I was told by "Twig"  the transport driver, that regardless the weather report, and if he
had to go 10 miles an hour or slower he would be going tomorrow
 morning to take mom to the treatment center. Shocking.. I know!
I ask if they would cancel it and he said NO.. only if the center has no
power or closes down. WOW! Over 10 years ago my dad had treatments
too and it was up to us to take him 3 times a week. When we couldn’t get
there because of snow, we called an ambulance to take him. It won’t hurt
her to miss one more day but it sure throws the center into a real
schedule mess. Treatments take 3 to 5 hours depending on the patients
needs. Sure can’t put a lot of people in treatment when the machines are
busy.I sure don’t like the thought of my MOTHER being out in it,
but if she lived at home here with me I would be trying to figure out
how to get her the 12 miles to the center.
It will be interesting to see if we get "HIT" here as bad as they have
west and north of us. Today we were on the major freeway when it all
of the sudden went "whiteout" and we had to slow with everyone else
down to a crawl. A car in front of us swerved in the passing lane and
went right into the median. WHY oh why they have to drive so crazy in
weather like this is beyond me? They have been warning about a BLIZZARD
coming all day long, but where we are it may only be 4 inches. I will take that!!
Right now I sure don’t feel like plowing through it. Sad but you do what you do
when you live in the Winter Wonderland state.

I have been taking pictures lately, but mostly of mom, a kind of photo
journal of her odyssey since she got seriously ill. I have managed to get
some amazing shots without the flash. Mom has no idea I am taking
the pictures and they are mainly for the family.
The dialysis center has only 8 machines. The day runs
so long there are three shifts of at least 6 employees.
One of the workers told
me that he hopes that they will invent something so
that people don’t have to go through this procedure, of course
(click for a better view)
then he will be out of a job.Sad The machines are
smaller and more quiet than they were 10 years ago.
Computerized and more up to date than ever. They
monitor so many things. ALL of the TUBES you see
there on that machine and the filter are removed
and put in for waste pickup 6 days a week. They are
very careful and won’t even touch a machine unless
they have gloves on. Now that mom has been there
a week or two she had gotten more used to the bells
and noises and will fall asleep for a few minutes. The unit
manager told me that she is the only person in there
who stays mostly awake watching things. For a person
her age (83) they are amazed! Smile
Well I sure hope where you are, there are no blizzards and the sun
is shining!!



I was a caregiver for the elderly on and off for over 30 years.I am now retired and enjoying a new life. I love blogging and have kept a personal journal for 40 years. I enjoy the freedom of being creative and interacting with the millions of other bloggers in the world.I love learning the new things that the computer world has to offer. I have made friends that will last a lifetime blogging, something I never ever thought would happen. I hope you enjoy my blog,and will continue to visit me in the future.

12 responses »

  1. Wow, that’s amazing that you’ve still got a ride lined up in such weather! I pray you all stay safe there, people do drive crazy. I’ve seen it here too…it seems if you’ve got a pickup you aren’t subject to the laws of nature…or so some drivers think…it makes it more dangerous for us all. I like your photo journal btw, that’s a good idea, thanks for sharing.

  2. I do worry about you having to be out on the road in the bad weather. I know, we go when we have to. At least you are satisfied that Twig is a careful driver and that means a lot. I will head out in the morning too as it is important.Stay safe.Hugs and prayers for you all.

  3. That must have been so scary for her at first, the machines look ominous! I’m glad she’s settled in to it and is able to rest. I think I would be a wide awake person too hooked up to that! God bless her.

  4. Dana sure hit it on the nail head I bet that it’s so scary for her and the machine DO look ominous, just as she said. I’m like her..I’d be scared to death and my eyes wide open too. All I did was re write what Dana said but to me, she just said it so well.

  5. I had no idea that they were like that… driving there no matter what. I guess they’d have to be to make sure everything goes on time and all… I really do wish your mother well… I hope she gets well enough to come home!

  6. Sounds like Twig could be a US Postal worker…nothing stops him from his appointed rounds. Good to know you’re working with such a dedicated guy. He must know the importance of all the medical treatments. You’re very lucky to have him as Mom’s driver. Try to stay warm today…it’s nippy out there.

  7. I’ve been keeping a close watch on YOUR weather and hoping Twig is as reliable as you said. You are really lucky he is! I do hate the thought of you and your Sis out on the roads following her around and am keeping my fingers crossed that things will work out OK. Big hugs around!!!

  8. It’s a shame she has to go out in this weather but I’m glad Twig is so dedicated and careful. bless his heart. It’s brutally cold here this morning…-2 with windchills -20 expected so I hope that doesn’t come your way.

  9. It sure sounds like Twig is a blessing!! Also glad to hear you mom handles her treatments so well! It hurts me that she has to go through them. You both are in my prayers. Lisa.

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