Life Goes On
Yesterday I signed the papers on Mom's house. I will get the check on Monday. I am planning on buying a double gravestone for mom and dad. Today is the 43rd anniversary of my dad's death. I am allowed to have $8,000.00 in assets for mom. She has a life insurance policy that counts as $4,900.00. So I have to spend down to $3,000.00. I'll probably put more into her burial fund, have 7,100.00 in that now. Plus she needs new clothes, alot of new stuff. The Public Assistance people have been very helpful and very nice in helping me figure out how to spend down the money.
Yesterday was a good day for mom. Actually the whole week has been pretty good. Monday and Tuesday the grandkids went with me and that made her very happy. Yesterday was so nice outside. We sat out on both porches. She likes to watch people coming and going. The front porch looks out on the lake and there are ducks and geese to watch.Yesterday she said while patting her mouth, " I wish I could..." I said, "You wish you could talk?" Then touching her head she said, " It's all crazy language in there. Blah, blah, blah, I sound like a baby." I said, "I know mom, but you're doing so much better, and I can understand almost everything you say." She said, "I know, I guess I just have to live with it." I thought that was pretty good.
There are about 3 more recent admissions with aphasia. One is a young man, 54 yrs. old. 2 are ladies about mom's age, and they have been placed at mom's table in the dining room, for therapy purposes. I am so happy about that.
Has anyone seen the video, (which came from Stroke Network) called Heart to Heart by Marc Blac. It's on You-Tube. It is so good. I showed it to my daughter and grand-daughters and they cried. It shows how aphasia victims are trapped inside their mind. It shows the words in their heads and the jibberish that actually comes out. I told the speech therapist and the administrator about it. Hopefully they will watch it and find it helpful in dealing with all of the aphasia patients. At least most of the nursing staff seems to be "getting it".