Elizabeth is 'Cookie Sunshine's' Mama.
I dont remember how I came across Cookies blog ..on one of my late night blog hopping sessions no doubt... and since then i have followed cookies diary of events about herself and her mama Elizabeth.
Elizabeth suffers from Alzheimers.
The following is taken from Cookies blog....
When I began blogging I had no intention of sharing so much with you about my Mother or talking about her dementia. I felt that Alzheimers should be talked about quietly with friends or family. I didn't plan to talk about nursing homes, care givers, memory loss, feeling lost, or bleeding legs. I was going to stick to art.
In the beginning I believed that talking about these things would be some sort of boundary violation because my Mother has always been a very private person, and I didn't really think that anything positive would come from sharing our daily experiences online.
But one day I wrote about my Mother for Show and Tell at Kelli's House and what followed really amazed me. Not only did I receive several online comments, but I also received a huge number of personal emails from women who either have a parent, grandparent, sibling, or other family member or friend with the disease, or they wrote about someone who has passed on and the experience and how their lives had been affected. I've been very touched by the kindness and the support from this community. Because of this I've come to believe that it's important to share our story with the hope that some of you might benefit through my Mama's experience.
Last week I purchased a little flip video camera. The purpose was so that I could video Logan during his stand up routine.
Yesterday we recieved the most wonderful package in the mail and I found a new reason for the camera. Mya at Creative Musings With Mya created a simply perfect red felt hat for my Mother and sent it to her as a gift. Mya does not know Mama. She has never met her, nor has she met me in person. We are blogging pals. I helped with a bit of technical info for her blog banner and she decided that she wanted to create this hat as a kindness for my Mother.
Believe me, what I did for her was nothing in comparison. Words can't express how much this hat is appreciated. Mama will wear this hat for red hat tea parties, but she can also wear it on days when her hair doesn't look it's best. She has a lot of days when hats come in handy.
This morning Logan and I drove over for a visit and gave Mama her new hat. I made this video. It's not the best video in the world. I'll improve. You'll notice that she's confused. You'll get a sense of what dementia is all about. But you will also see that even with dementia, there is still happiness and fun. Our lives have changed, and it is sad, but we still have a lot of love and so very much to be thankful for. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaEkw_u6xHg
Since this video was taken in April, Elizabeth has fallen and broken not only her shoulder but her hip too... thankfully both operations went well but because of her Alzheimers she didnt understand any of the time being in hospital nor understood the pain she went through, this all happened days before her birthday.
The update is that Elizabeth left hospital on 30th April, her birthday and is doing well.
Luv Chriss x