Thursday, November 19, 2009

Off Again

We got home from Arizona on Monday, Lloyd went back in High Level yesterday, and I'm headed to Winnipeg today. When I finally get home again on Sunday, I'm not budging from Edmonton till well after Christmas.

I'm going to Winnipeg today to help out for a few days with Mum. She's in a hospital right now awaiting an opening in a nursing home that has the capability of dealing with patients in the advanced stage of Alzheimer's that Mum has. Wendy has been spending every day for the past three weeks in the hospital with Mum and its becoming too much for her. She hasn't had time for Christmas shopping, or quilting, or helping her youngest daughter with her January wedding plans, or just to relax.

Wendy, Mum, Me - May 28, 2009

It'll be an interesting weekend walking the hospital halls with Mum. At 88 she's still very energetic and needs to keep busy. I hope I can keep up with her. Her memory has deteriorated to such an extent that she doesn't know anyone except Wendy (and isn't always aware that Wendy is her daughter), and has no memory of having lived anyplace except the hospital she's currently in.

Alzheimer's is a horrible disease. Mum and three of her siblings so far have been afflicted with it, and the ones who haven't been live in fear of getting it. Wendy and I are hoping it's not an inherited condition, although Mum's parents lived to be 95 with no sign of it.

I probably won't be blogging again till after I'm get home on Sunday, so don't forget me and keep checking in, just in case. I'll have my computer with me but I'm not sure I'll have internet access.