Hello there everyone,
Firstly a bit of background. My mum was diagnosed with MS 15 years ago when I was 12. She has slowly worsened over the years declining greatly this past year. She recently had a fall and broke her hip so has been in hospital the past month, going through physio etc. She’s still in there now
One of the main differences in mum since her recent decline is her lack of talking, and introverted body language. I don’t live in the same town so call her often and have obviously visited her recently in hospital. I’ve been finding it difficult to make conversation with her and wanted some tips on how to talk and engage with someone who is very ‘in their own head’ and doesn’t converse very much. I know it sounds silly but I find it very difficult, even though she’s my mum. I’m not worried about her actually engaging in a back and forth conversation I’d just like to know if there is anyone who can recommend things to talk about which will engage mum but not force her to talk to me. I don’t want to keep asking her how are you? Etc I’d rather steer the conversation away from her MS. Do you think the next time I visit her it would be good to jot down a few fun things to talk about like silly news stories etc?