Thinking of you, your sister and your family. It is so hard when a parent gets aged. It can be anything they are suffering from - it is hard.
Take care and look after those family members. Your mum is in good hands. Love Sarah.
Chris, I am so sorry for what you and your family is going though. We just lost MIL to this dreadful disease. I would suggest you have her evaluated by hospice. I know there is specific criteria that must be met and not sure if you mom is at that point. My MIL was on it for better part of 10 months as she would do better and then decline several times. Hospice was wonderful in not only providing care for MIL, but helping our family deal with the situation. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs.
Praying!!!! Praying!!!! Praying!!! <3 <3 <3 <3
Dear Chris, I'm sorry about your Mum and wish her the best. I'm praying for her, for you and all your family.
Hi Lidia, thanks so much for your reply as well. Every prayer is cherished. Love Chris
Oh Chris, I am so, so sorry this happened to your sweet mum. It was such a bad, life changing fall. I had cervical spine surgery where if I didn't I would have also been paralyzed. I'm sorry to tell you it was a long, difficult and painful surgery for recovery about 5-6 months and still I have very little mobility in my neck. They go inn from the front and for me added lots of metal and plates and screws. I don't know if I'd recommend this for someone who couldn't understand. I am so, so sorry. Much love and hugs to you and your family. Jan
I can tell you the neck brace they have her in is one of the more comfortable ones.
Chris, I want you to know we will pray for her from around the world, that she be comfortable, have no worries and that God watch over her and take her home in His time. You cannot allow yourself to regret anything. Even the fall was at the right time. We just don't know God's plan, and it's probably good we don't. Much love, and prayers too for you and your family that you stay strong and take care of yourself.
Thank you dear Jan, it's been a hectic week. They are not doing surgery on her as her neck as she has Osteopenia and she also has Osteoarthritis. At her age, it isn't advisable. She has to wear that brace for 6 weeks. Hopefully within the next couple of days we will be moving her to a rehabilitation area. She still insists she doesn't want to go to a Nursing home, but she cannot live on her own anymore. It would cost her too much to have a private nurse 24/7. Thanks for your prayers, everyone of them is helping. I just wish she wouldn't be so stubborn, she would at least have company even if she can't communicate properly. Love Chris
Chris my heart is breaking for you. Only someone who has been through this knows the anxiety and guilt you are feeling. I'm sorry.
Hi Jerrilyn, thanks for your kind words too. I know that many of us on here have gone through this, so it's great to be able to come on here and vent my frustration. I think the Nurses are God's Angels and I cannot fault any of them. They are so wonderful with Mum and I pray that when she goes into the Nursing home that this will continue, plus she will have company, or at least some others to have a chat with. Love Chris
HI Chris So sorry to hear what has happened to you mam i feel for you
prays for you and you mam take care you self Maria
Hi Maria, yes, it's so sad to watch Mum going through this. I'm trying to do the best to look after myself too. I've got great family surrounding me and my Church family and all of you guys to keep me uplifted. Love Chris
How tragic for you and family, Chris.....will pray for your mum🙏🙏🙏
Hi Vicki, yes, it's been a roller coaster of feelings, thoughts and exhaustion! Thanks so much for your prayers. Love Chris
So sorry to hear what has happened to mum. I often think about her, and wonder how she is doing, and now this. God will keep her safe and comfortable, she (and you) are lucky to have family around for support. Do not feel guilty, you have done so much to keep her at home, and well looked after.
Thinking of you both and family.
Thanks Mary, it's certainly been a struggle and I know God has her in his arms. The nursing staff are fantastic and I know Mum is in the best care. She's a feisty lady! Love Chris
Chris praying that your mom will have a speedily recovery.
Thanks so much Monica, so lovely to see your avatar again. Love Chris
My dear friend Chris, my heart goes out to you. You have worked so hard at helping your mother stay safe. This is not your fault, please don't blame yourself, you were there to once again help her. He above has control and a plan for her. For years I have always had a smile when I saw a post or picture of your beautiful mother. She is thankful for what you have done for her through these last years, I think that is important. I am sending prays of healing, comfort and love. Please take care of yourself. Love, Suzanna
Oh! Suzanna, now my eyes are leaking. I'll try and do my best. Thank you my friend. I know you are going through rough times too. Love Chris
Chris thanks for the update.
Thanks Caroline, every day is a struggle, I'm sure everyone who deals with this Disease knows what it's like. Love Chris
thinking of you Penny. We too live in the Hunter, Fern Nay, near Stockton and I just went trough the same thing in July so I understand your pain. Will keep you and your mum in my prayers. I think this is the hardest part of life when we still fell like a child and it's hard to be strong. Take care and rest as much as you can
Thanks so much for your kind words. It's not an easy path to follow. Everyone is telling me to look after myself, so I know I have to and to be strong at the same time. Love Chris
Just an update. Thursday 24th November, 7.30am
Mum has actually 2 broken bones in the C1 and C2. The first picture is of Amy with Mum as she was replying to Steve asking how the 2 'Nannas" were coping.
The second one is Dana our elder daughter. She had just come straight from school, as she is the Assistant Vice Principal she can't leave the school grounds till after 4.00pm She looks like a nurse in her Aboriginal print T shirt. Love Chris
Chris Our hearts go out to you and mum. Prayers are being said for you all . Keep us updated we care ... IT is not your fault. It is just an accident no one could have seen coming. We all know how you care for your mum with love. She is in good hands. HUGS and Prayers to you and yours. Suzanne
Oh! thanks so much Suzanne. It's been a harrowing time I can tell you. I need to do some things for me today. As I just said to Chris, Trev told me to look after myself too, as he said I'll be going to the funny farm as he puts it if I don't look after myself. I will do so today, but will go into the hospital at lunchtime now. Love Chris
Bless your heart. She wants you to take care of yourself. God's will be done. Hugs and prayers for you and yours. Christine
Thanks Chris, Mum knows how much I've cared for her and is thankful. I was worried about looking after myself and Trev just said to me, make sure you have some "Me" time today. I've got a hair appointment at 11.15 and there are some other things I need to do too, so I might wait now till lunchtime to see her. She won't sleep whilst anyone is with her and I want her to rest. Love Chris
Chris, I am so sorry this has happened. Prayers for your Mum and family as you deal with all of this. I know that your faith in God is strong, and he will lead you thru. God Bless!
Hi Tonya, thanks so much for your kind words. I am so thankful for my prayer warrior friends and I know that whatever happens it's out of my control and in His hands now. Thanks so much for caring. Love Chris
Chris, I am crying with you. I know we all feel your Mum is a part of our family too, just as you are our sister. God does work in mysterious ways, doesn't He! You have worked so hard to give your Mum dignity and a wonderful quality of life. And now she will have that continue, just not all by your hands and time. Keep the faith that she will recover. And what a blessing for Mark and Leeanne to be there to help and Mark to be available. It sounds like God had everything set up and ready when this could have happened when she was alone. Please know we have you all wrapped in prayers and hugs. And please keep us updated.
HI dear Karen, you have hit the nail on the head. I told Mum, what if I hadn't been there, she couldn't have called out to anyono as it was at the back of her property againsf a fence. She lives on a busy road and no-one would have heard her cry out. I literally screamed for help whilst trying to keep Mum stable. The Dementia makes her very fidgety.. I told her she could have been there all night until I came to her in the morning. So yes, I know God was watching over her.
I'm going in this morning, but i need some me time. I have a hair appointment at 11.15, so I'll go see Mum, have my hair done and then go back. Hopefully I'll learn a bit more about her care time frame at the hospital.
Since yesterday we have been informed she has 2 fractures on the C1 and C2!!! I'll certainly keep everyone on her updated. Love Chris
Oh, Chris....so very sad to hear this...sending love, light and prayers to all.
Hi Kim, that's the prayers that my sister always sends, love and light. Every prayer is gratefully received, Love Chris
Oh Chris, I am so very sorry for your Mum's pain and your feeling distraught. Praying for comfort and healing for you all. Hugs. Nan
Thanks so much Nan. Every prayer on here is lifting my heart and I know she is in great hands at the hospital. Love Chris
So heartbreaking to read this Chris. I am praying tonight for your peace and for rest so you can make "best decisions" for her. I'm so glad she just had this time visiting with your sister, too, so that she really knows how she currently is and she had a hand at the hard work of helping her. Cling to each other and your kids and hubby during these days, as you have been.
Thanks Betsey, Jewls now knows what I've been through these past 3 years, but of course this year has been the hardest. I hope she can come up but as I said below she has a small hobby farm with animals she looks after. It's called Sanctuary on Eyre (Eyre Peninsula) and she has an almost blind Tonkinese cat, a new German Shepherd called Asta and a Galah (which is a pet) and of course Mum's dog Miss Lily Rose, plus a couple of Shetland ponies, chickens etc.
The kids have been so worried about me as I've been through some really stressful times. Ben particularly (our son) has been a 'rock of Gilbraltar' for me. Amy is Mum's favourite Grandchild and she has been wonderful. Dana came in yesterday and was wonderful too, she's a Assistant Principal at one of our local schools and is always busy! I'm so glad to have such a supportive family and the staff at the hospital have already commented on what a lovely family Mum has. She agreed! Love Chris
Chris my heart and eyes are crying for you. Your mum is in good hands and will be well cared for in the hospital. I pray that she will recover. I know the Lord is watching over you all. Please try to get some rest today. I hope your sister will be able to join you soon to make things a little less stressful. Prayers for all the family. Hugs
Hi Shirley, I've been speaking with Jewls every day just letting her know what Mum has been up to. Sometimes we laugh at the funny things she's been doing other days I'm in tears with the frustration of it all. Jewls has a small farm and is a rescuer of stray animals, so she just can't get up and come here. She is trying to organise things to come. Love Chris
Oh my goodness - how scary! Chris, don't feel guilty - all the decisions are out of your hands. Sounds as though your dear Mum is getting very good care and they will watch her and keep her safe. Please keep us updated - I had been wondering how she was doing! Try your best not to dwell on that scene in your mind where she falls. Imagine instead that there were some gentle arms that broke her fall some until you could get to her. Sending prayers, love and lots of hugs your way! Laura
Hi Laura, thanks for your comforting words. My dear friend at Church said something similar. Just imagine that Jesus was there trying to break her fall. I knew the way she fell that she had broken her neck. It's just horrible reliving that scene, through the day I'm not too bad it's when I'm trying to sleep that it goes on and on. I am praying for peace of mind too. Love Chris
So sorry to hear this Chris. I really hope she will rally around & get better quickly. Such an awful time for you & your family. Think positive & take care
Thanks so much Irene. I pray also for God to take this all under control. It's really out of my control now. Love Chris
Oh Chris. I am so sorry for this to have happened. It is very trying, for you and your family. Praying that all does go well, and that her recovery will be better than expected.
Prayers to you and your family.
Thanks so much for taking the time to write. I know how much you've been through a lot too over the past couple of years. I appreciate every prayer. Love Chris
OH dear Chris. My heart bleeds for you. It is horrible to see a loved one suffer. It makes it double difficult if communication is almost impossible. I know how much you have struggled with the decisions what is best for your mom. It looks as if now you have no choice. I pray that God gives you peace, that your Mom will not be in pain and heal fast. I pray God gives you and the family the wisdom to make the right decision as far as the future plans for your mom is concerned. For right now I am sending you hugs. Hope you can sleep tonight.
Hi Angie, every post on here is lifting my spirits. It's 6.35am Thursday as I write back. It's been a very hectic time as you can imagine. Thanks for your beautiful words of comfort, I appreciate each and everyone of them. Love Chris
I will pray for comfort for both of you and your siblings too. May the Lord's peace be with you all.
Thanks so much Rescuer. We are all so worried and dealing with the Dementia too is the hardest. I know she has full time care up in that ward, but it's still hard to let go. Love Chris
what can I say, ....don't feel guilty you did and always do what you can out of love for your mum. Prayers and big hugs filled with love are coming your way. and prayers for mum ....😘
Thanks darling Gerry, I know I haven't been on here much due to being a full time carer, even though we've had the Baptist Care ladies helping out. There is so much to do now. I continue to read your great posts. I'll get back to them soon. Love Ch
Chris I am so sorry to hear this news about your mum. am about to go out so will add more later
Chris the only bit I am going to add now is that it is not up to you to care for your mother yourself but you can make sure that she gets the best care. Thinking positive thoughts for you, your mum and the rest of your family
Hi Caroline, oh my, the tears are flowing reading your response. You are right, I know I've done the best I could with the circumstances of her health these past 3 years. Love Chris
Oh my We sure will pray for you and her. Big hugs Chris xxxxxxxxxx
Thanks Carolyn, every one helps. God has her in His hands. Love Chris
P.S. I'll just let you all read what I've written to Toogie for you all.
Chris, I feel your situation, as I’ve been through similar, with my own mom and sister. Try to not put yourself on a quilt trip. Believe me it won’t be as nice as your recent trip-lol- just trying to lighten your mood. Look at it this way. God took all these decisions out of your hands with this accident. Everything is falling in place not because of anything you did or didn’t do. His plan and timing are always perfect for His children. He loves you and knows how much you love your mum. If she doesn’t know bc of dementia where she is anyway then it probably won’t really matter. When I had to place my sister I came home and cried my heart out. She loved it! You know my love is with you, in all you will go through, with your mum. I hope you feel it-Toogie
Oh! Toogie, thanks so much for your caring heart. I just can't get that image out of y mind. I'm having trouble sleeping and darling Meg told me to drink some warm milk before sleep. It seemed to help me last night, but I'm not going to sleep till midnight and am listening to medidative music. God must be sick of my praying, but I know that He has it all under control. I'm not looking forward to going in today as she finally got into a room (shared with 3 others men and a girl) They have her in the Stroke/Neurological section. She is delirious and I pray she isn't trying to move as she is so fidgety. She keeps moving and that's not good. I was hoping they might sedate her to settle her and get her to sleep. She was awake all day Tuesday and yesterday. The kids have all been in to see her and I'm all "cried" out.
I have cancelled Mum's carers with Baptist care and have to cancel all current appointments. Her Doctor rang me last night to say how sad he was to hear what happened.
I have all my Church praying for her to be at peace. Thanks once again. Love Chris