Helping Each Other

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Life with Mom

—-This is a story of a shared life with Mom after her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.—

It’s been almost four months since we moved in with Mom, and we’ve developed a comfortable rhythm together.   This short amount of time has shown us how helpful we can be to each other.  The other day, I needed something from the grocery store and Mom ran and got it.  She needed a letter and some address labels printed, and I did that for her.   A few days ago, we lost power around dinner time from a storm, and she lit the gas stove with a match.  It was something I was afraid to do.

Brian mows the lawns, and Mom gets our mail and newspaper every day.    I planted the flower garden, she helped me in the kitchen for a small gathering we were having.   She often prepares the side dishes for dinner, and I help her with hanging new blinds and curtain rods.  Brian changes her light bulbs, and she washes our throw-rugs at the laundry mat.

Beyond helping each other, we go more places and do more things together.  Mom and I have seen 3 plays since we moved in.  She never says no to an offer to walk the dogs for our 2 mile loop.  And, she comes along on picnics and gatherings with Brian’s family.

Doing things with and for each other is so much easier when living together.

It’s a win, win.  We all benefit.

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5 Responses to Helping Each Other

  1. So glad to hear everything is going well. Your Mom is a brave lady.
    The last time I lit a a gas stove, I’m ended up with an unplanned haircut!

  2. mafarckle says:

    I agree, I think it would be nice to live with Jilly Bug and we all help each other.  It is better and easier than doing everything alone.  Love, MaF

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  3. rose says:

    What A Blessing It Is That All Of YOu Are Together Under One Roof Helping Each Other In So Man Ways. May The LOrd Watch Ove You.

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