Merry Christmas to all

Christmas is about family. My daughter’s here from New York City. My sister, her husband and my nephew (unemployed college graduate) live nearby. My brother, his wife and their three kids are visiting from Portland.

But my mother’s not here. A few weeks ago, she fell and hit her head. She’s now in a nursing/rehab facility trying to regain her mental abilities.  At first, the doctors said her confusion was a result of the head injury and predicted she’d recover. Then she got worse.

Three weeks ago, my mother was doing the New York Times crossword puzzle every day. Now she is very confused and disoriented. She starts sentences and can’t finish. Her memory — short-term and long-term — is very poor. She can recognize family members, though.

My sister was there for the first week after the accident. My daughter and I flew down last weekend. My niece and her boyfriend, who live in LA, are spending the holiday weekend with her. Then my brother and his family will drive down to see her. I’m flying down for a second visit in two weeks, when we hope she’ll be going home with a live-in caregiver.

I’m so grateful for being in a family that pulls together in times of trouble as well as cheer.



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  1. Stacy in NJ says:

    Merry Christmas, Joanne and Family.

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. What a blessing to have an extended family that can pull together, though.

    Best wishes for the coming year and hoping your mom improves.

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I hope your Mom improves rapidly!

    Your comments about family are so great — much to be thankful for during this holiday season!

  3. Merry Christmas, Joanne, to you and your family!

    I hope your mother recovers soon. I am glad to hear that she can recognize family members; the visits must mean a lot to her.

  4. palisadesk says:

    Having had a family member who suffered a head injury and concomitant loss of both physical and mental abilities, I can appreciate what you’re going through. Based on our experience, I would advise guarded optimism. My relative improved slowly but vastly exceeded all medical predictions and has some limitations but real quality of life. The support and stimulation of family and friends play a huge part in a person’s recovery. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

    All the best to you, your mom and family.

  5. greeneyeshade says:

    Speedy recovery to your mom and blessings to all.

  6. Walter E Wallis says:

    How did J ever let you go?

  7. Best wishes to all of you.

  8. Sorry to hear about your mom. That’s always scary. Best wishes.