Last week my boss caught a “Back to Nursery School” virus from his grandson. He was very cautious to prevent spreading it, but sure enough, I caught it! It’s really beastly, too!
You know, when life gets difficult, I can usually handle things pretty well; but when I am ill, I find my emotions way too close to the surface. This week has been like that, but the Lord always seems to send comfort in the most precious ways. The comfort came this time by way of pictures from my precious daughter-in-law by phone and by blog, then a phone call from my sweet son yesterday afternoon. Just in time, just when I needed a little cheer!
So, since many of you don’t see Emily’s blog, I thought I would share the pics she posted – mostly for me!!
Arulai Jean – can you believe how big she’s gotten?! The baby that left us in June is now a full fledged little girl!
My beautiful Minnesota girls! I think Arulai, even more than Emily, has her Grandmommy Pam’s eyes.
It is so funny to see them in long sleeves while we are still having 90 degree days!
Aren’t they simply gorgeous?
As I said earlier, I also got to talk to Nathanael later yesterday. His call came at a great time, because Mama was in an agitated mood and the phone distracted her. Bo and I talked about the capture of the “Rooftop Burglar” who has been burglarizing J.C. Penneys (Bo is a Loss Prevention Supervisor for JCP) in several states by cutting through the roof. He had not heard that the guy had been caught. I felt kinda important passing along that bit of information!
Then, as he got home while we were still talking, Arulai came to greet him and I got to talk to her! She chattered right along, although I still don’t know all she was talking about. She knew she was talking to her Nonnie, though, and that made all the difference in the world in my day! And Mama had forgotten her agitation by the time I got off the phone, too.
Mama has had about 3 good evenings in a row. We are learning how to deal with her bit by bit, and are finding out ways to help her and ourselves. My sister sent me a website that has helped me so much. It is “Coach Broyles Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” and has practical tips and helps for those of us caring for folks with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. He offers his book as a free download or even by mail, so I downloaded and read it this week. I can’t tell you how helpful it has been. Coach Broyes is not coming from a medical standpoint but more from a loving caregiving point of view. He leads you through the 3 stages of AD, telling what to expect, and how to deal with each new stage. Everything part of his book is written through love. His wife died of AD, and this book is a culmination of all he learned during her illness. And while seeing what definitely is or may be coming in my Mama’s life is scary, it is also helpful to know these things ahead of time, and have some “plays” already in place for the future. It has also been astounding to learn that some of the issues we face are not unique to us, but are common in the progression of dementia. The human brain is amazing in its health and in its illnesses!
Well, I hope I haven’t bored you with my ramblings. Jeanne is taking care of me as well as Mama and Dad today, so I have had more time to write than usual. Sorry about that!
God bless your day!!