As part of our “Mom” caregiver community, this method of sharing responsibilities allows for others to help out. My youngest niece, who is a Senior in high school 7 hours away, called Mom to see how she was after the procedure and the blizzard.
Attitude is everything. Each person introduced themselves and was asked to comment about the snow. Without exception, each person said something lovingly about the snow, how it brightened up the brown ground, how they loved doing things in it. Other than extreme cold, each person described how they embraced the snow as part of Maine life, as part of LIVING.
In planning, the better I feel and the more effectively I can be upon arrival when I make the trip south to tackle situations with my Senior Mom.
Changes. The only thing that stays the same in life, right? Last week, Mom left a message in my voice mail. “Don’t call me back, this wonderful thing I just got…” A trip to the hospital for Afib requires a change in medication and learning how to recognize what Afib feels like and when to call […]
Stay Tuned and Connect: Mom and I have a bunch of stories and there are more experiences every week to share. We hope you enjoy reading about them as much as we do sharing them. Tell your friends, your kids, your neighbors. If you notice sarcasm and humor, it is how we handle the tough times, putting perspective on stress, sadness, and loss.
When you have worked either in the home raising kids or outside the home, retirement thoughts can feel pretty lonely. As I get older, I understand it differently and certainly experiencing life so closely with Mom, I have a better feel for the emotions that are included in this big change. Not everyone shouts “FREEDOM!” from the rooftops on their last day at a job and the life they knew for so long.
Anyone reading this blog, do yourself a favor- gather the contacts important to “your Mom.” People that you may not have contact information for on your phone. I have her key neighbors and work friends, her boss and a few other folks that I have saved as a “Group” on my phone.
This situation and others are what this blog is about. The twists and turns of our life together. Navigating health and life with my Mom in her late 70’s and me in my mid 50’s. Living life with laughter and some tears but most of all love and understanding of our individual challenges.