After we left, he started to decline mentally and physically. So, the decision was made to have him go to the nursing home. I know it was a hard decision for everyone, but this is the only way he will be cared for safely.
So, my mom took Grandma up to visit Grandpa today. He is having a hard time remembering who everyone is. Of my grandma, he said, "You're the other one".. which I think he meant--the other half of me. You are my other half.
Of my dad, he wasn't sure who he was. "Dad! Who am I?" "thinking.. I'm thinking.. I know this.." but he couldn't come up with the answer.
So, then my mother was sitting with Grandma, visiting with Grandpa and she had a water bottle with her. And just then, Grandpa bursts out, "I want a water bottle like Judy has!"
Granted, my mother IS special and the BEST daughter-in-law anyone could hope for, but everyone burst out laughing when he could remember her and not his wife or son!
The mind is a curious thing, isn't it?
And the worst part about this (for me, personally) is that he has never had an interest in making things right with his creator, and there seems little hope that this will all come together for him in his final days. I know God is able to communicate with people in ways that don't seem traditional, and I am hoping this will be what happens this time.
God is able.