Hi again, everyone! Sorry it's taken so long for me to update. Mom seems to be doing fine -- thanks to everyone who has been able to visit!
It looks like she's going to be in the short-term care for longer than she anticipated. Now they're saying mid-November. We just hope she'll be in Seattle for Thanksgiving! As long as she can hang in there and isn't too unhappy, we feel lucky to have the extra breathing room so we'll have enough time to get the apartment downstairs ready for her, and to establish relationships with doctors over here.
Last Wednesday she went to the orthopedic surgeon's office and had her first cast removed. It had contained her entire arm from the shoulder to her fingers; the new one is only on her forearm. She's happy about this, because the smaller cast is much lighter.
They're really working her out - she has a pole in her bedroom, next to her bed, that she can swing herself around on -- of course she made a joke about learning to pole dance! The pole is helpful; she also goes to PT and OT everyday to make herself stronger and to learn ways to make her more able to take care of herself.
She is so appreciative of the nice food people have brought her. I'm sending her a Care Package soon with small cans of pop-top beans, applesauce, tuna salad and crackers, that sort of thing.
Hoping you can all get a chance to visit her again -- or maybe just make a phone call :)