There isn’t a thought Mom thinks nor an action Mom takes that isn’t communicated to her directly by God. “That’s great!”, you might say. “She could’ve hooked up with soap operas,” and of course, I agree. Sort of.
There are some who would say that Mom has achieved that place in life where she is practicing what the Apostle Paul recommended: never-ending communication with God. He talks to her all the time and there is no attempt on her part to use the brain He gave her for anything other than what He commands — including her selection of clothing each morning. That’s not intended to sound like criticism.
In a recent post, I talked about how old people will try anything to keep some control over their lives. An apt and personalized simile might be that Mom is sinking her anchor deeply into a belief system in order to keep her ‘ship’ in place during the storm that is the latter part of her life.
Mom is always glad to see us. Increasingly, these days, she is overjoyed, even when we visit every day; even when we step into her room twice in the same day. It’s always new for her. This, by itself, may be a manifestation of her dementia. After she’s completed her inventory of how everyone is, she launches into the latest day’s worth of instructions from God.
This was a subject of discussion at our Care Plan meeting a couple weeks ago. No one wanted to say that Mom is delusional. No one wanted to alter a behavior that was grounded in good. The best we could come up with was that this is a very “touchy” subject. The medical professionals present took notes.
I don’t know what to think. I don’t know how to respond. The best I can do is to listen attentively and nod my head without showing doubt. I wonder what my siblings think.
Today’s CBS Sunday Morning told a story about Alzheimer’s (video) that is worthy of ten minutes of your time.