Thoughts for Tuesday: Tea Leaves

It’s been a week. Last Tuesday, I was listening to keynotes and sharing trivia at LinuxCon 2013. I also received a phone call that my mom was rushed to the ER with pneumonia. By Wednesday afternoon, the doctors were recommending that I travel to Florida as my mom’s condition worsened. At 4:00am on ¬†Thursday, I packed up my LinuxCon and Linux Plumbers Conference items and took the first available flight to Florida. I spent the day with my mom listeningRead more

Moving Forward Monday: Mountains or Molehills

I recently moved my mom into a nursing home. My dad, who has been her steady caregiver for many years, had made the decision that they needed more care and support during my mom’s most severe stage of Alzheimer’s. There were times when I felt that moving my mom from her home of many years would be as difficult as moving a mountain. Actually, I like to think of the mountain as a huge iceberg with a herd of elephantsRead more

Using Senses to Guide Yourself Through the Fog

My mom has Alzheimer’s. Sometimes I wonder what she sees and thinks about her world. She only has about four phrases that she uses now. It is heartbreaking for me to no longer be seen and recognized by her. Yet, she smiles, hums to music, snuggles her blanket, and enjoys her orange chicken as if all is okay in her world. I believe that she is happy and content. As her world became foggier and less familiar, she found aRead more