This blog was formerly dedicated in 2009 to my Dad who died of Alzheimer's in 2013. It's been three years now...and I find myself missing blogging...so I am re-inventing my blog... because, after all, life is about moving through, and going forward...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

You just gotta have a sense of humor...

Mom went to see Dad yesterday afternoon.  She found him in the dining room, sitting with some lady she had not seen before.  The lady inquired if Dad was Mom's brother.  Mom told her he was her husband of 63 years.  The lady told Dad he had how well he had done...

The lady went on to tell Mom what a beautiful singing voice Dad has and how the Minister at their Sunday services really enjoys hearing Dad sing the hymns.  Mom smiled in agreement...

Dad was glad to see Mom.  She explained she had not come when it had been raining so heaviily, and he was glad she didn't, because he would have worried about her.  Dad went on to tell Mom how much he loved his Aide Angel and Mom nodded and smiled.

Several of the nurses, aides and staffers came by to chat with Mom.  The head nurse was chatting with Mom and asked Dad how he was doing.  Dad looked up at the head nurse from his wheel chair and told her how much he loved her.  Mom laughed and asked Dad where she was in the pecking order of his love?  Everyone laughed, so Dad joined in and laughed too...

The head nurse told Mom when Dad's favorite Aide was off, he was very quiet, sad and would not eat.  She said they had to tell Dad his Angel would be upset with him if he did not eat, so eat he did!  When his Angel (aka Doctor-Doctor) came by, Dad took her hand in his and kissed it.  Mom joked with her and told her she was speaking to the Administrator about not allowing her any more days off.  Everyone got a good hearty laugh from that comment!  Even the Angel...

Dad's appetite has definitely improved (think he is back on the appetite enhancers) as he devoured beef Stroganoff, beets, ice cream, custard, 2 big glasses of milk, coffee with 2 packs of sugar (he NEVER uses sugar) and poured his cucumbers in oil and vinegar over the top of his Stroganoff.

After Dad finished his meal, he wanted to go back to his room.  He told Mom he felt shaky and she could see his hands and arms shaking.  Must have been the two packs of sugar...His Angel stood beside his bed and he smiled up at her and closed his eyes taking a deep sigh of relaxation.  Mom hugged his Angel after she kissed Dad good night and left him drifting off to sleep with a smile on his face...

5 comments:

Mari said...

Your Dad is such a lover! I think he is well liked there, with his funny comments and lovable personality!

Donna B said...

Hi Mari, I know. We are blessed to have those moments, huh?

Donna said...

I can see why your Dad is liked by the staff. He seems like a gentle man. It is great that he isn't the angry type, as I have heard that some Alziheimer patients get mean and onery and are hard to deal with. You are so lucky to have those good memories of such a wonderful father. I would love to have those kind of memories of my father, instead of the ones I do have.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thank God for the care giving angels. It's definitely a vocation.

'Preciate you visiting my blog. I know you'll be rooting for the Saints in the Super Bowl! WHO DAT?!

PS I've been to Henderson, and it really was lovely. :)

gayle said...

It must give you great piece of mind knowing your dad is loved by the staff!