The Alzheimer’s Storm II: Caregiver Stress

An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.    ~  G. K. Chesterton Parenting is one of the hardest jobs there is, and I’m pretty sure the fierce animal love we have for our children is what makes it possible to parent day after day without drowning ourselves in the bath water. So it’s sort of a […]

Ruth Update: On To Plan D — Drugs

As many of you know, my mom has been having tummy trouble since December.  Let’s call it “tummy trouble” instead of vomit, okay?  I initially told you about it Dec. 29th, and then updated you on Jan. 15th, so this tummy trouble has been with mom for some time. Mom had an abdominal Ultra Sound […]

Ruth Update: Something STILL Isn’t Right . . . But we may be on to something.

On December 29th I shared that something is going on with my mom.   Blood work was underway and an abdominal ultrasound was scheduled due to daily vomiting episodes and a sudden drop in weight.  The ultrasound and blood work results came back two weeks ago and were negative for any abnormalities.  Mom’s gall bladder was […]

Wandering and Getting Lost — How To Keep Your Loved One Safe

Too often, I read about people with dementia who go missing.  We have never lost my mom, but there have been times when we she was out of sight and a low-grade panic set in.  Like when you suddenly realize you don’t know where your three-year-old is, losing sight of a dementia sufferer is just […]

Ruth Update: Something isn’t right . . .

(ICK WARNING)  Mom has been vomiting for about a week now what is being described as a dark to light brown substance.  It’s just once a day in the morning or evening and it’s a small amount.  She’s also lost 10 pounds in a month.  Other than the weight loss and her vomit episodes, mom […]

Ruth Update: December Visit from My Hubby!

My husband Vince recently had the good fortune of visiting Minneapolis for business.  And this was a great opportunity to visit my family while there!  Vince did the usual things with my dad and brother that included going to a locally famous hamburger joint to eat “Juicy Lucys,” watching Monday Night Football, and then going […]

Ruth Update: Feeding The Birds

Mom’s new caregivers have started texting me photos of mom using their camera phone.   So while it’s not the best image, it’s still very much appreciated and I enjoy the updates immensely.  This picture of my mom feeding the birds was recently sent along with the caption “Ruth has become our resident bird feeder.  She […]

Ruth Update: Happy Halloween!

This just in!  A text photo from my mom’s new caregiver!  This is the first text I’ve received from my mom’s Assisted Living Home that I’m thrilled to receive because it helps close the miles between us.  For those of you who don’t know, my mom was diagnosed with probable Alzheimer’s in 2005 when she […]