Apartment Living

We are gradually getting Harry and Carole settled in their new place.  I took this pic a couple of weeks ago…

Note Harry’s Executive work station with cardboard box credenza!

The process has been set back a bit by a plumbing disaster this week – the guy who came to fix the shower that only rained hot water broke the valve, and flooded the bathroom and both bedrooms.  So now they are getting lovely new wood floors, along with cold water in the shower, hopefully.

We had them over to our place to watch the Sox game this afternoon – pretty great to have a 10 minute ride down Michigan Avenue instead of the hour schlep from the suburbs!  Katie and Jimmy came by, and we had Steve, Rachel, and little Nolan on Facetime, so it was a lot of family fun!

Carole’s speech is coming along more slowly than she’d like, but noticeably to the rest of us.  It tends to be at it’s best after morning coffee and as she tires into the evening, it gets harder for her to find the words in conversation.  We find we are spending a LOT less time playing guessing games about what she’s trying to say, because much more of the time she’s able to express it.  Jim Jr. points out that she has achieved what no other family member has done: getting this bunch of chatterboxes to stop to LISTEN to what another family member has to say!  She’s still shy of phone conversations, just because it’s so frustrating when she can’t find the words she’s looking for, and it’s not possible to fill the gap with facial expressions and hand gestures.

So that’s the news from here.  It was great just to do something as normal as hang out and watch a game! Hope all of you are enjoying a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend!

By |2021-05-30T19:55:56-05:00May 30th, 2021|Categories: Carole Bock|0 Comments

New Home, At Last!

Carole and Harry got to sleep in their own bed last night!  Harry says they are going a little nuts trying to find things, but that it’s good to be in their own space.

Carole Ann reported this afternoon:

“Guess who just sat down at the piano and played! Not one-note little ditties. She played an improvisational duet of heart and soul where she played with both hands and improvised all sorts of fun stuff. She can play!!!

So things are good.  If you’d like to correspond with them this summer, their address will be

Harry and Carole Bock
850 N. Lake Shore Drive, Apartment 1102
Chicago, IL  60611

By |2021-05-11T20:57:09-05:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Carole Bock|0 Comments

Working at Rehab

Carole started at the Ability Lab on Monday.  They are working her hard, 3 hours a day, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.

It’s very cool – already we are seeing changes.  She can string several sentences together when she’s well-rested.

Jim and I will be at a distance for the next little bit –  but we will pass on news that comes to us!

We’re headed to Seattle to meet this little guy.  Please meet Carole and Harry’s great grandson, Nolan Bock! Born Thursday May 4, 8 lbs, 3 oz, 20 inches.  Mom Rachel and baby are doing well.  Dad Steve is pretty tired, but also proud, happy and thrilled!

By |2023-03-19T19:26:41-05:00May 6th, 2021|Categories: Carole Bock|0 Comments

Settling in

Carole and Harry have now been at the condo for 2 weeks and seem to be settling in, but are definitely looking forward to having their own place sometime after May 10!

Carole Ann took Carole to get her hair done yesterday and she looks terrific.  Val took Harry to get a cut, so now they are just wildy glamorous together.

Carole has been to her new primary care doc, who we like a lot.  After her appointment Carole was able to say “I am hungry and thirsty!” so they stopped for lunch at Beatrix, a delightful restaurant in the Northwestern Medical complex. Then they took a short walk over to the apartment building Carole Ann lives in (she’s on the 10th floor, they will be on the 11th)

The words are coming.  We expect that they will start to come faster as she gets some professional help.  Meanwhile, Harry works with her on the homework sent with her discharge papers from Lee Hospital each and every day, so we can see how things that were beyond her just a few days ago are now within her powers.

Thanks everyone, for all the prayers.  They are working!


By |2021-05-02T08:06:57-05:00May 2nd, 2021|Categories: Carole Bock|0 Comments

Saturday Fun

We have a negative Covid test for Carole,  and a visit from Jimmy.  Katie had this fun idea for something to keep Carole out of trouble, so now we will have to think about rolling up the piano in time for dinner.

By |2021-04-24T17:26:08-05:00April 24th, 2021|Categories: Carole Bock|0 Comments

Working the checklist

We are making good progress through the checklist.  Carole got a PCR Covid test today, per the request of the AbilityLab.   We’ve also got her and Harry signed up to meet new primary care docs down here.

They are really looking forward to the temperatures rising, though.  We Chicagoans are basking in 60 degree heat, and they still want their jackets. 🙂

By |2023-03-19T19:27:55-05:00April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Carole Bock|0 Comments

Becoming a Pro

Carole has apparently decided that she is DONE with pill drama.  She has a lot to take in the evening, and tonight, took a bunch at once, and then dealt individually with the two large ones.  The whole thing was done within 2 minutes.  She and Harry are settling into the condo, and gradually, we are filling in the stuff that they need that didn’t get packed.

By |2023-03-19T19:28:44-05:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Carole Bock|0 Comments

Breakfasting al Condo

Harry and Carole got up this morning.  I made coffee, they made toast, and a little later it was time to take her pills. Carole took charge of this operation.  There’s still one pill that is sufficiently large that it needs to be crushed, but otherwise, no surprise, the lady who knows how she wants to do it can do it in half the time it takes when she is assisted!

By |2023-03-19T19:29:20-05:00April 20th, 2021|Categories: Carole Bock|0 Comments

Settled in in Chicago

John drove us to Utica, Illinois today, where he and Kim will hunker down until this silly historic forecasted snow passes.

Carole Ann picked me, Katie, Carole and Harry up and drove us into the city.  Katie is home re-united with her kitties (and we suspect, her boyfriend.)   Carole Ann came up to the condo with us and helped her folks settle in, and stayed to enjoy a welcome back feast of Malnatis pizza.    Carole and Harry enjoyed a little Jeopardy (gotta do reruns because it plays early here in Chicago!) and some Wheel of Fortune and then retired for the evening.

Carole and Harry will be staying here till May 10, when their apartment in Carole Ann’s building becomes available. She should be able to start speech therapy May 2.

If you’d like to write, the address here is  Carole Bock, c/o  James Bock, 1841 S. Calumet Av, #1507, Chicago, IL 60616

By |2023-03-19T19:29:52-05:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: Carole Bock|0 Comments

Sunrise over the Ohio

Our day is off to a gorgeous start!

As we approached the Ohio River from Paducah, Carole uttered what I think was the first observational sentence I’ve heard, “That looks like an Illinois Bridge!”

Sure enough. As we crossed the Ohio River into Illinois, we were treated to this delightful sunrise:

By |2023-03-19T19:30:21-05:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: Carole Bock|2 Comments
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