Thursday, February 7, 2013

What's in a Name?

Of course, the answer is everything.  What if your loved one forgets your name?  I  want the answer to be, celebrate because he still knows me.  Sorry, wrong answer.  My husband can't remember my name, at tomes.  It doesn't worry him, for which I am grateful.

The progression of the disease of Alzheimer's is cruel and ongoing.  I can choose to be bitter, or I can try to find a way to live with it.  Living with the disease and trying to help my husband be a productive member of the family, as long as he is able, has been my ongoing goal.  That has been the need he has expressed since the beginning of this journey.

My daughter, always says her name when she talks to him.  She says he hasn't known her name for a long time.  I have a hard time imagining me saying, "I'm Debbie" every time I talk to him,  Of course, I really couldn't imagine doing all this Alzheimer's Disease stuff either, so I will work on toughening up some and do what I need to do.

Please leave a commit or suggestions.  Stay well.  Thanks, Debbie

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


I was invited to speak about living with Alzheimer's Disease today.  I was honored that I had been invited to share our story.  I haven't added much here lately, but was as I said before, I am planning on faithfully making updates.

My husband's' condition is getting worse.  He sometimes forgets my name in the evening.  He seems to get more agitated.  He  does not want to go anywhere anymore.  I have slowed our schedule and my expectations some.  I haven't felt well lately, so it has been fairly okay with me to stay in. I'll try to get us to some short, fun outings soon. 
Stay well.  If you have suggestions, please share. Thanks, Debbie

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Long Time Past

I have been gone a while. After my husband got out of the hospital, I had a difficult time getting everything back to normal.  Okay, my life is a long way from normal, for sure, but who's is?  I'm hoping to spend time here again.
My husband is continuing to be more confused and having more problems with his memory.   He only wants to stay home, not go anywhere.  We had some of that before and I had to be creative to get him to go out again.  I seem to be okay with not having a social life right now.  I might need to get creative to get me out again.
So here we go.  Check back again for more updates on living life with Alzheimer's.