Tuesday, July 31, 2012

With Age Comes Change

 Last friday my dad, sister and I drove to Missouri to see if dad could
get grandpa to come to Texas.  He's been wanting to see the airplane my dad is working on (painting) for a customer.  He said yes-and lit up when he heard they would fly here.  He was a private pilot for many years and has a very big love of airplanes/flying.  My Dad and his sister had made the decision that it was time to end his live in health care and put him into assisted living.  He has dementia/short term memory loss so it wasn't something that could be explained to him due to those issues.

Heading into the airport to fly to Texas (dad and gramp)
 When he arrived in Tx, they took him straight to his new place.  He seemed to like it-understood he would stay there and not my parents' home due to the fact that there was no one there to look after him like there was in the apartment.  Mon night-when it was time to leave him he got confused.  Gary got a "live" dose of what we have dealt with on every trip to Missouri.  We finally bid him good night.   Tonight we will go visit again and hope in time he can accept it as his new home.  It's very emotional for everyone and I know confusing to him.  My heart goes out to anyone who is dealing with this same kind of situation.  You know you are doing what is right for the person-but it's emotional because it is the end of life as they knew it-

The view from his home-the view he left behind.

1 comment:

Tina said...

Donna - I popped in to see if there was anything new in the Bander Banter and I saw this post about you grandpa. I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know what it is like to deal with the disease, as my mom has it too. It has been a month since this post, so hopefully he is adjusting. The pic of the view is breathtaking. Thanks for sharing it.