We went from 9220′ altitude and 70 degree days to less than half that altitude and 95-100 degrees highs in just a few days last weekend. We had a very handy RV parking place with 30 amp service in the hospital parking lot at Las Cruces except that we kept coming back to the bus to find that the air conditioner was off. One day I was sitting inside when the electricity went off altogether, so we soon figured out that the electric service itself was at fault. Our plug-in occasionally got down to 100 volts, while the other two varied upwards to 146, totally unacceptable! So we found an RV park about 15 minutes away and settled in for the long haul.
Raymond was recuperating pretty well from his surgery, but his mental confusion remained about the same. Toward the end of the week, they started talking about transferring him to rehab. The hospital staff was assuming he would do rehab there but we found out that the nursing facility in T or C now does the same type of rehab. He had been in that facility a year ago in the spring, and since he would be closer to people he knows who might visit him after we leave, we decided to relocate him there. That finally happened yesterday afternoon and we left the RV park in Las Cruces to move to T or C. And then the fun began!
In the hospital, Raymond was in a single bed room. Here, he shares a room and he has the bed away from the window and the A/C. His confusion makes it more complicated. We’ve talked to the admissions director and tomorrow or Tuesday we will be part of a care plan meeting. When Mother was in the nursing home, I remember her advice when Florence Marie and I went to just such a meeting for her: BE NICE! I may have to remind myself of that.
In the midst of our travels, we stopped for fuel and to get pictures of some of the attractions in Hatch.
We should be here for a few weeks, whatever it takes to get Raymond settled. At this point, we can’t do much toward cleaning out the apartment because, while we don’t believe it can or should happen, the goal of the rehab folks is to return him to his home. We’ll see how all that pans out. In the meantime, our plans for the rest of the summer are in limbo. Prayers would be appreciated for all of us!