Sunday, April 16, 2017

Have a Blessed Easter

I love this picture of Dolly Footitt who turned 102 on October 4, 2017.   The reason I'm writing about her on Easter is she is such a wonderful example of a totally "nice" human being!  We have been "running around" together for quite a few years... with her telling me entertaining stories about local places, events and people.  Since I only moved to Carrington in 2004, I'm quite a newcomer to the area, so Dolly does her best to fill me in on all the years since 1915 (her birth year) that I missed out on.  I never get tired of listening to her!

Right now Dolly is staying in the New Rockford Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd.  She had a problem with high blood pressure a few weeks ago, went to the hospital, and wound up being placed in this rest home until she can take care of herself again.  You can imagine how she feels... in one room without being able to move about as she pleases.  

Before a few weeks ago, Dolly did all of her house cleaning, scrubbing floors, vacuuming, taking care of her yard, raking leaves, feeding the birds and squirrels, baking wonderful goodies for church and fundraisers, creating and sewing quilts and all kinds of sewing projects.  She even got a 4-year renewal on her driving license in October!  An amazing woman!!!

To be honest, I haven't paid much attention to rest homes in the past, but now that Dolly is in one, I want to find out all I can bout them.  So far, I've been really impressed with the New Rockford Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd.  It's very spacious and clean and has lots of great activities going on.  The people who work and volunteer there have been very friendly and helpful... and the food looks yummy!

The only drawback I see is that Dolly isn't getting enough physical therapy and help with walking that she needs so badly.  Her legs are weak from being in bed so long, and she needs to walk in order to get her leg-strength back.  Of course, that's only my lay-person's opinion, but I have a feeling that many medical professionals would agree with the importance of getting regular exercise.

I'm thinking about starting a program called "Walk with Dolly" -- where people could sign up to walk with her every day.  😍  In fact, I wonder how many people would like to become "Walkers."  Just think what a wonderful help that would be to so many older people who need someone to walk with them.  After all, many of us who are dog owners take plenty of time to walk our animals.  Why not spend some quality time walking our older friends?!!!  

Anyway, since I'm out of the state and can't be with my friend Dolly today, I'm asking God's blessings on her on this very special day.  I'm hoping that she's getting lots of visitors and love and cards. When I called her today, she said her room was full of flowers and cards... so a big THANKS to everyone who has taken the time to visit or send a card to Dolly.!

And to all of you who are reading this article... HAPPY EASTER and God bless you!

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