Monday, July 27, 2009

Chrissy's Company

Chrissy loves having company drop by, which is good because these past few weeks she's had four or so visits. A dear lady from her Sunday School class stopped in one morning with two peaches and the current issue of Journey magazine. This woman is so faithful to visit my mother. Another day, while at the office I called home and asked her what she was doing; to which she replied, "I'm talking with this man and his wife." While she couldn't get their names out, eventually she was able to say "Ed's friends."

Over the weekend I was at the grocery and thought I'd call her. This time I was told that she couldn't talk with me as she was talking with this man who does the same kind of work as her grandson - in law enforcement - and then she hung up the phone! That made me stop the cart in mid isle and I immediately called back - she said "he has his kids with him" and then hung up again - I kid you not, no hello or goodbye - only a few words, then click. I headed out the door wondering who I might call to check on her as my sweet man was golfing in S.C. I was almost to my car when Chrissy called and started chattering that the man had left and that his children were selling something for school; she had contributed $2.00 to each child, - way out of character as Ms. Chrissy is usually as tight as the bark on a tree. We continued to talk with me stating very clearly that she not hang up until I said goodbye (doesn't always work as we've stated such before!). Back inside, I returned to the cart - still in mid isle where I had left it and continued with the list though much less focused. Once home, we were able to place the mystery man's idenity as mother remembered his parents lived in our neighborhood. She seemed a bit flustered, probably because of my anxiety and all the questions! She repeated several times that I should know she wouldn't just let anyone inside! As I was unpacking her groceries my sweet Chrissy commented that I sure didn't get her very much!

Last year, she would go out and about with me and would be fine. She even looked forward to weekend trips to Tuesday Morning. This year it is so different in that she wants to stay home, most all of the time, so I keep tabs on her with the phone and that usually works okay. I know the day is coming when there will be a new plan.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Update on Blood Tests

I heard from her doctor this morning and learned that Ms. Chrissy's blood work is almost better than mine! Her B12 level is three times higher than mine - go figure! You all know that her main food group is sugar. Seriously there is something sweet with every meal and often dessert is her meal. I had the doctor's office fax the results - I am just floored!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Health Concerns

My little mother's health has declined these past few weeks. She seems to have no energy at all; she seems exhausted with even the slightest task. Friday we went to her family doctor to have blood work, including a B12 level. I really must get her established with a geriatric physician. I guess it's also time for the annual neurologist appointment.

The other day Chrissy was talking about my sister who mother believes to be very forgetful - and then she made reference to something I had forgotten. She paused and said, "and I'm the one taking medicine!"

Today she spent a few hours with me at my house. I lured her over with green beans to string! Once inside, she wandered over to the kitchen table and found a plastic bag with seven tomatoes. She counted out three, laid them aside and said "that leaves you four and me three - okay?" I just love it!

Evenings continue to be most difficult for her. The past few weeks while watching TV, she will lay her head over on her chair while rocking and just stare off. This is unusual for her as she always watches her favorite shows at night. Her convesation is even more repetitive.