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A Mother with Alzheimer's and a weekly visit...
Created By: Judy Drong

A Mother with Alzheimer's and a weekly visit that is around 125 miles round trip, has brought me a new friend in crocheting!



I do not know when I began knitting or crocheting, but I do remember the first baby blanket I made was when I was 19 years old (38 years ago - WHERE has that time gone? I only feel about 28 years old!)



My mother used to knit somewhat, but saw me crocheting and wanted to learn - I believe I taught myself in my high school years when I was in the convent in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Knowing my mother would not take my direction well, I found the local high school had an after hours crocheting class. Mom didn't drive, so I was "volunteered" to drive her. Rather than go home and have to turn around shortly to pick Mom up, I asked the instructor if I could stay and work on my own project.



I had one of those small crochet books from years ago, you know, the kind that probably cost around 39 cents and had only gray pictures in it.



There was a pattern in it that looked interesting - so I used some varigated baby color yarn to make it. The instructor came over and commented on the beautiful pattern. When I showed her the book, she said she had the same book, but the pattern never fascinated her - until she saw it in the yarn I was making it in (Yarn DOES make a difference!)



I have knitted and crocheted over the years, looking forward to when my four children would go down for their naps (they all took them, even in kindergarten - I needed the time!) I would hurry up while they were eating their lunch, pick up the house so I could sit down as soon as their little heads hit the pillows! I did the same thing after dinner (my husband worked nights, so the nights were my own - thank God for dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers!)



Somewhere in my early thirties after I was married and we moved "to the suburbs", I met a neighbor who did needlepoint - she showed me how, and I was hooked - then came counted cross stitch - a further "hooking"!



Probably with my life - I NEVER have nothing going - in fact, I have too many projects going - one by each of the chairs I sit in the various rooms of my home, even on the front porch! My rosary and my needlework!



I have yarn in my huge linen closet, three cedar chests, rolling stacked carts, and now that my children are gone, in three extra closets, nightstands, and anywhere else I can put it!



I had a friend who was nuttier than I - but I didn't know how much so until she died at the age of 54 - we used to kid each other after "she who has the most yarn/needlework wins" - only after she died and her husband was cleaning out closets, drawers, basement, etc. (including the huge walk-in closet in her mother's "mother-in-law" addition on their home, did I finally admit that Sue had won! There were at least 54 HUGE plastic buckets that I saw, and that was after her niece took anything and everything she wanted! Sue's husband is STILL wallowing in yarn!



Now, having lost Sue as my needlework partner (it was so great to call her for guidance when I got stuck), I missed having someone to chat with and "finger fly". So I began taking my work to my Mom's nursing home. Mom has Alzheimer's. Driving over an hour for a five or ten minute visit doesn't make sense - but what do you do when sitting with someone who dozes off and on, and cannot communicate? Why, you take your yarn with you!



Through my yarn, I met Peg, a most wonderful woman who has macular degeneration. She has yarn all over her nursing home room! I take Mom to her room, or Peg comes to Mom's, and we "finger fly", visiting as we go - I sincerely do not know who gets more out of these visits - Mom, Peg, or myself -



I am able to spend lots of time with Mom, keeping her company, feeding her, touching her - something people in nursing homes gets little, if any of. When the staff takes Mom to the washroom, Mom looks for me - she knows I am there, misses me, and is always looking for me - Mom is able to rest better because I tell her "Mom, I am here, you can sleep good now, I will take care of everything for you." Peg has company - she is one of the cognizant people in the home - can you imagine what it is like for her? She stays in her room most of the time because of this (except when I come to "finger fly" or do puzzles! Or me, because I am able to relax, spend time with Mom, do my favorite thing, "finger fly", and converse with my new friend!



Yarn/needlework, just like kids, draws people together - it is a conversation topic!



I know my friend Sue is "finger flying" like mad in heaven - and one day I will join her and heaven will be equipped with everything needed, especially Chemo Caps - which Sue started making when she found she had cancer.


 
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