I'm a good friend and caregiver for my friend Shirley, who is in the middle stage of Alzheimer's disease.While Shirley is still able to do many things, such as shower,brush her teeth and get dressed, she needs physical assistance, direction and cues from myself on how and when to do them. She spends time watching Tv. Lately she has no more interest, in just the little things in life. I myself am disable with a broken back that i have to cope with a lot of pain. I stay at home taking care of Shirley with the help of homecare. Which sometime you need a lot of care and understanding.These last few months have been very intense. Shirley has been diagnosed with cancer,,these past few month. I waqs alredy looking at different cares available for her.Luckily, the surgery a few weeks agao was curative.HoweverThe anesthiesia used really set her back. They told me that it would affect her in that way, But i had no idea how much she would lose. Now she can't do anything without asking me to make her a coffee,toast,etc...She gets up and right away she feels like laying down again. She gets out of breath,or feels dizzy that makes her slip and fall at time!. At night, I can'tsleep wondering if she will get up and never know when she will open the doors, or turn the stove on!..I thought we had voved past that stage and were getting back to normal. Or at least what is normal for us.
For Alzheimer's prevention is the best medicine. Unfortunately,there is no magice bullet to cure this dreaded disease. Alzeimer's is a multi-factor disease. Physical and mental exercise,nutrition, stress mangement,and pharmaceuticals play important roles.
I haven't slept through the night for about three mots. I'm ready to make decision for her but because of our closeness, I'm the only one she hangs on too!..Don't get me wrong my heart is heavy and goes out for her. Because of her small pension,and myself being on disability makes it hard for me to give her all the cares needs,whether it wold be the fought the good fight, but Alzheimer's is a very powerful foe. We have ayet to find the magic bullet to defeat the relentless ravaging this disease has on the unique essence of "self".
I hoped with your helped any little amount could help me make shirley have the things she needs to make her feel whole again