Mom Update: Her Final Goodbye

My mother’s long goodbye came to an end on Saturday, July 6th at 12:26pm. Thank you for all your love and support. RUTH JOANNE NELSON September 11th, 1937 — July 6th, 2013 **********  A Celebration of Life Thursday July 11th at 11:00 am Living Spirit United Methodist Church 4501 Bloomington Ave. So. Minneapolis, MN  55407

Mom Update: June 2013

What I remember the most from my recent visit with my mother is how she looked.  She has a look to her that’s difficult to describe, but which I’ll never forget.  It’s a shuffling, stooped look combined with an ashen complexion and empty eyes that I can best describe in one word — GONE. Does […]

Mom Update: May 2013

Many of you know my mom has advanced dementia, had a major seizure in April, and has been receiving hospice care ever since.   Hospice has been trying to reduce her restlessness and bring more sleep and calm into mom’s life.  It’s been a trying time during this hit or miss process of adjusting meds, […]

Graduation Celebration Procrastination

Saturday Allowed to help in dorm room, make small dent. Attend graduation luncheon while Jake’s $900 mountain bike is stolen from his vacant suite. Jake looks for bike and makes unproductive police report. Take advantage of Jake’s unfortunate distraction, make BIG dent. Wonder where I went wrong as I’m engulfed in piles of dirty clothes […]

Dear Assisted Living Home

When you told me the other day how my mom is showing signs of agitation, that she resists re-direction, gets into everything, and that she sometimes makes fists and gives dirty looks, I was really thinking — And your point is . . . ? Mom has a brain disease.  She has advanced dementia, Alzheimer’s […]

Yes, Mom Is Ready For Hospice

My family met with hospice yesterday and my mother qualifies for care under the diagnosis of “debility,” also known as failure to thrive.  It’s my understanding that mom didn’t qualify under “dementia” because she can still walk. When you look at my mom you wouldn’t think she’s ready for hospice, but when you put everything […]

Mom Update April 2013: Is It Time For Hospice?

My mother, who has advanced Alzheimer’s disease, had a grand mal seizure last Thursday that left her unconscious and earned her a trip to the hospital.  She’s back home and appears to be recovered, but she’s declining rapidly and we’ve been advised to contact hospice. It’s been suggested that my mom has less than 6 […]

2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures Report

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2013 Facts & Figures Report came out yesterday.  It’s not good.  Unlike other disease with decreasing numbers that are being managed or cured, Alzheimer’s disease has growing numbers without a cure or the ability to manage the disease. Quite frankly, I don’t have the energy to get into what we need to […]