My experiences while living with my mother and her Alzheimer's Disease.(her birthdate = January 2, 1925)

Monday, January 27, 2003

I was able to go to school today. Mama is fine. We will need to go back in a month to check the thyroid, but other than that all was fine. Of course, the brain is still not great, but there was no sign of a stroke. Thank goodness!

I do believe she is feeling better than she was last week. I don't know what was causing all the upset, but I guess it has worked itself out of her system!

She is still not making it to the bathroom in time. Think Penny changes her sheets almost every day. I went online to Dr. Leonard's website like my aunt suggested. I could not get the rubber pants to show up. I did a search at Yahoo Shopping, and came up with some really strange matches--one was something like "for adults who like to wear diapers!" I wasn't sure I wanted to pursue that avenue!!! Will keep an eye out for the next Dr. L catalog.

I had to go chase down Mama just a few minutes ago. She was headed out the door looking for that man. She wanted to give him something. I told her no one was out there. She gritted her teeth, pounded her fists on the chair arm, and said, "Yes there IS someone out there!" I leaned over close to her so she would pay attention and very deliberately said, "No one is out there. No man is out there. No woman is out there. No one is out there!" She said, "Oh." It is amazing how quickly she can move when she has her mind set on something. Guess she has been trying to go outside all day. Penny said she had to keep a close eye on her all day, too.

Need to go grade papers.

Hugs to all,

Busy, busy, busy.

We were worried about Mama's health so we took her to the doctor. We all figured the only way to perform tests on her would be to admit her to the hospital. We did this last Thursday. Luckily all the tests were fine. She is so healthy that she will probably outlive me! I will write of our experience in the hospital as soon as possible. She DID NOT want to be there!!