|Mom & Dad with Bob (and Boomer, too!)|
Bob and I managed to get to the beach (where they were staying) three times, though Bob was decidedly uncomfortable by the end of the day with severe pain in his back and neck. I wish I knew how to make him more comfortable in his wheelchair (I had thought the new customized chair would do the trick, but alas...) His neck muscles are still very weak and atrophied from the CIDP, even though that disease is "gone", the damage still lingers. My poor father was once called into "urinal duty" when my mom and I went for a walk on the beach. Otherwise, I think it was good for Bob to get out of the house to do something different and fun, even though he was exhausted at the end of the day. It was also good for Bob to socialize, even though this was quite difficult for him, he did give it a good college try. Although, for some reason, he kept calling my father, "Grandpa".
I got to get out of the house for a few days, which was terrific. We went shopping and to the flea market and, last but not least, we made a trip over to Clearwater to see the famous tail-less dolphin, "Winter" who swims with a prosthetic tail. The place was packed because a movie about this dolphin has just been released (A Dolphin's Tale). I wish Bob could have seen that dolphin, she was quite inspirational.
So now it's back to "real life" here, and back to our daily routine.