Went last weekend to visit my mother, and introduce my new daughter-in-law. I live 250 miles away in another state. My mom is 78, a widow, but doing well or so I thought. After an afternoon lunch with extended family, we went to her house and in the evening we're talking and she is writing out on a wedding card to my son & his wife. Suddenly she motioned me to her and is a whisper asked what the man's last name was. I thought she was kidding, but replied. She motioned to me again, and asked who this man was sitting there. I could see in her eyes that she was bewildered! I realized it wasn't a game. I told her it was my second son. She then asked who the woman was, and I replied my wife of 26 years. That then named my three children and she looked at me and said, "Your married? You have children?" The she said, "why can't I remember this? What is happening to me?" Her sister is two years younger but looks like she's in her late sixties. My mom looks like she is 90. Thought I had talked her into Assisted Living centers, but the cost in her city is around $4000-$5000 a month. I have room in my house but it is multi-level and nearly paid off. Not a place for her, but I believe in taking her in for the long haul and not shutting her away from the family. In fact what she needs is family. Suddenly having diabetes doesn't matter so much anymore.
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