Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly?

The Good: I finished spinning and plying two of the gorgeous solid colored batts I received from Abby for July's Batt Club. I have yet to spin the other solid batt and the multi-colored, not to mention the unbelievable batts she sent for August's installment. Being my first time spinning this kind of fiber I am pretty happy with it. Room for improvement as always, but still not bad. I ended up with 278 yards. The weight is probably somewhere between a fingering and a DK. And it is 2 ply.

The Bad: Nanny, my aunt that raised me, is not doing well at all. She turned 84 May 30th. She is at the point where she is going to require some sort of assisted living or a nursing home. This is primarily due to the fact she keeps falling, is disoriented at times, at times hallucinating, she doesn't take her medication like she is supposed to, on and on and on. This is very sad and difficult for me. Myself and my sister, Sheila, are her only "children." Sheila is somewhat mentally challenged. So the majority of the weight falls on me. Although, I do not know what I would do without her sisters. They have been carrying a great deal of the weight since I live about 2 hours away. It has just gotten to the point it isn't safe for her and Sheila to live alone. What do you do? I do not know that either of them would be happy living with us. With all her sisters living so far away and in new surroundings. Of course, if she goes to live in an assisted living or nursing home, that too is going to be unfamiliar. And then there is Sheila. Right now I am at a loss. But plans and hard decisions are going to have to be made. And I don't think she is going to be real happy with any of it no matter what.

The Ugly: Hmmmmm, trying to think of the ugly part. Oh, yeah, the garbage disposal quit working Thursday. I didn't think it was a big deal, we have a great plumber at church and I thought I'd talk to him Sunday about taking a look at it. David and I were in Louisville last night, he had a meeting he was speaking at last night and this morning. And we picked up our little piece of joy, Emma Belle. When we got home this afternoon, Jordan informed me that there was water leaking out of the dishwasher. When I opened it up I realized that the water from the garbage disposal sink was backing up in the dishwasher. Nice!!!!! The main sink is okay though. I called "David the plumber" and explained the situation. He is bringing me a little tool tomorrow that I can use to "unlock" the disposal. He said it sounds like it has gotten too full or something and has locked up. Since the dishwasher and the disposal are connected, blah, blah, blah, that should fix it. If not then he will come out and see what's up.

So, I'm really suffering!!! I'm having to do dishes by hand!!! YES!!!! Talk about cutting into my knitting and spinning time!!! Now, before you get on your high horse, I'm only kidding. I am doing dishes by hand but I realize that I truly am not suffering.

Please pray for me, that I have the wisdom needed in dealing with Nanny's situation. And that He will grant Nanny and Sheila the ability to adjust to new things.

I do not like this part of life.


Arianwen said...

I have been reading your blog since the beginning of MS3.I don't envy your decision. I don't think whatever you decide will be easy, thinking of you.

Marmee said...

I understand your decision and your hesitations and limitations and so does Yahweh(much better than is truly the yucky part of life and I know you to be a very brave person. Yahweh gave you knitting and spinning for a reason....hmmmm...thinking about it, grin, I think I need to go knit now.

Jane B said...

I have been enjoying your blog. I am a relatively new spinner and am in Abby's fiber club too. I haven't spun the major portion of my July offerings yet and am very happy to see yours! Beautiful.

I am going thru the same problems with my parents. It has been very difficult. We had 24 hours nurses at home because my step mom had just had her knee replaced, but still it didn't work out. We finally got her in a nursing home, and hard as it was, it was definitely the proper thing to do. It was the only way to get her the care she needed. And, as a benefit, there are many more social opportunities for older folks when they are living with many folks like themselves.

I also would recommend a senior care advisor if there are any in your area. Ours new the ropes of the town for older folks, good doctors, and services available. She also looks in on each of my parents a few times a week. Since I live in Idaho and they live in Florida, this has been a God send. Good luck.

Soo said...

Such a difficult decision -- but I'm sure you will make the right one because you obviously care deeply and love will guide you to the right answer. Whateve that may be.

All the best.

Sonya said...

It is heartbreaking to see those you love begin to decline. Then having to change roles, to become the caregiver is never easy.

I wish you and your family strength and peace.

Anonymous said...

The beautiful: Your spinning.
The hard: Watching those you love struggle and needing to help make changes.
The obvious: Your friends, your knitting, and your Guide will be with you and thinking of you throughout.
Grace and peace, the other Peggy

Tabitha said...

It breaks my heart to hear this bad news about Nanny. We all know Nanny as "superwoman", and I'll tell ya what, that's how I will always remember her. I wish you all the best and will be thinking of you.

Traci said...

No fun! We have been through this with my family (both Grandmothers) in the last two years. For them the assisted living situation works. But it is not what I consider to be a best option. Neither one wanted to live with their daughters. But we know they are safe and that is important.

Holly said...

Oh me. That is a tough one. I'll be praying for you.