one day at a time

The last few months have been… eventful. That’s the best word I can think of for it. My dad was in the hospital from the end of August until the end of September, when he passed away. I spent a lot of time in October starting to settle Dad’s estate, and doing a lot of stuff for Mom. At the beginning of November, I found out that the company I work for was not going to make it out of Chapter 11, and my entire staff was laid off. Right after Thanksgiving, I moved Mom from her home in Ocean County to an assisted living facility here in Somerset County. After only a few days there, she wound up in the hospital. She got a pacemaker, and some adjustments to her medications, and went back to assisted living in about a week. Her dementia seemed to get a lot worse while she was in the hospital though. They discovered that she had a C. Diff. infection, and started treating that. She’s a bit better now, but still not back to “normal”. Meanwhile, at work, we got kicked out of our building at the end of last week. We were bought by a larger company, and all our servers are in Michigan now, and I’m working out of my home, mostly.

I still have a lot of work in front of me, with regard to making sure Mom is OK and taken care of, Dad’s estate getting settled, keeping my old company’s systems running for a little longer, and trying to help the new company take over all of our operations.

Sometimes I feel sorry for myself, but I try to remember that I do still have a job, unlike many of my friends, and, due to my Dad’s diligence and thriftiness, I should be more than able to pay Mom’s assisted living bills.

I have no idea what 2010 will bring, but my mantra right now is “one day at a time.”

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