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

Thursday, March 20, 2003

I had a really nice Spring Break. Mama missed me, and did not know who I was when I returned on Saturday night. She did know me on Sunday morning. I was up in time to take her to Sunday school and Church. I did just fine until I sat still for too long, then I would get a bit drowsy. My brother, Tommy, met us for church and lunch. I went to the grocery store while Tommy took Mama to the house.

I tried to recharge my cell phone and discovered that the wire on my charger had been cut. I asked Tommy about it, and he didn't have a clue. I found the part that plugs into the phone in the living room by Mama's chair. I picked it up, showed it to Tommy, and he said he thought Mama might have been using it to try to unlock the deadbolt on the front door. She has been trying to talk to "those people" out there, and guess everyone was locking the dead bolt to keep her in the house. It is so wet out in our yard that she has no business walking through the mud in the yard. We are also afraid that Bandit will knock her over looking for the treats she always gives him.

Monday, I got up and did just fine. Tuesday I was dragging a little. Wednesday, I was late for my morning duty at work. I got behind a bus; I decided to pass the bus; a deputy stopped me because I didn't make it back to my side of the road before the white line indicated no-passing. He asked me if I knew why he stopped me. I said, "Why?" He said I was passing in a no-passing zone. I said well it wasn't a no passing zone when I started out. He said that didn't matter. He took my driver's license while I frantically searched for my proof of insurance. He was in his car for a long time. I don't know what he was finding out, but he decided to just give me a warning---this time. He told me I could do whatever I wanted with the ticket. I didn't comment. I never found my proof of insurance, but he didn't cite me for that. I had changed billfolds before going to England and had not transferred the paper to my new purse. Of course, half the school went past me while I was stopped. I couldn't walk two feet without someone commenting on the "new friend" I was chatting with on the way to school.

Today has been interesting. My day began with our neighbor calling at six to tell me our bull was in his pasture. He said evidently our bull had been fighting with his and broken through the fence. (we sold the last bull that did this because once he started finding greener pastures; he wasn’t satisfied with our lady bovine.) I called David Green, our manager, and he said he would check it out. I was a little late for duty as I was cautious about passing anyone on the way to work. About 8:30 Penny called saying the bull was on the road. She wanted David Green's number. I guess his wife told her he had already left. Penny called me later to tell me she and a deputy had put the bull back in the pasture with a little help from Bandit. I wondered if it was the same deputy who stopped me yesterday....

Next, we had a fire drill. My kids were already swinging from the ceiling because my cell phone had rung twice. I guess I should change the ring from the William Tell Overture, but that does get my attention when someone calls. The fire bell kept going off for about 10 minutes. Finally the secretary came and told us we could return to our room if we could stand the noise. I stayed outside as it was really echoing in the classroom.

Just before this class left my room, my phone sounded again. It was the painter worrying that Penny would bring Mama home to eat lunch. He is painting the dining room, and had it all jumbled up. He knows Mama since he did some work for us last summer. He was afraid she would run him off before he could finish the job. I called Penny and she said she planned to keep Mama in town all day. I will pick her up after work.

It is now 10:30 A.M. That has been my day so far. I need to take a nap, but my next class of eager sixth graders is coming through the door. Until next time..........