Thank you to all the well wishers. My Mom is doing physically well but is experiencing dementia brought on by the medications and trauma. I spent the entire night at the hospital in order to continually reorient her through her confusion and avoid further drugs. The evening consisted of responding to 'Why is there a monkey on your head?', 'You shouldn't be naked', 'please move the cow, I don't like it' and many more non reality based conversations.
You have to laugh while fervently hoping that a return to routines will restore normal functioning. A move to rehab with more staff and better routines is expected to be helpful and we're planning that.
I knew that having fiber on the needles would be helpful for me, but for some reason I hadn't travelled with any appropriate knitting. A quick trip to the yarn store, The Golden Fleece in Santa Cruz, yielded a lovely deep red variegated hand dyed sock yarn and a pair of addi-turbos in size 5 (note to self, ALWAYS travel with yarn and needles). A quick search of ravelry, I needed something interesting beyond straight knitting, but not a full on lace pattern.
This Feather and Fan scarf pattern did the trick.
For right now I am back in San Diego getting ready to put together kits for Bead and Button. I need to double up on getting things done since more time will be devoted to getting Mom settled somewhere comfortable for her recovery.
Today a much needed haircut and a little rest are on the schedule.