My mother had her left kidney removed, which required hospitalization and recovery in a care home.
This whole ordeal left my father more confused. He began to get his wife mixed up with his mother, Ella, who had died about 16 years prior. (The same Ella that pulled their ears when they wriggled in church from the itchy wool pants.) Several times when mom was in the care home Dad reported we were going to see Ella. One time I was at their house, he called and said “Hello? Is this Ella? I thought Ella was going to call!”
Around this time, he told us he saw an angel in the corner of his bedroom. Now I believe in angels, The Psalmist said:
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift your up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:11-12, New International Version.
I also believe, as the Bible demonstrates, people saw angels from time to time. I’m not convinced my dad saw an angel that night, but who am I to say?
I do know he did not see me in the living room in a flowered dress, as he reported one day when I had not been near their house. Nor did I wear flowered dresses, other than for a wedding now and then.
As we learned later, hallucinations are part of Lewy Body dementia. But I didn’t know about the signs and symptoms of Lewy Body dementia, I just thought he was stressed and imagining things.
I just smiled and nodded, but inside I was scared.