Sunday, January 23, 2022 — The second quilt top for Quilts For Kids got finished today, so now I have three quilts to be taken to the long arm quilter. I’ll be glad to get them back so they can get finished up and mailed back to the group.
Tonight was really scary. Robert fell and was calling me and I didn’t hear him either fall nor call out for me. The t.v. was on and I was at the other end of the house in the office and my computer was playing a movie. Because of all the noise, I didn’t hear him at first and when I did, I called out, “Just a minute.” He yelled back at me that he couldn’t wait a minute, and that he’d fallen. He was standing by the hallway to our bedroom and looked disheveled. I ran to him and checked to see if he was bleeding. He then tried to explain how he fell. He said he was walking into the bedroom and was taking off his hooded sweatshirt when his glasses got tangled in the sweatshirt. He lost his balance and down he went. He said he yelled as loud as he could but I never came, so he managed to crawl over to the bed and pull himself upright then went to the beginning of the hall and yelled again. Thank God he wasn’t hurt — he was shook, but no bumps on his head and no blood. Later on, I apologized again and said I hated that he’d fallen and I hoped that when we got into the other home, the fact that it was smaller might make a difference in how our voices carry and we’ll be able to hear one another better. And, I have a doctor’s appointment the first week of February. Guess who’s going to get her hearing checked?
Still no word on the other home, and now that we’ve both fallen in the past 90 days, I’m more compelled than ever to get us moved into a smaller place.
One or two other sad notes. My younger sister, who was hospitalized recently with COVID, got released to go home after two days. But a day or so later, she fell in her home. My niece went over to check on her and found her barely conscious. She told her that she was going to call 911 and did. They came and couldn’t really get her to respond, so took her back to the hospital. On the 14th of this month they moved her to a convalescent home for physical therapy so she could regain some strength and improve her balance. She’s in isolation there at the convalescent center, and says she tested positive for Acute Metabolic Encephalopathy, Bilateral Pneumonia, Acute Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure, and COVID-19. My niece says the pneumonia is because of the COVID.
The second sad note is that my dear Aunt M. passed away on January 19, 2022. She was married to my mother’s youngest brother, who died in a motorcycle accident on July 4th, 1962. They had two little girls at the time, both under the age of six. Fast forward, Aunt M. had a stroke a couple of years ago. Then recently, she and her husband both came down with COVID. That stripped away all of the ground she had made in recovering from the stroke. From there it was just a matter of time. She was placed in hospice care and when she passed from this life, all of her family was there with her and my cousin said she was very peaceful. She was always a favorite aunt–even after my uncle’s death. With the passing of my Aunt E. just this past December, I only have one aunt left. My mother was the eldest of seven children and all were married with kids. One by one, they’ve all passed, and now there’s just the wife of my mother’s next to youngest brother left. It feels so strange and makes me feel older than I am. Life is very fragile. Handle with care!
Please be safe–take good care of yourself, and if you have balance issues, please be extra cautious when moving or doing things. We think it can’t happen to us, until it does. May you be blessed, and please remember to tell those you love that you love them.