I expected the attendant care to cancel this morning, but when I hadn’t heard anything by 8:50 am, I realized that I had to start shoveling the driveway to make a space for their vehicle. As I was digging out the bottom of the driveway, our 79 year-old neighbour pulled up to say, “Hello”.
“How did you get out of your driveway”, I asked?
“Oh, I’ve shoveled already. I’m going for a coffee”, she answered. Wow.
She’s about five foot nothing and weighs 100 lbs/7 stone. I would have felt ashamed if it wasn’t for the fact that none of my other neighbours had opened their front doors yet. After shoveling for half an hour, and barely managing to clear half the driveway, I started to think that the attendant wasn’t coming. I would need to save my energy if I had to complete Becky’s personal care as well. I went inside to call the agency. A person I didn’t recognize answered. She asked who was I calling about, so I gave her Becky’s name. “Oh,”, she said, “you’re on my list of people to call”. How long is the list if you haven’t got to me by 9:30, I wondered? Excellent, attendant care was cancelled. The nursing agency had no office staff and no support workers.
I cleaned Becky up and had a break. I checked on the news, and all the schools and universities were closed. That’s pretty unusual. They hardly ever close universities, and schools generally stay open but the buses get cancelled. Then I had an e-mail from the City of Mississauga…all facilities were closed from 11 am. Crikey. This was getting serious.
I went out to shovel again. I had to redo the bit I’d already done! I was going to be sore in the morning. Actually, I’m pretty sore already.
Here’s some pictures of our van during the day.
This was at 11 am.
This was at 4 pm, and it’s still snowing. I still have to finish shoveling the driveway, which is under a foot of snow, at least, and then clean off the van. Wahhh. My back is already aching.
It’s pretty sad when a 79 year-old lady has got you beat!