Mom went into the kitchen in the middle of the night, got out a bowl and a knife and the coffee creamer from the refrigerator, got a half box of cereal from the counter and carried them on the tray of her walker over to the table. She sat down and had herself a snack independently. (3 AM)
She was so proud of herself. And I am proud of her too. She has been "scared to go into the kitchen" since she fell and broke her hip there in 2013...so to go and use the refrigerator and two drawers...was super!
We forget that sometimes even small victories really ARE victories!.
Then, because a repairman was coming to her condo, we went to Cracker Barrel for lunch and enjoyed seeing all of the leaves that have changed in the week since she has been out of the house in the car. So exciting to see the changes and enjoy chatting about them.
Mom recently was treated for a UTI and she is SO clear and almost like having my independent mom back. I know she is not independent, but she is trying to do more for herself and that is exciting, even if only for a short time.