My Visit With Mom Yesterday was Terrific

@BelleStarr (31302)
Portland, Connecticut
November 13, 2017 5:18pm CST
My mom has dementia, she is 102 years old. Some days when I visit her she is happy and smiling, other days she won't make eye contact with me and just looks away. She is in a nursing home. Yesterday, my husband and I stopped in to visit her after church. She was sitting in the big room watching TV with other patients. I stood in front of her and smiled. She got the biggest smile and then looked at my husband and smiled. I leaned in to give her a kiss and she kissed me back several times, she knew who I was. She no longer calls me by name or really converses but she tried to say things to me. I took her into her room and showed her some pictures of her siblings and also of my brothers and my grandkids. She smiled and said "les garcons" which means "the boys" which is what she called my brothers. I can't begin to tell you how happy this visit made me. Sometimes I leave the home so depressed but I was smiling when I left yesterday. For a brief moment, it was as if I had my mommy back.
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@Happy2BeMe (67028)
• Canada
13 Nov
Awwww those are beautiful moments you will treasure forever. What a beautiful picture.
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
Thank you, my mom was a beautiful woman when she was younger and I think she still looks pretty good for 102.
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@Happy2BeMe (67028)
• Canada
14 Nov
@BelleStarr She certainly does!
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@bunnybon7 (32631)
• Holiday, Florida
15 Nov
@BelleStarr yes she looks better then i do at 70
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@amadeo (46410)
• United States
13 Nov
at the age to live which is a miracle.She lived a long time. You should not be too depress at this at all.She had a good life.
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
She did have a good life but it is hard when someone you love doesn't recognize you.
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@amadeo (46410)
• United States
14 Nov
@jaboUK (50181)
• United Kingdom
14 Nov
What a wonderful photo Isabelle, and I'm so glad she knew you even though it may be short lived.
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
I really treasure every one of these days I have with her, they are getting more rare but I live for them.
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@Kandae11 (25733)
13 Nov
Glad that you had your mom back - if only for a short while. She looks quite well for that age.
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
Thank you, yes I think she does too and she is quite amazingly healthy, noo high blood pressure or cholesterol or diabetes.
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@Kandae11 (25733)
14 Nov
@BelleStarr That is wonderful.
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@DianneN (57344)
• United States
16 Nov
@BelleStarr That is truly amazing!!!!
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@sol_cee (13228)
• Japan
14 Nov
I suddenly remembered my mom. Sigh..
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
I am sorry if it made you sad but think of the good times and enjoy the memory.
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@rebelann (31204)
• El Paso, Texas
14 Nov
I'm glad she knew you. Was she French? Her generation were toughies, mom was born in 1916 and lived 99 years. I guess they had to be tough back then.
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
Yes she is French Canadian and French is her first language. She still has an accent I am told though I don't hear it.
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@rebelann (31204)
• El Paso, Texas
14 Nov
Yeah, I've been told by some of my friends (hispanic) that their grandparents are more comfortable with their first language which is Spanish @BelleStarr but strangely enough my friends Japanese step mom (84) has not reverted to Japanese.
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
@rebelann My mother spoke English all the time when she lived at home (until she was 97) but somehow in her mind she now lives more in the past.
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@Juliaacv (22198)
• Canada
14 Nov
Oh the sparkle in her eyes here really does say what has to be felt in her heart! When I worked with seniors, what I found helped was a basket of warm hand towels and face clothes in a basket. If a person can sit there at a table and fold them, quite often just doing that simple task makes it easier to communicate with them. Why don't you try that some day? I used to hate seeing family members leaving after a visit where their loved one wasn't having a good day, and I found that this helped.
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
She can't use her hands, they have atrophy. It happened after she got to the nursing home, sort of one finger at a time. She can't grab or hold onto anything her hands are clenched. But yes, at home we would bring out the silver and have her polish it.
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@Juliaacv (22198)
• Canada
14 Nov
@BelleStarr Sometimes just a little lapcover that has a pleasing feel to it, nice soft fabric, will help settle someone that cannot grip things. I had a sweet little old lady in that predicament. I'm glad that you had a nice good visit.
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@DianneN (57344)
• United States
14 Nov
I love your photo of her and am so happy you both had such a wonderful visit.
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
17 Nov
Thank you, I love to take pictures of her when she's happy it gets me through the bad times.
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@DianneN (57344)
• United States
17 Nov
@BelleStarr Oh, I'm sure it does.
@peachpurple (9949)
• Malaysia
14 Nov
wow, congrats that your mom made you happy by smiling at you and she is a century years old! My mom has partial dementia due to stroke. She can remember me and my kids but she cannot remember current things such as "had her breakfast already or not" those trivial matters, she cannot remember at all. I missed her, wanted to visit her
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
Yes it is hard to lose the mothers that we love, I have her physically but not mentally.
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@AmbiePam (45854)
• United States
14 Nov
That's wonderful. I am so glad you had that moment.
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
17 Nov
Thank I am too, it really made my day.
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@fly802 (1110)
14 Nov
That was really a sweet moment indeed.I think yesterday was a lucky day for you.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
That's a great photo and how lovely that she was able to know you on this visit.
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
Yes it was and the warm feeling will stay with me for a while.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
@BelleStarr My Mum got to 104 but she didn't have dementia. We were very lucky in that respect.
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
@JudyEv Yes you were, I would love to be able to just talk to my mom like we used to.
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@ilocosboy (32230)
• Philippines
13 Nov
That was a precious moment of a loving daughter with her beautiful mother.
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
Thank you, yes it was.
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@ilocosboy (32230)
• Philippines
14 Nov
You are welcome
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@GardenGerty (90290)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Nov
What a wonderful visit that was. Her personality just shines out in this picture. I wish you more good days than bad.
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
Thank you, from your mouth to God's ears!! I haven't been visiting much because I come away so depressed and upset but this visit makes me want to go back to visiting every day.
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@marlina (60998)
• Canada
14 Nov
A precious moment!
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
Yes it was, I went out of the home with my heart singing.
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@DEMI12 (340)
• Chaoyang, China
14 Nov
Your mom looks very good at her age,102 is a very hign age of human beings.and you are a good daughter!
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
Thank you very much, she has good genes.
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14 Nov
Oh, that was so sweet.
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@BelleStarr (31302)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
Thank you.
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• China
14 Nov
This scene makes me cry. I miss my mom too.
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@nela13 (244)
13 Nov
While we have ours mothers we will always be kids for them. Your mother is a beautiful woman and looks happy. God bless you both.
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@snowy22315 (33110)
• United States
13 Nov
She looks happy..bless her..
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