First off, can anyone tell me how to get rid of this stupid Slideshow thing? It kept freezing whenever I logged into it to see new guests, and I've just got sick of it. I logged in and deleted it, but it's still showing here....GO AWAY!!!
Now that I've got that off my chest, I'll do a quick post about what I've been up to since January 13th. Ken's Mum is now living with us. She was brought home from the hospital on Monday, and was so chirpy, you'd think she'd never been ill! We took her to her new bedroom (we'd spent all last week cleaning out the room, installing a new airconditioner and adding some new furniture), but she said "I don't want to go to bed now - I've just come out of 3 weeks in bed in hospital!" So she stayed with us in the lounge room, and sat up until nearly midnight watching Foxtel!! On Tuesday she was pretty tired of course, so she stayed in bed most of the day, reading and snoozing. She joined us for tea, and about 9 pm Ken asked if she would like to see the new Andre Rieu DVD. "Yes please!" so that was another late night.
Today I had to work in the morning, so left her to sleep in until I got home at midday. We had some lunch, then I turned on the tennis for her and she happily watched that all afternoon while I did some shopping and housework. When Ken came home, we had tea, and he brought out another DVD that he knew she would love (Edinburgh Tattoo). I did my usual late night shopping and came home at midnight to find the pair of them watching the end of the Tattoo. I still had to pay some bills online, so I did that, and decided to post to my blog while I'm online, so here I am, and my husband and his 95 (nearly 96) year old Mum are finally in bed!
Contrary to most people's concerns, I don't think we have taken on 'too much' by having MIL live with us. My job as her Carer is to help her wash herself and get dressed, prepare her meals and prompt her to take her medication. Not an onerous job! Her washing is thrown into the machine with ours, so that's no problem.
I discovered yesterday that I can claim the Carers Pension as well as a Carers Allowance, totalling about $360 a fortnight. I told MIL she's making me wealthy!