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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A proposal for Cascade

 A longer visit with her today as transportation by shuttle was on time.  I didn't find her in her room or activity room.  She was in the TV room without her walker so she walked down at least from breakfast without it as there is where I found it. We both shared my walker to our spot where I gave her the usual treats. They were doing exercises so I took her back and participated with them for a while.  Kay indicated she wanted to go somewhere else so I got her walker and when we went into the hall she indicated she had no preference which direction she wanted to go so I took her to her room  and she lay down.  She seemed tired although she didn't close her eyes.  I started a DVD of mine and lay down beside her with head on my arm to watch  it. It is one I intend to send to a friend but it needs additional work before I can mail it.  I could check out what it needed at her place.  I'm really put out that my remote for the TV has not been found.  There were only a couple residents there who knew where it was hidden but it seems not much effort was put into trying to find it. 

People in these places can never seem to get over wanting to get out and go home.  Two relatives  of Kay's died from dementia with a broken heart I believe.  It was just a few months after being put into  one of these places they died.  They were from a home where they had raised a family and had lived for many years.   I think that if those who can recognize their family and also talk might be able to recognize and benefit from  seeing their loved ones on a screen where they can also talk to them.  Eventually when they get dementia they lose their ability to talk on the phone.  They can hear but not really understand what is going on.  I have found from audio recording I made way back in 1950 brings back a realism of the speaker much more than a picture of the person.  My theory is that if the two were combined there is a possibility that the resident might want to talk to them.  The people who can still talk on the phone don't need this or those like Kay who can not talk probably wont benefit.  However I am going to try this with Bob's or Tom's help and see if she recognizes me with this arrangement. I've got to contact Tom first as he is more available.  I don't know if he has Skype installed.  I had it installed when it first came out but never used it.  Now I want to talk to Cascade and offer my help so it would take only their engineer and me to set it up and try it out. These places have their committees and bureaucracy just like big government do  even though this is not a big organization.  If this should work it could benefit the lonely forlorn people spending the rest of their lives cooped up like in a jail.  They say they are concerned about those in their care.  We will see.  If this works Cascade could make a name for itself. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A skypes tri with Kay

 I am  worried now.  Kay has become so accustomed to my visits that she goes looking for me.  I got there about the usual time today and the caregiver said she went in to the dining room.  That is where we have the meetings.  Recently very erratic.  But  today the Caregiver said she was there but I didn't find her there or her room.  So I went to our  place in the hall and she was coming back from there obviously not finding me.  So I returned her there where we had the usual treats.   Some times I have to cancel a morning visit for one reason or other.  I don't know what is going on but exercise meetings are very  erratic lately.  I've seen groups going to Active Day recently many from the third floor where she lives. Now that she goes looking for me means she will be disappointed and I don't  know how she will take it.  

I met with the Administrator there about trying out a Skype kind of setup to give relatives and loved ones a chance to meet with their people in the facility.  Although she said it was a good idea I felt it was a lukewarm reception because her first reaction was that there might be a couple there who could handle it.  If she meant someone who could talk on the phone that is not what I meant.  It is entirely possible that it will not work at all.  But without trying it we will  not know.  I know from my experience  that hearing someones vice may be more real that seeing a picture.   I have family recordings going back to 1952 actually 1945 and when I hear someones voice from that era it gives a presence as real or more real of that person than looking at a picture of the person taken at the same time.  The voice seems to connect to the person now where the picture connects to them as they  were then. There is a difference.  I may just skip having Cascade look into it and get Bob to try it out some time with me and Kay.  If it doesn't seem to work we can just skip it.  Getting Cascade to do a real test as I want it mcaay not work.  The guy in charge may not put the effort into it that I want.  If it works Cascade would develop a real reputation for innovation.  

I asked a FOE request for how many emergency calls the Tacoma Fire Dept made in the last year there is a record of how many related to diabetics.  They are so worried about me overdosing but last I checked these 800 people were under  a doctors care.  

Monday, March 2, 2015

A new idea for Dementia

 During my visit today I went to the administrator and proposed to create a web cam hookup that would allow any relation and friend to talk to their relatives at Cascade.  I think that some there can get some benefit by watching and conversing with someone when there is both video of the person talking to them.  That may come  close enough to the real in person conversation This has to be a two way video and two way talking.  Her first reaction was that there might a couple there that could do it but her attitude indicates a closed mind before considering all options.  I think it possible that a person there who can still recognized their wife or husband can also perhaps recognize that person when they can hear their voice at the same time they see a video.  Tomorrow I go to the dementia support group and I will try to get a discussion on the subect.  I think her knee jerk reaction shows what her initial representation will be to the committee she  gives it too.  In spite of the fact she later thought it would be a good idea.  It might be a good idea but it will go nowhere unless she believes enough that she pushes the idea to the others.  We will see.  

Kay was with me when I was talking to her.  She was sitting and I was standing as there was not room for another chair.  After a while Kay got up and it seemed she just wanted to be standing next to me as long as I was standing.  I tried to get her to sit down but she insisted on standing.  
I missed the discussion group as  before they started I had taken Kay down to the area where guests and patients sit and talk.  This to give her some variety.    

Saturday, February 28, 2015

slow today

Nothing going on at Kays's place.  I took her for a walk around the halls. I have made a friend I think with one of the men there.    Now I may start taking Kay for a walk and find he is following.  After a while however he  gets tired of following or maybe forgets why he is following me and goes on his way.  He talks real well but you have to ask him something.  He never starts a conversation. There was no activity so at the end of the visit I just told Kay I would see her tomorrow.  I will go in the afternoon so I can go to church in the morning.  Brilliant sun but cold wind here today. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Long visit today

 Kay was on her bed while the caregiver made the bed next to hers.  I walked her to the hall and gave her a couple truffles and half a banana.  I got there quite early, about   9 15.  What I should have done as there was to be a long visit would be to get out some the games or puzzles and see if she can still participate in putting them back together.  The last time I tried it she had no interest in even trying.  We spent a while in her room but she eventually indicated she wanted to get up.  Next time I will get to the puzzles sooner as it was too late to get into it. One of my favorite supporters now has dementia. A terrible shock.  I had not heard from her for a while and called her. After some talk she said she would probably have to stop driving because she could not find her way home at times.  That is a dead give away.  There is no question.  That is all it takes to know.  That one sentence told me without doubt.  Really terrible.     She has been much help to me I wish I could help her.  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Afternoon visit

 Nothing was going on when I got there in the afternoon.  She was on the bed but awake.  I gave her a truffle but then walked her to the hall where we had the rest of her treats.  As this was the afternoon nothing was going on. When leaving one of the caregivers who conducts the morning exercises and news reading told me that she came to the activities room on her own.  I think  she thought that Kay came because of habit.  But it  is not so regular.  After thinking it over she may have been looking for me.  That gives me a hollow feeling in my stomach.  That she would go looking for me.  That's OK but she was disappointed and didn't find me.   I had rescheduled my trip to this afternoon.  I could have done it in the morning but that would have messed up my afternoon events. I was thinking of doing this twice a week,  Three times acthually because I wanted to go to church on Sunday.  I think I will change my time over there to slightly later and go back to the mornings.  Naw, that is no improvement.  All  morning visits except for Sunday. She depends on me so  much I will stay mornings except for Sunday.  Some days they don't have anything going on in the activity room.  Schedule is  irregular anyway so I can't depend on activites every day. Employees  don't show up and for other reasons. Lincoln the administrator said tonight at the formal dinner I should have brought Kay  Unfortunately I have no way of getting her here except by cab. A little pre-planning for the next one might permit me to get her here for the next dinner.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Short visit today

 Kay didn't seem to want to be in the activity room where they were preparing for the days events.   I found her on her bed but awake.  I immediately took her into the hall for her treats.  She seemed inclined to want to go into the activity room when we passed by but I wanted to give her her treats.  After the treats I took her back to the activity room where they had already finished exercises so we listened to current events and other news for a while.  The bus didn't get there until 9 45.   A little after 
10 30 I took her back to her room and stayed there until the bus came at 11 00 straight up.  A short visit. She walked a little faster today.  Mentally about the same.  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Good visit today. Bad ews nelsewhere.

 Kay was in bed but dressed.  When she saw me she immediately smiled in recognition.  A good sign.  She had her shoes on so I took her our for a walk and her treats.  She walks slowly.  Her ability to do something is also very slow.  What I mean by that is her ability to do something.  For instance I bring the walker for her and have to almost put her hands on the bars.  I don't just point at them I have to take her hands  and put them on the bars.  But she recognized me instantly  
.  I don't know if this is a temporary condition or a development of her dementia.  I can tell you I do not take this being apart easily.  I learned a couple a days ago that another person I know who has been a great help has dementia.  I am totally devastated. I depended upon her so much.  I bought a tiny digital sound recorder the other day expecting to make voice notes to help in writing my daily report.  So far I have not made a comment during the day then used it when doing the report.  I had several things I wanted to  remember but did not put them down.  It seemed at the time I could remember them when I did my report.  Tomorrow I will try to put them down.  Hopefully it will make this more interesting and informative.  

Monday, February 23, 2015

Quiet time with Kay

 Kay was in the dining room soaking up the heat coming from the hot air register.  She came with me to our place in the hall and I gave her a couple crackers and truffles.  I hid the truffles after that.  She now doesn't wait for me to get them out.  She even goes for seconds without me.  Nothing going on so we stayed in her room for the time with her.  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Really really dull today

 Kay was still in her bed but dressed.  I sat beside her and gave her some truffles then two or three Ritz crackers.  I held her hand for a while then took her downstairs and sat in the reception area to watch people coming and going.  Then back to the 3rd floor and a walk around the hall.  then back to  her room until time to go.  No action in the activity room today.  

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I looked took Kay into  the hall where she seemed very hungry.  There was nothing going on today.   This is Sturday which might have accounted for it.  But it was on the schedule so more likely someone didn't show up.  Got me a chance to rest up anyway.  If she wants a truffle now she just goes to my bags and gets it.  I'll  have to take measures so she doesn't overeat the candy stuff.  She gets enough now.  

The lady at  my table goes to Active Day a place for people who needs mental stimulation.  She goes for the exercise.  Yesterday they  kicked her out.  She did something they didn't like.  They told her they were closing for the day.  But she found out they were still open.  It didn't seem to bother her much.  I'm not surprised.  She will blow up at a moments notice.  One moment ok but say something she doesn't like and she is off on a rant.  Didn't work with them looks like. My bet is they will ban her.  I think she has met her match. She has been here 9 years.  Too bad as she really needs it.  She can barely walk.  She takes 3 or 4 inch steps.  But wants the exercise so much she wont take a wheel chair.  She lives on pain pills.  I hope she has the sense to try to negotiate a settlement and keep her mouth shut.  More tomorrow.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Lunch with Kay

I stayed with Kay today for lunch.  She ate practically nothing.  Might have been because I gave her too many treats.  One care giver there said she eats well when I am coming.  But today I gave her too many treats.  It was unsalted mashed potatoes and gravy.  (Canned) and meat loaf.  the prepare food for people with no teeth.  I salted her's today but it didn't help.  He also said she is happy when I am coming.  As I stayed until 1 pm today she did not want me to leave.  You hate to see this happen.  It is hard to leave someone who cant comprehend what is going on but you have to.  The reason I am trying this out.  Which is better.  She was very used to me coming then leaving.  She never seemed to be hurt like she seemed today.  This will take more testing.  I bought a digital voice recorder to take notes during the day and not have to write it down which I never looked at again anyway.  Hopefully this will improve and become more informative.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kay was very hungry today.

 Kay was hungry.  She ate a couple truffles then a couple ritz and one graham.  I wanted to stop there because I didn't get there until 10 and it would ruin her lunch if she ate too late.  So I took her to the activity room and we listened and I participated in the exercises.  While this was going on she started getting into my bags where I keep the treats so I let her have one truffle that she could eat without being too obvious to the others.  Especially the first one because she pops it whole into her mouth.  I decided by then it was time to take her to her room as it was getting late and we could have our time together there.  I left about 5 after 11 but then I had to wait over a half hour for the bus.  I could have been with her that time.  

Tomorrow I stay for lunch and go home at 1 pm

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

More time with Kay coming

 Kay was very hungry.  I was late and found that she had gone from the activity room to the TV room.  Looking like she didn't know what to do. She saw me and followed me into the hall and our place for treats.  We went back to the activity room and listened to the leader go over events and history for us.  I went back to her room with her and stayed there until time to go.  

I had asked Walberg yesterday to OK my eating over with Kay occasionally at noon.  I expected him to come up with a provisional OK to be OK'd by whoever OK's these things.  But he started thinking of things that had to be checked out first.  But this morning Lincoln called to me as I went out that it was fine and to just ask for a plate to be set for me.  As I have to coordinate the meal with my shuttle trips I need to tell them a day in advance anyway.  I am going to try a longer stay from time to time that would run into the lunch hour.   I could have ordered an afternoon trip but that takes my entire afternoon. 

The state is doing a detailed investigation of this place.  Whether it is a routine random investigation or for a reason I dont know.   How  these things work I presume the investigation is something done  in the course of doing business.    

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sleepy Kay

Kay was sleepy today so we stayed in her room I was going to take her to the exercise room.  I am trying to make arrangements to eat over at her place and if I can I will stay until one pm.  If not I may try going over in the afternoon for a while like I do in the AM.  If I do this it will shoot the whole day

Monday, February 16, 2015

A great day out

 Yesterday  I think Kay had a wonderful time.  Tom and I went over about 9 45 ad waited a few minutes until the caregiver made her up.  We then took  her to church and got there about 10 20.  Just right.  When people stood she also stood but I could see she was not comfortable standing so I told her to sit.  She sat through the service just fine.  WE took her back
74 Years together.  
to be checked over at Cascade and then to OCB.  It was a wonderful day.   She enjoys  being with her kids.  She also likes to get out of the place.  Eve though she might not show it I know from past experience she gets bored looking at the 4 walls there.  All of them do I believe.  Today nothing going on but I leaned something about being blind.  I bought a voice recorder the other day but it had no manual.  I got to talking to a bus driver and he said they were used to keep a record of where you put something down.  As I was looking for the recorder I could see how it could help me keep track of things.  Now I make sure what I want is out in the open so I can see it.  I would improve on it by having two channels. One for normal recording and the other saved for where things are put down.  In this case someone had moved the recorder so that was the reason I could not find it. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ready for Sunday

 Kay was  dressed sort of but still in bed.  Except that an attendant was taking her to the bathroom.  For some time she wanted to touch my face and look at me.  It's nice to be loved like that. On the other hand it worries me because if I don't show up how much will it affect her?  

I went yesterday to walmart ad got some makeup to be put on her Sunday morning before we go to church.  I talked to one of the girls there the other day who said she would apply it.  I havent   seen her since then so I am not sure she will be there to do it. I got eyeliner, lipstick and eyebrow pencil.  Being Sunday there will be few people there to do it if that girl is ot there.  Here is hoping. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Quite normal today. Short Visit

 Kay looked like she might be hurting.  She was in the acttivity room so I could not really ask.  I participated in the exercises for a few minutes then she got up to go so I took her for her truffles then back to her room.  After treats her expression that might mean pain was no longer there so I assumed she was ok.  Slightly different today because as I got close to her she wanted to caress my face and hold my hand. She didn't smile I don't think but just looked intently at me.  

She is so much easier than many with dementia to manage.  

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Truffles and Ingrid Bauer

 Kay was on her bed when I got there so I took her to our hall spot for treats.  Nothing was going on for some reason.  She seemed very hungry and ate at least 3 truffles and part of a banana/  Then she ate a couple graham cracker. We started back and walking around the hall for exercise before going to her room.  I usually let her use my walker because she likes it.  It also has my bags on it with the truffles.  This time which she have never done before she stopped and tried to get into my bag with the truffles. I helped her get another one.  Then we got to her room and stayed there for the rest of the stay.  

I sent an email to a Prof. Ingrid Bauer who is at the U of Salzburg.  She seems to be there but I will not know until she answers.  She interviewed me on our trip there for a book she was writing. There are some things I want to ask her about. There is a woman here who lived in Berlin at the Russian capture.  She said some things I would like to ask Ingrid about.     She may know the answer.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Kay has a cold looks like

 Kay was on her bed when I got there.  She has a runny nose and I suppose a cold.  Not surprised at all as these places have someone with colds all the time.  When we  lived in Covington I don't think we had a cold for years.  She seemed hungry.  She ate most of a banana I had plus at least two graham crackers.  then at least 3 truffles before I left.  So she was hungry.  Other than that nothing much happened.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

War coming with Russia

 These neocoms are going to get their war with Russia.  A very informed writer tells us what is really going on in Ukriane
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That Didn't Take Long: The First Lie about Moscow Meeting

Kerry claims the initiative came from Moscow

By Pepe Escobar
February 07, 2015 "
ICH" - "Russia Today" - RUSSIAN AGGRESSION, RUSSIAN AGGRESSION, RUSSIAN AGGRESSION, RUSSIAN AGGRESSION, RUSSIAN AGGRESSION, RUSSIAN AGGRESSION, RUSSIAN AGGRESSION, RUSSIAN AGGRESSION, RUSSIAN AGGRESSIONNot much has filtered out of the Medusa Merkel/General Hollande/Vlad tense threesome in Moscow. And yet John Kerry, as usual, is already lying through his teeth about their trip to the Kremlin. 

He said Putin had sent “a couple of ideas” to France and Germany, and Merkel/Hollande were responding. Nonsense: Merkel/Hollande – in desperation – went to Moscow to talk to Putin because Putin has the ONLY possible plan to stabilize Ukraine - and that has been the case for months now.
Otherwise, there WILL be war, which is exactly what Empire of Chaos masterminds in D.C. want.
Kerry lied the extra mile when he said the US wanted a diplomatic solution. BUT then came the usual talk of “reviewing all options”, including “the possibility of providing defensive systems to Ukraine”.
Do that – and the Russian response will be devastating.
No wonder the absolute majority of the EU – apart from crackpot Lithuanians – is opposed to weaponizing Kiev’s goons.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung – a very decent paper – last Sunday featured Russian military expert Yevgeny Buchinsky warning that if that happens, “Russia will have to intervene, and then, bluntly speaking, to take Kiev. Then NATO would be in a difficult situation. Then you would have to start World War III, which no one wants.”
That may be a bit Dr. Strangelovian and over the top – but the Süddeutsche Zeitung was on the money to stress Washington weaponizing Kiev’s goons would be interpreted by Russia as a declaration of war.
Medusa Merkel, on the record, is against it. But Chocolateshenko is, what else, hysterical: “I don’t have any doubt that the US and other partners will provide help with lethal weapons so that Ukraine will be able to defend itself.”
"If that happens, all hell will break loose. Russia will act. And the Empire of Chaos will spin it as "more aggression". Escalation will be inevitable. And then all bets are off.
Predictably, Western corporate media is spinning this whole debacle is now due to FEAR OF THE DEVIL – as in Vlad. The fears apparently rampant in Brussels and assorted European capitals (among pol clowns, for sure; NOT in the streets)
The rhetoric is beyond ominous.
Carl Bildt, former Swedish foreign minister, said war “between Russia and the West” was now CONCEIVABLE.
General Hollande, on the record, talked about the risk of “total war”.
General Sir Richard Shirreff, top British banana, sorry, NATO “commander” until last March, said a “strong message” should be sent to Putin if MAINLAND EUROPE (!!!) was to avoid “total war”.
Fogh of War Rasmussen – the Return of the Living Dead! – said that Putin could expand “Soviet revisionism” to NATO and the EU. In the Baltics, he said Putin would go for a little exercise in “hybrid warfare”.
There will be more (minor) EU sanctions on Monday. The hardcore economic sanctions against Russian banks and companies lapse only in July. Italy and Greece may torpedo them for good when that happens.
Even EU bureaucrats admit – off the record – sanctions are ridiculous, sanctioning in fact the EU for least 15% of exports to Russia. The Brits, predictably – shades of the Great Game never vanish – lead the pro-sanction crowd.
Some idiot in the Grauniad passing as “Europe editor” (where do they find these people? Getting pissed in a pub after an Arsenal match ?) wrote that “Putin is increasingly seen as a reckless gambler who calls bluffs and takes risks, and is inscrutable, paranoid and unpredictable.” Looks like this was ghostwritten by a State Department hack.
And other rags go on the same road: the real nightmare for Europe is not Ukraine, bur Evil Vlad. NO ONE dares to criticize the Empire of Chaos.
And now back to…
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Not much exceitement

 Not much going on.  Th e usual ritual with Kay and as there seems to be nothing going on in the activity room I took her back to her room for the rest of the stay. She seemed sleepy anyway.  She is moving so slow.  Could be because she does not get enough exercise.  Like walking.

I   think I will let it go at that.  I am working on a  new chapter of WW2 .  I will look and compare the narrative so see if it really could be good enough to put in book form.  Soon I might be able to let the owner of this place take a look at it and see if I should keep that in mind or just forget it in the future.  I have not gone to great effort to keep the pictures exactly in sync with the narrative because that takes a long time and a lot of effort.  In it's place I will add captions which should be easier.  My eyes may put a stop to this sooner than later.  Before I am finished with the project. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Inspectn toay

Kay's place was bad today.   

The place really stunk today.  It hasn't been this bad since I complained and they  fixed the problem.  I called a caregiver and asked her to clean it up.   Both rooms and bathroom smelled very bad.   It was not completely cleared  but it was improved.  You can not let these small rooms have anything soiled as it will smell bad.  It is wall electric heat and I know from experience to clear it out that without the air circulating out of the room it will not smell good.    Later the various supervisors toured the 3rd floor as an inspection.  Whether they went into the rooms I don't know but if they did not go in, their inspection was meaningless.  If they didn't find anything on the third floor their inspection was a failure.  They have had a notice up for about a month that everyone was to attend a staff meeting yesterday.  Without except ion. To do the  job right they must keep the old clothing, removed from  patients, out of these small rooms.  Not long ago I gave a complement on how well it was going but the next day it was bad.  I believe the patients are paying for a pleasant enviorment.  Before they got to the state they are in now, they would not live that way  And  now   that they are helpless it is no excuse to let it happen because it takes  work and they are not able to protest.  Really funny about the inspection.  If they found nothing and this was the worst day so far I think these inspections are a big laugh.      

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A great time today.

 Bus was late again and I only got there at almost ten.  They were already doing exercises.  Kay was in with  them but seeming very  sleepy.  Sitting there with her eyes closed.  I did exercises with them until they quit and went to discussing historical events or historical people born on this day.  The group always  sit attentively and participates when possible.  The leader may run across something new to her and we try to find out what it is.  She has a smart phone and uses it for quick answers.  Today they got on the subject of dancing. Like dancing to various kinds such as to country or modern as she called it.  I suggested the difference was between country and rock and roll which caused some agreement and discussion.  That allowed me to tell the group that Kay was a good dancer.  The she also volunteered at the USO club to etertian the soldiers and sailors back from the war.  Or going I suppose.  How she was so good that a  night club on first avenue wanted her to dance for them.  Of course this subject is in the memory of lots of them.  More like after the war while big band swing was still in vogue.  We had a lively discussion and they all had a real good time.  They can talk about that as they remember it. It is not something in the short term that they forget.  I think the leader learned a lot not just from me but the memories from many in the group who also remember.  Have you ever thought about how the name "Dive"  came to be associated with sleezy night clubs? some of the night clubs on First avenue are in basements.  I remember the old movies about the Prohibition era where you went down to the club also in a basement.  My guess is that this idea of a "dive" came from this.  We had a real good time and they told a lot about jitterbug dancing and other forms from the people there.  

After this I took her to our spot and gave her a couple truffles then back to her room for the rest of the short stay that remained before the bus came.  This was a fun time today.  
They are like little children in a lot of ways. One that they are so easily led.  But I remember that any of them may have a past that exceeds any  I have.  The lady  who comes to our Alzheimer's meeting said her mother was a world traveler.  Any of them could have pasts like education, careers or  some that I might envy.  I am so appreciative I still have my memory intact.  This is a terrible disease. To my dying day I am determined to keep Kay in touch with her past. That is all she has left and it is up to me.  She walks very very slowly but her mind seems to remain just about the same.  It is hard to tell if there is change. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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 Genghis Khan-style Cruelty of Isis 

The tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims who had demanded the pilot be freed now know what their fellow Muslims in Syria and Iraq had in mind for him

By Robert Fisk
February 04, 2015 "ICH" - "The Independent" - So they burned him in hellfire. That was what Islamic State (Isis) wanted to show the world. This was Genghis Khan-style cruelty. First, Isis forced the Jordanians and the Japanese to acknowledge its power - by offering a Japanese journalist as bait for negotiations - and then showed the Jordanian king and the Japanese prime minister what it thought of them. The Jordanians had demanded proof that Flt Lt Muath al-Kasaesbeh was alive, and they were given their evidence – as he was led into his cage of fire. The Syrian military could have warned King Abdullah of Jordan what to expect: months ago, Isis put captive Syrian soldiers to the torch – and then barbecued their heads on video. And no-one said a word.
For King Abdullah, who had offered the failed al-Qaeda suicide-bomber Sajida al-Rishawi as payment for al-Kasaesbeh’s life, there may, most dreadfully, be advantage in the burning alive of his young pilot. Those tens of thousands of Jordanian Sunni Muslims who had demanded he free al-Kasaesbeh now know what their fellow Muslims in Syria and Iraq had in mind for him. But who among the Arabs will not now also question the cost of supporting the American war against Isis?
In the West — where we have almost run out of clichés of loathing – we will describe this Isis version of burning-at-the-stake as barbarous, heinous, inhuman, apocalyptic, animal, etc. But Muslims may reflect that among the first verses of the Koran is a warning to them, of the “grievous chastisement” to be visited upon those who only pretend to believe, the ‘monafaqin’, those who lie to themselves, who are not ‘true believers’. There are the true believers, of course. There are the non-believers. But then there are the ‘pretenders’, who will suffer – and here I use Tarif Khalidi’s latest translation of Islam’s holiest book – “painful punishment”.
Of which – and the clergy of the European Middle Ages would agree – the fires of hell are most painful of all. But many Muslims may see, in Isis's’ frightful action, one awful misdirection of God’s message. For it is God who must visit the ‘pretenders’ with punishment. God is the judge on the day of judgement. Not Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi or the Isis media men who filmed the cage and the poor man writhing in torment within under the torrent of petroleum. It is, of course, for the Muslim world to decide on this strange interpretation, but there will be ruthless leaders aplenty – Bashar al-Assad of Syria comes to mind, now that we have decided that his enemies are even more horrible than him – who will benefit from the cruelty of the last few hours.
Long before Isis butchered the Iraqi army and Iraq’s Shias, and put the Christian and Yazidi peoples to flight, it was chopping up the corpses of the Syrian government’s supporters and sending videotapes of their decapitation to their families before releasing them to a public which largely preferred to look aside. It is not Isis which has changed. It is us. Our intolerance of the autocrats of the Middle East – of the al-Sissis and al-Assads, of the Hashemite monarchy, of the quivering princes of the Gulf, even of the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei – is already mutating in the face of the Caliphate. All must surely become our ‘moderates’ again, those who wish to ‘unite against terror’ now that we gaze upon the fires of hell in Raqaa and Mosul. 
For Isis, their Muslim enemies must, by definition, be traitors to their faith. And so we may re-read the Khalidi translation with special care. “And if someone says to them: ‘Do not sow discord in the earth,’ they answer: We are merely trying to bring people together”.
Which is what the ‘moderates’ say, of course. And poor Flt Lt al-Kasaesbeh, in his agony.

New idea to break shock

 If I could walk I could have walked to Kay's place faster than the shuttle got me there, So I was somewhat late.  Fortuntely the bus was late picking me up so I had a fairly adequate visit.  Except for walking very slowly there hasn't been any change in her.  

I am going to look into if connecting a web cam to a network so patients who might have the faculties to understand can talk and see their loved ones.  Obviously those who dont know their relatives wont be able to use it. Most people will not but some might.  Kay wont I dont think but she has not been offered the opportunity.  It will take some thinking. The object is to make them feel in contact.  Others who might want to help me with this may have bettr ideas than I have,   For instance  I have a little kids lunch box I got at walmart.  She knows when she sees it that she will be getting a treat. that is where I keep it.  If I were to show it on the webcam the caregiver would giver her a truffle.  Of course there might be un-intended consequences too but this is what we have to look into. To me it is heart breaking to see someone put in this place and ALL of them want out.  Sad.  Can we  make life more bearable for them?  I will present this to the people who come to the Altzheimers support group this evening at 6:30 and see what they think about it.  There are always naysayers but someone should start it. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Superbowl Sunday.

Superbowl Sunday. I didn't change my schedule  on account of it. I went to church then in the  afternoon went over to see Kay.  She was in the the dining room.  Our ususal detour to truffle heaven then to her room for the rest of the stay.  No action in the activity room.  She seems to appreciate being with me so I dont worry about keeping her mind active. The game had already started bythe time I got home.  Half time commercials and show are boring to me.  This place did a good job for dinner by providing a plastic container with the dinner in it so we could go to our room to see the game.  If you had a TV.   

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fog. lots of it.

 Kay was her usual self today.  Although exercises were scheduled it didn't look like anything was going to happen as the dining room had not been re-arranged for exercises.  So as the bus was quite late getting there we just  stayed in the room until time to go.  I was tired anyway.  I have changed my schedule to go  see her tomorrow  afternoon and will go to church during the morning.  

Foggiest morning I can remember this morning. It is finally clearing away about 2 PM

Thursday, January 29, 2015

 I got to see Kay late today.  So I took her immediately to the Activity Room without giving her any treats.  While the events were going on she pointed to the bag where the treats were indicating she expected to get some.  As I could not give them to her in the room with all the others  I was forced to take her to our spot in the hall and do it there.  But we did not  stay   and went back to the activity room for a while before coming back to her room.  All in all it was a good visit.    

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Love Story Continues

 Kay was on the bed so  I assumed she was sleepy and did not want to walk or go to the activity room for exercises.  Later in the stay I was checking my snacks I keep  with me  when my b/g starts to go low. This will happen about 11 00.  At this time a woman and patient went into the next room. She could see me through the door but not Kay on the bed.  When she saw me she commented  "Oh there is someone else here."   I made some non-committal reply and left it at that.  I figured she was a new person and did not know about me.  Sure enough shortly a caregiver came in and asked if there had been a man in the room.  I told her I was the only one.  In a few minutes a couple more came in and wanted to know the same.  Of course the Caregivers knew me and left when I  told them I was the only one there.   I hope they found the person and enlightened her about the situation. 

On the way home the driver was the one who some time ago was complaining about his broken up love life. He had complained that his   live-in girl friend of 14 years objected to being kicked out on the street while he hooked up with a new girlfriend.  Oddly enough this part is being written while a program on RT is discussing delayed marriage and living together.  To bring you up to date on their situation the driver wanted to kick his live  in girlfriend out of the apartment and bring in his new girlfriend.  To make this especially difficult is the fact that  she had no job to fall back on.  As a person of somewhere around more than 50 she had no way of doing anything but go to the streets. From the developments it is obvious this woman over the  years has developed a relationship with this guys mother.  So when he quit paying rent on the apartment she moved in with his mother which he also did. Where the girlfriend is in all this I don't know.  I am not impressed with her IQ when she is playing around with a guy who is willing to kick out into the street a girlfriend he lived with for 14 years. I'm  not impressed with spurned girlfriend either if she doesn't know that in this state there is something called Common Law Marriage that should work for her.  This would be funny if it wasn't so tragic.   

The program just finished was all for delayed marriage and even no marriage at all.  I say why get married at all if you can get all the benefits without any responsibility.  But this would be a view from the mans perspective.  You can go to places like this and where Kay is and see the results of no one to visit these lonely people.   

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Nice trip lousy Acer Computer

 Kay was on the bed when I got there in good time.  I gave her a couple truffles and part of a  banana.  We went to the Activity room and participated in the events.  She was alert and acted very affectionate to me.  About 30 minutes before time to go I took her back to her room and stayed there until time to go.  The bus was on time so I got home earlier than usual.I have to figure out how to get the printer installed on this computer.  I cant print print from my main computer because the display does not show the page properly as it is now.  I think some java file is missing but don't know how to fix it,   This old 32 bit HP has all its/ marbles but I am  not sure it can install the printer.  It may be a 64 bit and I don't know what effect that will have.  So for the rest of the afternoon I will probably spend it trying to fix it. I bought a lousy Acer which I am sending back to Costco because it is making it hard to use as it is trying to sign me up for something or sell me something all the time.  Add that o Windows 8 doing the same thing and I want to get rid ot it.    

Monday, January 26, 2015

New survey

 I didn't get to Kay's until two pm.  It was sunny and still warm for January.  So I put a coat on her and took her outside for a while. They want  me to fill out a survey.  Glad to do it.  One of the shortcomings of this place is there is absolutely no open spaces except for the paved small yard at the front.  It didn't look like there were any activities to be coming for this day as the dining room tables were still in place.  They usually take them away and put chairs around the room.. I have made contact with two women here at my place who's husbands have dementia and will be moving to where Kay is.  One has a husband in a rehab place from a foot operation and she goes to see him every day, There seems to be quite a few who does what I do.  Not many over 90 I would think.  It was a short visit but good.  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Good visit but Kay has cough

Made it to see Kay.  She was in the activity room.  I took her to our spot and gave her a couple truffles and a graham cracker.  We went back to her room.  She was in good spirits.  She seemed to have a cough She seemed to operate very slowly when moving and thinking.  We were in her room for a little while then she seemed to want to go out so I took her to the activity room where the leader was keeping them occupied. It was not long before I had to go anyway. She seemed to respond differently than in her room when I leave which was wave goodbye as she understood what was going on. I left and did not have any opportunity to see how it turned out naturally.  She seems to get along well with all the patients there.  They seem to like her  She waves to them when she sees them.  It was so warm and nice that after truffles I put a coat on her and took her outside to the enclosure next to the building.  they have a couple tables and some benches and chairs. We didn't really need the coat but she likes it extra warm. It was a good visit except for the worry that she might have a cough.  

I went up to  the 1st Pres Church  during the week and asked if someone could give me a ride to church.  The lady said that they didn't have a bus but she would look around and see if there was anyone to do it.  Didn't sound encouraging and so it turned out.  I had to   walk. An assistant pastor from the Maple Valley Pres. church was there and after the service I introduced Came home from seeing Kay and we picked up a woman going to the same place as I. Turns out her husband was in the facility she came from because he was recovering from some sort of surgery on his foot from an injury.  He also will be going to be where Kay is after rehab. I me
t another woman a few days ago who thought her husband would also have to go there too. Google blogger stinks.  It is so hard to fix mistakes it acts so irrationally.  Excuse mistakes

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The guy with no pants

 The day didn't start well for some people at my dining room table.  After I left they took the woman who earts a pound of sugar a day to the hospital.  They also took the one across from me to the emergency after she collapsed. She eats 3 cereal bowls each morning of cold cereal.  She Lost her balance and fell when she tried to leave.  They cant move a person when they fall from an incident.  They must leave then where they fell until a medic arrives.   None of the ordinary nurses here are RN's. They are LPN's I am seeing the effects of high blood sugar as it happens.  Eating a certain way all your life is harder to cure than cancer some doctors say.

Kay was in the dining room still there from breakfast when I got there.  She likes the place in front of the heater.   I got her up and we went to our favorite spot for her truffles and graham cracker. She didn't want any of the banana I had for her.  She  walked so very slowly to our favorite spot.  If she gets moving she seems to get more alert. Which she did once I got her back to the bedroom after treats.  On the other hand could their alertness rise to the level of what is going around them  Nothing was going on when I got there. 

When I got there there was a guy walking around without any pants.  Shorts and shirt ok.  the caregiver in the dining room didn't respond when I brought it up.  She was concentrating on something  she was writing.  A half hour later he was still walking the halls needing pants.  I  don't know if he ever got them on before I left.

The persons who walk around the hall the fastest are Linda and a black girl. The black girl follows the white woman around and around. Like a shadow. I think she is fairly recently from Africa.   .  They are back to doing it after a two or three week hiatus.   It seems to take just about one minute to complete the circuit.  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Goings on in an Assisted Living facility

 I didn't go to see Kay yesterday because I was so  tired from getting up at 3 for an hour or so that I didn't know if I was just tired or still had a cold.  Later it  was apparent that I was more tired that sick.  Today I went over and found her in the dining room which was almost empty She seemed very glad to see me.  When the caregiver tried to help her up she slapped his hand away.  Preferring to have me do everything I suppose.  We went for her treats which included a couple truffles and almost two graham crackers.  I had no banana to offer her.  We went back to the dining room but although it was prepared for a meeting of some kind no one was in it.  That was to come later I suppose.  I took her to her room for the rest of the stay which was quite short.  

These places like I live in are very compact and it is very obvious there are no secrets.  The kitchen outdid itself this morning and served Belgium Waffles.  A real treat as the norm is powdered eggs and maybe a sausage patty   if we are lucky.  Of course it was way too much for me but I enjoyed it anyway.  The kitchen was made for serving a few arrivals at a time not a hundred all at once.  The quality suffers because of that usually.  Although I think they could improve it  with a little more money.  If there is room for only one cook at a time things tend to be cold before being served. 

They are preparing for an inspection by the state of some kind of the medical department procedure.   

One of the people involved in the preparation for the inspection was offered a modeling job when much younger.  
  She spends her mornings watching what goes on in the med room. From my days in photography I was pretty sure from her looks and the way she carried herself she had been a model.  She confirmed that she had been offered a job as a runway model.   Before I was able to find out more we were interrupted by blabbermouth who talks about nothing but herself.  Except for age she could still do modeling of the teen variety but she has some enhancements done over the years that would have to be reversed. She knows I was a photographer because  she has seen  the pictures on the wall in my room.     

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Not a lot to report today.  I went to see Kay.  She was in bed and the place was like a tomb.  No action at all.  So I just stayed with her until I had to leave.  It was so dull even the lady in the next bad was there.  The first time I have seen her on the bed. The caregiver said she did not eat much breakfast but she still didn't eat much of my stuff.  Except for the truffles.  Even the banana was hardly touched.  

I spent most the afternoon and evening up to now working an a short  video  of our picture on Pismo Beach.  If I can find the html that will embed it in this upload I will do that now. It is past my bedtime and I am too tired to do a lot to find it on youtube.   

Monday, January 19, 2015

No trip today

 No trip to see Kay today.  During the  night the cold I had seems to hang on.  When I get up I seem pretty good.  Lying down seems to aggravate my cough.  I guess that is my problem.  An expert could probably tell me.  I dont want to give it to Kay if that is now possible.  I have to cancel my bus before 7 am.   

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Football Shuts Cascade Down

 I  saw Kay today for the first time in 3 days.  I had a light cold and did not want her to be exposed.  She didn't seem abnormally happy to see me so she might not have remembered I had not seen her for three days.  

Nothing was going on there because of the big football game on TV.  I watched some and it ended to most every ones satisfaction. 
She didn't mind when I had to go.  

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Kay is better.

 Kay was in much better condition than yesterday. We went to our corner and had a couple truffles then to her room.  She still moves slowly.  But as nothing was going on we stayed in her room until time to go home. I felt strange and wondered if i was getting something.  I certainly do not want to be with Kay and have something I could give her so I was really concerned.  I got home and went for a walk to compare how my legs felt when compared to using support hose.  Both are not where I want them to be but I could not see much difference when wearing support hose or not wearing them. I  took my temperature which read 81.  I then took the cap off and it measured.   normal.  I seemed to feel fairly good but I expect not go to see Kay tomorrow.

Some guy in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to 1,000 lashes.  After the first 50 he said he didn't think he could stand another 50. The US does nothing but continues to buddy up to  these people who chop of peoples heads and do nothing about killing a guy with 1,000 lashes. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Arranging our last time going to church

 Kay was in a state that she seemed slow in recognizing me.  She was in the 
dining/activity room just staring ahead.  When I got her attention she looked at me with her mouth slightly open.  Just looking into my eyes I got her to take  hold of her walker and follow me using hers to our spot in the hall.  There she loosened up some and began a little smile when I told her I loved her and gave her a peck. I took her around the hall to the entrance to her room where I decided she might not want to around again.  She was walking so slowly.  She climbed up on her bed and lay down for the rest of my stay which was not long as the bus got there very late. However it was on time to pick me up.  Total time there no  more than an hour.  

After lunch I walked up to the 1st Presbyterian Church slightly more than two blocks away.  I told them what I wanted to do with Kay for our 74th wedding anniversary. Meaning going to church with her for probably our last time together.   What I asked her to do was get the Organist to play a favorite selection for us.  I left it to the Organist to pick the selection.  She didn't seem very impressed.  After getting that done I came back.  I  found that two blocks is a long ways considering the condition my legs are in.  Bummer. Ya'all come. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tuesday with Kay

 I gave Kay her treats and then tried to walk around the hall to give her some exercise,  Before  the second one was finished she indicated she did not want to walk any further.  I got her to the iron table and chairs in the hall for a rest.  Then I took her to her room as nothing was going on in the activity room.  I had asked a caregiver to let me know if any activity decided to go on there.  It didn't so the rest of my stay was in her room.  

I have it arranged for us to go to church one more time. On Feb. 15 Tom will pick us up and Bob will join us to make a video of it.  I hope to get the church to doa a little extra with their magnificent organ.  Any one who wants to participate are welcome.  Service begins at 
10 30.  there is plenty of room for additional people to attend.  Hope to see you there.    

Monday, January 12, 2015

My Monday visit

 I haven't done much the past few days because things have been so mundane.  Still things are the same.  That is a good thing because downhill is the  direction things go with dementia. Kay seems to be in a steady state in her condition.  Sometimes that is hard to tell just how she is responding to advancing age and dementia.   Like today when I saw her. I found her in the activity room with nothing going on.  Just 3 or 4 others in the room.  She was just staring ahead.  I got her attention and took her to our favorite spot.  She was so slow getting there.  I don't know if this will be a permanent condition.  Has she changed .  I expect  her condition to eventually go there but she has had her bad days and good days but always came back from the edge.  I am considering making an afternoon trip to see her a couple days a week and see how that works.    

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Romanesque building

Except Kay moving exceedingly slowly today nothing out of the ordinary happened. 
there was nothing going on in the activity room so we spent the short visit in her room.  I woke up at 11 07 and hurried down to get my bus.  Today I managed to get a couple new pictures from the moving bus.Pictures from street side of the front.  Seems clear to me that the designer intended the windows to represent the Cross.  

second picture from bus
I am still amazed at the Romanesque  design of the 1st Presbyterian church.  The article on the church claimed the architect was the foremost expert on Romanesque in the world.  I don't know about that but he could have been in the US because how many are there in the US at that time.  But it sure is an outstanding example to me because even in England or Europe I never saw many buildings.  Could that be because they would be 1500  or so  years old?  In England this style was called Norman.  If anyone out there in webland have seen any I'd like to know.   

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Answer to my question

My visit today was so ordinary I will not write up how many truffles she ate.

Yesterday I discussed the local 1st Presbyterian Church and how I have never seen one like it before.  Today with the amazing Internet I found out why.  I found an article published in 1925 explaining how it came to be built.  Lots of  churches built if not a modern church but one of historical design are of the Gothic style. Few have been of the style preceeding the Gothic which was the Romanesque style.  The building committee wanted something different so got the top architect in the U S in Boston to design it. I would say they succeeded.  Look further down to see the pictures I have published before today.  Enough for today as I am tired.  

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Going to Church

 Nice visit with Kay today.  I asked the head nurse if one  of the care givers might want to take some time on one of their day's off to accompany Kay to church.  I was thinking she might need some attention if the service was longer than she could handle.  This is in relation to she and I going to church  together one more time.  Probably the last unless it is a funeral.  Of course we as a family went to church for years.  I intend to invite the kids to join us this one more time.   Whether or not they join in I am determined to go one more time to church with Kay. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

I cancelled my morning trip to visit Kay today because  I wanted to go to the 1st Presbyterian Church in Tacoma just 2 blocks up the street.  I still was not sure I could walk that far.  I did go yesterday and made it ok but thought I might have made my bad knee sore and might cause problems. Although it seemed a little sore at first that disappeared so when 10 10 came around ok I decided to chance it.  Made it OK and got to see the inside.  I have shown the outside a couple days ago. This is a church like I have never seen before.  The interior matches the impressive outside.   
Outside Sanctuary  end

This part of the church was built in the 20's. 

Originally the church was founded in 1873 in what would be downtown Tacoma.  The interior has an extremely high ceiling.  I am interested in learning more about the church.  There are so many brick buildings here in Tacoma I am sure there is a story.  I know nothing yet about the steeple.  It is also different.

They had a number of friendly people as I got to the church.  All with name tags which I cant read of course.  I made my way to a pew that was open followed by a woman and family.  It happened that she knew quite a bit about the church but the service started before I could get more information.  When the beautiful organ began to be played all the pent up emotions exploded withing me.  It has been close to 10 years since I went to Tom's Maple Valley Presbyterian  church a couple times. Before that it may have been another 10 years since we went to the Edmonds Church of God. But the organ brought emotions I did't know still existed.  Getting the family together and going to church all those years could not be forgotten when the organ began to play.  The tears flowed in spite of anything that I could do about it. It must have been a half hour before I felt composed enough to look around and see who might be looking at this  decrepit old man dabbing at whatever was in his eyes.  In a half hour I was composed and was able to handle what was going on in the service.   I got to thinking  was it possible I could bring Kay to church one more time? To sit in a church once more with her?  Like we did so may years.  After seeing her today I am quite sure she could handle sitting in the church service.  When I went to see her today she was fairly alert.  I took her from the TV room and gave her a couple truffles then to her room as there was nothing going on in the activity room at that time.  I played to her my latest video through the DVD player I re-installed a day or two ago.  It had no sound because I had been short a couple sound cables.  However when I pointed out pictures of her, me or Dianne she indicated she knew who they were. She even tried to say their names at times. Tomorrow I must remember to bring them or an HTMI cable and get the sound back. 

When we were first married and lived in Yesler Terrace in Seattle our first Church was the Seattle 1st Presbyterian Church.  I think it fitting that our last should be the 1st Presbyterian Church of Tacoma. Below is a video of the interior.  It made me feel about the same as video taping the ceiling of the Sistine chapel in the Vatican except no one here would object. 

I just tried to send an email to their blog telling them they might like to check this post out.  But they have such a difficult way of sending email to them it is almost impossible. I could not figure out how to send the letters you have to send for them to get the email. My guess is they don't get many comments.  They must get lot  of hate mail to use the system they have.  I've been on the internet since before Al Gore invented it and I couldn't figure it out.  What would they do with real persecution like Christians are undergoing now in the Middle east. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Kay sleepy, 1st Presbyterian of Tacoma

 I found Kay in the hall so I immediately took her to our spot where I give her truffles. She moved so slowly.  Dduring the exercise program she was sleepy.  One guy has a tendency to go to sleep in his chair and fall out. Last time I was in the exercise class he fell out.  Today the leader had to wake him.  One time today she was busy and I noticed he seemed to be falling asleep and I alerted her to his condition.  I took Kay to her room figuring as long as she wanted to sleep she might as well do it in bed. We spent the rest of the time in her room.  When a visit is only an hour and a quarter of half it is not long. 

Because there is a  Presbyterian church a couple blocks up the street I decided to see if I could walk that far.  I go by it all the time and it  is a massive brick structure.  It is very hard to get a good picture from a moving bus with no springs. The last couple trips I washed the one I was to sit at.   My lower legs get tired real fast now so I had to make a try at walking .  I made it but took my time and rested a few places.   On the way back a worker at Cascade saw me and brought me home.  I show the back side today.  I showed the front yesterday.  I expect to go to the church tomorrow and maybe I can find out when it was built and perhaps something about why there are so many huge brick buildings.  Where did the bricks come from. 
Back side of 1st Pres. Tacoma

Back side 1st Pres. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Kay then Tacoma First Presbyterian church

Kay was in the hall walking.  She seemed to be in pain by the expression on her face.  I could not get her to say she was in pain at that time.   I  took her into the activity room where they were beginning church services.  After just a little while she got up and we went to her room.  There I got her to nod that she hurt in her upper chest.   I don.t know for sure what was going on.  The pill medic was still there so I had her give  Kay a Tylenol. When I left  she didn't seem in pain.  
After a truffle and graham cracker she seemed to relax and had a nap.  I stayed with her until time to go.  

  1. I have noticed that the people holding church service do not have any music. Why I don't know if it his way of doing it or they don't have the expertise to create a system.  I offered to supply one for his use.  He also conducts services at other places too.  I'm a little hesitant if he  wants to use one because he said something about liking acapella  type singing.  I will have to look into this further.  It would be quite easy to come up with a simple rig that would do that and not a lot of expense.

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Sharing walker today

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last Day Of Year

Good visit today. Nothing was going on there so I stayed in her room and installed the DVD/tape player.  Near the freeway there are two old train stations.  The Union station has been converted to a federal building and is now a Federal court house.  They were built around 1900 and are historic monuments.  I wonder if when this was done they knew that the windows had the Christian Cross in them?  The building I am showing here may not be the Union station but when you compare the two buildings the Union is more obvious than the other one.  I have only been able to look at the two while traveling to see Kay and have not taken a good picture of it.  But comparing the two as I went by this morning I was able to compare.  Although not able to get a picture.  The bus is going pretty fast at that point and  I didn't have time to take  a good picture.  The Union statio is more obvious.   I don't see how the builder didn't have the cross in mind when he made the building.  Fine with me. 
Tacoma train station

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The cook needs cleaning

 Kay seemed slow and sleepy.  I took her to the hall and we had a truffle and part of a 
banana.  I don't have any graham crackers. Then we went and did exercises rather I did while she looked on. 

 For the life of me I cant understand how they can have a cook who doesn't bathe for weeks.  How can co-workers work alongside him without saying something.  How supervisors can not notice it.  He is friendly and pleasant.  I was talking to him today and what I described above was so obvious. We cant have certain kinds of food without treating it in certain ways first .  Others have to be pasteurized before they can be served.  But he can be in the kitchen although he has not taken a bath in weeks.  They shouldn't have to tell him to take a bath.   He is an adult.  If he is still  here and has not changed I will start making inquiries. He is pleasant to me and I like him.  But I don't think he should be handling our food in this condition.  

Another view of the train station in Tacoma.   
Through the window of the shuttle 

Have a happy new year. Not too happy though.  They had laws against that.