Issue 2.49 – It’s Ok To Go

There had been much commotion over Hazel’s arrival back home. The discharge was certainly not well planned nor communicated with Debra and her team at the Manor. Homecare had not even been arranged, and so there was much work to do. While Charlie was still making the majority of the decisions for his wife, he…

Issue 2.48 – Taxi

Hazel made her way back to her bed from the washroom. She grasped onto the handles of her walker and tried to remember exactly what her rehabilitation therapist had told her to do. Everything was so cloudy in her head. How long had she been here? Months? She really couldn’t remember. Did she live here…

Issue 2.47 – Assessing Assessment

Catherine was grateful for her mother’s new doctor, Dr. Villeneuve. After Dr. Sheppard had transferred the file yet again, Dr. Villeneuve had taken the time to rectify many of the concerns both Catherine and Charlie had with regards to Hazel’s care plan. After several medication changes, different treatment options, and more attentiveness by the hospital…

Issue 2.46 – Changeover

“Hello, I’m Dr. Sheppard. Let’s see here…Hazel Robertson.” The grey-haired man took a file out from under his arms and began rhyming off the list of medications Hazel was currently on, checking with the nurse who had been administering them. “Um, I mean no disrespect, but where is Dr. Sharma? She’s been looking after mom…

Issue 2.45 – Not Easy

Charlie gently held Hazel’s hand while he read to her. He knew that she was sleeping, and not following along, but he was comforted in knowing that this small act let her know he was there. She could hear his voice at least, and when she would wake, she would smile faintly and her eyes…

Issue 2.44 – Three Choices

The Transitions Coordinator handed Catherine some documents, pointing to the top sheet with emphasis. “This here is a list of long term care sites in the area. You’ll need to review and pick your top three choices.” “I really wish I had more time,” Catherine said, taking the paper and scanning it over. “Wait a…

Issue 2.43 – More Care Required

It had been two weeks since Hazel was admitted to the hospital. James had already flown into Edmonton to check on his mom and had flown back to Ontario again. He was able to see for himself that she had stabilized but that the stroke had left her very…different. John had also come to visit,…

Issue 2.42 – Different Now

“So what now? I’m still trying to decide if I should hop the next plane and come up there.” James was doing his best to process all the information Catherine had just relayed to him. It had been an exhausting ordeal. First, Catherine had called with the news that mom had had a major stroke…

Issue 2.41 – Code Blue

“Are you comfortable in the chair? I can move you into this bed here, or we can wait until you’re upstairs and I can move you then.” The porter was patient, friendly and warm. It was welcomed after the day Hazel and Catherine were having. “I’m ok where I am,” Hazel said. “In fact, because…

Issue 2.40 – Emergency Room

“It feels like we’ve been here all day,” Hazel grumbled staring out the window into the hospital parking lot. Catherine fidgeted with the strap of her purse and looked up at the clock. “We have been here all day mom. Maybe I should go talk to the emergency room nurse again.” Hazel just shook her…

Issue 2.39 – No Laughing Matter

It had been a very relaxing Christmas at Catherine’s house. Charlie enjoyed playing cribbage with his grandsons and sharing stories about courting Hazel back in the day. The boys were grateful for the history lessons, and appreciated getting to know a bit more about their grandparents.Hazel left the organizing, meal prep and hosting in Catherine’s…

Issue 2.38 – Merry Christmas

“I think that’s the last of it,” Charlie sighed, wiping some sweat from his brow. He had just finished his third trip down to the lobby to bring up the remaining items from his shopping trip. The cab’s trunk hood had barely closed leaving the mall and Charlie had to help the driver jigsaw all…