And honestly, neither one of them smiled. They both had exhausted, no nonsense expressions on their faces.
Throughout the week I had to remind my sister to feed her animals.
My dad asked her to help him with everything.
She forgot where she put medication.
The house was always closed up.
Every day she got him out of bed and helped him to the couch. Sometimes he would get up and walk around the living room and kitchen to ease the Restless Leg Syndrome but for the most part he stayed on the couch until it was time for bed again.
They absolutely love each other and they both know the other one is trying their best but after so many years of this, the situation had just drained them both.
It was without a doubt time for my dad to move.
My niece, nephew and some of their kids came over and helped us move the few pieces of furniture that he was going to take with him. We got him in the truck then went back into the house for our purses and stuff and my sister began to cry. I just stood there and hugged her for a while.
When we got to the facility Deb decided to leave my dad in the truck while we moved his stuff into his room. It didn't take very long and he was walking into his new place. His room is much bigger than the one he had at my sisters and there was bright sunlight beaming in through the window.
They put a pole by his bed so he can start getting himself out of bed on his own. My sister has helped him for years but he has to be able to do it on his own.
While Deb sat at the table with the administrator going over medications and paperwork, my dad walked around the facility.
It's a gorgeous place with animals on the property (goats, miniature horses...) a beautiful courtyard, all the residents eat every meal together in the dining room, it's going to be a better quality of life for him and I think he realizes that.
After 3 days his only complaint was that they don't feed him enough! For a 94 year old, he eats non stop! He's the only resident that cleans his plate and asks for seconds! 😋
The last time Deb and I visited him we were only there a short time when he said, "Well you two I guess I'll see you tomorrow." He was ready for us to leave!
Thank you all for your prayers. We know he's gonna be just fine!
And my sister? We went back to her place and she collapsed in her recliner. "I can't believe how free I feel."