Friday, August 8, 2014

ALMOST 90 YEARS "YOUNG"



ALMOST 90 YEARS "YOUNG"

This photo was taken last year in August after mom entered the nursing home. She certainly looks happy and content in her new surroundings. Mom never wanted to leave her home, yet last year my brother and I decided that it was best for her. Fortunately, she had no idea where she was going or how she even got there. If there can be anything comforting about Alzheimer's it is that whatever upsetting feelings or thoughts that fill her mind disappear as quickly as they surface. It seems that they are washed away being forever lost at sea

In one week I will be visiting mom to celebrate her 90th Birthday. As the time approaches I start to feel excited and nervous. The combination of mixed emotions, whenever I go to visit her, has been happening for quite a few years.

Being a long distance caregiver I never know what to expect even though I speak to the nurses each day. My brother sends me pictures as well as keeping me abreast to his weekly visits. Since I do not see her as often I immediately witness the changes that Alzheimer's has had on her. I can see how much the disease has progressed.

I know that I must keep my upsetting feelings suppressed so that I may enjoy the time that I get to spend with her. I do not know how many more birthdays that I will be able to celebrate with mom, yet I know that each one of them is so very special. Turning 90 is no "spring chicken," although many people are living longer.

Each day that mom can still laugh, speak and smile is a day I cherish. Life is so precious and it is a treasure that she can still say my name. My love for her is so strong and to be able to celebrate her 90th birthday is a moment I will always remember. So, in less than a week, my sentimental voyage to mom will begin.

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10 comments:

  1. Spend time with your mom as often as you can. I just lost my mom July 30,2014 to dementia, 2 days before her 80th birthday. You and your mom are so amazing, cherish every moment.

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    1. Dear Anonymous, I am so sorry about the loss of your mom. You are both in my heart & prayers. Thank you for your loving words. Lisa

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  2. Happy 90th birthday to your mom Lisa. I live close to mom and I still get those same feelings before during and after each visit. Treasure these special moments. Enjoy <3

    Michele

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  3. Take in every moment with your Mom that you can. Her scent, her smile, her touch.. Keep writing and taking photographs.. you will cherish them forever. Make her smile, make her laugh and continue to appreciate your "new" relationship like you have been doing! I lost my Mom July 14th at the young age of 62 to Alzheimers and although I have 35 + years of wonderful memories.. it never seems like enough to get me through. I enjoy your posts so please keep them coming! Best wishes to both you and Mom!

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    1. Hi Kerri,

      I'm so sorry about your mom and she was so very young to have suffered from this disease. I can only imagine the pain it caused you and your family, yet the words that you have written me show me how much your heart has been filled with love. I'm sure that your mom was very proud of you and that she is always with you. xoxo Lisa

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  4. Thanks Lisa! She was SO young and SO beautiful and the most intelligent woman... the last person you would think to have this disease at such a young age. As you know.. the disease doesn't discriminate. I lost my paternal grandmother to the same demon. It is a day to day process/battle and so hard on the family. I am sending you much love to get through your journey with Mom. I love looking at your pictures and the best part about them is Mom is always smiling! What a blessing!
    www.LoveThatMamaDrama.blogspot.com

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    1. I love your blog. Writing can set one free!

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