Thursday, July 07, 2005

Painting, BBQ, and the ER

That's a good description of my holiday weekend. On Sunday, I spent the day with my Dad in the ER. Due to some nasty medication interaction, he took a bad tumble down the stairs. No major damage, but he strained his left hand and wrist badly and cut up his forearms. It was a long day, but I did learn a few things that may help if you have older parents:

  1. Keep a list of all the medications that your parents take and make sure it is correct and up to date.
  2. Ask lots and lots of questions. Remember, unless there is an M.D. after your name, you don't know diddly.
  3. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged, even though you can't use it inside the hospital.

Dad is on the mend, and we hope to get his mediation situation straightened out this week.

But there were some nicer highlights of the weekend. Here's one:

While I was taking care of my Dad, Sweetie busied herself by painting the back bedroom. Three of the walls are "Cucumber Crush" (the color on the right) and the remaining wall is "Rockland Jade." (These are Behr paint colors, you can go to their website and look 'em up.) Sweetie is a really great painter, and she picked out some great colors for the room. I was kinda worried that these might not go together, since I am color blind in my Red-Green shift.

And here's another:

Yes, Tommy finally bbq'd some ribs this weekend! No, I haven't eaten them all yet. I'm using them for sandwiches this week. It was nice to have my smoker up and running well, something that eluded me all last summer.

Here's hoping that the rest of the summer involves more BBQ and painting, and far less ER!


Hugh said...

Are you sure that's not a trilobite fossil in that second picture?

tommyspoon said...

Keep laughing, goatee-boy. See if you get any BBQ...

lemming said...

What's in the sauce?

Very best wishes to your Dad.

oddangel said...

Heh. I second what hugh says.

But about your dad...I'm glad he's ok and that things weren't worse. And I agree about the meds suggestion. We keep a detailed notebook for my grandmother, and the information therein has come in handy during a few doctors' visits.

tommyspoon said...

Lemming, there was no sauce involved. Just Stubb's spice rub, and I think it's made me a believer in dry ribs!

Thanks for all of your well-wishes. I'll pass them along to Dad.