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.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Carnation Instant Breakfast

I have been buying the cheap version of Ensure for years for mom and when I am out I have been giving her what ever I have in the cabinet. Instant breakfast, Ovaltine ,Slimfast. Of course she does not need to lose weight the slimfast was just to get her to drink something while I was out of Ensure. Anyway at Sam's Wholesale Club you can get 22 Carnation Instant Breakfast packets for less then $8 and the store brand Ensure is 24 bottles for $20 . I checked the nutrition amounts on the labels and it is almost the same. So no more store brand Ensure for me it is Carnation Instant Breakfast from now on. And if I say so myself the Carnation taste a whole lot better than the Ensure store brand of not. There is a few more things in the Ensure but it is small amounts that I don't think it will make that much differance. The Carnation has fiber and the Cheap Ensure has now. So hopefully it will even out.
Before taking your loved one off Ensure ask you Doc. what he thinks. Moms nurse said it was Ok.
Happy Fourth of July!!!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Fathers Day!!!

I want to say Happy Fathers Day to all. I have some very nice Fathers out there that follow my blog. And I know that most of my female blogger friends have great husbands and fathers. So happy fathers day.
I was 4 months pregnant when my father was killed in a farming accident. It was fast and over with before anyone could do anything about it. He went to the farm and later that day a nurse called me at work and said your father has been killed and your mother wanted me to call for her. I was in shock. All the way to her home I was praying it was a mistake . That was Oct . 1989. My son was born in April 1990.
I took a pregnancy test that morning because I came over to visit mom and dad for lunch one day and he was cooking. The smell made me very sick . He said you must be pregnant. I never had a reg. period so skipping a month or two was no big deal but I thought about it and said you might be right. In my head I was trying to figure out when my last monthly was. Silly right? Not for me. Anyway the next chance I had I took a home test and it was positive. But I never got to tell dad he was right.
I had my baby boy and mom cared for him while I worked . She said once if not for him she would of died so Thank God for my son . I just wish her and dad were both here healthy and normal so that we could all enjoy growing older together. She is missing what a wonderful man my son has become because of Alz's but she got to help make him that way. My dad never got to meet him at all. So I say now tell your moms and dads how much you love them everyday because tomorrow may never come.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


I went to a wonderful wedding this weekend. My cousin's daughter got married. I guess that makes her my second cousin right? Anyway it was a great wedding. I got to see some of my favorite people that I have not seen in awhile. My sister stayed with mom. She is shy and going to family get-togethers has never been her thing. So she was happy to stay with mom. Her son is getting married in July and she is not looking forward to dressing up and having to meet her future daughter- in-law's family but she is going to do it. And you just don't know what a big deal that is for her. She is the type to not open the door to someone if she is not in the mood to visit. Boy she would kill me if she knew I was talking about her. So I better shut up. Anyway thanks again sis for watching mom. After the wedding we went site seeing . It took us only an hour to get to the wedding but 3 hrs to get back because we did a lot of site-seeing. When I was little we used to go visit family in Missouri all the time but it has been awhile so a lot of things have changed. It was fun. But my bottom was sore from sitting so long. Could hardly walk when we got out of the truck.
Mom stayed in bed most of the day. We decided to leave her in bed while I was gone since it is so hard to get her up and down by ourselves. And having to keep stress off her feet is hard for one person. We don't want anymore skin tears or blisters. But when I got home we did get her up for supper so that was good. I think she was ready to get back in bed early and I was ready to go to bed early so right after supper we hit the hay. Lazy aren't we?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Caregivers Prayer

Here is a wonderful prayer shared with us by Just A Mom. Click on it a few times to make it bigger. Thanks Jaye.

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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