Archive For: Caregiver

“Whose That Little Girl?”

Alan didn’t seem to mind sleeping in the hospital bed, I always tried to lay alongside him on top of his bed for a short while, just snuggling up to him  before he went to sleep just to give him, and me, comfort.  Then I would move over into my single bed,  it just seemed ... Read More
 

SPEAKING OUT FROM THE HEART

Anyone who know’s me, will tell you I’m a very private person.  You ask, why then is she revealing such intimate details about her husband’s journey with Alzheimers?  I must admit, I thought long and hard about this, and as painful as it is for me to record my memories, the answer is simple – ... Read More
 

SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR WITH LUCY

Lucy brought me so much pleasure and comfort during this time; our days seemed to be grinding to a halt, but I did my best to push all negative thoughts from my mind – “three weeks to live” –  I was in a surreal world. I was determined to enjoy each precious moment with my ... Read More
 

LUCY COMES TO LIVE WITH US

During all this time, I had continued to visit Ray (the house bound gentleman) and every Wednesday while he was at the Daycare Centre go and pick up Lucy Beagle and bring her back to our house.   Now with the prospect of Alan only having a few weeks left to live, I asked one ... Read More
 

HOSPICE

The last time we went back to the Neurologist, I told him what had happened with the Dermatologist, and for some reason he suggested we go to see Alan’s family Doctor, which we did.  However, our own Doctor had left the Practice and we saw someone else.  He listened to everything, read Alan’s notes, then ... Read More
 

SPEAKING OUT FROM THE HEART

Anyone who know’s me, will tell you I’m a very private person.  You ask, why then is she revealing such intimate details about her husband’s journey with Alzheimers?  I must admit, I thought long and hard about this, and as painful as it is for me to record my memories, the answer is simple – ... Read More
 

BRAIN DONATION – MAYO CLINIC

At some point during this time,  I decided to donate Alan’s brain for research.   Don’t ask me where this idea came from, it just did, so I went with my gut instinct.  If by doing this, it could in some way help others, I know that’s what he would have wanted. I researched several ... Read More
 

HOW TO GET IN AND OUT THE CAR

Earlier  during the disease,  on numerous occasions while I was driving Alan tried to jump out of the car;  so since he was having difficulty getting in/out  because it was so low, I finally traded it in and purchased an SUV, where the seat was just the right height for his bottom.  I have to ... Read More
 

HOPE – OR CLUTCHING AT STRAWS?

Alan’s Neurologist was becoming increasingly concerned how rapidly he was deteriorating.  I had heard about a drug in Europe which although ostensibly used to treat skin cancer was showing promising results with mice who had Alzheimer’s.   His Neurologist had never heard of this, but when I showed him the documents, he immediately wanted Alan ... Read More
 

WOULD YOU MARRY ME AGAIN?

The days were getting longer now, just trying to get Alan out of bed, fed and showered was an all day process.  During the day, I would sit him in our Florida Room with the windows open, and he had a fidget bib which he constantly picked at.  By holding both of his hands and ... Read More