I haven't been here for a while. Just thought I'd update all of you on my mom. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's six years ago, lived with me for a year and has been with my sister for the past four years. We've been very fortunate to have the same aide for the past 5 years, 6 days a week, so my sister has been able to manage. On Sundays, I pick up my mom, along with my other sister, we trade off, so again, my sister who has my mom living there gets a break. This has, for the most part, been working out. Mom of course has been declining. Many times when I pick her up, she has no idea who I am, but still agrees to come with me and at some point she does remember I am her daughter. Alzheimer's has caused so much confusion, and has taken away so much of her. It did, however, give us one blessing. Mom is a holocaust survivor and she has forgotten that she was in ten labor camps. Sadly, she also has no idea that she has 8 great grandchildren and rarely remembers her 7 grandchildren.
On a brighter note, my sisters and I looked at an assisted living facility over this past weekend. One of my sisters is an RN and works there. We took mom and she was SO excited and wanted to know "when can I move in?" NONE of us expected that response. Mom has always, always, always wanted more than anything just to be with her daughters and now, she can't wait to move! If all goes well with the cognitive test today, she will move in tomorrow! My heart is pounding with delight, but there is a part of me that is waiting for the other shoe to drop. Just hasn't been that easy with mom, but maybe now things will turn around.
I just thought I'd share that with you, my friends, who were here to support me at the beginning of this journey. The journey continues, we are just taking a different path, and hopefully a happier one. Please say a little prayer for us...thanks so much,
[This message has been edited by MIMI427 (edited 06-09-2009).]