Visiting Mom at the Hospital.

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Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it..Song of Solomon: 8:7

Mother will be released from the hospital tomorrow to go back to the Nursing Home. She is very confused ... has no memory of falling and she wonders why she is at the hospital. She feared she would have to be there for the rest of her life. This afternoon she starting choking on her food and I rushed out of the room to get help...Two nurses came to her rescue and got the situation under control...

Mom's mind is deteriorating and her dementia is getting increasingly worse. She asked me if I had seen Dennis, (my oldest brother who passed away April 6, 1973.) She said he had been to see her at the hospital....She also claimed a lady friend of hers (who had died several years ago) had been to see her... You get the picture.. .but she is my mother and I still love her. This is life and I have learned to accept what cannot be helped... I am just thankful that she is treated well at the Nursing Home and they take good care of her.

She is doing well physically from her fall considering it could have been worse but she has no concept of why she should not lean her weight on her right leg when the staff at the hospital tried to get her up and walking ( after the doctor inserted the rod in her femur bone that was fractured.)

Thank you so much Patty Gross for the generous spot light it is so appreciated!

Thanks to all who have responded, for your kindness ...You are a wonderful support group and I know that you truly understand ... I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

26 responses

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (14 Oct 2011):

    Ahhh, a very lovely memorable shot. Hope she is recovering well from her fall.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (14 Oct 2011):

    Thank you Linda for your response....Mom is doing as well as can be expected physically from her fall but it will be hard to get her to understand why she should not put her full weight on the injured leg with her confused state of mind. That could be a concern for it to heal properly.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (14 Oct 2011):

    really nice!!! great memorable shot Andrea!!!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (14 Oct 2011):

    I sure do hope she recovers well!!! Saying some prayers!!! Hugs!!!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (14 Oct 2011):

    Beautiful portrait, Andrea. Love the teddy bear. My prayers continue. Your mother is blessed to have such a loving daughter. As a teenager I did volunteer work at a county nursing home. My heart ached for all the elderly there who rarely or never had visitors.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    My heart goes out to you all, it is a very difficult time that you are all going through so sad I send my prayers and positive thoughts to you all! Andrea I am a great believer in love and although your mother may not appreciate it I know that your love and caring helps her 100%.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    Wonderful tribute.

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    Really nice!!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    A very beautiful and touching portrait of you with your beloved Mother. Life goes full circle, doesn't it? Our parents take care of all our needs when we are young children, gradually allowing us to make our own decisions and find our path through life, but always remaining nearby along the sidelines in case we need their help. At the end of their journey, we find the situation is many times reversed, and we become the protector, the advisor and caregiver for our dear parents. You're a good daughter, Andrea, and most certainly an angel for your Mother. God bless and comfort both of you at this part of life's journey.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    What an ordeal!! I'm glad you're young and strong enough to get through this. Still praying for everyone concerned!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    What a wonderful photo of the two of you. You are definitely living through a very trying time, but it's plain to see the love you share. Thank goodness you found a nursing home that gives her such good care!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (15 Oct 2011):

    Thank you everyone for your kind words...Yes, Susan the Nursing Home gives my mother excellent care and for that I am very relieved..My mother however does not fully comprehend why she cannot go back to her apartment to live...and asked me that question yesterday...I believe truth is the best policy and I told her that it is because of her forgetfulness. I also told her the apartment where she used to live is rented out to someone else now.... She could not deny what I told her..

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    beautiful shot, Andrea! I love how she's clutching the bear for comfort. tough times i know! i wish you both the best.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    beautiful shot, Andrea! I love how she's clutching the bear for comfort. tough times i know! i wish you both the best.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (15 Oct 2011):

    Andrea...this portrait is the epitomy of Love......your love for your Mum, and your Mum's love to you. She may forget and return to to the safeness of childhood, or the past......the short term memory is not important to her anymore....it's those special memories still locked in that she's trying so hard to hold on to. So glad that she is being taken care of so well. I wish you Strength, for the immediate road is hard. A beautiful, and lasting portrait of the two of you.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    The most painful thing I have even been through was the same thing you are going through now. Do all you can- say the things you want to say so you will have no regrets. I am glad she is able to smile and enjoy her bear. :-) xoxoxo

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    This is a wonderful photo of you and your mom. It's so sad that her mind is deteriorating more and more, I know that is frustrating for you. Hugs, my friend : )

  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    awww, mama and daughter, nothing is more precious than that hug you are giving her. she will heal, just continue those hugs!!!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck   gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    Wow, this must be tough for both you and your mom. Hope her leg heals quickly. At least she has you.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (15 Oct 2011):

    Joerg, yes it is tough, but I would like to mention that Mom not only has me but my older sister has gone the extra mile and also my husband...and not to mention the many friends who are praying for her recovery...With all of these prayers I am encouraged that God still has a purpose for my mother's life...
    as He does for each one of us.

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (16 Oct 2011):

    A very heartwarming portrait of you together. She looks so happy and comfortable in this shot, with your arm around her. Wishing you all the very best through the days ahead, Andrea!

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (16 Oct 2011):

    You both look so happy and with plenty of love she will make a good recovery I will pray for her

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (17 Oct 2011):

    This is a beautiful image of the two of you , one to keep forever, I wish her well, sending you both hugs !

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (17 Oct 2011):

    a wonderful photo! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your mother Andrea. HUGS!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (17 Oct 2011):

    At her age, your mother looks wonderful...esp. knowing she had just had surgery.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (18 Oct 2011):

    What a plucky lady. Wonderful shot of both of you.

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