First off, I’m absolutely exhausted. It has been a really long week. Too many very early days. So I’m tired and cranky. I’m sure I will be fine tomorrow (especially if I can sleep in a bit). But for now, it is really best to just let me be alone.
Morning started at 5 am when my alarm went off, just four and a half hours after turning off my light last night. Today was the local health fair. I had to get there early to set up our booth. Then stay and work it too. Then back to the office to unload stuff. Then home. Got home a little after noon. Of course, no electricity. This didn’t surprise me since it was a planned outage…but it did annoy me. No problem, good time to visit my uncle. He told me they were moving into the town home affiliated with the retirement center.
Back home. Still no power. Amazing how many times I looked over at the clock on the stove, only to be dismayed I couldn’t see the time. Okay, good time to visit my dad. So I spent some time with him explaining why we needed to get him on Medicaid soon so we could access home health and be ready if/when he needed to move. He was complaining about Erv (his caregiver). Now, this is the same guy my dad said should be a part of family meetings because he thought of him as family. But dad is so frustrated. Erv is off the charts OCD I think. He complains if something gets moved in the house. Everything has to be perfect. And it is my sister and I that Erv complains about! Plus my dad can’t have a private phone conversation because Erv stands right there and listens to every word. I don’t see bringing home health in will make that better. It will only get worse. I doubt my dad will kick him out of the house ever. So, I think we have a difficult situation. I can’t say anything and dad won’t say anything. Yet my dad feels like he has no privacy. My dad is an introvert so this is really hard. We will deal with it. Right now I just need him to work with his elder care attorney to get on Medicaid.
Anyway, time to head home again. Yay! We had electricity!!!! We take that so much for granted. We flip a switch and expect lights. We know our food will be cold. I know that my well will work so I can use the water. I expect I can charge my power hungry tech devices. And the heat. It only got down to 63 degrees in the house, but we expect it to be comfortable (and that wasn’t comfortable for me!).
Today I’m especially thankful for electricity. Okay, now I’m off to charge my phone and iPad, turn on the light and read.