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Friday, December 17, 2010


It's been a hectic and stressful week, with my Mom coming home from the hospital yesterday. More on that later.

I received The Recipes for A Cure cookbook from The Attic and am very impressed. Not sure what I was expecting, but this was way beyond anything I thought it would be. As I was flipping through I came across this recipe and immediately thought of my Mom. I read through the recipe and sure enough they are the same cookies she used to make every Christmas, only I think she used rum, but I suppose you could use any liquor :)

Mom with my Dad's help would make dozens upon dozens of them, pack them up tin cans and we would all get them for Christmas. Oh how I miss them, now that I have a recipe I'll try and make them one year.

Then I came upon this free pattern from The Sampler Girl and thought of all the years Mom had Christmas Eve dinner, where these cookies always made an appearance.

Funny, how memories can make you happy and sad at the same time.

Now onto my Mom. She was admitted after spending 2 nights in emergency. At this point she was very confused, didn't know where she was and just was not herself. Without going into too much detail, she has a UTI, no head injuries, minor blockage to her heart and as she kept complaining about her wrist the dr. had another x-ray taken and they put a splint on, but as she kept taking this off she now has a cast.

My brother and I now believe she has dementia and this has been going on slowly for about a year and this hospital stay made it all the more recognizable. My dr. once told me the Mayo Clinic web site is very good for information and upon reading what they say about dementia, she has all the signs.

While getting her to bed last night, I think she may also be having "sundowning". I'm going to get a notebook and start making notes about the "little" things I find different and see where we go from there. In the meantime I will do my best to look after her. Which may be easier said then done.


Pumpkin said...

I really have to order this book! I keep forgetting :o( Love your latest finish.

I'm sorry to hear about your mom :o( It's hard when they start forgetting. I see that in my Gram now and it makes me sad. I hope she gets the best of care.

Blu said...

Cute finish!
(((((((hugs))))))))))So sorry to hear about your mother. My grandpa forgot a lot towards the end and it was very difficult for all of us.

Anna van Schurman said...

Good luck with your mum. Happy Christmas!

mumzy said...

Sorry to hear about your Mom. My own Mom was disgnosed about three years ago as having alzheimer and a bit of dementia. It is hard to see them get worst as time goes by. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

Don't forget to take care of yourself too.

sheri said...

My Great Aunt gave me her mother's (from Poland) recipe for Krusczyki and they are made with rum, too. Aren't they yummy?!

I also stitched Christmas Eve from the Sampler Girl. Yours came out really nice. I love the colors.

Take care.