Nancy has been living with vascular dementia since December 28, 2019 following a severe stroke; her second one in a 6 month time frame. She spent several months in rehab before she was moved to long term care. She recovered to the point of eating and feeding herself after relying on a feeding tube for nearly 4 months. She was using a wheelchair most of the time; occasionally a walker with assistance. She recognized me and was able to communicate with words and singing. She would mimic my body movements with my legs, arms or hands.
On December 13, 2020 Nancy tested positive for Covid-19. Her symptoms were mild at first, mostly experiencing vomiting, fatigue and weakness. On December 22, she became less responsive and was pocketing food. She was hospitalized until January 2. She was treated for Covid, pneumonia and UTI. At one point her family doctor told us she wasn’t going to make it.
She pulled through and is currently receiving care at The Altenheim in Louisville, KY. Hospice care has also been brought on board to help navigate her healing, quality of life and manage symptoms as they progress or improve. She has been placed back on a feeding tube since her hospitalization and isn’t as responsive or mobile. She will squeeze my hand and sing along with me if I sing one of her favorite tunes. I am currently granted permission to visit her twice weekly.
My husband Brad and I are grateful for the ongoing prayers, kind thoughts and concern for my mother.
I am using this platform to keep friends and family updated and to use writing as a form of self care for my grief.
Thank you for visiting. Grace and peace be with you.
For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11