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in: kissy; kissy > 2017-04-16

Apr 16, 2017 1:26 PM # 
So sad to hear about your mom. And even though it sounds like you (and she and Don) are doing all the right things, it is still awful. I hope that you can at least find some peace knowing that you have been and still continue to be a wonderful daughter.

But it sure isn't easy.
Apr 16, 2017 1:37 PM # 
So sorry to hear this. May you have strength on your journey through this time, and lots of friends to support you and your family.
Apr 16, 2017 1:56 PM # 
Aw, I really feel for you. My MIL's caregiver quizzed her all the time on her children and grandchildren's names. I think it helped, though not really alzheimer's for her. After a bit they stopped repeating that Andy was dead.

So good that you are there to help out. All the best as I know this will continue to be tough. Hugs!
Apr 16, 2017 3:00 PM # 
Very sorry your sweet mom is going through this, and you and Don, too. She is so lucky to have you!
Apr 16, 2017 7:40 PM # 
Oh, this made me so sad to hear about your mom. It's the one thing we never know for sure what's coming our way and it scares me profoundly. I wish you and all your family lots of strength and patience and most of all acceptance with all the steps happening with this dreadful illness.
(When I moved to Switzerland, I helped my aunt and uncle because he was just diagnosed with it; eventually, repeating facts was pointless as the memory was simply not there, but he seemed happy with life, which made it more bearable for us.) Thinking of you.
Apr 16, 2017 9:48 PM # 
So sorry to hear. Please remember the good times with her and lock them in as there will moments to come that might get trying. Thinking of you and Don and your family, a good support network going forward.
Apr 17, 2017 12:25 AM # 
Oh Kissy this is so sad. I have always loved your mother, almost like a surrogate mom (especially after my own mother died). I have always thought Alzheimer's is a terrible thing for everyone to bear. It's got to be difficult for all of you.
Big hugs to you, Marit, and Don. We're all in your corner.
Apr 17, 2017 12:49 AM # 
+1 on seeking in-home help. It helped my mother care for my father with his dementia.
Apr 17, 2017 3:42 PM # 
So sorry, Kissy. Sending you a big hug.

I follow the Facebook page of Canadian singer Jann Arden, who has been very honest as she has shared her journey of caring for her parents with Alzheimer's. Now it's only her Mom since her Dad is gone. I've found it really moving. She is releasing a book about her journey with her Mom later this year. Here is a typical post from her page.
Apr 17, 2017 5:38 PM # 
So sorry to hear that you are going through this, and so brave of you to share it on AP. I am sure your mom is getting the best possible love and care from you and Don. Thinking of you.
Apr 17, 2017 11:00 PM # 
Thanks for the words of support. I wasn't going to share, but as I have often found on AP, someone else is going through the same thing now or in the past, and usually has some good advice. So, thanks for everything.

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