Father John Pearson's Journal
Move in up-date
Written Feb 28, 2012 12:32pm
Hey...what a great bunch of people you all are! Father John had many cards waiting for him on his first day at the Lake Villa Maria...Thanks!
On Saturday we were able to leave the Courage Center at 9 am...so the two hour drive brought us to the Villa by lunch time. We joined the lunch buffet and had a superb lunch...meat, potatoes and all of the trimmings.
Most items were already in place in Father's apartment, so we just had a little fine tuning after bringing in the items from the Courage Center.There are many familiar faces at the Villa; AND the MOST WONDERFUL Sisters in the world. The Sister's live in the apartment next to Father John...so he will, for sure, be monitored closely. I asked one of the Sister's that knows Father John to keep him in line, her response was " I have tried, it is hopeless ! " So I am quite sure that Father John has met his match for quick wit.
We have set up Home Care, Speech and OT.... so Father can resume his therapy protocol. While it is an unknown as to " if and or when" Father can resume his Parish duties...the goal for now is for him to become rested and work solely on his rehab. Friends at the villa have asked " when are you going back to your parish and how long are you staying here " while this was asked with good intention.....it can cause undue stress for Father. For now he is just a man that has had brain surgery twice and needs to fully recover...thank you for respecting the encouragement from the physicians that are monitoring his progress, and shying away from this type of questioning.
Trying to do something fun that couples with memory rehab; we put together a circle puzzle that had few interlocking pieces. It would have been easy to put the 517 pieces back into the box, BUT, we completed it...photos attached. It was a tag team effort....' I need that blue piece...give me the red dress, do you have a straight piece etc ! "
For the present Father will receive all meals at the Villa...we will work on kitchen safety as time goes on. The food is great...I expect a little weight gain by Father. And of course we have multiple snacking items in his apartment. ( the lady across the hall already deliver chocolate chip cookies ! )
Father's cell phone did not work in Sleepy Eye...so he now has an I-Phone...anyone that visits, if you have an I-Phone please ask him if he needs assistance with the apps.
We ordered pizza and went to get Chinese food another night...both in Sleepy Eye and both very good. We start the meal with a non-alcoholic beverage and then eat more than we should! Father always orders the everything pizza and his favorite beef chow mein. In trying to get Father to gain a couple pounds.....I think I may be the one adding a couple pounds!
He is happy in his new home and loves company. He continues, for the most part, not to be the one to initiate conversation and occasionally needs a little time to retrieve the ' word ' he is searching for...but with a little patience on our part we are able to have good conversation. He does not recall the first 4 weeks or so of his hospitalization...but this is probably a good thing. ( I'd like to forget his first 4 weeks for sure! )
Thank you for the continued support....' together ' we are making this happen!
Written Feb 21, 2012 2:19pm
Quick note: we are working fast and furious on Father John's discharge to Lake Villa Maria.....the discharge date has been moved up to be this Saturday! He is pleased and ready to move onto another challenge.
We will ready his apartment the next couple of days...and move him in on Saturday...hooray! Life is good! Wish me luck on the decorating!
Father's John's NEW ADDRESS:
Father John Pearson
Lake Villa Maria Apartments
702 3rd Ave NW Apt 15
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
It would be great if he had mail waiting from him when he arrived on Saturday...hint...hint!
Thank you, we will up-date as soon as we make this move.
Written Feb 19, 2012 6:13pm
A good weekend......time spent with Father John doing a few fun things for a change.
Company visited from Washington DC, plus nieces and their children. For sure lots of activity in room 109 !
Today we took Father out for his suggestion of a Chinese meal. Great food, but the best thing was ' he ate the whole thing'! Beef Chow Mein, chicken wings and fried rice...and it was a plate full. After lunch we went to North Memorial and drove around so Father John could see where he spent many, many days. I then showed him where we had rented the apartment where family stayed for the month he was so critically ill. He laughed for a long time when I said I'd press the key less entry for the car, so the lights would go on and then I'd run for the parking ramp door to get inside when it was dark. ( I only embellished it a little! Any thing to get him to laugh.)
We then went to Byerly's Food Market to walk around a bit to see if anything looked good to him to. If you know Byerly's, you know they have every thing known to mankind to eat....but we didn't buy anything. John has many snack items in his room, so I am sure he won't go hungry.
This will be a busy week as we need to prepare his efficiency apartment at Villa Maria; in preparation for his move on the 27th. I think he is getting anxious for the move and hopefully excited about this new challenge in his life. The physician discussed, from Friday, has suggested many things for Father to continue to work on. After his move and set up we will share items that you can help us with....as he will continue to need his family and friends for this new chapter in his recuperation period.Thank you all so much!
After I actually go to the Villa I will give information to all of you about his new address, room number, visiting suggestions etc. As Sleepy Eye is 182 miles from our house, I plan to stay for a couple days getting his apartment ready.....so my caringbridge up-dates may be slow for this week.
Enjoy the posted photos...