January 12

Not much of an update today.

Ann come by from Home Instead to support my dad this morning. She was patient, peaceful, and steady, and she helped my dad work on his transitions from the wheelchair to the bed, and from the bed to the wheelchair. She was fantastic support for him: there but gave him enough space to feel independent. When I got back from my morning hike, he was excited and happy from the successful morning. I believe that establishing a routine is the first step to getting my dad comfortable (or as comfortable as possible) with this. 

We’ve been searching for more ways to help my dad relax – as I’ve noted each morning, he wakes up in somewhat of a frenzy and has lots of demands at the start. It’s challenging to continuously fetch different things from all ends of the house throughout the day, and we’re looking for relaxation techniques to implement. 

Dad starts chemo tomorrow, which will introduce a new batch of challenges and adjustments. Tonight, I feel heavy with reality.

With continued thanks,
Mikaela

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