Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Quick update.

Sorry I haven't been visiting any blogs this past week; let alone posting anything on my own. Ken's Mum is still in hospital, but has improved slightly since my last post. She has been assessed as well enough to return home, which is absolutely impossible, and ridiculous to boot. She doesn't WANT to go home because she knows she is no longer capable of looking after herself. So the specialists have said well, she can go to a low level aged care home.

After discussions with the family, we have decided that we will bring her home to live with us. We have a four bedroom home which until now has been selfishly filled with all our 'stuff', but we will be able clear one bedroom quite easily, and she will have her own bathroom too, as we have an ensuite to our bedroom. I can quit my job and apply to the government for a Carer's Allowance.

All this is still in limbo, though. We are still waiting for the hospital doctor and specialists to liaise with us about what happens next, and in the meantime she is left in a horrid little ward called a Transitional Ward, where patients are kept until they are discharged. There is a lot to organise in the meantime, and we are hoping MIL will have a few weeks in Rehab before coming home with us.

As for me, I'm still barking. Chest X rays show my lungs are clear of any infection, so today I had blood tests for TB, Whooping Cough, and other assorted things, and have been given a new inhaler which might help reduce the coughing. Fun and games....


Blogger Merle said...

Dear Gina ~~ Your mother in law is very fortunate that you care so much for her and that you and Ken are going to bring her home to live with you. You are a very generous lady.
Glad you saw the pic of Joyn's puppies and I hope Ken liked it too.
We used to only see cousins at funerals too, but some of us make it more often now. As we get older.
Take care, my friend. Love, Merle.

Saturday, 17 January, 2009  

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