The photo is from the walk in 2017. Sheri had moved in w/me in July. She was trying to adjust w/Alzheimer's. She remembered Mickey. She often walked around the house w/mini wedding album. She looked through it so often the pages broke. She wore his hat outside. she talked w/her kids, she knew her family and friends. We had conversation and coffee, we walked, she sang, she loved flowers, we loved looking at flowers, and she loved the Botanical Garden. She could appreciate the snow - watching it from the inside not outside.
the deterioration from then until now really happened fast and she didn't understand any of above.
She is 62 in November, and now in a nursing home. an infection required me to have her hospitalized. it was determined by all medical professionals assisting, that she would be transferred to the nursing home we were already looking into as I wouldn't be able to physically care for her any longer. I knew it would not be an issue for Sheri because she wouldn't be aware of her surroundings. She is across the street at Bella Terra.
I can't see her due to Covid, but I have been able to Face Time even though she doesn't understand what's happening, the activity director helps, and I can see her. She looks good and well cared for. I am so grateful for the essential heroes. She is receiving the skilled care she needs.
Next weekend, on Saturday, 9/26, a day before I participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's to honor Sheri, the girls and I are seeing her in person, outside. Bella Terra has moved into the next phase. I have not seen her since July 3. I realize there are families who haven't seen their loved ones since mid March. She seemed to recognize my voice, I don't know, but it's fine, I will be relieved to see her in person.
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