Last month, when my son, his wife and 20 month old daughter came to visit for Christmas, we were excited. How well I remember all the equipment needed to travel with a baby. Since my boys were babies, many new gadgets have hit the market. There is a device or item for every need, function or want the baby could have. Being frugal from raising four boys, I could not justify all these cutesy things that had become a necessity for present day parents.
One item my son and daughter-in-law brought with them was a
Three weeks after my son and his family returned to their home in South Carolina, my mother had surgery on her shoulder. Mother is 87 and the surgery was hard on her. It addition she acquired a urinary tract infection and had to be re-hospitalized. After being dismissed from the hospital, Mother need 24/7 supervision. Her walking was unsteady and she did not have the use of her right arm.
I purchased a wireless door bell. I placed the ringer button by her bed and the chime by my bed. If she needed me for any reason, all she had to do was press the button. This worked well – one time. After she went to bed, she would not ring for me to come help her go to the bathroom. I was afraid she would fall again and I could not continue to sit up each night monitoring her. Then I remember the
I purchased a
Just as I did when my boys were babies, I have learned to know the sounds Mother makes during the night. I can distinguish the normal and the abnormal sounds. I know when I need to get up and go check on her.