Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Well, I Guess I Won't Be Doing That Anymore

I finally got out to the store this morning. Mom was doing good, sitting up in the den and watching television. I had about 6 bags of cans to drop off at the recycle bin at Wallyworld, but hadn't had time. So at 9:20 a.m. after telling mom about 3 times where I was going, I took off. I called mom a couple of times from the store, even had my sister call her. A little before noon I dragged myself in to the house. Mom was sitting in her chair bawling her head off. She didn't know where I was and thought I had left her. I explained to her where I had been, said I had called her twice, but she had no memory of it. So no more trips to Wallyworld, or maybe not even to a regular grocery store. My sister-in-law, from this day forward referred to as Bebo, told me later that whenever she watches mom that's all she'll talk about - "where's Evelyn" (my real name), "When will Evelyn be back." I hadn't known, Bebo hadn't told me because she didn't want to worry me. I knew that whenever I left for work mom would quiz me about where I was going and when I would be back. Now I know.

I always said that I would take care of her here in this house (barring any physical problems) until she no longer knew it was her house AND no longer knew who I was. The house is beginning to fade for her, but I guess I'm still clear in her mind.

So I guess it's time to look for someone to sit with her while I'm going to the store. I refuse to do that on Sunday because when I can get out - that's my day out, not a day to run around doing errands for her.

I wasn't aware of just how much she had become dependant upon me.


Anonymous bebo said...

I love you & we will work this out, one way or another.

Tue Jul 11, 08:23:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Toni Anderson said...

I'm not surprised. You are her home and her rock. Amazing that she does remember you really.

At least you've got Bebo. Small consulation I know ;-) Sorry Bebo :D

Tue Jul 11, 09:07:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous Deb Peterson said...

Eve--I work from 7:30 to 3:30 each day and have a homemaker come in (which has its own problems, but that's another comment). I always tell her when I'm leaving, and then I usually call her at about 9:30 AM, just to check in. She knows my voice so I don't identify myself on the phone--I usually ask her if she's dressed and has she eaten. Today she said, "Where did Ma go this morning?" Instead of my usual: "You're my Mom" reply, I automatically said: "I'm at work," not intending to misrepresent anything. It just seemed like the best answer. And all she said was, "Oh, that's right." I never thought I'd reach the point where an exchange like this would be a relief.

Wed Jul 12, 07:08:00 PM CDT  

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