Talking about Alzheimer's
This is the second post in my family Alzheimer's story.
Is everyone enjoying the weather where you are? We returned home yesterday from a quick trip to Arkansas and the weather was gorgeous. The sun was shining and the temp was in the 70’s….woo-hoo! Much better than the rainy weather while we were in Arkansas. The JTS and I took the opportunity to visit relatives while I was on Spring break.
A few months ago I shared a little about my mom and her illness. I really stepped out of my comfort zone with the Alzheimer's story. I rarely share deeply personal things on the blog…or even with close friends. That’s just not me. But I wanted to talk about it and I’m glad I did.
Many of you shared your experiences with relatives or friends suffering from Alzheimer’s.
This is my mom with her great grand boys. My mom doesn’t like to have her photo taken and even though I took my camera to Arkansas I didn’t get a photo of her. She never liked having her picture taken so I can’t bring myself to do it now. The photo above was taken in August of 2012 on a trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Several of our family members rented a home on Lake Hamilton for a few days. We were having a reunion with our California aunt and cousins and their families. We only get together every few years.
So these photos are a few I have of my mom on my computer. She enjoys the grand kids as long as they don’t get to wild. Like that would ever happen, lol. You can see they enjoy being close to their great grandmother.
My mom’s leg (from the blood clot) is much better. Her appetite has improved also and she has picked up a little weight. She was way too thin. Hospice is still coming in every week and that is wonderful.
My dad has taken on the role of caretaker and is doing a great job of taking care of her. My dad does all of the cooking and he does laundry! This is a little out of the realm for a man in his 80’s who grew up with the woman doing all of the household chores.
He does get spoiled by his kids and grandkids who often stop by and cook breakfast or dinner for him and mom. Mom only wants to eat mashed potatoes and green beans for lunch and dinner. So that’s what she has. Lately she will have a little ice cream.
My dad gets her out of the house to go to the hairdresser and to Church on Sunday morning.
This is my dad and my baby sister. My dad is a sweetheart…..my sister…not so much (insert smiley face).
Later this week we have our monthly themed furniture makeovers and I have a cute project to share if I get it finished. I also hope to get up to my favorite junk shop if the weather and school work are in sync. I’m having junkin’ withdrawals.
That’s all for now. Have a great day, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.