My Easter was spent with my mother who was taken back to the hospital from the rehab center. Apparently the staff at the acute rehab were not prepared to handle some of the medical issues my mother has. For her personal safety, we had her transferred back to Henry Ford Hospital in downtown Detroit.
One of her external tubes became clogged then dislodged so she was very ill. Last evening and the evening before were very difficult for my mother. My sister and I stayed with her and somehow we all managed to get several good laughs in during the midst of all this stress. Laughter can be the best medicine sometimes!
I was determined that one way or another my mom was having shower today. If I had to hook her bed to the back of my van and drive through a car wash....well so be it!
The good news is, I didn't have to go that far. After assisting her to get up she actually walked (with support) all the way into the bathroom. I was jumping for joy....it was a small miracle in my book. She was certain she couldn't do it and yet there she was walking and tolerating being showered without getting ill.
My clean mother.....LOL.
My sister and I could not believe how good she looked....and with no makeup.
The wonder and magic of living in the moment! Who knew I would experience such joy and laughter in a shower with my mother and sister? Not something I could have dreamed up.....yet there we were. I have such intense gratitude for these experiences and it has made my Easter special and one to never forget.
I'm not sure the nurse and the nurses aids will ever forget us either. My sister and I were waring the blue plastic gown shields so we wouldn't get soaked and the aide walked in and started laughing and asked what was going on.
Hope your Easter was wonderful too!