Sunday, October 29, 2006

October 29, 2006

Richard and I visited the Mariner's Museum in Norfolk in July, 2006. They were in the process of expanding the museum and said that it would open the new section this fall. I suspect that it has opened by now and we highly recommend that you visit if you have a day to do so. I imagine that it will take someone at least 3-4 hours to tour the entire facility at a leisurely pace.

We found out this past Wednesday that Mack will probably be moved to a nursing home (Avante) in Roanoke in the very near future. (They were actually saying that it would happen on Thursday, but thank God, it didn't) It came as quite a shock to us because the doctors and nurses haven't been giving us any indication that this would happen so soon. Richard has been going to visit Mack nearly every evening after work since he's been at MCV, and asking to talk with the doctor at least once a week. We did talk to 3-4 doctors making rounds weekend before last and nothing was mentioned by any of them about Mack being readied to be transferred to a nursing home at that time. They only said that he was making really good progress and that they had to take him off of Sinemet because Mack was getting too stimulated and agitated on that medicine. They were giving Mack Percoset to calm him down and relax him now whenever he got agitated. In order for Mack to go to physical therapy instead of a nursing home, he would have to be able to follow instructions, and/or talk, which he isn't able to do either yet. The latest news we got on Friday from the MCV social worker was that a representative from Avante was supposed to come down to Richmond to evaluate Mack's condition themselves regarding Mack's care needs, before they decide to accept him or not. So, until that happens, everything is up in the air. The MCV social worker is also checking for vacancies of nursing homes that meet Mack's needs closer to home. We hope and pray that something else closer to home opens up for him. Needless to say, Roanoke is a 3 1/2 hour drive one way to go to visit Mack, which is impossible for Richard to do every evening as he has been doing. We are all very concerned about Mack being that far away from us because we can't go to check on him ourselves daily as we have been. As soon as we know the final decision about his move, I will post the information. Mack needs us close by if he is to continue getting better and improving. We also need to be closer to him to make sure he's being taken care of. Please pray that a good nursing home much closer than Roanoke will have an opening soon.

Much love to all,
Ruth & Richard


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