Her first week there she was able to walk using a walker, feed herself and talk. One month later and she is using a wheelchair because she is very unsteady and doesn’t take steps unless cued to. She needs help eating, she is keeping her eyes closed, even when awake. She leans to the left and drools a lot out of the left side of her mouth. Is this normal with Alzheimer’s to see… read more
Dad told me today that he has this weird thing -- he'll be reading a book or writing some notes, and then "everything is gone." It took a bit of conversation to understand what he meant. As best as I could decipher, it's the same affect of closing his eyes for a few seconds. I asked if he thinks he just fell asleep briefly, but he says it feels different than nodding off. He says it lasts only a few seconds each time. It's the first time he has told me about it but he… read more
My mom has a few friends who feed into her fear that I am buying things for myself/paying my bills with her money, which I’m not. In fact, neither my brother nor I are her POA because I’m order to minimize her stress, we want to stay out of her finances thereby remaining above suspicion. Unfortunately for me, it’s not working. At the request of her POA, I had her mail transferred to my address, which is where a lot of the confusion… read more
Mom refuses to take medication (pills) prescribed by the PCP and her cardiologist. Not because of difficulty swallowing them, but because she insists she has already done so and this will result in double-dosing. I put her meds in a pill box every week and can show her the appropriate day/compartment the pills were taken out of. I let her see me take them out of the box. I explain what each one is for and its name. I have printed up a list of… read more
In Missouri it’s time to vote in the Primary’s. I noticed when it was time to vote in the Presidential race my hubby needed a lot of assistance, but has drastically changed since then. He really has no clue about what’s going on in the world, but still receives his voter card in the mail.
I know, I cannot direct him on which candidate to vote for and don’t want to, but am a little torn that here is another little, yet important thing that’s… read more