This post’s featured image my first Tweet and Instagram update of 2016. Other than my One Word, it’s the only goal of any kind I have as this new year gets underway. I’m a bit too preoccupied to do much more right now.
As some of you may already know, my mother-in-law fell and cracked three ribs while visiting us on Christmas Eve, and was admitted to the hospital on the day after Christmas with extreme pain and an adverse reaction to the drug she was prescribed to treat it. She was discharged to a rehab center on Tuesday, where she’s been receiving daily physical and occupational therapy, and is making steady improvements on that front.
We’re not sure how soon she’ll be released to go home, though. We’re hoping it’ll happen within a week or so, but it’s not just about physical recovery. We have discovered that Mom has no tolerance for opiates; medications in that class have major psychological side effects for her, and probably contributed to her experiencing “sundowners syndrome” to varying degrees for the last week. This condition is often seen in Alzheimer’s patients, but it can be aggravated by medication, hospitalization, and disruptive events in elderly people without Alzheimer’s:
“Sundowners Syndrome is a condition most often associated with early-stage Alzheimer’s, but has been known to affect the elderly recovering from surgery in hospitals or in unfamiliar environments. While the symptoms and causes of Sundowners Syndrome are unique to the individual, researchers agree that it occurs during the transition between daylight and darkness, either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Symptoms include rapid mood changes, anger, crying, agitation, pacing, fear, depression, stubbornness, restlessness and rocking,”
The symptoms seem to be subsiding as time passes and the medications work out of her system, but they’re frankly more worrisome than the cracked ribs. We’re dealing with a lot of uncertainties right now, and I hate to make plans when I’m surrounded by moving targets.
Paul and I will both go back to work tomorrow, but I’ll be doing my job remotely while Mom’s still at the center; frankly, I can’t face that 80-mile daily drive on top of everything else right now. Blog updates may be spotty for the next little while, I’m really not feeling much ambition to assemble my customary Year in Review posts, but I do intend to get around to looking back at the year in reading. I feel like it was relatively undistinguished, but I suspect I may revise that judgment once I dig into the records.
5 Goals I’d Have for 2016 If I Were Setting Goals for 2016:
- Read a book a week, on average (this is my annual benchmark)
- Blog regularly but without being tied to a specific posting schedule
- Target March 16, 2016 (my ninth Blogiversary) as deadline to implement design and feature changes related to the WordPress migration
- More focus, less multitasking
- Eat dessert only when it’s actually worth eating
Have you given yourself some goals for the New Year?
Here’s a slow-motion of video of Winchester running. His only goal is having a good time.