Thursday, July 23, 2009
Stitching in the sunshine with Mom
Yesterday I left work at noon for a care plan meeting for my mom. These meetings occur every three months and are for the purpose of evaluating the care and the future plans for care for the patient. A block of about 20 minutes is set aside for me to meet with the nurse and social worker, but we are usually done in 5 minutes or less because my mom is in excellent health except for the late third-stage Alzheimer's. She is 77 years old and requires absolutely no medicine. Before I left work I had lunch with five of my friends who range in age from 45 to 60, and I listened to them describe their medications and ailments. How very strange.
Anyway, visits with my mom are very depressing for me; and so far this year I have only visited her on the days of the meetings. The mother of my friend, NancyF, is also a nursing home resident; and she has Alzheimer's as well. Nancy and I were comparing visits one day, and she suggested I take my stitching along. So yesterday I wheeled Mom outside to enjoy the fresh air, and I spent a couple hours stitching along side her.
It's almost like talking to myself as she can't speak or understand me, but it was such a nice afternoon spending time with her. I got to see that she is extremely clean and very relaxed looking. The staff at this home is so kind and loving to all the residents, and our family is so grateful for that. And while we were outside, I noticed that she has such lovely skin for her age. Mom always used Dove soap; and even when we would go on vacation, she took her Dove soap with her!
For a new take on Dove soap, please check out Carrie's blog. She has made oatmeal Dove soap, and I'm going to give this a try.