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  1. #1271
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    Twylla my mom used to keep a stool in her mini van to help my grandmother in and out easily.

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    Oh, I'll try that spps! We used one once to get her into DH's massive truck. I didn't think of it for my vehicle. Thanks!


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    twylla Are there running boards on your vehicle? That may help since they create a step - otherwise the stool idea is all I can come up with. I always give suggestions to my grandma such as using the handgrip and arm rest to help pull herself in.

    bloom I agree, there is no proper way to react or feel. Your mom sounds a lot like my grandma! I understand how difficult it is to handle that demeanor.

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    I'm so sorry for everything that all of you are dealing with right now. *hugs*

    Bloom, the emotions will likely come later. Right now, you're kind of in worker mode-making plans and decisions. All of your feelings are normal. Hang in there.


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    Thinking of you Bloom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladyco4 View Post
    Thinking of you Bloom.
    likewise, you and your aunt

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    I got my mom a box of her favorite chocolates and picked up 3 novels plus a wordsearch for her at B&N. It was a little depressing thinking she may not finish even 2 of the books. I think I'm only going to give her 2 of them: Where'd You Go Bernadette and Bossypants. The 3rd is a mystery thriller which she likes. I don't know maybe I just take them all. I feel weird putting pressure on her to "finish" something, you know? I'll also give her my gossip mags I'll get for the plane ride. Can you think of other comfort/care gifts I can give her? I thought of a cozy blanket but they live in Palm Springs; it's 90* there and they will likely still have the heat on. I got her her favorite type of houserobe for Christmas, so she's set there. Candles are out as open flames and an oxygen tank is a bad mix. I'm having the girls make her cards from some of their recent artwork, too. Other thoughts?

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    Bloom - any way to bring some family photos with you, or does she have enough? My mother passed in the hospital but was there for weeks and, like you, we had the grandkids make cards. She wasn't conscious so couldn't read but we brought her a cozy blanket and put up the cards and pictures of special family/memories everywhere. And played music she liked. Again, she couldn't see the pictures, though I like to think that she could hear the music.

    So maybe a bunch of pictures then when you're there put them up via tape or a bulletin board you buy or whatever for easy access.

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    Pictures are a good idea! What about a nice hot/cold pack? Not sure if she's experiencing pain anywhere that something like that might help, though!

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    She will likely sleep a lot at some point, so maybe a nice sleeping mask?


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