I visited Carol yesterday evening and saw a slight improvement but then, any improvement is welcomed and appreciated. It is very difficult seeing someone you love having great difficulty guiding her fingers, hands, arms, legs, feet and toes …. and knowing that she loves walking, running and playing her piano.
Yesterday was the second day of the IV blood plasma stuff (my understanding and terminology of what is happening!), with potentially three more days to go. Apparently it is a very expensive concoction (to the hospital… not to us), so if she progresses well, the treatment program may be shortened.
Life around here is rather quiet and very “different”! Carol and I have been together since 2000 and so our home is managed by us both taking on certain tasks and helping each other as necessary. While I have no problems with taking them all on under these circumstances, it surprises me (I don’t understand why) just how much time is taken up with the additional chores. It is no doubt a combination of my routines currently being “out the window”, and the fact that so many jobs typically just got done without my involvement.
The quietness is resolved by having a radio on as Ray rarely makes a sound! Like the previous paragraph comments, it is not so much that I don’t like a quiet home, it’s just that there are usually sounds of somebody doing something around here which are now missing!
Ray is being very good! He is, not surprisingly, a little clingy and he cuts his walks short so he can come back and check to see if Carol is back home. He has been doing very well with his separation anxiety training and will now handle 10 minutes on his own and still be quite relaxed when I return. For practical purposes, that means I can go to our local Convenience store and buy something if necessary. I need much more time to go to our regular food store but he’ll get to that point eventually!