This opens another column from our life at Crawford Commons.
July 1, a sunny, hot and humid day. When we got up this morning near 6 a.m., we both were in pain. We had gone over the time limit. When I opened our room, the med tech was worked up because the computer system went down during the night. It had come up again but she wouldn’t have time to give us our pain medication, as she had to close her books and turn it all over to the next shift.
When the next med tech came on, I told her our situation and got to crying about our pain even though we knew this computer had still put her behind. She understood we was in need of pain relief. She said she would get it for us.
She brought it to us and my nebulizer breathing medication also as I was due for that. I laid down and used that. Then I got dressed and ready for the day and I made our beds. I don’t have to, but I like something to do. Days when they need to be changed sweet housekeeping Linda does them.
It was great after breakfast that Amelia gave us both our medications before medical director Darren Micue came to our room from his office and went to get the little electric car parked out by the door.
Sweet Tina was outside waiting to help. She helped me into the back seat and got me belted. Amelia, Darren, and Tina helped my sweetheart in the front seat using his slide board and got him belted. Tina took my basket off my walker and put it in the laundry room where it would be safe. That way my walker would fit better in the trunk with the wheelchair. Then we left.
Darren put the air conditioner on so we all would be comfortably cool. We chatted all the way to the Pen Bay Physician’s building in Rockport, and Darren parked in a handicapped spot. He wheeled Elden into the building, with me following, and we went up on the elevator to the second floor, to the podiatry area where he got us both checked in.
Elden was called right away and Darren wheeled him in and stayed with him. When I was called and Darren went in with me. The lady had a lot of questions for me. She remembered me from Miles Hospital when she used to work with our physician, Dr. John Dickens, some years ago. I told her I thought she looked familiar. She was so very nice.
Dr. Schuller came in. He found my feet in hard shape with corns and calluses and didn’t doubt my feet hurt me awful. He was so kind and nice and boy, did my feet feel so much better after he was done.
He was very happy for me and so was Darren. Both Elden and I have to go back in three months. Darren is going to make the new appointment at some point before them.
Coming back we took a different direction; through Thomaston, to Oyster River Road to Warren and Middle Road to Union back home.
Amelia and Linda came out to help Elden out of the car and into his own wheelchair and helped me out of the back seat. Both of us was hurting in pain. Darren told Amelia we both needed our pain medication. She had us go to the dining room where dinner would soon be served and she brought us both our medication.
July 11, another sunny, hot, humid day. Darren came in and said he called at Dr. Dickens’ office late yesterday afternoon. Amy said Dr. Dickens had referred me to Dr. Russell Mack and someone at Miles Day Surgery would be calling the facility.
July 12 we had a fun time with Walter at the breakfast table. What Walter said got us laughing.
At lunch time we went in the dining room and visited resident Don and his wife Barbara who was visiting him. Walter’s brother and his wife had come down from Yarmouth and took Walter on a cookout.
We watched trays and pots of flowers being taken out and put on the new flower piece newly made by the patio finished yesterday. What a handsome sight.
Sunday morning, July 13, sunny and breezy; some cloudiness. It looks like it might rain. This morning when we went to the dining room for breakfast, I gave resident friend Betty a Christian picture my sweetheart had made. She loved it.
Yesterday I gave her Christian poems I had written. She loved them too. All of this is an uplift for her. We listen to Christian programs on the radio, what we could.
On Sunday our favorites are The First Baptist Church in Portland with Pastor Keith Moore, In Touch from the Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga. with Pastor Charles Stanley and The Moody Church in Chicago, Ill. with Pastor Erwin Luther. Oh, that beautiful organ playing accompanied with the piano with the singers. Just wonderful.
As I lost my address book in the moving, I had happened to save more names and addresses in a see-through storage bag so I’ve been busy this morning putting those labels in another address book. I was surprised the number of readers of my column that I had saved.
Sweet Linda who worked here all week came back last night. She was in jeans and another shirt and watered the flowers outside. She went by our windows watering those and the new ones out on the patio.
Our Sproul Block friend in Waldoboro Barbara Bowman called this afternoon. Oh how nice it was to hear her voice and have a nice chat. She is so pleased that we love it here and that things are going good for us here. Her folks have been to visit her from away and soon her daughter and husband are coming from Illinois. How I wish we was where we could see them. We loved them so much, and Barbara’s brother Dick too.
Friend Yvonne talked with us at our table after supper one night last week. She came in our room one night, hugged me, and said I am a wonderful lady.
The helpers, Linda, Nancy, and Tina, I get to hug and they hug me. I love them all as they love me. Even the med techs Amelia, Mike, Ed, Terry, and Brianna, but everyone is nice.
I don’t want to forget the cook Crystal who does so well. Even grinding and softening my food where I have a swallowing problem.
Regardless of where life finds you dear readers, sing to the Lord. Let Him lift your spirit and overcome Satan’s attempt to pull you down.