Watch “Gladys Wilson and Naomi Feil” on YouTube

It’s amazing to me how someone that is usually unresponsive can be “brought to life” with things like music or validation therapy (as this video shows).  Recently my daughter and I visited Mom with my 2 1/2 year old grandson.  We were shocked when Mom spoke to him with complete clarity and playfulness.  When he spoke, Mom would turn her head to him and respond, something she rarely did when we spoke to her.  How is this possible?  Does his little voice bring her back to her early days as a Mom? Is that an area of her brain that has not been affected yet?  What else could we do that will bring Mom to life again, even if only for a few minutes.  Is she able to understand more on a daily basis than we think she can just because she cannot find the words to form sentences that make sense.  Is she afraid and frustrated because no one understands her?  I truly wish there was a way to read Mom’s thoughts so I could give her what she needs or may be longing for.  It’s scary to think we really don’t know what life is like for her or how she sees the world around her.  Are there times when she knows she is living in a locked facility full of strangers and left wondering where her family is? Without the answers, these questions continue to invade my thoughts and break my heart for Mom.

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