Gertrude’s Time with her Mother
The fact that I was home from mid October to the first of December 2010 seems all but a blur. But I do recall how good it was to just be home with immediate family and to participate in the care of my Mama, Murilyne Garrett. She suffered an aphasic stroke back in April and began the long recovery process; after rehab she desired to return to her home in Longview. To honor her wishes, my siblings and I agreed upon different times for care giving and my time came in October. Although Mama is not paralyzed physically, she struggles daily with the loss of certain abilities which allow her to manage life on her own such as control emotions, to speak properly and to decode what she hears resulting from an aphasic stroke.