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Joyce Herod’s family said it’s been hard to see her struggle at a distance. The 82-year-old used to see her family all the time, but since March she’s only seen maybe a handful.
“I think her whole life revolved around us coming up there and spending time with her, seeing the grandkids, seeing I mean, the dogs, the grandkids. It didn’t matter who came up there as long as it was one of us,” her son David Herod said.
For the past four years, she’s been living in a care facility but was always up and moving. Since the pandemic started, she’s fallen and broken her hip — not to mention the effects of spending long periods in isolation.
“She was walking with her walker prior to COVID. Now she cannot feed herself. She cannot walk. She cannot feel her legs. She has nothing. She can do nothing but lay in bed. How does that happen?” her daughter Karen Klett said.
She was walking with her walker prior to COVID. Now she cannot feed herself. She cannot walk. She cannot feel her legs. She has nothing. She can do nothing but lay in bed. How does that happen?”
originally posted by: Daughter2
I can't see my dying mother this Thanksgiving.
She is 90 and decided not to undergo painful medical procedures but she is still trying to get some care. She went in the hospital yesterday. Only one person can see her and because I can't find someone to care for my autistic brother I can't go up.
Let her decide the risk.
If anyone is reading this please pray for the safety of my family. I have some evil family members who practice satanism (they really do - it's not false memory stuff they are very out in the open about it). I think they put a curse on my mother and me. So please say a prayer.
Family is all most of these folks have. Take that away, and you take away their will to live. Take away their will to live, and guess what, they stop living. What a surprise, right?
originally posted by: Bigburgh
a reply to: ketsuko
Yes definitely, it's a special generation of ours that was always about keeping family together. You're absolutely right about the winter months. Here in Pittsburgh we stay inside mostly during those times, but try to get together once a week for family dinner. It helps and we don't feel isolated... lonely.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: Bigburgh
Yeah ... had two relatives with Alzheimer's (well one had dementia of a different sort), but neither one survived the transition to a home.
I am thinking this is going to a rough year in the LTC homes. So many are not allowed to have family in for the traditional holidays this year - Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas - and then you go into the two long, dark, cold winter months of January and February which are always the hardest on everyone. As stressful as it is, I think that holiday season is magnitudes more important especially to our older relatives than we all might realize.