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

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Dear All,

This report is going to be short because I need to finish grading some research papers since I promised kids and parents to have them finished by tomorrow.

Mama has called my cell phone twice this afternoon asking me when I am coming home. I have been sitting in the living room both times, and walked into the kitchen while I was talking to her, but she didn't make the connection. Am not sure how I can convince her that I am me. I tried writing her a note, but she just put that in her pocket. I tried telling her LOUDLY, she grinned, shook her head, and said, "uh, huh!" Then she went to the door looking for me on her way to the phone to call me again.

We made it to Sunday school and church this morning. She was going to sit out in the car while I went in so I figured out she didn't know where we were. She did go in a kiss everyone on the cheek and knew to go to our Sunday school area after she got inside.

She did sleep last night, but was up and down Friday night. Around 2:00 AM I decided to lie down with her. I must have dozed off because her snoring woke me up. I tried to slip out of her room and move back to mine, but she woke up. She did go back to sleep for most of the rest of the night.

Need to go feed the cat and check on Mama. She is running to the door every fifteen minutes--give or take minutes here and there. She put her night clothes on around 3:00 this afternoon; she slept for around an hour, but she has been roaming since about 4:00. Guess I will go ahead and get her dressed. Maybe she will feed me again!!!

Hugs to all,