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It is a Happy Morning
This morning I woke up to my mother singing. She was like a child, still in her crib, waiting for their parents to get them up in the morning, she was entertaining herself by singing and talking to herself. I came in the room and she looked at me and smiled and lifted her arms up to me to get her out of bed, to start her day. She said, “Hello sunshine, I love you, I am so happy.”
It didn’t matter how terrible I felt, after being up all night with terrible MS spasms and pain…now seeing her so happy, especially to see me. And then she said, “Oh I love Mondays, today is Monday. Mikey is home all day long. Oh boy, oh boy.”
I can not explain in words the love I have for my mother, the joy she brings to my life everyday…all the bad days of her Alzheimer’s…all my pain in caring for her on days I can’t care for myself…wiped all away by just a “Hello Sunshine.” It’s going to be a good week. Thank you GOD. Thank you for our miracle.
___________________________________About the Author: Melissa Vaughan is caring for her mother, Barbara Taylor Vaughan, contributor of the Nurse Talk column, Alzheimer's in the First Person, a journey through the disease. Melissa worked for an orthopedic surgeon for over 30 years, as a CMA and then LPN. On her way to her RN degree, Melissa dropped out to take care of Barbara after brain surgery. She eventually obtained a paralegal certification and worked reviewing records for medical malpractice cases. She retired 4 years ago due to Multiple Sclerosis and to care for her mom at home. We love them and thank them for their humanity and generosity of spirit.
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Alzheimer’s in the First Person
Barbara Taylor Vaughan is 90 and in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Barbara and Melissa Vaughan are putting a face on the disease by chronicling Barbara's illness. Melissa, living with Multiple Sclerosis, is Barbara's daughter and caregiver.
They hope educating others will inspire them to volunteer to help ease the suffering of those with the disease, thier families and caregivers. Barbara and Melissa's relationship, compassion and humor are inspirational.
We love them and thank them for their humanity and generosity of spirit.
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