I am so moved by all your replies and thoughts. Thank-you. It really does help. I do have dark days--and frustrating ones too--and some days I feel like I'm in a dream. And it's been so hard giving up my old home/life. But as some here have said: one day at a time.
Today I thought I'd "introduce" you to a few of the characters we have here, which do provide amusement, however inadvertantly.
There's Jeannie, one of the permanent residents. A delightful senior who's lost a lot of cognizant brain function. Almost always cheerful, she's our resident "escape artist" Aways trying to escape from here on her wheechair. She has made it many times out the building and halfway down the block. Once several blocks away in a shopping mall! She's always brought back wearing a big grin.
Karl, a staff member, is the floor's hunk--in his mind that is. Thinks he's a Harrison Ford. A bit of a ham too. Crazy for T-shirts from other countries.
Anna, a fellow Rehab, is the female version of "House" atittude-wise. A feminine version of a curmudgion. Loves to tell stories of the old days. [she's 84]. I'll miss her as she's finally going home on Friday.
Ingrid is an 80-something scamp. A real hoot. Think of a 15 year old schoolgirl you knew, always up for some harmless mischief. She always can make me giggle. Another Rehaber who's going home soon.
Then there's Ted, who can never get enuff food. Always on the lookout for a snack.
Rick always has a good joke, and loves to play cards. He has such an upbeat atittude it's easy to forget how seriously ill he really is. He usually joins our card table which is where I hang out when I'm not at physio.
I've taken up learning how to knit as another way to pass the time. Right now I'm [trying] knitting a cap.
Gotta go. PC time is over.