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05 August 2008 @ 02:12 pm
McCorporation is a funny place. One of the time-honored traditions states each group gets to have a catered summer picnic outing. If you're _very_ lucky, like me, you get put on the picnic committee. That means you get to plan within a very stict set of constraints and hear all the criticism after. All in all, it went okay last night, and I have this to show for it.

In other news, I'm going to Chicago on the 9th to deal with some Dad stuff. His vision is deteriorating and he's afraid and I'm hoping they won't renew his driver's license. At the moment, that means setting up paratransit, getting groceries and prescriptions delivered, calling the church to have someone pick him up and bring him to services and the like. Home Tuesday. Do you think the disposal will be installed by then?
glinda_wglinda_w on August 5th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
Can you manage a private word with his physician, about the driver's license? I've known more than one family that settled things that way, without family members being blamed... That could also bypass any hassles at the DMV.

Good luck with all that. Gah. Not fun, being on either end of it...
beadslut: Do Not Wantbeadslut on August 5th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
He's been to three eye doctors in the last month. The light is just not turning on, he thinks there's a miracle around the corner. I see a move to live near me in the future, but he does not want to go.

He's near the cemetery where his parents are buried, near his church, and in a neighborhood he knows very well. He can probably do very well there, but I'm 350 miles away, it's tough to be there to make the call.
OneCrowdedHour1crowdedhour on August 6th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Oh, I am sorry. I mean, it's good you're going to help your father. But it conflicts with your Olympics! This bites.
beadslutbeadslut on August 7th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, and that's why we have TiVO. Or so I tell myself.
Cellicelli on August 6th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
beadslutbeadslut on August 7th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Wanna go have a drink?
Cellicelli on August 8th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Sure, I think you need one. :)
beadslutbeadslut on August 8th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
Got a local watering hole?
Celli: Chicago outpostcelli on August 8th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
I usually go to Hopleaf, on the corner of Foster and Clark.

Or, if you'd rather have a sugar shock instead, there's Sweet Occasions, the best ice cream/bakery place in town, also on Clark by Foster.
beadslutbeadslut on August 8th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
That would work. Dad's at Peterson and Damon.
biblio_techbiblio_tech on August 7th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
When's your dad's birthday? My mom is an Illini, too and since she turned 85, by law has had to have an on-the-road driver's test every year to be able to renew her license. (She's now 92 and still has a license...good eyesight & reflexes, but doesn't drive at night.)

Here in the Twin Cities, neighborhood block nurse/living at home programs help the elderly stay independent by providing transportation, grocery shopping, and even light housekeeping--for free. I couldn't find a volunteer equivalent in a search for Chicago, but I might just need a different keyword combo. This organization offers services for fee http://www.chicagolandcaregivers.com/

All the best (and a few hugs)...
beadslutbeadslut on August 7th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
Dad's 85 on the 15th. I drove a mile or so with him in June, and I don't think he will pass either the eye exam or the road test.

A number of things have been laid in place. I have begun to get him registered with paratransit (rides to/from doc apptments, etc.) To qualify for that, I have to prove a) legally blind and b) could not take regular public transit without difficulty.

Peapod will bring him groceries, and the little Greek specialty place will, too. The pharmacy will deliver, and I am sure someone can bring him to church and back. Worst comes to worst, he can take cabs to any medical appointments.

I've just started looking into it, but it's surprising how helpful some of these places are.

I wish he's let us move him here.