Dr. Laura –
I happened to be listening to the caller whose Mom has Parkinson’s and is in a nursing home. Things happen for weird reasons, and this is one of those cases. My mom has Alzheimer’s, (in her 5th year of an actual diagnosis), and she is slowly drifting away from us. She is still lucid most days, but there are times I stop and think that, one day, she isn’t going to know who I am, who my children are, who my father, her husband, is. Your comments about realizing – and speaking out loud made an impact! The words that my mom is no longer the woman who raised me, and that she is in the process of dying, are helpful to put things in perspective. Do I love my mom? You better believe it! But keeping in mind I cannot change her current state, helps me to remember to make the most of the moments I have with her, rather than fighting the repetitiveness, or trying to make her more than she can be.
As always, Dr. Laura, your comments help in smaller ways than you will ever know. Thank you for all that you do for others.