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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:31 AM

My mother said her name today.

This means she's still there, starting the long road back to her feisty self.

Four days ago, two weeks from turning 96, she had a "big stroke" (the doctors' name for it). I'm in Baton Rouge, down from Cambridge, sleeping in her room. I've brought up the Andrews Sisters on YouTube, I've sung Que Sera Sera in her face, I've put a pad and pen in her lap and she's written random letters and numbers.

She just had her first session with the speech therapist, who knows Mom was a jitterbug star so she said we should play music and sing. I said we'd sing for her, and I put my face to Mom's and we sang the Que Sera Sera chorus. Her words were just sounds but those sounds were on key.

Dance, sing, live.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:42 AM

1. Celebrating this victory with you,

and wishing her (and you) many, many more

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:48 AM

2. Progress!! One step at a time. Sounds like she's a fighter. All the best to your Mom & your family.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:26 AM

3. You're a good person Croney.

96 is a long time to live. I hope your mom has many more years.....

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:27 AM

4. Celebrating with you and your mom.

Best wishes to you, both.

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Response to Croney (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 02:50 PM

16. Lol!

You've made me smile!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:29 AM

5. They say music resides in a part of the brain that often escapes truamatic brain injury

and even Alzheimers.

My grandmother would come out of her alzheimers fog when I would sing gospel songs to her - you could tell it was emotional for her to grasp those threads of joy from her life that were otherwise hidden from her.

Keep it up.


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Response to ehrnst (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 07:43 PM

18. As my father lay dying, I brought my cello into the room and played his favorite songs

He calmed down immediately and "came back" long enough for a good last conversation. I hope someone brings music to me when my day comes.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:46 AM

6. I went through that with my wife. So painful to watch.

Just stay strong and be there for her. Good luck.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 11:15 AM

7. Wonderful news!

Fingers crossed that her recovery gathers momentum!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 11:34 AM

8. I'm from Baton Rouge.

I wish you and your mom the very best. Is she at OLOL? Good people there. They really took good care of my mom before she passed about 3 years ago.

If you get hungry go to Po-Boy Express on Siegen Ln. Get the roast beef w/provolone, mayonnaise and gravy (not bbq sauce). You'll never forget it. A bit messy but, best sandwich ever.

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Response to Mr. Evil (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 02:34 PM

13. Yes, that's where we are; they are great here.

Someone is taking me later to get an oyster po-boy (my fav) but your suggestion sounds great too.

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Response to Croney (Reply #13)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 02:38 PM

15. Best wishes to your family.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 11:41 AM

9. Oh, that's wonderful news! I'm so happy for your mom and you.

I do believe music had a hand in restoring her.

Do you remember this from a few years ago...

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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 01:10 PM

11. A beautiful story and thank you for sharing w/ us. NT

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #11)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 08:17 PM

19. ...

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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 02:37 PM

14. Beautiful!

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Response to Croney (Reply #14)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 08:19 PM

21. You're beautiful. Thank you for posting!

It did my heart good to hear your news.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 12:00 PM

10. Here's to a speedy recovery for Mom!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 04:31 PM

17. celebrate everything

smiles to you and your mom

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 08:17 PM

20. It's the beauty of music. The best therapy there is.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 01:45 AM

22. prayers for y'all 🙏🙏🙏

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:10 AM

23. Hugs and prayers to you and her.

It's a long road, and I am hopeful for her success in recovering.

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