Featured Story: Helping Mom
My dad passed away in 2005, and ever since then, my mother has been declining both physically and spiritually. There is no doubt that her physical conditions (such as neuropathy from degenerative arthritis and a ripped rotator cuff) have had a negative impact on her spirits. It’s hard to stay “up” when you are in pain 24/7!
My sister and I have joined together in helping Mom the best we can. Recently, we talked with her about her medical needs and what she wanted moving forward. First, Mom wants to stay at home for as long as she can, so we have contracted a physical therapist to come in through Medicare. We also had some small modifications added to her bathroom to ensure her safety. After some deep consideration and thought, the three of us decided to make my brother-in-law the executor of Mom’s estate. And, Mom has made all of the arrangements necessary for what she calls the “Big Day.” She proudly says to us, “It’s all taken care of. Just take the card out of my wallet and make the call.”
It’s not easy watching my mother as she literally and painfully grows older; but I am glad that we have talked with her about the things she needs and wants. There are still other areas of concern for us as she continues to physically decline, but like Mom also says, “One day at a time.”