As I mentioned last Sunday, I was headed down for the count and I definitely did. I was diagnosed with the flu and lost a few days to sleep and sweat. The caregiver became the patient and the patient became the caregiver. Papa took care of everything from walking Lady in the rain to making sure I had soup and liquids. I have to say I have not had the flu in about 20 years so I was so surprised by the diagnosis. I did get a flu shot, but I know it's not a perfect solution. Thank goodness for medication and sleep (lots and lots of sleep). But as I was afraid would happen, papa started going downhill mid-week. Luckily, I contacted his doctor and a prescription was gotten right away. The other day, I was able to strip beds, wash linens, open windows (kept bedroom doors closed), and sprayed Lysol. May need to do this again today to keep the germs moving along. We are still not completely up-to-par here, but we are getting there. According to the health clinic, the numbers this year are not dropping yet for the flu.
Needless to say, I did not visit mema at all until yesterday and I've kept papa away as much as possible. He told her I was sick and she remembered that yesterday when I sat with her. I swear the temp in her room was about 80 as her and her roommate love to keep the heat on and snuggle under blankets. I was sweating just sitting there. She is a little under the weather as well and on an antibiotic so hopefully she'll feel better by tomorrow.
I'll be attending an Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar this Wednesday. It's a step toward caregiver certification and I have not decided whether or not I will go for this, but wanted to learn as much as possible. I also want to keep up with what they are teaching caregivers in general. I love the idea of networking and learning learning learning. I have so many interests I think a seminar or networking opportunity is a great way to start the process. How do you get to learn about something that interests you?
I did not read a lot this past week although I did finish some word search puzzles and crossword puzzles. Last night I watched the movie "Zero Dark Thirty." Yes, I know it's from 2012 (I am so far behind).
A big shout out to my nephew Brian - Happy 16th Birthday! What a nice young man he is growing into! Still a teenage boy that drives me crazy, but I love him dearly!
I am going to leave it here for today. I hope you have a good week. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
"Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come." - Robert H. Schuller
"I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen." - Anne Lamott