Friday, July 29, 2011

Answer To Prayers... The Homecoming


We have had answer to Prayer... this Afternoon my Mom will be released from the Nursing Home!!! She has worked hard and with the help of the caring Staff she has exceeded all expectations for her rehabilitation and is now strong enough to make the trip to Cali with my Brother! 

This is Mom with her favorite Nurse, whose named sounded like "Gorgeous" so that's what Mom nicknamed her.*Smiles*  She truly is a gorgeous person inside and out, it was comforting to know that Mom was being so well taken care of by a Team of wonderful people like this.


And in a Facility that takes great care to make it look Homey and inviting so that the Residents will feel more content about the difficult transitions many are moving through...

I had been nervous about being pressed to make the important decision of placement on very short notice and with limited resources after her Hospital release... making Life decisions for another Person is a heavy responsibility to bear & especially if they are initially resistant, adverse & upset about it... yes, it is a delicate balance to do the right thing even if it is the unpopular thing for someone's welfare...


Because even though Mom had caring Staff and other Residents that she made Friends with during her stay...


And had the Daily visits with Family & long time Friends... *Note to Self: Portion control & exercise are definitely in order again! Gasp!*


And even though there was a multitude of Beautiful Art to enjoy as if at a Gallery... and we took pleasure in picking our favorites as we took our Daily Walks... this was my fav...




And lovely 'Common Areas' outside of the Private Rooms to congregate or relax...
                                 
 
And often someone playing the Piano in the Diningroom during Meals... and Daily Activities to partake in... and AMAZING Meals served...
 

And fantastic views of the Estate this Facility was built on...
 

It was still a very difficult transition for Mom... and an uncertain time for us all as we weren't sure she could or would recover from her serious illness & be able to rehabilitate sufficiently or succumb... or if this might have to be a permanent placement, living in a skilled Nursing Care Facility of some kind? And how long would Insurance cover this level of wonderful care?


And it just wasn't "Home" and she no longer had her independance & had to reconcile herself to no longer being able to live alone after this regardless of how well she did... or how nice a placement I'd managed to choose & get approved... 


She wasn't certain if she would ever see her "Home" again???


And she was missing it so...


And it was as painful for me to go there daily & take care of the place without her in it as I'm sure it was for her to no longer be able to live there and be around what was so comforting, cherished & familiar...


Everything was pretty much suspended in time...


And I didn't want to jump the gun by packing too much too soon... with the uncertainty of whether she could make it to California to live with my Brother and Family...


Or have to remain in a Nursing Home indefinitely?  After all, when someone is still living you don't feel right making decisions about their possessions without their input...


So it was Joyful News to hear that they would release her to me and she could actually go "Home" to her Apartment with me and we would await my Brother's arrival to take her to his Home this weekend...


And she can see it one last time and supervise the packing up of her beloved possessions and make the important decisions for herself of what to take... and what she won't...


And though there have been many tears, fears, many tense, stressful moments over these past few weeks with ups & downs & sideways moments... and the exhausting negotiating with Insurances, Agencies, Caseworkers, Hospital Staff and Family about what could or would be done and where and how... while also encouraging Mom & respecting her dignity and feelings... and doing whatever I could to assist & uplift her so that she would maintain Hope and the desire to Live... while juggling my own obligations here at Home...

It's all finally coming together in a way that I have a Peace about... answer to Prayers... and a Homecoming that is nothing short of Miraculous... Thank You Lord for your Mercy, Grace, Favor and Strength during this most difficult time...

There's still much work to be done so I will be AWOL for a brief time my Friends as our Family assists her with the move West... Thank You for your concern, encouragement and Prayers...

Dawn... The Bohemian 

3 comments:

  1. What a marvelous post, my friend! One hears so many "horror stories" of these facilities. It is good to hear the OTHER side of the story.

    I also hear the gratitude and relief you are feeling. I can imagine some busy times these next few days and look forward to your "return"!

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  2. I'm so happy for your mother and for you. Her nurse gorgeous looks like an angel.Hope all goes well from here on out.

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  3. I can't tell you how how happy I am that your mama was able to come home!! Yippeee!! I'm doing the happy dance for y'all!! That looked like one nice place though, for a home away from home. Vanna

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