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Monday, March 04, 2013

Changes and letting go of expectations, One day at a time!



I took the beautiful amaryllis, which now had 10 BLOOMS!, to the center where Mom is for rehab.  It was so cheerful in one of the open areas!

Now, the red amaryllis has become droopy and I have it back at home....it does have a new stalk with 4 new buds! Unstoppable for the moment! [ and because of constant weird effects of changes with Windows 8, this photo, below, will not open for editing....more letting go of expectations...I had wanted a vertical photo!]

So, let it be.....sideways! But you get the idea, growth and change...blooming and dying! And I can't control everything!!!!!
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Now to the other part of the story, my mother ( who has been living with us for 3 years) has had a stroke. She is in a nice rehab facility.  Last Sunday I baked her favorite chocolate chip cookies for a treat when I went to see her on Monday.
Monday morning came and before I was up and out the door, I got a call from her rehab nurse saying that she was slurring her words and a few other things so they were sending her to the emergency room to be checked.

I grabbed my treat for her...the box of cookies.....BUT....duh....of  course, when one has a stroke affecting the tongue and speech, it also affects chewing and swallowing.  No more cookies for Mom!
Now all her foods have to be soft and liquids have to be thicker...

We got her a fine wheelchair, one that can recline to different angles when she is sitting for long periods. Here my brother, Hollis and I are taking her for a ride in her wheel chair and touring the halls of the place where she is living.


So we take it one day at a time now, Mom is sweet and thankful for the good care her nurses and CNA's provide. Some days she is up and in the chair, some days having to rest more....

5 comments:

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

It is indeed hard to let go of things - and expectations. I hope that things ease up for you and your mom and your family. You are fortunate that you have found such a good place and good care.

Laura said...

Love you mama!!! :)

Lila Rostenberg said...

JoAnn yu are so sweet and wise! thanks for stopping by and leaving yr encouraging comments!

Cheryl said...

ditto JoAnn's comments, and may you all have "the peace that passeth all understanding"

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I sure hope she continues to improve. I know you're glad to have her close to you.

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