Pull the Keys

LilMagill

Pull the Keys

LilMagill
keys-233368_640“This could be an ideal time to pull the keys,” said my cousin, a doctor, whom we’re visiting right now.

“How did she seem to you yesterday?” I asked. (She had stayed with my cousin and his wife while my husband and son and I went to an amusement park.)

“I’m worried about her memory,” he said, along with a bunch of other things. I told him her doctor had noted “mild cognitive impairment” and he said, “That’s exactly what I would say. But you want to pull the keys before she has an accident. And the fact that she hasn’t been driving since the accident makes this an ideal time.”

But how do I do it? How do I tell her she can never drive again with hurting her and hurting our relationship? How do I make her face the fact that she is probably in the early stages of dementia? This is my mother, a person I love and want to make happy! And I need her to be happy with me too. How can I lose my own need for my mom’s approval?

Am I strong enough to tell her she can never drive again? Can I keep waiting? I wish someone else could take this decision – and action – away from me.

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