This was a hard weekend, and I’m not even sure why. I have so many conflicting emotions right now. Mom appears to be getting better — both mentally and physically. And that is wonderful. She has clarity on most issues. Evidently she had some vivid dreams while that drug was too high in her system, and on those “stories” she is adamant about what happened. Even though we have tried to explain what really transpired, she won’t relent. One particular event has become an area of contention between us so I am no longer going to talk about it at all. Another lesson learned. “Don’t you remember…” can no longer come out of my mouth. Ever.
She is talking about going home. She says she will stay here another week. This is a new development. She has been so weak and frail that going home wasn’t an option. Also, mentally, she wasn’t able to sort things out in her mind, and I think she knew that — and it scared her. But now, she is gaining strength and her mind is working at least as well as it was 3 months ago. So now I have a dilemma. I am no longer caring for a submissive sick woman. Caring for her now is a bit more challenging. I have to be on my toes and ready to play some mind games now. In her mind, she is strong and capable of taking care of herself. And she could for a day or two, but right now, she doesn’t have the endurance to keep on taking care of herself. Before long, meals would become a pre-made-store-bought pudding cup and cookies; not because that is what she wants to eat, but because it is easy and quick and she’ll not have the energy to prepare a good meal for herself. That is clearly what was happening earlier this year.
I also see a shift in her countenance — she is willing to do what we ask, but she is rebelling on the inside. This, I must admit, brings a smile to my face. We do go backwards at some point — “The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons” playing out before my own eyes. She doesn’t seek out any privacy when she talks on the phone to her friends, and occasionally, she lets slip what she really thinks. ouch. I think I might be in trouble here. My siblings and I emailed back and forth yesterday. I am going to need some hefty reinforcements soon. They are somewhat divided on whether Mom will ever go back to her home. Uh oh. I guess I should have seen that coming too.
There are so many things to consider when she wants to go home. We are not only considering recent health issues, but her apartment lease is up in 3 months. What then? And to be frank, we don’t really want her to go back to that apartment. She has lived there for 3 years, and has had major allergy issues ever since she signed the lease. And even though I am taking 2 different allergy meds myself this week due to the tree/grass pollens, she appears to be doing fine; she hasn’t sneezed once in 4 weeks! ‘Mom, how are your allergies? Do you have a headache or scratchy throat?’ ‘No, I’m doing fine’. Hmm…. makes us wonder if the allergies were due to mold or something within those 4 walls. But she loves that apartment. I think I might be in trouble.
So as I begin week 4 of Mom here in my home, I realize it is a new ball game. We had gotten accustomed to one another and had settled into a routine, but the rules have changed. So did I want Mom to get better? Isn’t that what I prayed for? Absolutely!! But her “better” may never be better enough for her to actually go back home. Her better may be just enough to make her miserable. And I’m not sure what I’m going to do.
I think I might be in trouble here.
Lord, I need wisdom here. I need discernment. I need patience. Help me today to make the right decisions in caring for Mom.. Help my sisters, brother and me to make the right decisions for our Mom for her future. Help us to love and honor her in all these decisions. I pray that she is content and happy. I pray that she has a peace about it. Oh Lord, we need help!