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lily rose
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/14/2008 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
My grandmother has had Parkinson's for the last 8 or 9 years.  She was diagnosed with it rather late in life from what one Dr. said, she was 69 or 70, maybe even 71. I am a military wife and was living in CA at the time. My family is in NY.  I now live in MD.  Finally closer to my family.  My grandfather has been taking care of her, up until 5 weeks ago.  She is now in a nursing home. My grandfather and parents see her everyday, sometimes 2 or 3 times. I have read alot about Parkinson's online . My mother tells me she still feeds herself as long as the food is cut up, or something she can pick up and eat like sandwhiches. She can no longer walk, she can stand and move her feet if assisted. The shakes are still present, she usually has a blank stare, she does not talk much anymore. We are not certain what stage she is in, however from the research I have done I would say 4 maybe even 5. This is real hard for us to see her this way. I remember her when I was growing up we would dance and dance while cleaning house or just hanging out. She could jitterbug people half her age and they would drop from exhaustion before she would. I remember singing with her gospel songs in the church choir. Now she can't even stand alone or barely talks to me when I call the nursing home to talk to her. Man it feels good to get this all out.  Don't get me wrong my family is supportive but they don't alot about the illness.

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   Posted 6/14/2008 3:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Lily Rose, I am so glad you have joined us here, you are surely going through a tough time. I am glad you have such beautiful memories, hold onto them, they are gold. Please talk as much as you need. Get it all out. We are here to listen, and if not understand, we will support. Trust that.  Keep us up to date with how you are coping wonderful woman. I mean that k!

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   Posted 6/14/2008 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   

Lily Rose,

Welcome to the HealingWell Forums.  I think your survey answer should be both.  Talking and praying.  They go together.  Your family sounds like they really care deeply about your Grandmother.  I am not sure the staging is so important right now as the love she is receiving.

Hang on to your memories as you will always have them in your heart and someday you will smile often when you remember the good times you shared with your Grandmother.  You are lucky to have each other.




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