Monday, October 12, 2009

Saved by Rug Hooking

Thank goodness for rug hooking and the Ten Minute Challenge. I've had a few rather stressful days but have been able to chase the stress away by being determined to stick to my ten minute commitment. Hooking for ten minutes always turns into a lot longer and each additional minute is just that much more relaxing.

My mother fell on Saturday and I was afraid she had broken her hip. Seven hours later, the ER doctor finally said she has a minor fracture of her pelvic bone. He admitted her to the hospital and I've been afraid we were about to start another hospital-nursing home routine, but I insisted we didn't need to follow that routine just because Medicare will pay for it, and - shock of all shocks, the discharge social worker actually listened to me. Mother will be coming home tomorrow.

I couldn't take my hooking to the hospital but was going to sit there all day, so I took my sketch book and a couple Martha Stewart magazines, some glue and a pair of scissors. My mother had fun watching me cut and paste, told me I'm a "real artist" after I cut out some cat and kitten pictures. She really loves cats - and here I have a couple dozen of them and can't even bring one into the house for her because of the dogs. There I was, working on my own selfish little project of gathering inspiring pictures that might help me with rug designs, when I suddenly realized that the kittens made my mother smile and feel better than she had since Saturday. For a few minutes, the kittens were great pain killers. My sketch/scrap book did for my mother what my rug hooking has been doing for me - and I'm going to go do some hooking right now.

3 comments:

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Julie said...

Oh my gosh, so sorry to hear about your mom's fall. But very glad that it is a minor fracture.

Being Canadian, I am not sure what you mean about the medicare issue? But both worlds are there advantages/disadvantages.

Thinking of you and your mom today!

Rughooker said...

Thanks, Julie.
My mother is home now and feeling much better than in the hospital.
Medicare would pay for a certain number of nursing home days after a hospital stay, so old people like my mother are almost automatically sent for "rehab" to a nursing home. This has happened to my mother 3 times now and each time she has lost ground mentally. It's sort of like being sent to prison because you're old.