Monday was the last day in El Paso. We decided that mom would be better off in a nursing facility. We selected Mountain Villa. It was close, small and they had an opening. It isn't a grand palatial establishment, but it does serve the purpose. The staff is capable, competent and seem to be quite caring and prepared to serve.
Mom would frequently make the statement that she never expected her life to end up this way. She wasn't sure how it would turn out, but something other than this.
She has not been the easiest person to be with. She has needed assistance to move around the house. It is particularly difficult for her to get to the bathroom. My brother and I had been taking turns particularly at night. By Saturday night we only need to get up three times during the night. Sunday night was a different story. She must have needed to go every 15 to 30 minutes.
It certainly tested the concept to serve, care and share the love in your heart. It is also interesting how the body and mind respond to fatigue.
We took her to Mountain Villa early Monday morning. Keith then took be to the airport and went off to take of things to get mom's ID card up to date and a few other administrative things. He called today to bring me up to date. She indicated that she had to go to the doctor's office and they let her sit in the waiting room until 5 PM. She never did see the doctor. The interesting thing is that the doctors only come to the facility on Wednesdays. The other thing that shows how her dementia is growing worse was when Keith was leaving to go home. She said that he ought to leave because it was a long drive back to Harrisburg. Huh? We used to live in Harrisburg, PA, but haven't lived there for years. The mind does play strange tricks.
I was able to get a few more stories while I was there. They will be posted soon. Stay tuned.