On April 16, 2020, thru the window at her Assisted Living facility, I took this last “healthy” picture of my mom. Whether it was via FaceTiming, or window visits, I tried my best to see mom as often as possible. This day, I noticed her thinner. Thinking maybe she was losing weight because I wasn’t bringing her a daily sweet treat, I reiterated she needed to eat & wash “her paws” often because of the deadly coronavirus was keeping me away from seeing her in person. Unfortunately my mom stopped eating and less than a week later she was in the hospital. Even though she didn’t have the classic symptoms of Covid, she caught it. Several UTI’s and Covid put her Alzheimer’s into the fast lane.
Sadly, my mom passed away in the early morning of May 2, 2020 from Alzheimer’s (and Covid). My heart broke into a million pieces. I moved her to Michigan December 2019, and hoped she would get to experience a full year here in my beautiful state. But God had other plans for her and now I have another angel.
Mom was diagnosed in August of 2017. Prior to her Alzheimer’s diagnosis, we knew something was wrong. She couldn’t recall important things that just happened, and became very agitated easily. Our first experience with “sun-downing” was quite frightening. As the months went by, mom’s mental capacity diminished so much that she would struggle to get the words out of what she wanted to say. When she did talk, her questions and comments didn’t make much sense. We had learned to agree with what she would say, to not upset her.
Up until my mom passed she knew who I was, as well as my siblings. Sadly mom had forgotten that dad passed away in May of 2018. Mom would comment that she hadn’t seen dad and I would tell her, he is sleeping. I know mom and dad are together now and dancing in heaven, like they did the night they met, and for so many years after.
So because of mom, and future generations...
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