Monday, July 26, 2021 — Decidedly different day today. We had a few sprinkles with lots of thunder and very little lightning. The air was cool, though muggy at times, and it was such a refreshing change from hot, dry weather that I didn’t mind the mugginess at all. I opened up all the sliding glass doors and my office window to let some fresh air in. We turned the a/c off and I just now turned it back on. It had reached 80 deg. in the house, which is typical when we don’t have the a/c running to keep it at 77 deg.
Robert has turned in and I’ll stay up for another couple of hours. He had a bad episode today. He tried to use the telephone to call a friend and found he couldn’t figure out how to use the phone. He called me and said, “I can’t make it work. I get a couple of numbers in and then I lose track of where I am and what I need to do.” So, I dialed the number for him and handed him the phone.
Once again, he’s decided he doesn’t want to work with the guys on Tuesdays. It tires him out and he feels lost when he’s there because he doesn’t have the stamina or capability of doing much beyond fetching things for the guys or standing around and watching. He can’t stand for long before he has to sit down, so perhaps it’s just as well he’s lost interest in volunteering. I know he enjoys doing lunch with the guys, so maybe we can just keep in touch and if they’re going to be going to a restaurant, I can drive Robert there to meet them–he can have lunch and then one of the guys can drop him back off on their way home. We’ll have to see if that’s something Robert would want to do. He’s lost interest in so many things now — he doesn’t even play card games on the computer anymore. He says the new computer is different and he doesn’t like it — although I searched for and downloaded his old Spider Solitaire game, he no longer has any desire to play. He will sit down beside me and watch a train video if someone forwards one to us.
His verbalization was off today too — he rambled a bit about the kids and said he didn’t know what they were doing. Then he mentioned the great-nephew’s coming down with COVID-19 and wondering if our kids had got vaccinated or not. I know the younger son had COVID and was pretty sick with it for about 3 weeks, but don’t know about the older son and whether he’s got his vaccinations yet or not. I hope he does, if he hasn’t already.
Robert does still enjoy reading, so I ordered the latest Patterson novel for him. He got upset with me and said I shouldn’t be buying him books, but he doesn’t have any other hobby other than watering the layout and trying to run his trains, so why not encourage that which he still enjoys doing??
One day at a time… one moment at a time. Be safe, take care of yourself and protect yourself at all times when out and about. This virus variant is so much worse than the original. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them, and if you haven’t got your vaccinations, please do. The life you save may be your own or someone you know and love.