On February 1st,(Which is also my husbands birthday) my grandmother in Seattle was sent to the hospital. I drove up to visit her. It was a devastating blow, when she didn’t recognize me! It’s been determined that she has dementia, and has memory lapses.
After three weeks of nursing, evaluation and care, it has been decided that she cannot return home, she will have to go to an Alzheimer’s community. But what to do? Most of her family is scattered across the U.S. or their schedules make it hard to visit.
After a spur of the moment discussion with my mother on Friday, we decided it would be better if we moved her here to oregon, to an Alzheimer’s community a half mile from my home. Where I can bring my kids to visit her. We can walk there during the summer. So my life has been a whirlwind of paperwork, tours, and prayer.
I then drove up to Seattle packed up the items she needed and began the process of moving her here to be near me. Right now as I type this, my grandma is in a medical transport being driven down to Beaverton.
This happened in less than a week, contacting the social worker, touring different Alzheimer’s communities, filling out paperwork, getting a doctors release, driving to seattle (3 1/2 hours away) packing up her belongings and moving furniture to Beaverton, arranging transportation for her to get here, and setting up her room, buying her new clothes because she lost so much weight. (btw my grandma may be the hippest looking grandma up there because her 33 year old granddaughter bought her clothes…don’t worry I kept the receipt) And then praying and believing that we made the right choice.
So for the next few weeks, she is the center of my life. My family, Her and church, are the only thing that matter. Not how many words I write, or chapters are finished, but getting my grandmother settled in, and to begin her mind’s healing process. I don’t expect miracles, but I would love it if she recognized me and said my name when she saw me. That is what is most important!
But I do have a writing retreat I am planning where I will spend three days doing nothing but writing. I hope to finish my next book during this time.
Thank you all so much and if you could, please say a little prayer for me and my Grandma Diane as we adjust to this new change in our lives. You all are the best.