Sunday, October 26, 2008

Today is a Gift

Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease nearly five years ago, and is now functioning at a higher level cognitively than she was at the time of her diagnosis. At that time, my research led me to the expectation that she would exhibit a slow but steady decline, and this has not yet happened.

Elsewhere in these entries I've described in detail the medications and the environmental factors that I believe have helped Mom to hold her own and even to improve. To review briefly, Mom takes the Alzheimer's drugs Aricept and Namenda along with an antidepressant. She receives a cholesterol lowering medication that I think may have helped her cognitively as well, and I give her several supplements including fish oil, a daily multivitamin, calcium, and lutein. She lives in a room with southern exposure, receives daily exercise, and is provided music and books. Most importantly, she has enjoyed a lifetime walk with the Lord and her faith has not wavered.

Tonight while I was in prayer, the thought came to me that the time my mother has lived with us has been more for me than it has been for her. The Lord has provided Mom the comfort that comes from resting in Him during this time, and when she dies she will rest in Him still. He has allowed her this time of peace while my heart is being strengthened to bear her loss, but I haven't always understood or accepted that this long goodbye is a gift. Today I am praying to be more appreciative of this gift of time with my mom.


  1. Oh Aunt Linda - This touched me deeply. I am praying for you. I love you and your precious heart, so tender toward our Heavenly Father. He is so very pleased with your pursuit of Him. You inspire and bless me (as you do many, many others - including your sweet momma) more than words.

    Prayerfully - Melody

  2. Wow...Thank you so much for the encouraging words for those of us on this same journey. Your TN Friend-Erica

  3. I was listening to Dr. David Jeremiah today and his sermon was titled "the why and how of gratitude." The quote that stayed with me was "God is good because it is in his nature to be good. He is our sustainer and though we do not understand his acts he remains good. And because of that he is worthy of our worship." This sermon is based on Psalm 100.

    Time is a gift I am ever thankful for. I spend much of my time each day, thanking him for the time he has given me to see the sweet faces of my babies and my husband. To hug my mom and to laugh with my sister. Time is truly a gift. Follow the link below to hear the sermons on "The why and how of gratitude".