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Mar 12, 2018
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Peggy has had ups and downs with mild cognitive impairment over the past few years. Nothing terrible but enough that those who knew her recognized that something wasn't right. Her functioning has been declining a bit more quickly in the past year--more trouble with balance and walking, needing help with many tasks like cutting up food and getting buttons and zippers done, reading less, unable to follow a TV show very well. However she showed some remarkable awareness watching the Minnesota Twins play, making fun of Trump, going to Ikea for 99 cent breakfasts, people-watching and a walk with Dad, almost always being able to have a good conversation about current events.
But then Nov 17th came about. We had gone to an 11am St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concert and Mom was leaning to the left the entire time. When we got up, she could hardly move, just dragging her left leg. We eventually took her ER, thinking she'd had a stroke. But she hadn't. 3 days in the hospital and she was starting to gain some strength and we decided to go to Mt. Olivet Careview for rehab. Between that and coming home, it seemed a good choice for her to get daily PT and OT. She was very confused and wanted to go home. After a few days she was walking much better and we thought that being at the care center was affecting her mentally and, with agreement of rehab staff, started readying to take her home. Todd arrived from Washington State for a trip planned a month or so earlier. We had to wait a few days to complete things at Mt. Olivet and in that time she started a quick, steep decline in being able to do much of anything.
At some point in here, we figured that there must have been an "event" to warrant such a drop in functioning--not walking, barely talking, and what was said didn't make much sense. And back to the hospital. More tests revealed nothing. So after a 3 day stay she went back to Mt. Olivet, but this time not in any transitional unit, but the nursing home.
We are beyond sad to see our vibrant, funny, literary, creative, intelligent, caring, loving Peggy/Mom decline so quickly.