Hi All, I can’t believe how this week just flew by. I’ve been pretty busy preparing my house for my mom who will be staying with me for one week. I’ve shared this in some of my comments around the blogosphere but I never wrote about it here so you probably don’t know that I am a caregiver for my mom. She lives with one of my sisters but me and my other two sisters share the caregiver responsibilities every day.
My mom became a widow at age 29. She had six children and I am the youngest of the six. She never remarried. Five years ago she was living alone in a senior citizens building when she suffered a massive heart attack. Thankfully, one of my nieces (who was nine at the time) was visiting her when this happened and she dialed 911.
My mom miraculously survived that heart attack and none of the doctors can explain how she survived. Only 5% of people who suffer that type of heart attack survive and she was one of the lucky ones. My mom suffers from a few ailments, the worst one being diabetes so this made her survival chances even worse but she made it and we are grateful for that.
So after a long stay at the hospital, which included triple bypass surgery, followed by another surgery due to an infection, she was sent to a rehab center for three months and then came home to live with one of my sisters. She hasn’t been the same since the heart attack mainly because she now suffers from short-term memory loss due to the amount of time she was out during the heart attack. But overall her health today is better than it was five years ago and her long-term memory is excellent. She recognizes all of us and remembers almost everything from her past so we are thankful for that.
Since my mom suffers from short-term memory loss she cannot remember something you told her just 5 minutes ago. She doesn’t really have track of time so she can’t really cook for herself, remember to take her medication or remember when she last ate. She also has very bad knees and needs a walker to walk. We are grateful that she can still walk a little bit at least, which is helpful when assisting her with daily living needs.
She never wanted to live in a home so having her live with one of us was always going to be part of the plan. There wasn’t much of a plan beyond that so we had to get ourselves organized pretty quickly after the heart attack. I think I’ll write more about that in a future post.
Having her stay with us is a bit of a project because we have to prepare the house to adapt to her disabilities. But I’m happy to have her stay with me while my sister takes her vacation. As you can imagine, being a caregiver can take a toll and we all need a break every now and then.
Now that we have our home she can finally stay over comfortably. I’m looking forward to learning some new cooking tips and just spending time together. I’m thankful that she’s still with us and that we’ve been able to care for her these last few years.
Will you be responsible for providing care for your aging parents one day?
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