier also for you.
Send you a hug and also one for Elvon, with love, Ulla and John too
Marlene Rosenberg said:
Thanks for the update on Elvon. Enjoy Christmas with him.
Love, Marlene and Stan
Marge Mapp said:
Helen, I’m so glad to hear Elvon is happier. It sounds as if you’re beginning to have a bit of quality time together, too. We wish you more!!!
We’re so sorry to hear about Matt, for his Chron’s needing another operation and needing the ICU. Chron’s is a terrible disease. We have a dear friend who has had to have most of his intestines removed because of it. It darn near killed him—BUT the good news is, he’s ok now. We’re so sorry Cat had to cut short her visit with her dad, as well. We & they were just saying this past summer that we’d love to get together next time they’re in Montreal. We don’t have their email address. Would you mind sending it to us?
Lots of luck with the remotes—and patience ☺☺☺
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Pierrefonds, Quebec H9H 2P9
Pati Simon said:
We are happy you and Elvon are settled in and enjoying some contentment and peace in your times together. This has NOT been “growing old gracefully.”
We send you wishes for Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
And we pray for Cat’s strength and Matt’s recovery.
Pati and Don
Sylvia Klenz said:
Hello, Helen! I don’t respond to each post but I read them all and feel your love and concern for Elvon come shining through! He is so lucky to have you on his side
I wish you both the very best for Christmas and 2018!
We all have our challenges but yours are more challenging than the rest of us!
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You are a real Trouper/Trooper… Thanks for keeping me in the loop….Tony
Lottie Nicholson said:
Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays