I'm a good friend and caregiver for y friend Shirley, who is in the middle stage of her 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,directions and cues from myself on how and when to do them. She spends time watching T.V. Lately she has no more interest ,in just the little things in life. I myself am disable with a broken back that hve to cope with al 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 was already looking a different cares avaible for her. Luckily, the surgery a few weeks ago was curative. However the anesthesia used really set her back. They told me that iw ould affect her in that way, but i ha no idea how much she would lose. Now she can't do anyhing without asking me to make hr a coffee,toast,etc...She gets up and right away she feels like laying down again. She gts out of breath,or feels dizzy that makes her slip and fall at time!..At night,I can't sleep wondering if she will get up and never know when she will open the dooors,or turn the stove on!..I thought we had moved 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 magic bullet to cure this raded disease. Alzheimer's is a multi-factor disease. Physical and mental exercise,nutrition, stress management, and pharmaceuticals play important roles.
I haven't slept through the night for about three months. I'm rady to make decision for he 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. Becasue of her small pension, and myself being on disability makes it hard for me to give her all the cares she needs,whether it would be the fought the good fight,but Alziemer's is a very powerful foe. We have yet 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 need to make her feel whole again!.