7/19 She woke up laughing
7/20 She woke up laughing
7/21 She woke up laughing
Those are the entries for the last three days in Lauren’s journal. Her caregivers maintain the journal to keep each other apprised of daily events, seizures, and any other noteworthy items. I peek into it when I’m at Lauren’s house. Can you imagine how I feel when her happiness is noted day after day?
I had moments of doubt many times that Lauren would successfully be able to move into her own home. And, many people questioned the decision, not so much because they thought Lauren would not be successful, but mostly because they didn’t think I could handle it. But since I began to implement the idea that she would move into her own home, it has just felt “right”. Even though I did question the idea of her living on her own, I always came back to that feeling of rightness. And now, her reaction to the move fills me with relief, gratefulness, and a kind of wonder that we have indeed pulled this off. Lauren is happily ensconced in her own home with people who care for and about her surrounding her. If I had a journal, today it would say, "Mom is smiling."