Tuesday, October 18, 2011
MOM THE LITTLE BUDDHA
MOM THE LITTLE BUDDHA (Day 2 of trip)
Mom awoke around 8:30 AM the next morning and again was in a very good space. My brother and I took her to an adult center day program that had other Alzheimer’s patients, to be interviewed. Mom did not want to stay although she answered all the questions that the social worker asked of her, and mom was accepted. She was cute, and as we exited she was sure to perform her repertoire of dancing and singing for the social worker.
After the interview we all went to lunch and ate outside by the ocean, which was quite lovely. On the way back I was sitting with my mom in the back of the car. In between her questioning us if we were almost at her house mom heard me say” in my next life I would be an…,” and Ruthie my mom, the little Buddha interrupted me and said, “Lisa don’t worry about your next life just stay healthy and happy in this life”. I turned and looked at her and smiled, with the thoughts of how sharp at moments she still can be.
That evening my son Logan had left the room for a few minutes. My mom turned to me and said, “where did that nice young man go?” “Mom, that nice young man is your grandson”. Mom said “he is?” with surprise in her voice. I also heard my mom ask Logan during the evening if he had any brother’s or sisters. My brother said that mom absolutely knows Logan, she was just confused.
I had also questioned my brother if mom knew that she has Alzheimer’s. I’ve been asked this question several times and never knew the correct answer. I knew that mom and I never spoke about it. “Did mommy know that her brother had Alzheimer’s?” I asked. Gil answered that he didn’t think so, that they never had spoken about it. Ruthie’s younger brother had died from it over three years ago. At this point does it really matter if my mom knows or not?
To be continued……