September 10th, 2008

20111112, Marilee

Visited Luke Again

I took the trash and recycling out first and then headed out for his rehab place. He was sitting on the side of his bed sound asleep. He said he keeps sleeping from about 2pm-8pm and then can't get to sleep until 3am. I told him to ask the doctor about that, and that he shouldn't try to stay awake like that because he could fall forward on the floor. He rested back across the bed, then, but he still wouldn't lie down on the bed.

He thinks the reflector strips will be the best for the ramp (thanks, Ida!), so I'll call Marcos for that Friday. I asked him about absentee voting and he said that would probably be the best, and I also told him that he's now eligible for USAA (they're bringing in military retirees who served honorably, regardless of when they retired; military personnel honorably discharged on or after January 1, 1996; and widows and widowers of military members killed in action while eligible) which is probably the cheapest insurance available. They started with only officers, and then officers and their kids (how I got in), and then some upper-level enlisted, and now retirees and widows. He said I should get him some information on USAA and he'd go over it with his daughter and they could compare it to his current State Farm.

He said he didn't see well enough to go anywhere (I mentioned their Living Room, which appears to be largely a Big TV room) and I told him in a few years we'd probably have something where we could put a little camera on his glasses and a hearing-aid-type device would not only give him directions to rooms, but say "Adina is approaching on your left. Adina." so he knew who was saying Hello to him. He told me that was too far in the future, and it would take teaching, but I don't think it's that far.

He kept going to sleep and I wasn't walking well, so I left after I'd been there only about 50 minutes. I usually stay at least an hour, but you can only come in or go out the main door (I understand that, the other doors are alarmed so patients can't escape) and it's a long walk to his room.

It's always interesting to find comics that reference SF artists.