Back to “Normal”

And so we’re home and life goes on with Bo sort of back to his normal. He still has occasional pain, which tells me the kidney stone is still traveling around, he’s extremely weak and less clear than before.  I am afraid that setbacks for an Alzheimer’s patient are permanent setbacks.

We just returned from getting him another ultrasound and x-ray to see if any progress has been made.  The frustrating thing is that we get the tests today, but the urologist can’t fit us in until Tuesday at 6:20 pm.  So in the meantime, Jon and I are his doctors — administering Tylenols and hoping they give him relief.  Forcing a lot of liquids into him is a true challenge.

NancyCamp has resumed.  Over lunch with a friend today I admitted that this whole summer of activities has been for me because everything that the kids and I do,  I LOVE to do.  And I love to share it.  And, well,  they’re so enthusiastic and willing to do whatever I suggest.  What could be better?

On Sunday we made still-life arrangements and photographed them  as a follow-up to our visit to the  Cezanne still-life exhibit, “The World is an Apple,” at the Barnes.  Victoria and Justin did a great job — all I did was get them started and they did the rest:  finding the objects, deciding how to arrange them, then take photos.  I think they’re very good!

Still-life with Fruit Justin, age 8

Still-life with Fruit
Justin, age 8

Books with Wine Victoria, age 11

Books with Wine
Victoria, age 11

Tuesday was another visit to the Museum of Art, this time to re-visit the Moorish Chieftain, then the Medieval French cloister and the Japanese teahouse where they learned that a museum is more than pictures.  They had fun posing for photos among the objects (although Justin wasn’t thrilled about being the Moorish chieftain when a docent asked him to pose so some people could sketch him.)

The Moorish Chieftain

The Moorish Chieftain

The Moorish Chieftain Charlemont

The Moorish Chieftain

After they ran up and down the “Rocky Steps” in front of the museum in the rain,  we went for snacks and the kids announced that this is their favorite museum now.

Tomorrow:  Flower Arranging for NancyCamp

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8 Responses to Back to “Normal”

  1. Pat says:

    God works in wonderful ways. Victoria and Justin are not only a blessing for you, but they are being blessed with your love, and your love of art and teaching and maybe most of all life’s lessons.

  2. Joan K. says:

    All of this sounds delightful for the children and for you! I’m glad you are enjoying the children.

  3. Pamela Fisk says:

    Nancy, you are amazing!! Glad that Bo is home at least, it’s never nice to be away from home when you’re sick.

    I would like to join NancyCamp!!

    Take care of yourself – off to Cape Cod tomorrow.

  4. Paula Kaye says:

    Glad you are back home. Sad that Alzheimer’s patients have such an adverse reaction to being in the hospital. God Bless you!

  5. Lisa M says:

    Justin is a trooper! tell him he makes a wonderful Moorish Chieftain! Sorry about the setback – that’s just the way it is, I guess. Mom never bounces all the way back – it’s so frustrating. I think we may have to do some still life photography at our house! Love, love, love NancyCamp!!!

  6. Ine says:

    Good to hear Boris is back home and you have time to have some fun.
    Hugs from Holland

  7. Meredith says:

    Excellent post. Your building in some sweet memories for your children.

  8. Ruth says:

    The Moorish Chieftan is my favorite at this museum. We have the poster displayed in our entryway. I’m overawed by the detail thruout. So beautifully drawn, draped, detailed, and painted,
    Amazes me. I love the original. Larger than life.

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