It’s been a hot minute since my Grandma suffered some pretty severe nursing home abuse at a facility in Orlando. She was moved to a new facility in Orlando after one more incident that sent her to the hospital in a dehydrated coma. She has done very, very well at her new facility.
The last time I saw Grandma at her Emeritus facility in Ocoee, FL, she tried to hit me when she saw me. I caused her to become very agitated and I knew that it was best if I kept my distance. There is no reason to upset someone you love, especially when they have no idea who you are anymore.
But things are different now. I visited Grandma in April and again in August when I was in Orlando visiting family. She didn’t know who I was, but she didn’t run the other way or try to deck me. Actually, the first time I saw her at her new facility, she stared at me for quite a while with a worried look on her face. Then when her little friend got up to go to her room, Grandma said, “Ok Summer” to her friend. She totally said MY name, but called her friend MY name. It was incredible and still gives me goosebumps. This last time, she couldn’t take her eyes off of me. I stayed for a couple of hours and she stared at me the whole time, but couldn’t eek a word out.
This disease is terrible for the loved ones of the person who has it, and it scares me that one day I could be my grandma. I would likely not know what was going on, but my children would mourn for their mom whose body was still walking the earth, but whose mind had departed.
My sister is partnering with Serenades, the facility Grandma currently lives in, in the Alzheimer’s Walk on October 26 on “Team Serenades”.
Many of you read the story of Grandma’s abuse. Many of you commented. Many of you wanted to know how you could help. Now you’ve got it. Now you can help. Shelbi (my sister) is raising money for Alzheimer’s research, and I’m writing this to ask you to help. If each of my readers donated ONE DOLLAR, we could raise almost $5000. Just one dollar.
You can click the image below to donate:
Shelbi’s goal is $500. Please help her reach that goal by donating whatever you can. It’s for Grandma! For me. For my family. Because the truth is, in a few short decades, I could very well be just like my grandma. Let’s put a stop to Alzheimer’s progression.