Well last night was fun. A CNA at the nursing home called and let Dad use her cell phone. He was really, really confused, insisting alternately that I come downstairs to talk to him, that he was home, that he knew he was in Cassville – would I just LISTEN? – and that he would be home in a few minutes. He insisted that I call him back – did I know the number because the nursing home wouldn’t give him the number – and that he has a phone in his room but he couldn’t get it to work.
So, I called the desk and they reported that he had been really agitated, banging on the door again. I did remind them that he had permission to call me when he wants, I think they generally don’t want to bother me when he’s like this. And I admit that it gives me a headache.
Anyway, the nurse took him her phone and I called him. He started pushing buttons and hung up the phone so I called him back – but he didn’t know how to answer it. So she helped him again and I let him yell at me a little more until he decided he was going to go out and get some pizza before driving home. I called the nurse back and suggested she reclaim her phone – which was a good thing since Dad had decided that it was his phone and wouldn’t give it back. She called me again to have me try and convince him that it wasn’t his phone and he eventually gave it back.
He’s getting worse. It feels weird but I am in the position of kind of hoping that he gets worse quickly so that he can reach a more comfortable place both for him and for me. And for the nursing home so that he doesn’t get kicked out and have to go to the more secure place up near Kansas City.
My goal today is to make cookies and a little mini cherry pie to take him tomorrow for Father’s Day. Hard to know what else to give him. I’ll take some extra cookies that they can give him a few at a time since he will eat all of what I bring him immediately.
Speaking of cooking, I have finally remembered to set up the email subscription on Chickens and Eggs, in case anyone wants to get the recipe posts in their email. This week’s recipes include Bacon and Tomato Jam and English Muffin Bread, part 1. I see that I only have 4 posts since I decided to try to cook and post more, but that’s about one per week which is more or less on goal. Yesterday I made and froze meatballs. I can pull out a container of homemade sauce and a few meatballs and make a single serving of spaghetti as a quick dinner whenever I like. But I’ve posted recipes for meatballs before and that sort of thing isn’t worthy of another post. These were basically a larger version of the basil meatballs I put in the meatball risotto. Planned recipes include Chicken Korma Salad. Once I decide on the ingredients at any rate. Dried apricots and pistachios I think.