One advantage to being a 45-year-old woman who has had to move in with her folks, temporarily? Learning about my special talents. I am exceptionally gentle and easy to train. Crazy lady is convinced (and, she's probably right) that I have a "history" with sick people. Her parent's home is very disabled-friendly because her father has Parkinson's disease. As crazy lady redefines her independence, her mom is taking care of us. All five doctors (a.k.a. crazy lady's "medical team"), one occupational therapist and the acupuncturist call Grannie a "saint" and often remind crazy lady, "you don't know how lucky you are to be able to move in with your parents, and for your mother to be well enough to help you get around." The medical folks are often telling crazy lady these very frightening stories about people who are alone or estranged from their families, and too poor for aid. She has added their stories to her "list of things to change," for the future. Ah yes, there's a reason why some folks call crazy lady an "agent of change."
Anyhow, I digress. My role in the family unit? I watch over all of them, and I know how to find help. Plus, I am always very gentle around Grandpa. Just look at this video:
Do you see how I keep an eye on Grandpa, as he walks away? If something bad were to happen, I would find help. I've done it before, and I would do it again. Pretty cool, huh?
p.s. Karen T from Congressperson Garamendi's office called. She met with Social Security about her case, and the powers-that-be have opened an investigation in Washington D.C.. Crazy lady has absolutely no idea what will happen, but it was an encouraging conversation. If nothing else, she hopes the Social Security Administration will think twice before subjecting someone else to an inappropriate and life threatening medical exam. Maybe-- for once-- politics can be a good thing. Fingers crossed...