Sunday, August 15, 2010
What a joy to spend the evening quietly with Mom. Yes, she is impaired, but there is still so much beauty and charm. She talked on the telephone with special friend, Ruth Shannon. Yes, she really talked to Ruth and responded with smiles and appropriateness. We sang the alphabet song with Connie from church. She sang to and initiated conversation with Ishcabibble, our special mouse friend. He has become our constant companion. I think he may have an identity crisis going because his name changes frequently as well as what kind of critter. Sometimes a pig, mouse, rat, etc. He is the very soft friend from the book "If you give a mouse a cookie..." She has gotten up twice totally on her own to go to the bathroom. Hooray! Needed some help and reminders but mostly on her own. She has slept for two hours so far tonight and is resting comfortably now. I asked Mom tonight if she knew what was wrong with her. She responded, "I had a stroke." Are you scared? "No." I told her that we were going to take good care of her and she responded, "because you love me." She understands but doesn't. She read tonight outloud from the Reader's Digest. We played a couple hands of "Quiddler," a word game we love. She made words and remembered mostly how to play. I told her that she was cheating! We have some new rules for the game... and that's okay. All this tells me that there is hope and I am trusting in God, therapists, and medical team. God is so very good!