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

Friday, April 04, 2003

This has been a wild day, and it is only one o'clock. The phone rang at 6:15 this morning. It was Penny telling me that her little one was throwing up. She wanted me to bring Mama to her house. Norma, bless her heart, took my morning cafeteria duty for me. Angelica, bless her heart, stayed with my kids until Mama and I could get here. We weren't too terribly late, but it has thrown my timing for the day way off kilter! Called Pearl Ree to tell her where the house key was, and bless her heart she offered to stay with Mama today. That was so much better. I really don't need Mama to catch a virus. Mama visited with my class until I could take her to the house during my conference time at 9:40. Pearl Ree had slipped in and cleaned Mama's room before we got there. Mama hides in her room while Pearl Ree is cleaning and won't let her come in. My room is still a mess because Bobby is finishing up the painting in the living room and other bedroom. I have begun to slip things back into their normal places. Since I have to watch Mama so closely, I have not been too successful in getting my room in order. Of course, those of you who know me, know that I am using this as my latest excuse for having a messy room. Actually, it is so bad it is even bugging me now!!

Need to go grade some Spelling Tests. Hugs to all.

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Mama was on her get up every half hour last night. I am a bit tired today, but am working on keeping a positive attitude. Don't want my darling little six graders to start hating me. They could really make my life miserable!!

Mama keeps thinking she sees someone in our cars. I keep trying to reason with her---okay, I know that is a really dumb thing to do, but I just can't help myself; guess it is the teacher in me. The other night I finally just let her go look in the cars for that person. She usually just walks around the cars and peeks in the windows or opens the doors if they are unlocked to look inside. The other night she got into her car on the rider's side. I watched her from the living room and noticed she was shifting around in the seat. I went out to check on her. She was trying to scoot over to the driver's side. When I asked her what she was doing she said, "I want to see that lady." It took a couple of minutes, but I finally decided that she thought if she walked around the car, the lady would be able to get away. Now she does have bench seats in her car, but she didn't know how to push the "arm" in the middle out of the way. She was leaning against the door and trying to swivel her feet over to the other side. I was afraid she was going to end up with her rear on the floor and her feet in the air. I tried to swing her back around, and she tried to push me out of the way. Luckily, her position made it hard for her to maneuver so I was able to swing her around and make her get out of the car. She went around to the other side of the car and then fussed at me because "the lady" was gone. I am just so mean to her!!

Sunday, March 30, 2003

Thankfully Mama slept pretty well Friday and Saturday night. Hope she does tonight as well since I have to work tomorrow. Just can't wait for the blasted time change next weekend. That should be fun.

Mama took her bath last night. She put on one of her dirty dresses to sleep in. I tried to get her to change into her jamies, no luck. I finally decided as long as she went to sleep, I didn't care what she wore.

This morning she was in the dress I had put out for her to wear. I was so proud until I looked at her ears. She had something stuck in her ear and it wasn't her hearing aids. I got closer and touched one, it fell out, she started fussing at me for making her lose it. It was a piece of her cookie. I looked at the other ear and sure 'nuff, another piece of cookie. I went looking for her hearing aids. Guess she had moved her clock and covered them up. She couldn't find them so she found a replacement! When I showed her the hearing aids, she just said, "Oh, there they are. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now sit down and eat!"

She is at the Baptist church right now. I need to go do a few things in my room. It is a mess, but every time I try to work in there, she gets into some kind of mischief. Of course, she has been ready to go to the church since about 3:30 this afternoon. I almost took her, but just couldn't cause those lovely people to lose their religion. The preacher may never know how close I came to taking her for a visit!