Lisa shared this touching story of how her little grandson helped with caregiving responsibilities for his great grandmother. She was also kind enough to share these wonderful photos of them to accompany the story.
“I cared for my mother in my home for 9 years. My grandson (now 5) was born into this caregiving life. He would watch and wanted to learn and help take care of her. He could crush her pills and mix with water and put through her PEG tube. He would stay on her to take sips of water to keep her mouth moist. At 2 and 3 years old, he could do quite a lot of caregiving properly. But the best part of all – and the greatest memories of all – was him crawling up in her hospital bed snuggling up to her and they would both watch the good cartoons – the ones she read as books to me as a small child.
That was all the positive. He was close to her, loved her greatly, and has wonderful memories. He thought this was how all great grandmothers were – sick in bed. After she died, when he was 4, he would still occasionally go into her room and lay in her bed to watch tv because he could smell his MeMom. Negative was that he should have been having play dates with kids, but he was stuck in the house with us. But we did lots of indoor activities and front porch picnics. He is the only one of her 6 great grandchildren who will truly remember her. And that is just how you do it. You do the best you can with what you have where you are! But I still miss my mom.”