My life has changed so much, I barely have time to BLOG these days. I'm trying to build a new wardrobe for Mom so she will have nice things to wear that are not 20 years old and way too big. Mom quit shopping for clothes many years ago. She weighs only 117 pounds, so she is little. She used to be a Size 14 in pants and wore Large tops. Hence, those are the sizes she still has in her closet.
For those who don't know, my Mom who has Dementia moved in with us on January 1st. She has done really well most of the time. Last night and today she seemed much more confused than usual. I am praying it is a temporary setback. I hate to see her decline. It will be hard.
Last night, she got out of bed about 10:30, came down the dark hallway into the kitchen, and she opened the freezer drawer. By that time I had jumped out of bed and joined her and asked her what she was doing. She said she had not had any dinner and she needed to make some.
My Mom does NOT cook at all. It would not be safe! I do all the cooking. I had cooked a nice dinner, and she had eaten well, including her Butter Pecan ice cream topped with Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream for dessert.
I explained all that to her and walked her back to her bedroom.
A little while ago Jerry and I were sitting on our bed watching a basketball game. Mom came into our room as she often does in the evenings. I asked her what she needed and motioned for her to come sit next to me on the bed. She told me she was VERY worried! She said she had looked and looked, and she could not find her Visa card.
I asked her why she needed her Visa card.
She said that she was going to be leaving tomorrow to get her hair done, and she was going to have to have that Visa card to pay the girl.
I explained to her all about how the girl comes HERE to WASH her hair -- not perm it, and that I would take her soon to get a permanent, but I would pay for it. I told her she didn't need to ever worry about money again. She asked about her house and WHO was going to clean it up. I pointed to myself.
She looked at me and said, "So you are going to take care of everything?"
I said, "Yes, Mom, you don't have to worry about anything anymore."
She gave me a huge hug and said she was going to her room.
I asked her if she remembered where her room was. She said, "Yes, it is right next to yours."
Her room is down the hall at the other end of the house. Sooooooooooooooo sad. Breaks my heart.
That is my life now. Caring for my Mom. We have a wonderful new lady to help us, so I now have two. The new lady is a Nurse, and unlike the first lady, she can stay full days for me. That means I can go to work once or twice a week. I really need to be there too. Jerry is home still recovering from knee surgery, so he hasn't been going to work.
Gotta go check on Mom. I go in several times before bedtime.
Here's my latest VLOG if you haven't already seen it.
Be back when I have something to show you.