Sunday, February 20, 2011

Getting ready

Getting ready - that was what this weekend was about - and I think we are getting there. Jeanne and I spent a lot of time on Saturday figuring out all of the things that are going on for the week or so we'll be out of commission and planning what things we should do ahead of time, what to put off until later, what to ask someone to do for us and what we just won't do at all.

Looks like Dad has gotten the official duties of shuttling people in and out of NYC, including the 3:30am trip down on Thursday morning to get Jeanne to the hospital by 5:30am. If anyone has one of those cool-looking chauffeur's hats, please lend it to him for the week. I think he'd look sharp in it. Mom will be holding down the fort at home, for the most part. And then, we've got a number of other duties that we are asking (or soon will be asking) a variety of other people to help with - especially in the area of shuttling kids back and forth from their various activities.

I've decided to grab a hotel room for Thursday night at the Helmsley Medical Tower directly adjacent to the hospital. With the fasting and the bowel prep going on, along with not knowing exactly when and how much I'll be able to visit with Jeanne, it seemed like the smart thing to do as opposed to my original plan which was "I'll just crash on a couch or in a chair somewhere". I can tell you that the $50 reimbursement from the insurance company will barely put a dent in the hotel bill, though!

Today was spent getting the house ready - cleaning out the junk in the guest bedroom, cleaning the bathrooms, paying off some bills and getting as much household stuff taken care of as possible so we don't have to worry about those sorts of things as much in the coming weeks.

There are still a few more phone calls to make to get a few more things covered, but all in all, it's coming together. Thank you to the many, many people who have offered to help in so many ways! It really eases the mind to know that there are so many friends and family willing to step up and lend a hand. We couldn't do it without you!

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