A Difficult Journey

Recently I posted that Eric and I were going through a difficult time.  We had the difficult task of moving Eric’s mom, Vivian- 93 years old, from her apartment in her assisted living facility to a memory care facility. She took a walk, became confused and walked a fair distance from her facility.  She fell in front of a home and the nice gentleman inside the home saw her.  After attending to her fall and asking her a few questions it became apparent that Viv was confused.  He assumed she was from the nearby facility and took her back.  How grateful we are for this kind soul.  The facility notified and informed me that she could no longer stay in assisted living.  Our daughter, Paige, works as the Activities Director in a Memory Care facility in Pensacola.  Viv said to Eric and Me that she desired to be with her granddaughter if she had to move to memory care.  Viv is still present at times and it has been so difficult for Paige and me to see her make this move.  She knows where she is and it is heartbreaking.   Eric travels so this move fell on me.  Thank goodness I have my girl here and she has a heart for the senior community. 

Eric and I attended church the next Sunday and I was teary and heavy hearted with all that had taken place as well as what was about to take place with the move to memory care.  Oh my how the Lord ministered right to my heart through this song.

Knowing Paige will take extra sweet care of her grandmother is a comfort and a true blessing.  Viv is thriving under the care of her granddaughter.  Such a sweet relationship between this two to watch.

This has been all consuming as it happened so fast.  There was furniture to purchase for her new room, get it moved in and set up, paperwork, paperwork, paperwork, empty her apartment at her former facility, more paperwork, staying with Viv during the day to help her adjust to her new surroundings, and finishing up all loose ends at her former facility. 

A simple joy of Viv’s is to sit and pet Baby Stella. Baby Stella will sit in her lap, as well as the  other residents, all day long.

Moving through the stages of life is difficult to say the least.  Through it all Viv has stayed her sweet self, never wanting to be a burden and always saying, “Thank you Jody for all you do for me.  I know you must be tired.”  After I kiss her and say “I love you Viv, I will see you tomorrow.”  I go to my car and have a good cry because I am not sure she will remember my name tomorrow.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

3) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  4) who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Love, 

Jody

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