day 1 Today we walked around, puzzles, cleaned fingernails, soaked, cleaned, massaged feet, brushed teeth, read daily book, and went outside for a walk and rocked on rocking chair.
day 2 Today we did puzzles, folded clothes, memory game, brush teeth, listened to music, read daily book, walked arnd, went to theraphy and did activities.
day 3 Today went to therapy and did activities, brush teeth, walked around, made our bed, lotioned and massaged feet, read daily book, and matched up outfits.
day 4 Today we walked around, brush teeth, cleaned nails, rocked in rocking chair outside, walked outside, read daily book, and puzzles.
day 1 Today we had a manicure and pedicure, brush teeth, walked around inside and outside, read daily book, and painted fingernails pink.
day 2 Today we walked around, brush teeth, read daily book, puzzles, matched up outfits, straightened up cd’s in case, walked outside,and listened to music.
day 3 Today we did puzzles, brush teeth, looked at pictures and identified them, walked around inside and outside, went outside and rocked in rocking chair.
day 4 Today we walked around inside and outside, wrote names on paper, read daily book, puzzles, brush teeth, cleaned nails, looked at magazine at the pictures, and listened to music.
One way I mark time now is by how many songs we can still sing together. The momsitter tells me she still gets mom to sing along to the jukebox for “Country Roads” and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon.”
During my last visit I made a medley of some of our favorites to see how much mom could remember. Here it is…
A lot goes into taking a picture like this:
There are at least 20 more on my camera like these:
The only way to really get the one picture is to take a couple of dozen pictures and find the perfectly timed shot–between the rocking and the talking and the looking away from the camera.
But the back and forth in the taking of the pictures are some of the best, and funniest moments we have together. I thought I’d make a video of what it is typically like:
day 1 today we walked arnd,brushed teeth,played cards,listened to music,read daily book,and looked at newspaper.
day 2 today we walked arnd,brushed teeth,puzzles,read daily book,and played memory game.
day 3 today we walked,listened to music,puzzles,went outside for a walk and rocked in rocking chair,lotioned and massaged hands and feet,matched up outfits,and read daily book.
day 4 today we listened to music,cleaned nails,puzzles ,walked arnd,repainted nails,read daily book,and brushed teeth.
day 1 today we walked arnd, puzzles,brushed teeth,read daily book,went to theraphy and peddled bike,listened to music,and trimmed and cleaned fingernails.
day 2 today we played cards,read daily book,brushed teeth,listened to music,walked arnd,went outside and sat in sun and took walk outside.
day 3 today we went to theraphy and hit balloon around,walked around, redid nails orange,brushed teeth,read daily book,and did puzzles.
day 4 today we walked arnd,puzzles,brushed teeth,read daily book,folded clothes,played tic tac toe,and went outside and rocked in rocking chair
I’m four inches taller than my mom, and our legs are the same length. I know because we measured when I was in college. My mom, brother and I lined up side to side, and it was quickly determined that my brother was all torso. So we had a runoff for longest legs. Using the big wooden yardstick that hung on the kitchen wall, we called it a tie between mom and me.
I learned to walk fast by spending years trying keep up with her. She walked purposefully through a grocery store, through a mall, across a parking lot, to the neighbor’s house. She’d take big, bounding strides and if you weren’t paying attention, you’d be a jog’s pace behind her in a few seconds.
When we moved her to the nursing home she’d spend most of her waking moments walking up and down the halls, getting into trouble as she’d go, being her normal, nosy self. But now she’s starting to have trouble with balance and coordination.
I’ve been so worried that as she started to lose stability in these late stages that she’d fall and break her leg, or worse. I asked about training her to use a walker so we could prevent it, but the physical therapy unit evaluated her and determined she’s too far along to learn to use it.
Here’s the ironic thing, as she’s lost stability walking, she’s simultaneously lost that initiative to get up and go independently. She still walks whenever you take her by the hand and lead her, though she has to stop along the way to sit and regroup. But when you put her in a chair, or put her to bed, she stays there till you come and get her. It’s a bit of divine intervention really.
Here’s some video from last week’s walk to see our favorite trees in bloom…
And the good-byes to the pink trees…