Virtual Coffee Date – Alzheimer’s

It has been awhile since I have posted and thought I would give you an update on recent events through a virtual coffee date.  Do you have your warm beverage ready?

If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  She had been slowly forgetting things over the years.  I thought it was a part of growing old at first.

If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that I had a rude awakening about her memory loss one day.  I was taking my medicine for my epilepsy.  She asked me: “What is the medicine for?”  I was shocked since I have had epilepsy for over 20 years, but she reacted as if she had just heard about it.

If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you when I was visiting my family my mom had a severe lapse in memory.  She couldn’t remember the names of her children, where they lived, the house she was in, or that the man she was standing next to was her husband for over 50 years.  I was trying not to look shocked and scared in front of her, but probably failed.

If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that the family had made several attempts to take her to the doctor.  We must have inherited her stubbornness because we didn’t stop trying until she was talking with a medical professional.  She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s not long after that.

If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that my mom has been experiencing mood swings.  She gets angry during part of the day.  Some of that anger (in my opinion) may be a sense of frustration that your life is not the same as it was and you are angry.  Many people with chronic illnesses have probably gone through this.  However, I also know that mood swings are part of Alzheimer’s.  I still find it extremely difficult to deal with them.

If we were having coffee right now, I would ask you some questions. Do you know anyone with Alzeimer’s?  Do you know of any helpful resources so my parents can lead a somewhat independent lifestyle?  What else should I expect?

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