Thoughts on settling in at the Nursing Home
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Well, Here I am. I made it happen. I got my entire family on board, and 4 doctors. I have left home, and come to a nursing home where I can get a stable weight loss diet and physical therapy to help me establish the habit of exercise.
It's a bit of a letdown from the PUSH to make it happen. I wanted it to happen before my Mom left for home in Atlanta, 3,000 miles away. I found that part of it is the caffiene withdrawal. I was used to several mugs of coffee most days, and I was stopping in preparation for the gastric bypass. You have to give up caffeine. Finally, I had a cup of tea yesterday, and I felt MUCH better. It also resolved a persistant headache. So I have decided to wean myself off of the coffee more slowly. I will have a cup of tea with breakfast every day for a week, and then try stopping.
I have a tiny cubicle here, the length of a bed squared, In it, I have my bariatric bed, a hospital-type-bed-table, a dresser, a night stand, my c-pap machine, and a place for my wheelchair. The cubicle has curtains for walls, and one of them is always closed - it is the boundary between my cubicle and my roommate's cubicle. I keep the other one half closed all the time, to hide my commode on the other side. It is very crowded, but it is mine. I have a window right by my bed.
The nursing home itself is extremely friendly and supportive. It was literally rated on of the first in the country in two national magazines. They have the covers of those issues mounted on plaques in the entryway. It looks and smells extremely clean here, and the interior of the entire place has been renovated beautifully. In contrast, the outside is currently under renovation, and looks AWFUL! It is a huge construction site, with the ground torn up, the facade off of the entire building, and part of a roof being framed. There is a huge cedar uprooted in the front yard. It is supposed to be beautiful when it is finished. They are adding private baths to a bunch of rooms, and expanding the rehabilitation area, so it will be worth it. But in the meanwhile, it is a striking contrast between the outright ugly outside, and the beautiful, inviting inside, LOL!
As far as thoughts... I was kind of miserable yesterday morning because everything was so unfamiliar and the letdown from the PUSH to get in here and from caffiene. But I think I will be okay for the present.
I really am glad to be here. They have already had a "crisis" at home, and I wasn't even tempted to be involved, except to be supportive of my husband over the phone. I have to keep this frame of mind, in order to not be sucked back home where I can't take care of myself, let alone do a program to get healthy.
I guess that's all for now - I have only been here for 2 days, after all, LOL!