For the first time in a couple of weeks, Kate didn’t want to get up on Monday. It was a day for sitter, and I was eager to eat before she came. I planned to order a takeout meal online from Panera. When realized I wasn’t likely to be successful getting her up, I decided on delivery. l thought she might be willing to get up when the food arrived.
She had other thoughts. As in the past, she didn’t seem disturbed or unhappy. She seemed quite relaxed until I started to encourage her to get up. Then I backed off and asked if she could tell me if something was wrong. At first, she couldn’t. Then she said she had a pain but couldn’t tell me where it was. I told her I would get her a Tylenol. When I brought it to her, she refused and got mad at me. I decided to let it go and left her with the sitter.
With all the emphasis on social distancing, I had been a little concerned about having a sitter, but I needed a few things from the grocery store and ran a couple of other errands. Then I went home. I had been gone only an hour and a half, but I let the sitter go. The deal with the agency is that they charge a minimum of four hours even if I return early. For that reason, I didn’t have to worry about the sitter’s losing income.
Kate was still in bed when I walked in. I put up the groceries before trying to get her up again. Getting a fresh start was a good thing. I approached the bed cheerfully and acted the way I would when I first see her each morning. I told her I was glad to see her and asked if she would like to get up. She was like a different person. She got up and dressed without a problem and wasn’t experiencing any pain.
She was like a child as we walked into the family room. She was especially taking with the flowers. The African Violets are blooming, and we still have four poinsettias. Kate loves showing everything to me as though I have never seen them before. I always express the same enthusiasm.
She was the same way eating the ham and Swiss sandwich with a side of grapes. This was the first time in a while that I had ordered anything with ham in it. She had gone through a period of time when she wasn’t eating ham. Her taste in food and beverages shifts a lot. I am now buying Diet Dr. Pepper, something she would never have drunk before. On occasion, I have gotten her Diet Pepsi at Panera. She has never liked Pepsi, but she drinks it now without noticing what it is. In fact, she never knows what drink she is drinking. Sometimes I get her lemonade, sometimes a mixture of lemonade and unsweetened tea. Only occasionally does she ask what she is drinking.
As an aside, she has a recurring hallucination while sitting at the kitchen table. She looks at the pillows on the window seat across from her and believes she sees a person. Sometimes it is a woman, other times a man. Sometimes she/he disappears. Her vision is poor, so there are many things she sees that are confused with other things.
Since she got up at 3:15, I thought she might not want to go to bed until later. She fooled me and was in bed at 7:30 and went to sleep watching YouTube videos. As it usually does, the day ended on a high note. It was like the had had an ordinary day, and she had only been up four hours. I should add that she slept until 11:00 yesterday, had lunch, and rested again.