2020 took a definite turn for crazy in March. What was the norm was no longer the norm in the outside world, but magically we had already sort of been prepared for that, and while things in the community, state, country and world were tossed into turmoil… life inside the walls of our home stayed the course and mostly to our normal routine. I guess you could say we’ve been practicing “self-isolating” of some fashion for the last 5 years! So it wasn’t all that out of the “normal” for Mom or me.
Mom, of course, doesn’t really remember the day to day stuff with COVID-19. She has missed the regular weekly visits from family members the last 3 months, though. Her 88th birthday and Mother’s Day came and passed without the celebration and hoopla that usually comes with a gathering of any size. However, we were able to use technology to get most of the clan together for a brief celebratory call on Zoom and grab a screenshot or two. She was thrilled and loved hearing everyone sing Happy Birthday to her.
She’s also getting a little sassy this year. There have been a few changes in the last few months that indicate some additional losses in cognitive behavior — she still enjoys her music and loves keeping time to the rhythms and movements she sees in the audiences as she views the videos. We’ve noticed that much of the head-picking ceases when she is watching and listening. We’ll keep playing those DVDs.
Lesson learned from our experience with COVID-19 will definitely have some impact now and in the future on how we interact with those outside the walls of our home, however, we have been blessed with our basic needs being met. A caring community of family, friends and health professionals. We are grateful for every one of these individuals and the roles they play and the support they offer in our behalf when needed.