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CO Trip

Friday, October 12, 2012

Enjoying the thunder showers that are part of time here this trip. They are just different here than in Idaho and bring back many memories of growing up. I miss these and the mountains that surround this valley of the western slope. We think about moving back sometimes, but the job culture is so different. Photo above is of a storm on the National Monument and we could see the rain pouring on the Monument this afternoon.

Anyway.... most of our time is spent around MIL as she's been in the assisted living place for about 2 1/2 weeks now. Her dementia has worsened and she definitely goes in and out when talking. The family is going to have to move her to a shared room by Nov. 1 due to being Medicaid now instead of private pay. She won't be happy, but nobody ever is and she really isn't happy now either. Sadly it appears as the dementia worsens she becomes more cranky.

Tomorrow SIL and I are making time for our lunch out so we can just talk about stuff without all the others around. We're thinking either Pizza Hut for salad or Olive Garden.

Tim did get a wireless connection set up in SIL's place so I can now use my laptop after all which is just easier with all my links, etc. setup.

So.... one more day and then we hit the road for home. Oh... the noise we are hearing on the van is so hit and miss we can't place it and Tim looked in places he could think of and didn't see anything. Prayers are once again "Uneventful trip home please Lord!"
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  • ENUFF81020
    Best wishes with your van and your trip home.

    I'm sure sorry for the situation with your MIL. It is so hard to even accept the changes that dementia or Alzheimers can cause in a loved one. It is as if the person is gone when their body is there, proving they are still there. I sure hope the room change won't be as difficult as you fear.

    I'll keep your family in my prayers. Enjoy time with your SIL and take care of yourself!
    Gentle hugs,
    2615 days ago
    2617 days ago
    beautiful photo - is that on the Grand Mesa? My dad grew up in Colbran :)

    Prayers for you and your family.

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    2617 days ago
    Dementia is not easy for the person who has it. So frustrating to not be able to say what you mean or feel, or to be constantly "lost" and misunderstood. I pray your MIL adjusts well to her new home, and that the people there are good with dementia patients. Also for your trip home, stay safe!!
    2617 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    The crankiness is definitely part of this disease.
    2617 days ago
    I'm also praying for a non-eventful, safe trip home in Jesus' name!
    2617 days ago
    Praying for your family and for a safe trip home!
    2617 days ago
    Do so hope you have a safe and uneventfultrip home - prayers and hugs!
    2617 days ago
    I know from working with Alzheimer's patients in a nursing home that many of them can be cranky. I do think that is better than those who just are silent all the time and seem to have lost the ability to speak -- except for an occasional curse word. Even those that never cursed before are not free from this problem since one of the first things to go is the center that inhibits incorrect speech and behavior.

    I will be praying for a safe trip home!
    2618 days ago
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