Somberly, looking at her while she is putting her shoes on, he sits down in front of her and just corrects her. She looks up at him with her big brown eyes and smiles.
He knows his wife is still there; somewhere. He knows she will have her “moments”, and the “moments” will be greater and more. He just takes it one day at a time. He continues to pray for her daily, for them daily, for healing daily. He knows that if the shoe was on the other foot, she will do the same for him.
As all these thoughts consume him, he begins to cry. She grabs his head and kisses his tears away, just like she has done for nearly 30 years. It was her way of telling him that every thing was going to be alright.
She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a year ago. He noticed that she was forgetting to do small simple tasks. She was forgetting to put ingredients in her recipes. Then came the episode when she went to the grocery store and couldn’t find her way home. It was devastating. She was gone for nearly 4 hours. He called her cell and she couldn’t tell him where she was. He called OnStar to locate the car. He knew then, she was slowly fading away.
New medications have been started and are going well.
She still recognizes him, but, he understands that one day, she may look at him like a stranger, and until then, he will be her side until nevermore.
He grabs the keys and they head out the door.
NOVEMBER is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. It is also National Family Caregivers Month.
Alzheimer’s Disease is an overwhelming disease. To all who are suffering the loss or “losing” a loved one to this disease, my heart goes out to you. This disease will consume your heart, take your soul, and kill your spirit, but you keep fighting because your loved one needs you. Thanks for being a CAREGIVER!
If you know of someone who is taking care of a loved one, go and offer them your service. They could use a break.
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©Life may not go as you planned, but Life is worth LIVING!-Alitha Hawkins