How Alzheimer's Changes My Life 11-17-10

Where Am I

The bible tells us to take care of our elderly parents, so when my mother asked me to help take care of my stepfather last year, I had no problem walking away from my job, I only worked part time and had a nice little ebay business on the side...

my wife and I talked about it and deicided it was the right thing to do... So for 6 or 7 months I have been picking him up every day and bringing him to my house...

See my stepfather is in his late stages of Alzheimer and it is not safe to leave him alone, he has lost so much memory that he doesnt even know where he lives any more and I wrote a hub about it which you can read right here Where Do i Live??...

I have made alot of adjustments, and I knew that this was not going to be easy it is tough when you stop and think about it... He knows that I am here to take care of him, but he cant remember why, when you ask him he feels great and doesnt need any help...

So lately he has been struggling, and monday we had a bunch of nurses come to my house from hospice, and it was decided that maybe he needs to be home more... We talked about it and several calls were made to mom and back and forth...


Not again........
Not again........

Alzheimer is Hard on Everyone Invovled

So we started yesterday... Although I was so sick I couldnt get out of bed... My mother stayed home and the hospice nurses went to his house... His main nurse that helps him with a shower and shaving, keeps him company and allows me time to get things done is named Michelle, she is a sweetheart to him and helps get alot of things done when it comes to him...

Today I am feeling better and I got to readjust every thing I do in a day to be able to help take care of Win... I had to get up, get everything ready to package the flags, go to the warehouse, pack the flags.... Then go back to my house and figure out what I needed to be able to work online to try and keep my business going...

I am not complaining here, I do what ever I can to help my mother out, she has to go to work because of mistakes he made with money... God provides very well for her and He is her strength...

I guess what I am saying is people worry about me because I am so stressed, well there is a never ending battle with Alzheimer in my life... I get adjusted to one thing, and something else comes up... My business has suffered from it, and I wont tell my mother...

I am going to guess this is the last adjustment I will have to make when it comes to location... but this was a huge one....  His nurse will be here any minute.. and I am going to run over and see if I can fix my brothers computer while the nurse is here...


He seems to be more peaceful

Well the one positive thing through all this craziness he seems to be more peaceful, he isnt bouncing like he was last week, but he is not adjusted either... He already complained that he is sick of sitting around the house everyday, and why does he need a babysitter....

he took a nap, and seems to be more comfortable with his slippers on in his chair.. I guess the move is for the best but boy does it make my life crazy... But I am thankful to God that I am able to help my mother and take care of him while she is working...

So until the next time... remember to treat your kids nice because they will pick out your nursing home in the future....


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