Thursday, October 13, 2011

Update on Mom

Just a quick update on Mom's condition for friends and family. On my way back home from the Legacy Family Tree Cruise, we drove up to Margaretville, NY to visit Mom at the nursing home.

I actually was dreading this visit because back in May when I last saw her, she was bed-ridden, couldn't open her eyes and seemed very bloated. Imagine my surprise when she wasn't in bed but in her "geri-chair" (used for geriatric patients).

Not only did she look less bloated but occasionally she would open her beautiful blue eyes. My two aunts joined us and we spent about an hour just sitting there holding her hand, stroking her hair, massaging her shoulders and just plain "being there."

Just to be able to do this, to be in the moment, and so late in our Alzheimer's journey, was such a blessing.

© 2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee


Denise Coughlin said...

That's what I call a great visit!! So glad it turned out better than anticipated!!

Greta Koehl said...

So glad to hear that you were able to have a good visit with your mom; every moment like this is such a gift.

Kathryn Doyle said...

Blessing indeed, Thomas. How wonderful that you were there with her on a good day.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Good to hear that you had a nice visit with your mom, Thomas. Any improvements are a blessing!

Jen said...

I'm so glad you were able to sit with her and she was better than the last time you saw her. A blessing indeed.