Sunday, August 14, 2011

oh snap!

Snap as in snapshots of life :-)

Vegas chilling out on the deck yesterday -
he likes to stick his feeeeeets in my face.

He he.

A few days ago I drove to the city where my grandmother is housed -
my mom makes the trip there from Quebec city once or twice a month
so it was a good opportunity to meet and have a girl's lunch.

Overcast day, nice and refreshing!

My mom and grandmother in the facility's gardens -
it's a really wonderful geratric center, 
I was surprised to see how clean it was
and how much the workers there care for the elderly.

Make no mistake though, this is a place where people come to die -
very sad, in a way.

My grandmother can still stand to move from chair to bed
but that's about it.

I love my mom, she truly is the very best there can be.
We can still pass for sisters, you know ;-)

Moi et grandmaman.
She is 88 years old and afflicted with alzheimer's, 
one of the worst curses ever.

She still has bits and pieces of her old self left
but it's just the rare flash here and there.

Soon she will lose the ability to speak altogether,
it's so heartbreaking :-/

But at least she still laughs and smiles a lot,
everyone adores her at the facility.

The past two years she has held onto this crazy little doll,
night and day and day and night.

She talks to it, kisses it, keeps it warm and covered -
it's a bit creepy but apparently very normal with this disease,
a link between the illness and the real world?

I'm so very glad I went to visit her-
 the last time I had seen her was last November
when my grandfather passed away.
He also suffered from Alzheimer's.

I only hope this disease isn't hereditary O_o

Wishing you all a good weekend!


Anke said...

It's so sad to see a loved one slipping away. My Oma is 91 years old and now a shadow of her former self. I wish we lived closer together so I could spend more time with her. Hopefully we'll get to see her next year...

Busy Bee Suz said...

Your Grandma has a gorgeous smile....what a beauty. I am so sorry she is suffering with this horrid disease as well; very heartbreaking
Yes, you and your Mom could pass as sisters.
So glad you got to visit with them both.

Rebecca said...

My grandmother also has alzheimer's. It truly is a tragic, terrible disease. I am so sorry.

You ladies are gorgeous, and so is the weather and the views!

Lady Banana said...

How lovely to see you with your Grandma! Cherish every moment..

It's like as we grow older we become childlike again.. I can understand her loving the doll :)

Roshan said...

You come from a line of beautiful women. I just love your grandma. Give her a kiss from me when you see her next. Your mom is a darling too.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I am so sorry your grandmother is affected with alzheimer's. ((HUGS))
I adore the photo with her and the doll. Glad you got to spend time with her and your mother.