Friday, August 17, 2018
I had a wonderful day yesterday. I helped a doc insert an arm port, the first ever in Edmonton. The doc is an amazing man whom I love working with. He is kind, dedicated and extremely knowledgeable, mostly though it is his kindness which shines through. He helped a patient yesterday, a young woman who is dying of cancer; he made her life a little better
I got news that there is an agency that is willing to take on Miss Katie as a client; strangely enough it is the very agency I had hoped for. The big guy and I meet with them next Monday and Katie could move in to a new home in five weeks. Her behavior, or rather her mood has improved radically on the valproic acid. She can pay attention longer, she's less anxious overall and she's enjoying life much more. I am thankful. The new agency will care for Katie alone at first, implementing the behavioral strategies as advised by the behavioral consultant before moving a roommate in with Katie.
It's not just Katie whose behavior has improved, I am also working at changing my behavior around her. The big guy pointed out to me that unless I am looking at Katie, I am in effect plugging my ears. She signs and uses body language to communicate so you need to be looking at her to "hear" her. Only took twenty-six years for me to learn that but I guess better late than never. I have been working at paying much closer attention to her, looking at her, looking into her eyes and she's much better. He's right. Of course he's right, he's often right. He pays attention to people. He pays attention to Katie and he notices things I can miss. I've also started singing to her more as suggested by the behavioral consultant. Katie likes music but it's not really the music she likes, she likes to be sung to, she likes the interaction and if the song makes no sense, she likes that even better. She understands humor, gets that it's the disconnect between what is expected and what is delivered that is funny. And she has a beautiful laugh.
Last Sunday I met my son's girlfriend. She seems like a decent if somewhat fucked up young woman. She is happy to let me be a part of this new baby's life and I told her that she has our full support, regardless of what happens between my son and her. Both she and my son have stopped drinking so all we can do is hope and pray.
I'm also on holidays for the next ten days which is lovely so I'm sitting here, writing, thinking about taking the dog for a walk before it gets too hot. Right now both animals are curled up on the chair beside me, fast asleep.
Time to fold laundry, walk the dog, paint a wall and some trim, maybe even work in the yard a little. Happy Friday.
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