Why Hospice?

Written by on 15 November, 2013 in Blog with 0 Comments

The nurse from Hospice said, “I’m not used to lying to clients.”  Unfortunately had she not, my mother, Gram, would have tried to boot her out of the house like she tried Shakeria’s girlfriend’s mother last night.

My parents always had funny ideas, not ha ha funny.  If you came to our house at dinner time, you were asked to leave.  Obviously, you didn’t know any better and needed to be told.  Tomorrow Shakeria will be 11 years old, and she had a girlfriend spend the night last night.  Her mother inadvertently dropped her off when Gram is used to eating.  Gram threw a fit and began yelling at the woman.  My husband and I became extremely embarrassed, and my husband told Gram to stop it.  Gram immediately told the woman that she would quit yelling at her because my husband would do it for her.  Charlie looked mystified.

Fortunately, it didn’t run the girlfriend’s mother off.  We talked for over two hours.  It was the first time we had met with time to talk, and it’s important to know your children’s friend’s parents.  She is a very nice lady who helped chaperone our children’s class to the nursing home so the kids could sing songs to the elderly, and they also helped paint decorations with the elderly for the holidays.

I signed my mother up for Hospice yesterday, and I won’t tell her because it will only upset her.  She will then make all of our lives hell.  Even with dementia, she remembers important concepts that she can hound us on over and over again.  Hospice understands this and are willing to work with us.  Until today, we had visiting nurses from the same medical facility and she didn’t mind them.  Hospice is the same type of deal, but for my mother, Hospice means eminent death.  Hospice specializes in the terminally ill; generally folks with less than 6 months to live.

My mother has given her life to Christ, but she’s not interested in meeting him face to face just yet.  She’d like another 50 plus years or so without the pain, wrinkles, and medication.  It’s not realistic.  It’s tough watching those who tried to care for us become those we have to care for, but that is the way life goes.  I’m just grateful I’m in a position to do it.

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.  1 Timothy 5:8 ESV



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