My turn! (I think I may be the last one) My Secret Santa gift arrived today! Yay! Thank you! It was perfect! But not in the way you might guess! And the timing actually worked out perfectly! (I always have preached that miracles are as simple as "God placing the right people (or things) in the right place at the right time". If you have the eyes of faith (doesn't matter which faith) you will see miracles right and left.
Any way..here's the story. My poor 83 year old dad, slipped and fell outside the old people's home when he and my mother were returning from a doctor appointment. Off to the hospital they went. Being the dutiful daughter and DPOA I left my hospital (work) and went to theirs. Dad was shaken up and upset and chattering a mile a minute. Of course we had to go through all the CT scans, Xrays, blood work etc. and he was placed in observation. RN took one look and him and how he was acting (he has vascular dementia from his stroke 4 years ago.) and immediately said 'You are staying the night aren't you?" Of course. Well. Poor dad was up all afternoon/evening with tests et al. AND up all night for tests and just simple checks to make sure he was still alert and could squeeze hands etc. 83 year old men do not take well to being up 24 hours straight. So by 6am Dad is becoming more and more confused and very grumpy and fussy. This soon turned into an all out dementia temper tantrum which lasted 5 hours. We could not calm him down or redirect him. He was both physically and emotionally exhausted. I finally told the nurse, "I hate to do this, but can you give him something? We need to hit his reset button somehow." So poor dad got a wee bit of happy juice and was sound asleep quickly. He was rouse-able a few hours later and we were able to finish his tests and be discharged. (Yay! Nothing broken, no bleeding.) Got him home Wednesday night and spent the night at the old people's home as Dad was still very groggy and disoriented.
Fast forward to Thursday afternoon, Dad is now awake and back to his old self after 13-14 hours of sleep. I had to leave mom and dad for a few hours because I had to lead the candlelight service at my hospital. When I returned home, my secret santa package had arrived! But I did not know it was my secret santa because it did not say "secret santa". I thought it was an Ebay purchase. I fed the cats and grabbed my package and headed back to the old people's home. I found a very contrite and embarrassed Dad who was trying to apologize right and left. Mom told him how he had been behaving. (He could not remember any of it.) I reassured Dad that I was not upset, that I knew it was his dementia and that everything was OK. But he was still upset. Then I opened my secret santa gift.... it was a snowman night light (a very glittery sparkly one.) And my dad has always had a thing for night lights. (He is afraid of tripping and falling,) His face immediately lit up and he asked "Is that for me??" and he began laughing when I plugged it in. (Totally forgetting how upset he was.)
Needless to say, it is now in his bedroom and his guardian angel night light was moved to his bathroom hallway. (And a plain night light was "retired".) He is SO happy (and thus I am happy) with it. Every time I have assisted him with overnight bathroom runs tonight, he points and it and chuckles as I take him back to his bed. It is an absolutely perfect gift and more importantly, it came at just the time. Thank you so very much!
Now as, promised.....Mom's Secret Santa gifts from Chief Elf!
Two pretty leonx bird bowls for Mom's chocolate. (As you can see, she has already enjoyed almost all of her chocolate.)
Sorry, thought the picture was clearer... Mom also got a beautiful pin.
Mom has sent a thank you note to Chef Elf. She really enjoyed her Secret Santa surprise!
And thank you to my Secret Santa! Because you brought a big smile to dad's face when he needed it!