Moving & Dementia: The Aftermath

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As I write this, it’s 109 degrees in Lewisville,Texas at 5:20 in the afternoon.  Needless to say, we’ve gotten a very warm welcome here.  We’re also getting some fine sandy dust blowing over from Africa.  All in all, today has been a pretty much average day, temperature-wise, since we arrived.  But I’m happy to report the essentials are mostly all in the house, and the air-conditioning is splendid!

The guys from “Two Men and a Truck” did a fantastic job with our move.  There were actually 4 men and two trucks, both of which were completely packed by the time they left.  They finished up around 7:30pm and arrived in Lewisville the next day’ right on time, and got us moved in.  After the first two moving companies we hired dropped the ball, they really took good care of us!

We left our house in Odessa on Tuesday, the 10th, and Cookie drove all the way to Lewisville.  We didn’t get to Peter and Jen’s until three in the morning, 3:00am, and had to meet the movers at noon.  The dogs weren’t really sure what was happening, but they were glad to be in their crates.  They’d had a busy day, keeping after the movers!

I have to say that moving has been a real challenge with my dementia.  When the movers had questions, I wisely sent them to Cookie, and tried to stay out of their way.  They were all young and muscular, and we let them do all of the lifting!

I bought a lawnmower, but it’s been too darn hot in the garage to put it together.  Since it’s not going anywhere, I’ve been watering our lawns before they turn Saharan on us.    The dogs are pretty much settled in, assured of their couches and a ready food supply.

Jen and Peter came over after and helped us organize the house, and they did a great job!  Jen and granddaughter Ari came to visit today, its so nice to not have that 5 1/2 hour drive between us!  We miss all the great folks from Midland-Odessa, but it was time to move closer to family.  My memory lapses are getting more frequent, and I am worried about that.  We are connecting with new Physicians here in the Lewisville area, and are making appointments and such.

There’s an old saying that the Lord never gives you more than you can handle.  Whether you agree with that premise or not, I’ve done a fair amount of praying over the past couple weeks.  We were so blessed to get here safely, and to get mostly moved in.  I’ll take that as a definite yes, and move on to the next challenge.  Which won’t be moving, I can promise you that!

Father Dave





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