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My musings, thoughts, rants, and discoveries. - Scott Maddock

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Allie's Journey

For the next several months this will be dedicated to information pertinent to Allene M. Maddock. Her care has been assumed by Hospice as of 06Apr12.

Please feel free to call or write her. If you call be patient and take time to explain who you are. Currently she remembers, but you have to help her focus so she truly knows who she is talking to at the moment. We have to do this too, and I frequently say something like, "Yes this is Scott, your oldest."

Her phone is area code two-zero-six, and the number is 216 3816.

Her Address:
Allie Maddock
c/o Queen Ann Manor
100 Crockett Street
Seattle, Washington
    98109

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Little (too much) Excitement.

I took Mom out for lunch on Father's Day. She had left a couple messages earlier in the week wanting to go out someplace. I'd already planned to go to Ivar's near Fremont and drop by the Fremont Troll (About the troll, and a picture.). I'd forgotten about the Solstice Parade, which is fun but a bit of a madhouse so she wouldn't enjoy it.

In lieu of that we went to the Five Spot for a lunch, which worked out well as when I'd asked if she wanted to go for lunch I'd completely forgotten Father's Day was coming up. Like it does every year. We had a nice lunch, and she wanted a drink. No objection from me these days -- for those who don't know Mom well she is a recovering alcoholic. Not likely to be a problem at this point and she didn't sip much of her gin and tonic. I don't know if she was feeling full or if it just wasn't as nice as she remembered. My only hesitation was for her medications, so I called back to Queen Ann Manor and Linette checked with her nurse who approved.

She had a bit of excitement the day before, Saturday the 16th. Linette gave me a quick recap when I picked her up. Mom choked on a bit of chicken and they called the paramedics. Apparently it was more exciting for the people around her, as she didn't seem to have much recollection. I did keep an extra eye on her while we ate in case it happened again. My concern being that she might be more prone because of medication or her changing condition, or simply because of the recent incident. I seem to get a bolus stuck more often myself when it has happened recently. Luckily nothing more than my extra diligence happened, like ordering the drink to arrive when she was done eating.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Mother's Day

The dinner was a day early, and this post a couple weeks late...

We had Mom over for Mother's Day on Saturday. A day early. That worked out well as it was a little muggier on Sunday. We don't get a lot of hot weather and Mom has never been fond of the scorchers. I asked what she wanted for dinner, and sweetbreads were requested.

The sweetbreads were quite a hit, Ericka and Mom thought they were the best treat ever. I like sweetbreads too, but I'm not as wild about them as they are. My big concern was they wouldn't compare well as I'd not cooked them before. The consensus was the sweetbreads were the best they'd ever had. I hope I remember how I prepared them.

Mom was a little frustrated with her living situation. I got the impression she was upset her caretakers weren't acting like dedicated servants. I'm pretty forthright so I suspect much of the anger was redirected to me. At least I hope so, as the folks at Queen Ann Manor seem like they are doing a great job, and I'd rather have her acting cross with me than with those who help her day to day.

I've been slow getting this posted. We'll be having her over for dinner again this Sunday, the 3rd. I've not decided what to fix for dinner yet, though I've been thinking of a nice beef roast.

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