Friday, October 24, 2008

Frances Day update

I went to see mama today and she was asleep as usual. Her first comment when I woke her was that I sure came early. I told her it was 3 in the afternoon. Last week she was toting her purse everywhere she went because she had found it in her things and decided she needed to be carring it with her. After a few days I took it and hid it in her room. She said, "You left here with my purse, and you didn't bring it back. Where is it?" All I said was that it was in her room. It had her wallet in it and very little else. The wallet only had pictures in it. She has forgotten about it now.
Last week Uncle Warren & Aunt Juanita sent mama a card and letter. In the card was an article from the Baptist Standard that had a picture of Uncle Warren and 2 other men. He had been a deacon in that church for over 50 years. I asked mama if she knew who that man was and she told me no. I told her who it was and she commented that if that was Warren, he looked old. The card and letter were very sweet and it let her know that they hadn't forgotten her, even if she only remembers it for a little while. She is so very sweet but, sometimes like today, she had to comment on a lady in a wheelchair that had large(she called them fat)legs and how she couldn't keep her dress pulled down. It's almost like she's the child and I'm the mother. She does make me laugh though.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Breast Cancer

Since this is breast cancer awareness month I thought I would post a picture of me about a year ago when my hair was beginning to grow back from my battle with breast cancer. It has been 2 years since they found and removed the cancer and the process of prevention for the future began. First with 6 Chemo treatments every third week. When that was finally over I went 6 1/2 weeks of radiation to Lubbock. It was all finished on July 11, 2007. My hair began coming in that very week. I still am not as strong physically as I was when that all began, but spiritually I am so much stronger. God showed me so much about myself and HIM through my weakness.
2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." I praise God for what He brought me through and is continually molding me into the person He wants me to be. Today, 1 year past the bad ill effects of Chemo and radiaion, I am thankful for the cancer.
It has drawn me closer to God and given me a new perspective on how big God is. I would not change one single thing in the past 2 years. Thank you God!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I only got to visit Mama 2 times this week. She was good! She only had a few little scratches on her face from the fall. She does not remember it at all, which is good. They told me this week that she took a baby doll from one of the patients that carries one around all the time. I don't know if she was just curious if it was real or what. I would get her a babydoll but I don't think that would solve the problem. Thursday when I went, she had just come from the beauty shop. They had fixed her hair. All the staff, when passing her, coments on how pretty she looks and it really makes her smile. She didn't talk much that day, so we just held hands.
On Monday when I went I asked her if she had a roommate yet and she told me "no, and I hadn't wanted one either." I went into her room later and there was a roommate asleep in the bed. So if mama doesn't realize that she has a roommate, I'm not telling her. So far, I'm really impressed with the Nursing Home. I didn't tell her about missing the Attaway Reunion. I knew it would make her sad. Mom's new address is Crosbyton Nursing & Rehab Center, 222 N. Farmer, Crosbyton, TX 79322.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Leo Jr. & I moved mama to the Crosbyton Nursing Home yesterday evening. She was pretty confused about why we were taking her somewhere and leaving her there. We explained several times. By the time we left, she said she would be OK. I said I'd come back tomorrow and she said that I better.
Today, Friday 10-3-08, when I went to see mama she could not remember anything about last night, so she guessed it was good. The nurse on duty said she was up 3 or 4 times in the night wandering around. She seemed happy to see me and wanted to know how I knew where she was. I explained to her that I had brought her the day before. I stayed and visited for about an hour and a half and said my goodbyes. She followed me out front to sit in the rocking chair. That is where one of the pictures was taken. About an hour later I got a phone call from the nurse saying that mom was OK, but, she had left and was not to be found for about 20 minutes. They finally found her about a block from the Home with a bruise on her temple and a few scratches. Nothing seems to be wrong with her except the bruise, so maybe she had fallen but was OK. All vitals were good and she couldn't remember anything except that she was going home. They immediately put a wander guard on her so that will not happen again. The door locks down when she gets close to it. We had one on at the Spur Nursing Home, so this never happened there. The Crosbyton Home is bigger than Spur and nicer. There are a lot more patients and things going on all the time. I feel better about mama after today, even though she escaped and fell. there is a back patio that has an awning with tables and chairs and she really likes going out there. We swatted flies out there this afternoon. The picture of the 2 dogs are frequent visitors to the Home. Mama liked them but kept wanting to let them out the front door. She just doesn't think dogs should be inside.