BUTTON THERAPY
// STORIES FROM THE FLOOR
My story is about my Dad, who died from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s last May. My Dad’s illness was hard on my Mom who, as a retired nurse, was also his primary caregiver. We went to Wind Creek a lot, where I took care of Dad so Mom could relax and have fun. My Dad’s last outing was in early April, before he was completely bedridden.
 
It was a beautiful spring Saturday, and I picked Mom and Dad up for lunch and then took them to Creek Casino Montgomery so Mom could enjoy some “button therapy.” I was playing So Hot 40 Lines, and Dad was playing Pastures and Beyond right next to me. My Dad loved to play, but he was much more frugal than I am. While I sat there playing the max bet, he played 80 cents, but when we cashed out a few hours later, he was tickled that I cashed out $600 and he cashed out $400 - even though he was betting so much less than I was.
 
The doctor said it was okay at this stage of his disease for him to enjoy a few drinks, something he had completely given up when he got sick. So we sat there and had a few of his favorite drinks - Canadian Mist and Sprite. Little did I know when I dropped them off at home that evening, he would never be able to leave the house again.
 
Still, it was such a great day. I wouldn’t trade this memory for anything. And now, when we are at WCM, I find a Pastures and Beyond game to play, order a Canadian Mist and Sprite, and send a smile and thumbs up to my wonderful Pops!
submitted by Nancy P.
We’d like to thank Nancy for submitting her story. Each month we’ll feature another story submitted by one of our Guests, so if you have a special Wind Creek moment you’d like to share, send in your story today!