Bubba in the House –

My mother, Thorin’s Bubba is living with us following a hospital stay. She was with us for a month in February after she passed out in a restaurant. Bubba has not had a great 2015: she has been hospitalized 7 times arriving each time in an ambulance. Most stays were for congestive heart failure and the remaining from a broken rib from a fall and a surgery to have a defibrillator implanted. She has also had 3 separate stays at a rehabilitation facility. There have been countless doctors visits.

Sleeping

Sleeping

When I reminded her she has not had a great year her response, demonstrated her indomitable Midwestern spirit: “Think of it this way, I pulled through all those times.”

Bubba moved here to Maine in August, 2012 to be near Thorin, her only grandchild. She was 81 years-old and had lived in her small city in Wisconsin since birth.

Thorin and Bubba are grandmother and grandson but they are also friends. For more on that: The Thing With Two Heads and Sea Change.

Since Saturday, Thorin has kept a close eye on her. I found him sleeping with her when I went to check on him during the night.

Thorin directs Bubba

Thorin directs Bubba

Upon waking to her stirring he told her: “Bubba, walker!” He wanted to make sure she didn’t just walk out into the kitchen.

He is her quasi-physical therapist demanding she walk around the apartment based on instructions from the actual PT : “Bubba, come on!”

I told him it was up to him, she would not listen to me. He said: “Right.”

This afternoon we all sat outside reading. It was so beautiful and nice and regular. We need regular right now.

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About Kari Wagner-Peck

Kari Wagner-Peck lives with her husband and son in Maine. She is a writer & storyteller who home schools with her son. She is the author of the memoir Not Always Happy: An Unusual Parenting Journey, May, 2017, Central Recovery Press. She has been published at The New York Times Well Family blog, The Huffington Post, The The Good Men Project, The Sydney Morning Herald Daily Life blog, BLOOM and Love That Max among others. Author page: kariwagnerpeck.com Twitter @KariWagnerPeck and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NotAlwaysHappyLive/ Email: kariwagnerpeck@gmail.com

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