No End in Sight
Sorry I haven’t been on here much lately. I have been so busy. Where do I begin.
My dad was diagnosed at the end of March with Alzheimer’s. This was a big shock to me because it was all the sudden and he couldn’t understand very many things. He couldn’t reason and started not following what you are saying. I was very worried so we did a CT and a sonogram to see if he had a stroke because he was having drooling and everything.
The test showed narrowing of the arteries but no stroke. We were happy with that. But then it didn’t improve so we did all the tests to see if he has Alzheimers and he didn’t do well on them.
So now I am caring for both parents with dementia. This is so hard because they are both hard to understand. You try to do the best you can and then it isn’t good because they don’t like that they can’t do it themselves anymore. One huge problem with Dad is that he can’t remember he hasn’t taken a shower and refuses to take one even for a week or more. He is a big guy so I can’t like just give him one. I worry about this because he is a bad diabetic and i worried about skin breakdown and getting sores from the dirt.
My mom continues to need extra help. She needs help to remember to do very simple things. I have actually had to put together a bag like a diaper bag you would have for a child so that I can carry the things that make them happy and content and also to keep them clean.
One thing that is not helping is that I am still struggling with my health. I have been having chest pain and terrible anxiety. I wish my health would improve so that I can do better in caring for them. My sister is still off of work with her knee. She was almost ready to go back and then she fell and did damage so I am stilling helping her all the time. My nephew is having a terrible time right now. He has autism and ADHD and is having a hard time knowing how to do things. I take care of him five days a week.
I have two questions, 1. What helps people with dementia to keep their mind a little sharp? and 2. How do you help people that sun down?
Hope everyone has a blessed day.