After a few days of uncertainty mom was placed in a wonderful hospice house today and I am feeling better about the decision to keep her as an in-patient for now. I had a meeting with the director of palliative care yesterday and she explained mom's MRI to me and the fact that medically she needs to be taken care of around the clock and it is more than I can handle for the time being. The social worker at the hospital worked so hard to get her into this facility and he gave me a huge hug today when the EMT's came to move mom to the facility and he told me they would take really good care of her there and that I made the right decision for her well being. I plan to write a letter to the hospital about Mr. Kevin Lycke because the way that he works with family members and advocates for the patient is amazing, I couldn't have asked for more from him.
The place where mom is being cared for is actually an assisted living community and the hospice network rents rooms out from them so it is a really beautiful place...almost like a hotel environment. I am not sure if mom understands that she is with hospice but she just kept saying "wow...wow...wow..." when they brought her into the room where she is staying and it truly is so peaceful and lovely there and the view from her window is wonderful. This is a picture of the outside of the building.
Aside from all of this I started physical therapy today for my back which has gotten progressively worse over the past few months. I have neglected taking care of myself but I finally realized after my recent blood pressure scare that I have to do what's right for me because my family needs me healthy as well. After just one treatment with the PT guy I can't believe the difference in my pain level!!! Wow! I go back on friday for another treatment and I have to be diligent in going to my therapy and continue with the exercises they give me to do at home when that time comes...I am not old enough to be having these pain issues and I refuse to let this get me down.
Today also marked the beginning of little league season for Alex. They didn't win tonight but it looked like everyone had a good time. Alex's bat decided to take a vacation, however, and he didn't get on base once tonight...better luck next game.