Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Dad Goes for a Ride
The weather was gorgeous here today, sunny and warm, so when I stopped by Dad and Fran's with some things from the grocery store, I asked Dad if he wanted to go for a ride in the car. First he said he wanted to; then he didn't; then, after some coaxing, he allowed as how he'd enjoy a scooter ride better. So he got dressed, and I loaded up one of the big oxygen tanks on the scooter, and away we went.
Here he is outside the apartment building; I'd asked him to smile, so of course he scowled instead, just to be contrary!
Here's a shot of his back (less clear than the first, since he was moving). You can see his funny hat, and also the teddy bear I gave him during one of his hospital visits, which Fran tucked into the back pocket of the scooter.
Dad maneuvered very well and showed no signs of falling off curbs, a tendency which had alarmed me back in Philadelphia. We didn't go far -- just a few blocks in either direction -- but I think it was nice for him simply to get outside, for a change! Fran said he ate a lot today, and I think that may be because he went out yesterday for his paratransit interview (which both of them passed), so I'm hoping that today's short expedition means he'll eat a lot tomorrow, too.
Here's a funny shot of him in his hat and sunglasses: Super-Daddy! (I didn't make the hat, if anyone's wondering!) Friday we're having lunch at the Senior Center with Katharine and her father. I have a lot of work to do tomorrow -- as I did today, although it didn't get done! -- but I'd like to think of some small outing for then, too. It would be great if I could get him out of the house once a day, to something other than a doctor's appointment.
Maybe we'll have them over to the house? That will be easier when he has more small oxygen tanks, though -- he's down to one (more should have been delivered yesterday, but weren't!) -- because a big tank and four people can't all fit in the car easily.
Oh, and my mother went home from the rehab place today, and sounds very happy about it. Yay!