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

Saturday, December 20, 2003

My school got out early on Friday. I was able to run a few errands and still be home before 3. Penny, bless her, stayed so I could take a bit of a nap. I had intended to let all my Mama-sitters have the weekend off. Luckily Michelle talked me into letting her come at night. I was able to get a really nice night of rest last night.

Michelle said Mama would sleep a couple of hours then wake up wanting to go. Michelle would try to get her to the bathroom, but Mama would think it was time to come home. Michelle ended up having to change Mama twice last night and one time she had to strip her and wash her outfit once because she soaked it so much. She said she dressed Mama in one of her sleep shirts. Don't think Mama was too happy about it, but Michelle said she looked kind of cute.

Mama is having more trouble making it to the bathroom before she soaks her Depends and Guard combination. She still goes to the toilet, but I guess it takes her longer to realize she needs to go. I wonder if it's too late to buy stock in Depends??????

Mama has been making plates all day long. She went back to bed around 11:30 this morning. Around 12:30 I decided to lie down for a bit of a snooze myself. Of course, as soon as I made this decision, Mama started roaming. I had already taken out my contacts so I was determined to take a nap. I moved in to lie down with Mama. She just giggled and started chatting about how glad she was to have me there and how she was "going to do that thing." We both got a little rest before the telephone rang and jolted us awake.

She spent the afternoon creating plates for us to enjoy. One of mine had a whole roll plus another roll torn into bits and spread around the plate. She had several helpings of beef jerky--of course it wasn't beef jerky until she had heated it a bunch of times in the microwave.

She is yelling for me to "come to me! Come to my house!" so I guess I had better go check on her.

Have a happy and safe holiday.