I’ve been offline for over a month, and it’s all my mom’s fault!
(Well, I have to blame someone… right?)
It’s true, in this case, though, because my mom fell and broke her arm.
My Mom Broke Her Arm
She hurt herself quite badly, and needed to go to the hospital to learn that she broke her left humerous (upper arm bone).
The image of her X-ray (below) clearly shows the broken bone. (The arrows indicate where it’s broken.)
Because she happens to be left-handed, she needed a lot of help in doing basic things. She still needs help, and will for a while, but she is now at least starting to heal.
The bruising is finally dimishing, too.
It’s My Mom’s Own Darn Fault
Why did my mom fall? Because she didn’t listen to me.
I told her to get a handrail installed. Did she listen? No!
So now… she’s been suffering. (And, in a way, I am, too…)
I’ve had to take some time off as a result. To help her, of course, and my dad, too, as he doesn’t do much around the house.
So… someone has to be the responsible one. Guess who that someone is?
I’ve had to do a lot of things for my parents the past one-and-a-half months.
The first thing I did was install handrails on her stairs… even though she fell outside. (She needed the support to go up and down the stairs.) I did this with the help of my son.
Oh, the Things I’ve Done…
I’ve done many things (and am still continuing to do most of them), including:
1) Cooking meals (not so bad, as I am becoming a MUCH better cook!)
2) Doing the dishes (also not so bad, as I did them half the time anyway…)
3) Changing the garbages
4) Cleaning the cats’ litter box
5) Washing my mom’s hair
6) Giving my mom sponge baths (…What a glorious life I lead!)
7) Wiping my mom’s butt (Thankfully she is not in as much pain and can do this herself now!)
8) Taking her to her physiotherapy appointments
9) Taking her to the Fracture Clinic appointments
10) Doing the grocery shopping
11) Doing whatever else she needs done.
I’m Learning Her Cooking Secrets!!!
The good thing about this tragedy is that I’m learning my mom’s cooking secrets, which I wanted to do before she died. (I know that sounds a bit morbid, but it’s the truth.)
I even prepared Christmas dinner!
In my family, we always have a feast.
This year, instead of a turkey, however, we had chicken. (More people like chicken, anyway.)
But I made cabbage rolls for the first time! (Get the recipe for THE BEST Cabbage Rolls EVER right here!)
And I made stuffing.
And homemade perogies.
And glazed carrots.
And sunshine salad (made with marshmallows, sour cream, pineapple and mandarin oranges).
And devilled eggs.
I even put together an olive-and-pickle plate.
And made two different types of baking for dessert, including my mom’s famous 8-layer cake! (Get the recipe for my sweet 8-layer cake right here.)
We Went Shopping for a Power Lift Chair
After seeing the commercials for Leon’s and their big Boxing Day Sale (that lasted until January 5, 2016), I convinced my mom to go to their showroom to check out their recliners.
She has been wanting a new chair for a while, and so I took my mom to “test-drive” a few.
She decided upon a really comfortable one, shown in the picture below.
We’re currently waiting for the shipment to come in, and have put a down-payment on it already.
My mom has to continue her physiotherapy for a while, and is still under the care of a specialist from the Fracture Clinic.
I suspect that she will need a few more X-rays to be sure that she’s healed properly from the break,
In the meantime, she’s starting to feel better and is having less pain. I will still be helping her, but I’ve decided my hiatus from being online is over.
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Author: Lorraine Reguly
Lorraine Reguly, BA/BEd, is an author and an English teacher-turned-freelancer for hire who offers 4 different services on Wording Well: writing (including blogging and ghostwriting); editing; and mentoring. She also helps others become published authors! Check out her services and see what she can do for you to help you!