My older sister Sue who lives in CA has been dealing with Parkinson’s the past 8 years. She constantly amazes me with her strength, faith and energy dealing with the challenges of this devastating disease. Her medications are extremely important and last spring she found herself in the hospital from over medicating. This was a wakeup call for her and the family she needed daily help with her care.
Her daughters have been so helpful even with their own illnesses but it became apparent round the clock supervision was necessary to keep Susie on track living as comfortably and happy as possible at this stage in her fight with Parkinson’s. Hard decisions needed to be made and after Susie living with one of her daughters for a month and having her medications administered on time (so very important) clear thinking prevailed. I’m so proud of Susie for making a decision that was right for her and her condition. She posted this on Facebook after making her decision to enter a new chapter in life:
“I'm so grateful for God's faithfulness as I continue learning about Parkinson's Disease and how to live with its debilitating effects. A new chapter has begun in my life's journey. Instead of living with my wonderful husband, my family has found a place for me to be cared for at Sunrise Assisted Care Community where all my needs will be provided for: a lovely room with my furniture, clothes, favorite paintings and other pictures I especially love (my bunny pictures)!!! Three meals a day, daily housekeeping, laundry, medicines given to me on time (very important) field trips, interesting classes (drawing for me) movie nights – different categories: western, classical, comedy etc. Rod can come anytime so we can spend time with each other, I can go home to spend time with him.
Let me tell you this was a very difficult decision to make! I believe we have been going through the fiery furnace experience, which has not only strengthened our relationship but has enhanced each of us in a way not known before! When you walk through a storm, God is there!”
I am so proud of you sister for taking the bull by the horns and making the move you needed to successfully live with this constant Parkinson’s battle!