This story still makes my eyes well with tears when I think of the things my mom endured in her journey through the last few years of life with Alzheimer’s. While I would never want to relive those moments, I’m glad God led me to provide care for her, as God used this incredibly difficult time to help me grow in my faith and trust in Him. I’m reposting this for those friends who are still traveling this road in life called Alzheimer’s. May God bless and keep you and give you wisdom for the journey. I’m here if you need someone to listen to you, share caregiving ideas and thoughts, and pray for you. ~Cindie
Momma had a good day on Saturday – well, as good as days get when you have Alzheimer’s. Wayne was out of town visiting a friend, so it was just the two of us most of the day. She had been alert, busy, and had a great attitude. I turned the clocks back one hour, looking forward to the possibility of an extra hour of sleep. But it was not meant to be – by the time my head hit my pillow she had her light on in her room and was rummaging through her drawers.
It was my turn to teach Sunday School the next morning, so I tried to sleep a little, staying on the edge of sleep, listening and keeping a sleepy eye on the monitor throughout the night, only intervening when I thought it was essential. Sadly, no amount of “redirection” on my part was going…
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Thanks so much for this post. My husband has Vascular Dementia and was diagnosed in 2010. It has been a long journey, but reading your posts are always encouraging. Thanks so much.
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Edwina, I have wondered how things are going with you and your husband. Eleven years is a long time. My brother’s diagnosis of vascular dementia was in 2014. I’m thankful he is feeling well and that he is not too difficult (just a bit stubborn about daily cares), and am especially thankful he is receiving good care in a skilled nursing facility not far from where I work. I’m glad you find my posts about my mom to be helpful in your journey. I’m praying for you just now, asking God to give you wisdom, endurance, and light for each step you take and decision you make as you care for your husband. Take care, Edwina. God bless you. ~ Cindie