Posted 3-21-20 while self-quarantined
I am sitting here in bed thinking about the millions self-quarantined out there. There are many, many home caregivers who are at risk for themselves and their loved one. Don’t risk going out! Please! For your sake and for your loved one’s sake. Take advantage of the many resources available. In my area, the Convoy of Hope is delivering free food/supply bags to the Crossway Church Sunday starting at 2pm. That is just the latest of many. Aldi is delivering in my market (probably all of the US within reason) and we have a load being delivered toot sweet. Soooo many rallying around to help!!!
This mess did, however, point me toward our dementia topic as I sat sleepless in bed 3/4 of the night. All day and into the evening, I could hear my family in the living room, through my caged wall, but I seldom could make out what they were saying. I wanted to know, mind you, but I also want them to NOT get whatever I have right now. and I didn’t want to hurt their feelings.
A few happy times, my bride cracked the door to bring me liquids of a fruit cup or two…and I got to understand her words for once. It reminds me of those few and far between lucid moments when mom called my sister “Sis” or said something that implied she knew me. My choice: Be sad or rejoice at the victory. I chose both.
Just know, friends, that I am praying for you, even as I type. Yesterday’s piece may have sounded like a commercial, but it wasn’t intended that way. Call on your local Area Agency on Aging /Alzheimer’s Association/Other organizations, your local ministerial alliance, your local church family…and accept help. Don’t brave the virus and take a chance of bringing it home to your loved one. If you are in South Central Missouri, call 417-862-0762. We will try to get you helped as best we can. We are all in this mess together, and, together, we will make it out, like always. Keep your head up and a smile on your face. 🙂
Update: Mom is on clear liquids now, but we are staying on them close. So far, so good. Praying…