Faking a normal Friday…

Today was a really long day.  Fridays are a normal day for Sully to work in the office, as well as a normal day for Boo and me to go hang out with Martha.  We used to go out to lunch and then a little shopping afterwards.  Then we would go back to Martha’s and hang out, Sully and T.W. would come home from work and we’d have a family dinner.

We haven’t had a normal Friday with Martha since last May.  T.W. went into the hospital the Saturday before Mother’s Day.  Since then we haven’t been able to do our normal Friday activities.  At first, it was because T.W. was in the hospital, that was an almost four week stay at a hospital an hour away from us.  Then he was in rehab, that was a seven week stay, also an hour away from us.  When he got home we couldn’t leave him alone since he was still a fall risk.  

T.W. is in a care center now, just for a little while, they are working on getting him back to where he can walk short distances using the walker.  That way he can get in and out of bed on his own and mosey to the bathroom when he needs too.  After his hospital visit, he is now going to dialysis three times a week.  He doesn’t start until late afternoon which means he isn’t done until after 8pm.  Did I mention that the care center will drive him there but are unable to bring him back?  So, Sully and I drive over Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to take him back to the care center.

Martha thought this was a great time to try our normal Friday.  It didn’t work out as well as planned.  We had to leave an hour or so earlier because we planned on visiting T.W. at the care center before we went to lunch.  Lunch was really fun, our server just happened to be one of Boo’s dance teacher’s from her first class when she was five.  Miss C took great care of us and Boo thought it was really neat to see her.  We shopped at a big craft store which was fun and Sully joined us after work for dinner.  We even got caught up on American Idol.

Insert record scratching sound clip here…

Just before we left the house to pick up T.W. both Sully and I began to have some sinus issues, sneezing, stuffy head, runny noses.  It has been breezy here the last few days and I guess it finally got to us.  We get to the dialysis center a few minutes earlier than on Wednesday just in case they finish early.  We sat in the waiting room for about fifteen minutes before I decide to ask how long until T.W. will be ready to go.  The nurse tells me he has 50 more minutes on the machine.  Sully was miserable, he was dealing with sneezing and a runny nose.  Thankfully the waiting room had boxes of kleenex.  We didn’t bring anything but our phones and we ended up watching the middle hour of “Catch Me if You Can” on the TV that hung from the ceiling.  It looks like a pretty good movie but it will probably be a while before I want to try watching it, given I know the middle parts already.

By the time we had dropped T.W. off at the care center, drove back to Martha’s, picked up Boo and headed for home.  We didn’t get home until nearly 11pm.  Nothing like a 13 hour day.  I guess we should have known nothing is normal anymore…


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