Last week my uncle was admitted to the hospital for being sodium deficient. A couple days turned into a couple more. More tests were needed and then a week went by. And then he got pneumonia. If it's not one thing, it's another!
10 long days and I was there with him most of the time from sun up to sun down, going home in the evening to get whatever sleep I could steal only to go back again in the early morning.
His hospital room was small but cozy. The bathroom, tiled from floor to ceiling, was filled with light and the only area I had any privacy in. A huge mirror greeted me every time I washed my hands and I began turning the lights off so I wouldn't have to keep looking at myself. Uggh!
Here's some shots of the designer bathroom!
Close-up of the glass tiles. I LOVE all those browns!
During his stay, my uncle refused to eat much of the hospital food (at one point exclaiming, "It's horseshit!"). Not liking to see food wasted, I went ahead and ate what he didn't. I must've put on five pounds this week alone!
The hospital also sent condiments with each meal three times a day. Little packets of this and that, which over the course of 10 days added up. Again, maybe it's the OCD in me but I just can't let things go to waste. Surely the hospital discarded any unused items to prevent spreading germs from patient to patient. So everything that went unopened I took home!
The list includes:
53 packets of sugar
29 hand towelettes
2 large wrapped cookies
3 mayonnaise packets
2 syrup packets
25 butters and imitation-butter spreads
1 chocolate pudding
6 salad dressing packets
25 individually wrapped crackers (2 per set)
6 ketchups/3 mustards
4 salts/5 peppers
2 single servings of frosted flakes
At least I feel better knowing all this stuff will get used up at home.....eventually!
My uncle is okay now. He was finally released from the hospital yesterday and is on antibiotics.
The best part is my cousin drove in from Ohio and is taking my aunt and uncle to Cleveland to attend their granddaughter's graduation ceremony. This will be the first "vacation" I've had from being a caretaker in months! Finally a few days to myself. I'm a free man until Tuesday!
Have a great Memorial Day weekend everybody!!