Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What pill?

"Hey Bets, what's going on?" I plop on the sofa and smile at my mother in law. She's been in unassisted-living for nearly a month.

Last week she encouraged fellow residents to rise up against the administration. Rob got lots of phone calls. His sister got lots of phone calls.

I ignored a lot of messages.

"Ready to go to lunch?" I ask. Betsy is dolled up and I can't help but glance down at my jeans.

"We could go shopping." She say's and laughs when I roll my eyes.

"Wouldn't help," I say, "Do you have the medications you need?"

She rummages in her purse, pulls out a cookie wrapped in kleenex, a half eaten apple and a stale cupcake, then spots her pill box.

"Keys?" I ask.

This time she fishes out a small plastic container and shakes it at me. "This," she whispers, "is where I hide those 'other' pills they try to feed me."

Oh lord, so that's what's happened to the anti-depressants. She rolls a pill into her palm. The tip has been chewed off and Betsy is so smug I bite my lip. "Better not offer anyone a Tic Tac." I say.

28 comments:

  1. Everyone likes spunk, except Lou Grant!

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  2. ha! ha! we all have so much to learn from our elders! LOL

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  3. LOL, when my students come in in the morning, I know right away which ones did the same thing.

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  4. Eight or eighty, sometimes you have to be crafty.

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  5. HA! I'd love to know about the resident uprising!

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  6. She was convinced employees were stealing, her misplaced items, so she organized the residents and hounded management. Management called us.

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  7. LOL.. what is the famous quote?

    "Well-behaved women seldom make history."
    —Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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  8. At least she knows her priority, "pulls out a cookie wrapped in kleenex". LOL!

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  9. She sure did. Glad you're here Denise.

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  10. She does have somt spunk in her :) A good busy little spirit, she sounds like~

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  11. Ahem, cough, cough, you mean Rob of course.

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  12. Yeah, I think I know this lady. She's my Mom, the last time she was in cardiac rehab. This makes you my sister. haha.
    Love your dialogue skills!!

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  13. Y-e-a-h, family is the best entertainment around. Guess what sis? Everyone's coming to your house for Christmas. Address please.

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  14. I like this broad. ;) She does what she wants. I may hide the anti-depressants too when I'm her age.

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  15. I love a feisty old broad.....I'll be one someday!

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  16. I told the world about your award yesterday. Thanks again!

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  17. My pleasure Laura. You're quick, I sat on that award for a month. Enjoy the holidays

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  18. That usually explains a lot! Great and funny post!

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  19. Thanks Pat. Life is better than TV.

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  20. You ALWAYS ignore your messages Kelly! One of them was to tell you NOT to wear jeans (again)!

    Great story!

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  21. You are really funny! Ever think about doing some stand-up? You'd be a breath of fresh air, lady!

    Thanks for dropping by New Prairie Woman and for your lovely comment! If your hubby is anything like mine then you have a gem of a man my dear!

    Stop by the prairie often to follow the story, it's getting really rocky in the "Rockies!"

    Be well and happy!

    Susie Rosso Wolf

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  22. I also ignore ringing phones and trouble makers. :)

    Thanks Susan, but stand-up would terrify me and I'm way too busy intimidating the public. I'll stop by the prairie and keep an eye on you. :)

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  23. I'm a new visitor and follower. Delightful blog you have here. :)

    Kari Marie White

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  24. I loved this on so many levels. Can I borrow Betsy some time?

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