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Little Blessings From God

April 3, 2013

One thing that I have learned on this roller coaster ride called, “Alzheimer’s,” is to always expect the unexpected.  I used to hope and pray for some large miracle, something like walking on water. But, I know that is not going to happen with my Mother.  The little unexpected surprises that God springs on me from time to time brings me more pleasure than I could ever have imagined.

My previous two visits left me pretty depressed.  Mom was not even aware of my presence at either visit.  One time she was lying in a fetal position, awake, but not present with me.  She did not communicate or make any eye contact with me.  She only stared off into the distant space with glazed over hollow eyes.

Another visit, she was literally sleeping like a baby.  Flat on her back, both hands clenched into little fists, up on each side of her face.  Deep diaphragmatic breathing, her tummy rising and falling with each breath.  I tried several times to wake her, but, like a baby she made a suckling motion with her lips, but she never woke up.  She reminded me of my own daughters when they were sweet innocent little sleeping babies.

Today, she was sitting in her wheel chair in the dining room, waiting for lunch.  Her face lit up when I got near.  She put her hand out to welcome me.  She asked, why I was there. She chatted non-stop. Not all words were recognizable, but I did understand a few of them.  She told me several times that she liked my sweater. She ran her fingers up and down the cable stitches. Then she started counting….8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,88. She moved her hand over to another line of cable stitches…….8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,88. She fingered each button.  Then she asked, “What is your name?” I told her, “Carolyn,” she thought about it for a minute, then said, “hmm, how about that.  I like that name.”  She went back to chattering that I could not decipher.

God’s little blessings of clear bright eyes, smiling lips, and conversation made this day very special!

Thank you Lord for the gifts You give!

One Comment
  1. Thank You, Lord, for Carolyn. :). Thank you for the reminder of sweet gifts.

    Sent from my iPhone

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