Jul 6 2011 in The Unit Known As Shandi's blog by The Unit Known as Shandi
Today was an up and down kind of day. I’d have to call it a tie between Mom’s will to live and the C Diff. My brother handled making arrangements with the cemetery and funeral home today, which I so appreciate. He respected my wishes, and my sister’s, but handled all the unpleasant details. Mom is very weak, too weak to talk, but I’ve had kisses and little smiles. She’s aware of everything that is going on around her, and her mind is clear.
I decided today to send a daily email with a picture of Mom to a family email list, and to my Facebook friends. I haven’t posted many pictures of Mom on caregiving.com, but I realized today that you have all become part of my extended family. When I joined caregiving.com, I wanted to remain anonymous for Mom’s privacy (that’s why the pseudonym). I’ve decided to break that, and share a picture of Mom with all of you each day as Mom and I battle this horrible infection. The picture for today was taken just a week or so ago, after Mom returned home from the adult family home. The little boy is my grandson, who lived with us for the first five years of his life and is now seven. Walkers, wheelchairs, and loving his great-grandma is a normal part of his life. He is an amazing child.
Thank you, all, for your support and caring. I’m hanging in here, but am very tired. Tomorrow, I’m hoping to slow things down a little and focus on spending time with Mom. I plan to wheel her hospital bed outside in the fresh air and let her see the river. Maybe play the piano for her, and just for a while, unplug the telephone. She is so loved. I counted 24 incoming calls today (from the caller ID, there’s no way I could have remembered how many). I think I may delegate the phone calls to my sister. I’m so glad everyone cares, but it’s hard to answer that many calls and care for Mom! Also a visit from my brother, who stayed with me when the hospice social worker came, and a bath aide.