Adventures in Mother-Sitting Kindle Edition
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This was author, Doreen "Dody" Cox's perfectly articulated description of her nearly three year journey in being a selfless caregiver to her aging mother, Eva, who suffered from Dementia and Lupus.
This superbly written, poignant and personal journal takes you along as she shares her doubts, fears, highs, lows and joys of caring for her mother. This memoir is both humorous and sad, and also filled with gut-wrenching emotions that touch the heart with Doreen's bittersweet and brutal honesty about her second-guessing her own choices in what was best for her mother, herself and their relationship as mother and daughter.
Adventures in Mother-Sitting was not only a great read, but a beautiful tribute to her mother, Eva.
I can only admire anyone who survives such torment and keep their spirit strong.
An honest account that others should read, if only to count the good things and treasure them.
Author Doreen Cox shares her experience as a "care bear" during the last three years of her mother's life and how she learned to live with her mother's slow progression from a viable, interesting, lovable, and happy woman to a woman overcome by dementia unable to handle even her most basic bodily needs. And Ms. Cox doesn't shirk away from those details. She repeatedly quotes her mother's mantra:
"You just do what you have to do."
Ms. Cox starts out this story as her mother's daughter and friend and roommate. She gradually becomes her care bear and then her "mommy." Though her mother always could articulate a thank you and big toothless smile for everything Ms Cox did for her, she became like a child thanking her mommy.
Ms Cox gave up her as a career group counselor at an alternative school for at-risk and SED high school students to care for her mother, and she never regretted it. She took on all the necessary tasks that were required to keep her mother fed, medicated, and clean and she never shied away from them. Even after her mother's death, she says: "The desire in me to take care of Mother to her end-time had been very strong, a `calling,' I had termed it. My `calling' included the care of Mother's body to its end."
I am in awe of Ms. Cox' loving and un-resentful care of her mother. She never asked the question on many other's minds: "How could anyone do this day after day, night after night, for so long?"
Her loving heart and soul just wouldn't allow it.
I recommend this book for anyone dealing with dementia. It definitely is a lesson in love.
Doreen Cox’s story is one that resonates with so many of us. It is never easy to watch our parents or loved ones grow old, but when dementia and/or myriad other conditions or diseases present, not only is it painful to see, but many become caregivers to those they love. Caregivers must tend to every aspect of her/his loved one’s care. There is nothing easy about it.
Adventures in Mother-Sitting, a book written from Doreen Cox’s journals during her three years as her mother’s caregiver, offers something very special to the reader.
I don’t wish to write a synopsis of this book; I simply want to explain why I found this book to be extraordinary, and why I recommend it to anyone who has gone or will be going through a similar experience: past, present, or future.
First, AIM is beautifully written; Doreen Cox is a gifted writer. Second, this is an honest memoir. The author was not afraid to bare her soul, expose her fears, or question her perceived shortcomings. But what really resonated with me, and the reason I so emphatically recommend this book, is because of Cox’s ability to take soul-crushing situations and turn them into joyful memories. That said, because the author chose to see the glass as half full and cherish every moment she could, doesn’t mean she didn’t get angry, break down, or cry like any sentient human being.
After reading the author’s story, where roles were reversed and her mother became her child, it is my great wish that this book will become known to the masses, because I so strongly believe that it could serve as a guiding hand to millions in similar situations. While caring for a mother with dementia is profoundly sad, Doreen Cox created an uplifting environment that no doubt brought joy to her mother and extraordinary comfort to herself. An exceptional read.
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