There are 5.4 million people who have Alzheimer's. It cost 183 billion dollars in annual costs. Alz's is the 6th leading cause of death.
To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.' When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence... 'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.
1 John 4: 9-10

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Say Yes Or No.

I was changing mom this morning and she was talking away. I was not listening again I guess and was just saying Ahmmm something like that. She yelled "Say yes or No and lets get on with it". But I never did figure out what we were going to get on with.

My son is back in class today. The snow is melting . It is 30 degrees out . A heat wave for sure.

I have a few new followers I want to welcome and Thank you for stopping by. And Hi to all my old friends. I enjoy your comments. Since the holidays I have gotten so behind on your post. I am going to try to catch up today. Things are almost back to normal. Our normal is not normal to most people but I am ready for it. There as been people in and out everyday since Christmas. Teenagers , Family and Friends. I will miss them that is for sure. But a day of rest will be nice. Tomorrow It will be boring around here again.

My son and his girlfriend took me to Olive Garden last week and I could get out of the house almost everyday if I wanted to because someone was here to stay with mom. It was to cold to want to go anywhere but I could if I wanted. That makes all the difference.


  1. The "normal" for a family with an Alzheimer's patient is not at all like "normal-normal." You are right about that.

    My family is beginning to learn to get back to a more normal normalcy; my Mom lost her fight with AD last Tuesday morning. It still doesn't quite seem real, as it has been such a very long goodbye.

    But it is a blessing to know she is no longer suffering. I feel like I will never catch up on sleep after this past week.

    But as your Mom might say to me, "Get on with it!"

    I'm glad you can get out if you want or need to. That truly does make so much difference.
    Best wishes, Cass

  2. Oh my goodness! This is such a lesson for me too. I have to do a better job of listening to my husband.

    Yesteday in church he said something humorous and I forgot what he said. He felt bad that he had spoken out and was mad at me that I didn' remember what he said.

  3. I was in the fabric store and I herd a woman talking to her mother who had alz. I thought of you. Glad to hear your able to get out more. :)

  4. Finding time for ourselves is the most important thing (and the hardest) to do when we care for a loved one with Alzheimers. Life is very difficult and it is something we must and want to do but it's hard. I pray for the caregivers every day. I thought it would be easy when Elbert moved to the memory wing but it's just different.

  5. Karen it's so good to hear that you've been able to get out and do something different. Ahhhh, you went to David's favorite, Olive Garden. When he's in a down mood, all I need do is say, "how about we go to Olive Garden."

    I think of that word "normal" so often.......
    Take care of yourself

  6. I am so sorry Cass. You are in my prayers.

  7. I write down the funny and sometimes mean things mom says so I can write about the later on my post if I don't I forget what she said.
    Getting out of the house is almost as much work as staying with mom. But I do enjoy it once I get my bottom up and out.

  8. Olive Garden is one of my favorite places. I love the salad and their bread sticks though I try to limit myself to one!
    Glad to hear you were able to spend time out of the house.

  9. Hi Karen, I too was struck by your comment about what is normal for us is not the norm for others. If I have the luxury of "getting away" such as I did the first week of Dec, I am usually anxious to get back to my normal routine! It is difficult to just sit and do nothing somewhere, to not feed someone, change them, listen to them whine and so on. Even though there is desperate need to go away at times and have what others call normal take place for awhile, I can't really relax and enjoy it. I don't know how I will begin again and adapt to normalcy once mom has left us.


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