It's been a good Christmas with DD and SIL and their 2 pups. As expected, it was an exhausting 24 hours of Christmas with my mom. Dh and I drove in yesterday at picked her up at 11. Roads weren't the best, but driveable. DD and SIL stayed at our house and got the turkey in the oven for me while we were gone picking my mom up.
As DD described it, it's like as the clock strikes 5pm she's (my mom) "gone". We had been sittting in the living room awhile, after dinner and clean up. Then dd got up to go work on the puzzle at the table in dh's den. Dh was on his computer in the den and then sil got up to go to the kitchen. And then suddenly she had no clue who any of us were or where she was. I moved over next to her and was trying to tell her I'm her daughter. She kept asking these strange questions. Something about "were or are we close?" or did we live "close". Then she wanted to know when I finished school. At that point I texted dd in the other room "Help!" Everyone came back in the room and we just kept talking to her but she kept saying "this is your house? you live here?" I don't know how many times (from an hour after she got here) she said "oh you can take me home any time" and I had to say over and over you're staying the night and we're taking you home tomorrow. Just after 6pm (exactly like she did Thanksgiving) she said she was ready for bed, so by the time I got her all changed into her nightgown, etc, it was a bit after 6:30. She was up twice in the next half hour.........for some reason she got it in her head she was going to live here. First she said "well, I guess I could try it out for a month or two. The second time up she told me she thought about it and wants to stay where she lives. I just said, yes, you are staying where you live and we're taking you home tomorrow. Then up again at 3:45am (which at that point she asked me twice who I was). Apparently she even opened dd/sil bedroom door. I got her back in bed.
Then I got up at 7:30, before any one else. I walk into the living room and there she is! Asleep in the recliner with a blanket draped over her shoulders....a blanket that had been at the other end of the house upstairs, in my office. OMG! We never heard her up or come down the stairs at some point between 3:45 and 7:30. My biggest fear is she would do something like this and fall down the stairs! Thankfully she didn't, but oh my! No more staying here. I just can't do it.
Sometime during the night she took the garbage can from the bathroom and put in in her room (there already is a waste basket) and had taken her underwear off and thrown in the garbage can....?? ok...When I helped her get dressed I could not find her shoes, which I had set on the floor the night before. Finally I found them downstairs.
We all went with to take her back this morning and every 3 minutes it was "can I get you guys lunch?". Finally we got her up to her apartment and her things put away and settled in before she had to go downstairs for lunch at noon. DD and I got in the elevator and both just breathed a big sigh of relief.