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New Living Arrangement for Josie…Again!

The first day my mom and Josie spent together was pretty funny.  They were having fun laughing and reminiscing just like they always do when they get together.  When I called to see how they were doing, they told me that my mom had been wheeling Josie around the house in a wheelchair, but the wheelchair couldn’t make it into the bathroom.  So they had someone come over to the house to remove the door to the bathroom.  It’s the only bathroom in the house!  The bathroom door had pretty much been off all day, and they had been laughing about for a while.  They even had company, a gentleman blind friend of theirs came over to spend the day with them.  And they all used the bathroom.  They can’t accidentally see anything they really aren’t supposed to, but the lack of privacy is what they were giggling so much about.

“Well, if it smells, that’s just too bad,” “make as much noise as you need to,” were some of the things they were giggling about when I called.  The door is off for convenience so that Josie can get back walking on her shiny new knees again. So anything other than that just has to be a lower priority now.

The old gals were having a blast, making the best of a very difficult situation that Josie is going through.

The second day didn’t go as well.  Josie fell down again.  She is having trouble getting her feet to move and walking with the new knees.  When she fell, my mom couldn’t help her up, so 9-1-1 had to be called.  Josie had to finally admit that she needed even more help than she initially thought.  Her doctor, my mom, and her kids convinced her that she needed to go back to the rehabilitation center and live for a few weeks just until she could manage enough to stop falling.

It really wasn’t safe for Josie to be falling so much.  She could hurt her knees even worse, but she could also break other bones or hit her head on something.  That wouldn’t be good at all.

So on day three Josie was driven back to the center where she had been staying.  A place she really doesn’t like, but needs to be right now.

My mom continues to call her twice a day, so they don’t miss a beat.  The plan is for Josie to come back and stay with my mom….

I’m still hoping that they will decide to be roommates after Josie recovers!

Josie & Diane:  A Lifetime of Friendship!

Josie and my Mom’s friendship has spanned over 50 years.  They were close and inseparable when they first met and attended the blind school together in the 1960s.  Then they started their own lives and families, but always kept in touch. Josie and my mom still live about 40 miles apart.  Even though that isn’t… Continue Reading

My Dad’s Chair

A picture of my brother and I sitting with my dad in “his chair.”  I was almost six and my brother was almost two in this picture.  We always had a version of “his chair” in our house throughout the years.  Whenever one wore out, it would be replaced with a brand new one.  The… Continue Reading

Destiny Before It Happened

When these photos were taken of my parents, they didn’t know it at the time but they were going to meet because of a tragic accident and later fall in love! This is my mother Diane’s high school graduation picture. She was born legally blind. You might just think this picture is one of those… Continue Reading

Getting Started Writing My First Book

Every time I tell someone that my parents are blind, I get bombarded with questions: Really?  You mean both your parents are blind?  Were they always blind?  How did your parents go blind?  Do you have any siblings?  Are any of your siblings blind?  Did your parents raise you themselves?  Did your parents have any… Continue Reading