Pregnant at 52!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Yes folks, that's what I said! I am 52 and pregnant, well atleast according to my Mother. I had a complete hysterectomy twenty nine years ago! But yesterday, my dear Mom said she wasn't pregnant like me!

Just to clarify...she was lying in a hospital bed awaiting the results of her CT Scan. She had a rather large blue lump on the side of her head and said it felt like her brains were rolling around in her head! Well, thank the good Lord, they weren't rolling around in there but she did have a mild concussion! She had fallen earlier in the day, running for the phone. Of course she did not feel the need to let us know!

Mom lives in a senior apartment complex. She insisted she was fine but by the time we found out from the apartment manager it was several hours later. She did not even know what month it was by 7:00 pm and this must have happened atleast 6 or 7 hours prior. Mom is suffering from early Alzheimers Disease or dymentia as it is, but this really gave us an eye opener as to how it will be soon. She was so disoriented. She couldn't even figure out how she fell or where for several hours. It was scarey! But at the same time she was laughing and cute, and not making a lick of sense!

My sister and I have been so concerned about her in the last year or so. She has become arguementative and complains about everything. She gets kind of paranoid and thinks there is some ulterior motive whenever someone does something nice or tries to care about her. It has been very hard on her moving into the apartment from her own mobile on her own property. Any change at this point throws her for a loop.

We have tried to take on as much of her responsibilities as we can while still letting her live on her own. My Sister does all her financial stuff, and deals with medicare and the apartment etc. I take her to all her doctor appointments, and do her grocery shopping. She still wants to take care of her housecleaning etc. So far she has been able to do that for the most part.

We encouraged her to move into the apartment as we were worried about her at the mobile. She was getting injured and falling while trying to take care of the yard etc. But it seems as though daily life is not much better, even though she does not have the yard to care for anymore. But she still is not ready for a rest home, and does not have the means for assisted living. We really don't know what to do at this point. What a helpless feeling this is. Two of us and our wonderful patient hubbies, and it is still not enough to take care of Mom. My hat goes off to the many that are taking care of aging parents by their selves. We are very thankful to have each other in this!

Well, last night was kind of entertaining and really nice to see Mom happy and smiling again as she used to be many years ago, but it is a shame that it took a fall and a head injury to show us a glimpse of our Mom again! We work so hard at trying to take care of her needs, that we had forgotton the woman that lives inside this "other person" that we call Mom. And just when you think "Mom" is not there anymore, God gives you a glimpse of the woman she used to be. Thank you Father!


Blogger tugboat 54 said...

wow, why didn't you tell me you were pregnant? This reminds me of when we were taking care of my mother-in-law the three months before she went home to the Lord. Bless you and your family.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

Man, I went and got rid of all my maternity clothes. Sorry Mom!

2:07 PM  
Blogger Shane said...

a poignant and heartfelt post

9:57 PM  
Anonymous tugboat54 said...

Congrats! When is the baby shower?

6:36 PM  
Blogger tugboat 54 said...

Congrats! When is the baby shower?

6:39 PM  

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