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

Mom and Dad Happy Times.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

First Lady

I had a wild thought last night. I could not sleep so around 2 a.m. I got up to change and turn mom. And than tried to go back to sleep. Which is easy most of the time but not last night for some reason. Yesterday I waited all day for my sister to come so I could get out . Than just when I finished posting my last post about really needing to get out of the house she walked in the door. Better late than never . So I jumped in the car and did lots of things I needed to do. And for a treat I stopped by Sonic for a Cherry Dr Pepper and Fries. I eat so healthy. Anyway I guess the Dr. Pepper was a bit late in the day and made me a little wired. No sleep for me last night.
Well, I am still bugging people for donations for my Walk To End Alzheimer's . By the way thank you all that have donated. Love ya bunches! And everyone that have Walks in there area please go if you can. It is great fun or donate to your walk.
My wild idea last night was to email our President, Our First Lady and the rest of Congress including Arkansas's own Hillary and hit them up for money. I also ask Mrs. Obama to check out my blog and yours too. I hope she does . I also have been bugging Maria Shriver I wish she would come to our walk and speak or walk with Team Hudson. Won't that be something? So I am going to leave this post up awhile just in case because I am sure it takes awhile to go through all there mail. I would like them to read what we go through day by day. Being a caregiver is a full time , life changing job. Alzheimer's not only takes the life away from the one who has it but the family of that loved one. They have to stop living there lives completely and start living life for the loved one with Alzheimer's because they cannot live it on there own anymore. We need help , money , resources and so much more. I just don't think Washington knows what it is all about.
Mrs. Obama please read my past post.  My old one's . My first ones. They tell it the best . Than visit my followers and blogs I follow. That is the only way you will see what life of a Alz's. caregiver goes through. Thank you and God Bless .

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dad's Day

I hope all the dad's had a wonderful Dad's day. I have been trying to get to my dad's grave all week to visit and put new flowers but have not gotten away. I also have been trying to think of something to write a post about. Alzheimer's or mom  and could not think of anything. Than I read Had a Dad's post today and she made me think of something to write. She is a great writer .
I think I might of wrote about this before but I forget . But Dad died when I was 4 months pregnant . My son turned 21 in April so that is how I keep track of how long it has been since dad died. That kind of sucks but it's what it is. He died in a farming accident. I was at work and a nurse from the hospital called to tell me he had been in a accident and died and my mom had told her to call me . Ok have you ever gotten news like that and was able to function. It is hard. I told one of my co-workers what had happened and just left . All the way home I was praying that is was not true or a mistake. Anyway he died fast and was gone in a instant. Mom is dieing slow . She has been dying for so long. We just wake up every morning wondering if today she will turn worse. The nurse says it can happen at any time. And it has a couple of times. But she comes out of it. I am so Thankful when she is back to her normal than I start the waiting game again.  Why can't things just be perfect all the time. Perfect birth , life and death. Things don't always work out Perfect. But we seem to always make it through. I am going to get through this. And I do Thank the Lord everyday for my Son . He came at the worse time of my life and has been the best thing that has every happened to me. Hopefully I will get out today. I have not been out since last Sunday not this Sunday last Sunday. Except to the store for a few minutes so that may be why I'm in a crazy mood. I really need to get out of here. It really has been the longest day . Have a great first day of summer.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Brain Scans

Acording to there might be a brain scan to spot early warning signs of Alzheimer's available this year. But that will not help people with the disease.
So no help for our love ones yet. There still is no cure. The only thing I see good out of this is maybe getting you on meds to slow Alzheimer's done. The sooner the better. I do believe that. But we need more money and time spent on looking for a cure. And money to care for the 5.4 million already affected by Alzheimer's and for the love ones who care for them. I am sorry I wrote about this before but In 2010 Alzheimer's and Dementia caregivers had 1.9 billion in additional heathcare cost.

I know first hand how heathcare cost can blow through your checking, savings, and or your retirement money. We just need the gov. to realize this. Ok I am done for today. Have a great week.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dry Skin

Mom's skin is pretty dry. We put lotion on it everyday. But it is dry and flaky. Today had a story on skin .
 It said to bath every other day instead of everyday because this will dry out the skin. Mom's aid only comes twice a week and I give her a sponge bath "kind of "in between so I think we are good on that. It also said to dress in Cotton instead of other cloths. I think all mom's gowns are cotton.
Increase water consumption. Mom drinks all day. I am  giving her sips of water because she is always thirsty seems like.  She drinks Gatorade, tea, nutrition drinks or juice with meals plus a glass of water with that . But I  need to lay off the tea . Agingcare says Caffeine can cause itching. She really loves her tea. Maybe one glass a day won't hurt. Using a wash cloths to rub off died skin instead of those fancy other things you can use to bath with will help. And Humidifiers or vaporizers will make the room not so dry. I am going to try all these. Plus get a better lotion . The bottle Hospice brings is thin and like water and I just buy the cheapest . I think a good lotion will do the trick.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Must Watch

I got this from  one of my wonderful blogger friends. It is a must see . Click on the title and it will take you to the web site.  I started crying the very first minute into it because I was reliving going to the doc. with mom instantly. Get your tissues.

The Early, Mild to Moderate and Advanced stages of Alzheimer's in the brain.

The Early, Mild to Moderate and Advanced stages of Alzheimer's in the brain.

Seven Stages of Alzheimer's

1. No sign of congnitive impairment. 2. Very mild congnitive decline. 3. Mild congnitive decline. 4. Moderate congnitive decline. 5. Moderately severe congnitive decline. 6. Severe congnitive decline. 7. Very severe congnitive decline. (Congnitive pertains to the mental process of perception, memory, judgement, and reasoning, as contrasted with emotional and volitional processes.)

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