I finally asked a man going in the restroom to check on Dad. I heard Dad's voice the minute the man opened the door. Together, the stranger and I spotted Dad's shoes poking out from under a stall door. He was OK, just sitting on the floor after slipping in his transfer from toilet to wheel chair. "I can't reach the door to unlock it," he said, and I had to smile. He was just waiting for someone to come in and find him.
I went to the information desk for help and within minutes, nurses came. Somebody slid under the stall door, freed Dad and settled him back in his wheel chair. He wheeled out looking a little sheepish. I was reluctant to let him go behind all those closed doors by himself (he's supposed to have assistance with EVERY transfer), but he insisted he could handle it.
We both learned something. I decided, when he's with me, he's not going in the bathroom alone again; he decided when he's alone in the bathroom in the future, he won't lock the door. It's clear we're not on the same page.
Parents. They have a mind of their own.
The government partially shut down today, and so far, my life feels the same. I know there are organizations that are not open today and that affects people who work in those places. I hope the Hatfields and McCoys start working together soon, because it's not fair to all of us who pay their salaries. Maybe it's just me, but I don't like paying for things that don't work like they're supposed to.
Has anybody seen the new show Hostages? Oh my word, I can't write or fold clothes or even munch on chocolate chips while I'm watching it. It's full of suspense and twists and cute Dylan McDermot. Although, he's a bad guy. I think. As we learn about his past, it's getting murkier. Check it out, Monday nights on CBS. Be there or be square.
I'm thinking about Christmas already, because I'm writing a book about Christmas. And giving. And partridges and hens and pipers and drummers. It's very noisy in my head. Is Christmas on your radar yet?
If not, here's a picture to get you in the mood.
What Christmas carol item is this? Hmmmm....