Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Last Thursday my sister Mary received a phone call from the assisted living facility my mother is at. The staff had observed my mom trying to head out the front door to go meet my dad for a "special day" as she put it. It was my moms 82 birthday and my dad had been deceased almost a year. When confronted mom got irritated and agitated. (Some of this has to do with being an 82 year old Polish person from the south side of Milwaukee!!!)
All the right medical folks got involved and confirmed what I'd suspected for about 6 months: Mom is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's. I've actually gone to some classes here locally on the disease so I have a better understanding of whats going on. The Alzheimer's Association has been a great resource. They told me they are staffed 24/7 and if all we do is call to vent or worry there is someone there to talk with.
My mom isn't aware of whats going on as it relates to her health. I ask your prayers for her but mostly for my sisters. They are having a difficult time with all of this. For the longest time they'd get angry with me when I'd suggest we explore mom suffering from this disease more in detail. Truth be told, if the assisted living facility hadn't gotten involved they'd still be explaining it away.
Tough times all the way around, but ya know, that's part of the fabric of life. If you have a few minutes today could you send some love and support their way. I'd appreciate it and so will they.