My name is Jodi and I am a wife, mother, daughter, nurse, teacher/educator, and advocate.
My Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease six years ago and together we have been on a journey. Some good, some not so good. She was/is the best mother a girl could ask for. The title is a reflection of her amazing skills at baking, Lemon Bars being her specialty. I am sure it was my sister-in-law, Wendy who gave her the Lemon Bar Queen title. She could make anything from scratch and her special dishes were rhubarb pie (or any kind of pies), homemade buns and doughnuts, duck and pheasant and anything from our Fron cookbook. She is a mother, was a sweet wife to my Dad, four days shy of 60 years, Sunday School teacher, Cook for Lutheran Social Services, sang in the Choir, avid reader, kept a beautiful garden and was master of pickling anything she grew in the garden. She is an amazing Grandma to two girls, named after her, Sophia Jeanne and Emme Marie. She has been a loving Mom to both my brother and I. We always knew we were loved.
My back ground in nursing is home care and hospice care. Every day I deal with some aspect of memory loss, if not my clients, my family and my Mom. I have dealt with many difficult situations and have experienced many situations of family dysfunction. Nursing has been my life for 22 years. I was a nursing assistant for four years, a LPN for four years and I have been a RN for the rest. I love my job, and the good moments out way the hard times.
I hope this blog helps you if you are in the same situation or if you need a friend to listen. I can’t give medical advice but hopefully I can guide you in your own life experiences.
Welcome to our journey…
Addendum: My mom passed away on May 6th, 2015. I still continue to write if a story moves me or I feel something is worthy. Thank you for all of your sweet messages. She is greatly missed. ❤️