|Ma and her baby|
after our short walk
December 28, 2011
"Hi Ma!" I greeted her when I saw her.
"Come on!" She said to me. A phrase that usually means that she has to go to the toilet.
"Do you need the toilet?" I asked.
"Come on!" She repeated.
I shut off the chair alarm, detached the safety belt and helped her get up for a short walk to her toilet.
She wanted to walk. We walked.
She got tired very fast, only able to walk about 100 ft before she started to lean on the rail that lines the walls of the halls.
"A little further Ma, you can do it." I encouraged her.
We walked about 10 ft and she needed to sit. She couldn't stand after a short rest; something she was able to do just under two weeks ago.
"Ma, do you have any pain?" I asked her.
"Yes. My back hurts." She leaned forward to allow me to gently massage her sore lower back, something that I've done for her over the last 13 plus years that she's lived with me.
"Ah, that feels good." Mom said as I began to give her a little Reiki with the massage.
"What about your belly, Ma? Does your belly hurt?" I asked as I gently began to rub her belly with Reiki hands fully charged with soothing energy.
"Oooo. Yes, my belly hurts." Mom offered, as she sat back in the chair and allowed me to provide her a little comfort with Reiki.
Mom was not able to walk again yesterday, she told me that she was too tired. One of the CNA's ran to get Mom's chair that we had left behind in the dinning room.
Lunch was served. Mom was asleep. I couldn't rouse her to let her know I was leaving. I took a picture and left.
Before leaving I spoke with the hospice nurse. I told her about my mom's pain. I agreed to have her order a small dose of morphine to help ease mom's pain on an as needed basis. So far, mom hasn't needed any pain medication; I want the home to be prepared with all approvals. The pain has begun.