One of the challenging things with Mom right now is determining what ailment is causing what symptoms. Her eyes are watering, her head feels “full”. Is this the congestive heart failure? Is it a side-effect of some med? Or is it allergies? She has always suffered from allergies, but the last couple of years have been a bit more severe. She moved into an apartment just about that time. We are wondering if she is allergic to something in her home. Oh my, what a mess that will be…. another move? Can her memory deal with all her belongings being in yet a another new closet, new cupboard? Oh Dear God….
She wanted to take me out to lunch on Monday. We ate at a local eatery, then made our weekly visit to the pharmacy. Afterwards, I hated to take her home so soon. The weather here has been bitter this winter, forcing her to stay inside most days. We live in a small community — not much to do on a very cold winter day, but I suggested we stop by a hair salon. “How about a new doo, Mom?” It had been months — years maybe — since a stylist cut her hair. Mom is kind of a “do it yourself” woman. The plumbing below her kitchen sink can attest to that! Anyways, after a couple of stops, we found a salon that could take her immediately. The young, heavily tatooed, fuchia-hair-colored beautician was the perfect fit for mom. She was kind and gentle and very patient. I took a few pictures, but I only feel comfortable, at this point, posting one. Some day I may add the rest. Look at that head — hardly a gray hair! She has never colored it. I think I have more gray hair than she does. It was a fun, normal thing to do. I love my Mom.
I have not noticed any major memory lapses this week. However, I do think the pharmacy has decided it is their mission to test her. I have asked them to text and call me now. Let me deal with all that confusion. Seriously, there is just a lot of communication with so many drugs involved. I made that decision when they ran short of a couple of her meds and wanted to only fill half the bottles. Good grief.
We’ve had a communication problem with the new cardiologist. Some very important drug dosage info was left off the paperwork — and oh my — their paperwork is their gospel. I can’t seem to get the nurse “hotline” to understand what actually transpired. These are the kinds of things that drive me crazy. But lessons are being learned. I will never walk out of a doctor’s office again without the paperwork being accurate.
During one of our conversations this week, Mom mentioned my brother’s upcoming trip.
Not only did she remember he was leaving, but she remembered when he was going. I said, ‘do you remember where he is going?’ Yes, she did….
That, my dear friend, is progress. I am hopeful.
Lord, hope keeps us going. Thank you for the little things that bring hope.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal,” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18