Janet and Gord, friends of Irene and myself from Edmonton (they actually introduced us) came out here last week. Unlike ordinary houseguests, though, they came to look after us: they fed us, cleaned up, and kept Irene entertained.
I’m not a very good nurse, so I think Irene really appreciated having Janet and Gord looking after her instead. They distracted her from her post-surgery thoughts, cheered her up, and generally got her spirits up. And as a side bonus, I didn’t have to prepare any meals for the entire time they were here. I say “prepare” rather than “cook”, since I don’t actually cook- everything I feed Irene and myself goes from freezer to microwave to plate. Gord actually *cooked*, creating food from raw ingredients and so forth.
In any case, they’ve been gone now for a few days, and I think both Irene and I miss their presence. Thanks, Gord and Janet!