It’s been a hectic (sleepless, exhausting, emotional) couple of weeks, but I’m happy to say, “I’m back!” I’m sure at this point you’re probably wondering what has transpired. So, if you’re interested, here’s a condensed version:
When I got back to Kansas, they were already looking to release my mom from the hospital – there was nothing medically wrong with her other than her dementia. Since her time there, they had identified her as an elopement risk with tendencies to wander around (especially at night) so they recommended someplace with 24 hour supervision. We briefly moved her to a skilled nursing facility, but after a few days, they too were ready to release her to a more permanent residence. After a meeting with case managers and a few phone calls later, I met up with a facility that I had not only thought about (previously) placing her in, but had a recommendation from a friend (and Taylor had worked there when she was doing her med aid certification). I took a tour, talked lots of staff and determined this was the perfect place for her. The folks there were so gracious and kind, that I eventually broke down and hugged about everyone – I was so thankful, relieved, and overwhelmed with how helpful they were with placement that I couldn’t contain myself any longer. She was moved to a memory care unit the next morning.
This past week, I got her “settled in” (she still packs herself up every night, though), her room decorated, her apartment cleaned out, her car sold, and took care of some loose ends in Kansas. I couldn’t have done it without the help of friends and family who chipped in to clear things out, take Easton on adventures while we worked, and do some heavy lifting. This week, I feel so thankful and blessed that my mom is in a safe place and that we were able to accomplish so much in such a short time. Now, it’s time to decompress.
If you’ve made it this far, I want to thank you all too for checking in on me, sharing your stories, and all the kind words you sent – they were not unnoticed and were greatly appreciated.
And now, it’s time to get back to sewing.