31 May 2007

Maiden Voyage

It has been a little over two weeks since my Mil was released from the rehab center. It was confirmed that she had diabetic nueropathy, and that her nerves were dead. When she left she was able to climb stairs and walk about for minutes at a time. We went over to A's folks house this weekend. Bud said that Mom hadn't been out of the house in over a week. So before he was able to pose the question, "Would you like to go out to eat?" She said, "NO!!" We then spent a good fifteen minutes trying to encourage her to come out with us. She reluctantly agreed, but expressed great concern as she had fallen the day before, as well as on the stairs the last time they had left the house. She struggled down the stairs and fell once, then had a miserable time at dinner worrying about getting back in to the house. Unfortunately, she fell trying to go up the stairs as well. We ended up pulling her up in her wheelchair. She said she felt trapped in the house. So, it was decided that it was time to build a ramp. I thought off the back deck would give the gentlest slope with the least modification. So, Monday we went over came up with a plan and did our shopping for lumber etc. Tuesday A was booked all day, and Wednesday we went over early and pounded it out! It turned out great! A is amazing at construction. It is as solid as a rock and looks like it was in the original design. Mom had the biggest smile when Dad took on her maiden voyage down the ramp to dinner! Such a good day, and that smile made it all worthwhile!

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