“Life’s Daily Inspiration” I Awoke To Screaming!
It was 3:30 am when I awoke from a sound sleep to blood-curdling screaming. I jumped out of the bed and ran flying toward the other end of the house where Mom’s room was.
Not your typical “life’s daily inspiration” at all.
She was still screaming ,so I wrapped her up in my arms and held her stroking her hair back, in comfort. When she could speak she said, “No-oo No, no-o, there all dead” Oh, mom who? Honey who? “All of them, All of them, you, you your dead to”
No Mom , I am right here holding on to you aren’t I ? “Yeah but, your dead to.” trying to encourage her, I kept talking softly in her ear and repeating I’m here it’s ok, your ok.
“Scarlett? Yes, mom? Will you stay with me?”
Now that’s what I call a real ”life’s daily inspiration “ it always makes my heart swell when she asks me to stay, my presence comforting her. And encouraging her to settle down again.
This isn’t the first time this has happened.
No, this isn’t the first time this has happened. It is fairly frequent several nights a week lately. Oh, the nightmare might be different but the end result is the same screaming in torture from a nightmare, not a reality. But, in her mind they all, are real.
I slipped out after she drifted off to make
a cup of coffee, sleep is overrated when
your Mom needs you.
Isn’t that the way love is suppose to react, when they need you?
Back to her room I went with my coffee, in one hand , and a CD player in the other.
I am usually up by six or so, on my own. I love the quiet time to reflect and think.I placed my CD player beside mom who, like me loves the old southern gospel music of the 70’s era.
Minutes later round 2 started,I placed the CD player on low and was quietly rejoicing over the song playing and was humming along. Maybe 45 minutes later round 3 started.
I’m here it’s all right it’s just a bad dream Mom , “No, no, it’s not, I saw them why did they blow us up?”
I said, Mom look at me see I’m here and I’m fine and look at your hands and arms Mom ,your fine ,No one, is hurt it’s all a bad dream.” I sat there holding her hand.
“Don’t go please don’t leave, stay with me”
No Mom I’m not going anywhere, the Lord and me are gonna sit right here while you try to sleep.“Vera, I want to sleep I’m so tired”
I know Mom , I’m gonna stay right here. She said “pray Vera, pray I will sleep”,and pray we did. For the Lord, to give her mind the comfort it needed to sleep peacefully.
I’m not Vera, I’m her daughter Scarlett
And you are probably thinking how sad, yes, Alzheimer’s is a terrible sad disease. And it is very hard on her and equally on me as her daughter and her full time caregiver. It’s hard to hear your Mom call you someone else’s name .
But If I need to be Vera, then I will be Vera
When she asks don’t go, please don’t leave stay with me. Then as long as it helps or improves the symptoms of the nightmare she’s in at the time, I just go with it.
Back to my story, about 9 am Mamma woke and said,” what in the world are you doing sitting in here?” I said, just waiting on you to get up.
She looked around the room and said, “Where’s Vera are they still here?”No honey just the two us here.
“How long ago did they leave?” Who else are you talking about? “Vera and the Lord!”
She said forcefully “don’t you believe me? I’m not that far gone you know? Vera, was here I talked to her and she said, “the Lord brought her here to help comfort me.”
“You believe me don’t you?”
“They were here ,I’m telling you”, Yes mom, I believe you and I believe in the power of prayer.
The Lord sent his “Wonderful Peace” to see us safely through life’s storm. Of that I will always be certain. We were sheltered in the arms of God that night and wrapped in His love. And safely abiding under His wing.
This wonderful old hymn says it all.
Title: Wonderful Peace
Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight
Rolls a melody sweeter than psalm;
In celestial-like strains it unceasingly falls
O’er my soul like an infinite calm.
Peace, peace, wonderful peace,
Coming down from the Father above!
Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray
In fathomless billows of love!
Warren D. Cornell, 1889
William G. Cooper, 1889
Elaine and I being in Hospice for over 70 years combined.
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Elaine and Scarlett
Scarlett and Elaine
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