Thursday, July 1, 2010

Care

Thank you for the lovely comments about my soap box family album. You are very kind, all of you. :)

This is a little update on my mother. She is now under in-home hospice care. We are a bit overwhelmed at the rapid decline she has experienced, but she is in very good, caring hands. Just not all the time.
My brothers and sisters are coming to spend time with her, travelling from all over the country. I'm glad.
Please forgive me if I don't post for a while. I've been trying to make things as light as possible here but, right now, things are not light. Instead, things are full of giving medications, breathing treatments and oxygen, coaxing her to eat, helping her to the bathroom, making her laugh, being patient when she gets frustrated and angry, helping her live.
It's hard.

11 comments:

Susan Dahlem said...

Dear dear friend I have been there. Don't miss a moment with your mom. That is all I have for you in the way of advice. You will likely do things you didn't think you could or would. Be proud of yourself for it. The days caring for a sick parent are some of the worst and best days of your life, all at the same time.

Much love and strength.
Susan

monix said...

Karin, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. If your mother has good spells might I suggest something we have found helpful in the family - help her to make a memory book. Ask her what she would want her great grandchildren to know about her life and write it in book, add photos, bits of cloth, anything. You are so good at that kind of thing and it might help everyone through the hard times as they all think of something to add. Memories are great gifts to pass on.
Maureen xxx

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you all- having gone through this in January with my brother - I know how, no matter what, you cannot prepare or ever be ready to let go..but we must for our beloved. They need to know we'll be OK and they can then leave peacefully. My dear, my heart is heavy for you..please know I care...and let the feelings..all of them..into your heart. You don;t have to be "light" all the time :-)

Amy said...

I am so sorry Karin. I know how hard this must be for you. I hope that you find strength in the coming days.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Karin. I'm so very sorry. My heart just lurched when I read your post. Big hugs to you and your family through this time.

Whimsey Creations said...

You and your family will be in my prayers. God will give you the strength you need throughout this. Big hugs!

Tilda said...

..sitting her with tears, as I know what you are feeling. I express all of what the others here said. I am SO sorry. Nothing else seems to matter, except to get throught the days. Good times, bad times, they are all there in the change of the clock minute it seems. My heart breaks for you. I will pray for strength, courage and peace.
I believe I may have written this before..but it still is true. "Sometimes God calms the storm, and sometimes He allows the storm to rage, and calms His child." May you be calmed while the storm rages around you, and find some peace in your time together, and knowing we are all uplifting you in prayer.
In my fondest of thoughts, Tilda

Halle said...

Oh Karin...I was right there with you not too long ago. Take care of YOU too.

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Karin ~ I'm so, so very sorry about your mom. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers sweet friend, sending you hugs and love ~

Nan said...

So, so sorry, Karin that things have gotten bad so quickly. My heart is with you, dear one.

Cathy Cobblestone said...

So very sorry about your mom - I know you and your family are overwhelmed with responsibilities and emotions. But I'm sure she is grateful for each and every act of kindness shown to her. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.