What a week-end. You HAVE to read this!

Today’s post is all about hope.


Most of you know that the last two weeks have been rough. My mom has been very confused and delusional. She has been diagnosed with dementia. Read that carefully, “diagnosed with dementia”, and we all know how a single diagnosis can be inadequate to explain all aspects of any condition. While I don’t deny that diagnosis, I don’t buy into it one hundred percent as an explanation for these past two weeks. I believe there is more going on.

Did you know, for example, that urinary tract infections (UTI), can come and go without medical intervention? Did you also know that UTI’s can cause confusion, delirium, and hallucinations in the elderly? So-o-o-o, an elderly person can be confused, etc, because they have an undiagnosed UTI. We had my mom checked out for that and it was negative but, of course, it might have cleared up by the time the test was done. Here’s the google page where I found some great links about UTI’s in the elderly.

Now to the weekend. My daughter and her five-year-old son came home this weekend. (Hubby and other son had a “guys” weekend skiing.) She wanted to see her grandmother again because of her failing health. Not only was my mom one hundred percent better, she was back to her “before-the-last-fall” better. We took her for a ride down to Lake Michigan because we had an unusually warm day for a Michigan January. We even got her outside to sit on a bench. She was conversant, funny, even taking the initiative in the conversation.

Thank goodness it was sunny and I was wearing my sunglasses because I was tearing up a lot with gratitude. And now to the point of this post today.

The two or three nights prior to Sat I woke up in the middle of the night feeling very sad because I was worried that my last memories of my mom would be what I’d seen the last two weeks. I so wanted to see my “real” mom again. And then it happened.

But God answered and one glorious, beautiful, warm Saturday, I was able to imprint some kinder memories in my mind. There are some days you just know you won’t forget. This was one of them. My daughter will never forget it either.


I had been praying hard for this to happen but was starting to lose hope. But I reminded myself once again that “God is able to do more than we can even think of or even ask….”


I’m smart enough to know those two weeks could happen again. Sunday, for example, she wasn’t quite as “sharp” as she’d been on Saturday although she was still able to converse fluently.

But that Saturday was my “more than I can imagine” day. Everyone needs one of those.

God bless and don’t give up your hopes. God can do more than you can even think of.



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      • That reminds me of James 1:17: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” And what a good and perfect gift it was indeed. 🙂
        Thank you, God bless you today as well. 😊

  1. Rebecca,
    I guess it’s about time I responded to your blogs!
    I have to share my Mom’s last months.
    Her artificial valve was failing (It was supposed to be good for 5-10 years, and it was 43 years!)
    She had decided to quit the medication keeping her alive and go to be with Jesus, Dad, etc.
    In the next few months she continued to go down…then when we went to visit…up…then down…
    My sister, Jean, is a nurse and worked at the nursing home where Mom had chosen to live.
    Well, we kept coming – praying with her, singing to her and her friends in the Home, visiting with siblings, who kept coming from CA, IA, AZ, and WI.
    It took about 3 months. We were all pretty tired, but what a great memory. We got to witness to her friends and church and the workers in the Home.
    When the Lord took her home, it was such a wonderful time.
    Looking back on it, it was an incredible time!

    • How good to hear from you. Yes, I followed the story of your mom as we r FB friends. Every day is a gift. God bless you and Linda.