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Something about Mary

January 16, 2015

This is one of those weeks where I wish I was back working so that I could relax.

It has been a very busy week in Chez Stanley. Mary is now doing twice weekly visits to the YMCA. The Y has a program called “Beyond Rehab”. They have a room for folks recovering from injury to exercise with supervision by a nurse. The nurse makes sure that everyone is safe. NO MORE FALLS.

They have a treadmill that goes very slow, a recumbent stair stepper, recumbent bike, a weight thingy for doing pull-downs and an arm pedaler. When Mary arrives, the nurse takes her BP, pulse, sometimes O2 sat. There is an O2 machine for those who need it. Overall, it’s good for Mary, but it wears us out taking her here, there and everywhere.

They sometimes have a couple of cute, young student nurses. (Important for us old geezers to get some TLC.) Easy on the eyes, Harold would say.

So on Wednesday, we did normal Bible study, then to memorial service for George C’s mother who passed away last week. Service was over at Crystal Cathedral Memorial Garden. Actually, it’s now called “Christ Cathedral”. Bought by the OC Catholic Church.

On the left side of the above picture is the “Memorial Garden” which is a small cemetery, that will remain even after the sale of the cathedral to the RC of Orange County.

So the engineer in me is thinking, they sure did a good job of hiding the cell phone antennae. There probably aren’t any cell phone antennae, but what a place to put one.

Thursday, I did the run to the Y while Paula worked at Asst League Gift Shop. Then I pick up carpet cleaner. Do grocery shopping, then take Mary to OVBC (Ocean View Baptist Church) for knitting ministry. Mary wants to learn to knit. So I take her along with my iPad. OVBC has excellent WiFi, by the way. We’ll do it as long as we have someone with patience to teach her. Her friend Beth has stepped up to coach her. Thanks, Beth. Knitting is not in my (or Paula’s) skill set. They have a coffee pot going at OVBC and WiFi, so I’m all set.

Finally today, Paula takes Mary to Rose’s Salon to get her hair done and then off to Dr T’s for routine checkup. I take the carpet cleaner back, then get haircut, large iced coffee at Starbuck’s, and a few more things at Albertson’s. Today the coffee at Starbuck’s was free because of award on the Starbuck’s App. Friday visit with Rose is a recurring event. If it were me, I would shave it all off. PITA.

Dinner tonight for Roberta, then dinner tomorrow for Mike, Theresa and Theresa’s mother and sister who are in town visiting from Taiwan.

Mary’s short term memory is slowly getting worse. Try as we do to keep her aware of what’s happening next. She will forget within an hour or two. It’s hard to not get frustrated.

Man I’m whipped.


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Update on Mary

January 9, 2015

It’s a pleasant day here in sunny, warm Southern California. I am enjoying some quiet time to myself while Paula is off taking Mary to get bloods drawn. This is in preparation for her appointment with her primary care doc next week. It has been a challenge to get her to primary care doc for routine physical. So Paula just made the appointment and told her we’re going. After she gets the blood drawn, Paula will take Mary to get her hair done at Rosemarie’s in San Pedro. Rose has a thriving business taking car of the old ladies. Mostly wash and set. Then lunch at El Pollo Loco. (One of Mary’s favorite lunch spots.)
 So yesterday Mary received a letter from her brother Jack in Houma, LA. Mary was thrilled to receive the letter. Now if we can just get Mary to reciprocate. That will be a challenge. I learned in the letter that Jack reads this blog, which is a good thing. I expect that either Jan or Julie are printing each post and giving it to Jack to read.
 Mary has told us that she would like to get back to Houma to visit with Jack. She was unable to travel for Jack’s wife Donna’s funeral this past June. So Paula and I have been talking about how to make it happen. Mary certainly can’t do it alone. So Paula will probably be going with her. We will probably do the trip some time in the Spring when the weather is a bit warmer in Houma. I’m thinking April-ish. Maybe we can get Jack and Mary actually to talk on the phone.
 Mary has started going back to the YMCA in San Pedro. They have a program called Beyond-Rehab. It aims at people looking for trying to get back into an exercise program after serious injury. They have a nurse and therapist available twice a week. The staff keeps watch over the users to make sure that they don’t get re-injured. This was one of our big concerns. So Mary is going twice a week. Sometimes she overdoes things and sleeps/rests the rest of the day.
 So January 24 is her 91st birthday. We haven’t figured out how to celebrate. Perhaps a cake at Wednesday Bible study. We’ll drop a dime on Pastor Jacques to make sure that he knows. We’ll do a verse of “Happy Birthday” on the piano.
 So thats about it from here. I was told by Paula to put away the Christmas tree. Better get on it.
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