Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sunny warm day

It has been a good day. Warm outside with the sun shinning. We cleaned up outside putting away the last of the summer nick knacks I cooked hamburgers. Not bad for the middle of November. I find I enjoy these days a lot. Mom was not very confused. She was smiling and talkative. She wasn't anxious or angry. I guess it is like the weather if you don't have bad weather you wouldn't appreciate the good.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Night off

It has been one of those day's which I don't think I can do much right. But, thanks to my daughter, I am taking tonight off mom is in my daughters capable hands. I am still in the house, but in hiding. I am going to my room, reading then taking a long bath. It is funny when I was young mom sent me to my room. Now that I am grown I send myself.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Laundry continued

I had a comment about the amount of laundry I do. Let me explain. Mom does not have the best bladder control, which padded underwear helps from her being embarrassed. but, she does like to change clothes a lot. She tries to wear my brothers clothes as well as her own. Plus, I still have to do my teenage son's laundry as well as mine and my husbands and my brothers (he lives with us and is mentally retarded). I didn't want anyone to think it was all my mom's fault for the amount of laundry I do. But, I do wish I had purchased the kind of washers that they have at laundry mats.


I never thought I would grow up to run a laundry mat. In the morning I get set up, do aproximately 7 loads of laundry. Put them away, and start over again the next morning. My mom changes clothes all day long. Would'nt be so bad if she only wore her clothes, and a shirt was a shirt not a skirt.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Alzheimer's at what age?

When I think of the past mom always called my brothers and sisters by the wrong names. Their were 6 of us. And we always answered because we knew who we were. Even if we were in trouble. I wonder if at age 45 she was showing signs of Alzheimer's. I have been surprised by the ages of dementia suffers in communities I have been looking through. Alzheimer's is not just for the aged it seems to effect anyone at any age. Kind of worrisome.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Moms eye sight

Mom's eye sight information
I was going through some of mom's medical reports and came across a statement of moms loss of visuospatial skill.This is what I found out.

This is one component of cognitive functioning and it refers to our ability to process and interpret visual information about where objects are in space.

This is an important aspect of cognitive functioning because it is responsible for a wide range of activities of daily living.

For instance, it underlies our ability to move around in an environment and orient ourselves appropriately. Visuospatial perception is also involved in our ability to accurately reach for objects in our visual field and our ability to shift our gaze to different points in space

So, mom's eyesight is not failing. Hope this information is helpful

Monday, November 9, 2009


mom seems to be obsessed with money. She has to have something in her purse. she will spend the whole day obsessing over it. So, since she doesn't pay for anything anymore I put monopoly money in her wallet. It has worked for now. She feels wealthy. Hopefully she does not try to spend it or I probably will be up on counterfeiting charges.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Something New for me

Mom was really defensive today. She didn't want any help, but didn't want me out of her sight either. The sun was out and it was warm, so tried to get her outside. She argued with me , then complained that I wouldn't take her out. So we went outside with, "Just leave me out here forever" on her lip's.

Then she was watching Andy Taylor on T.V. and came out breathless to the kitchen saying " Jimmy won a prize."( Jim is my brother). Jimmy said, " No Opie won a prize". Neither one of us could convince mom. She was angry the rest of the night because we wouldn't listen to her about the prize Jim had won. Her moods are always changing. At least when I mess up, I know she wont be upset for too long. My brother takes it more personally (Men).

Eye sight

Mom is having a harder time following directions. She also seems to be having a harder time seeing things. I am not sure if it is actually eye sight or the connection between her brain and eyes, making her unsure of what she is seeing. Has anyone else had this same dilemma?

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