Monday, May 19, 2008

Today the afternoon aide and the PT were able to collect a specimen from Mom and I dropped it off tonight. Cross your fingers that it comes back negative. The aide said that Mom was in a great deal of pain today and did not want to go to the bathroom. Mom was upset and called the aide a bad epithet. This upsets me because this is not characteristic of my mom. She's always been a very gracious woman. I suppose it must be hard to have to be helped in the bathroom and perhaps she is just voicing her frustration. Afterward, the aide said Mom had returned to her usual, sweet self. I am so grateful to the aide and to the PT for taking care of this for me.

I cannot believe that next Monday is Memorial Day. It seems like I spend all winter waiting for spring and summer. I savor every minute of these seasons. But before you know it, spring and summer are over.

Today was a cool, cloudy day. Our crabapple trees are blooming and they are beautiful. I bought an Endless Summer hydrangea. It's so pretty. I'm not sure if I will plant it or leave it in a container.


Annie said...

Your trees are beautiful! Keeping my fingers crossed for a negative test!

~Betsy said...

Fingers and toes crossed!

Care Buzz said...

Hi Rilera,

Thank you for visiting my workingcaregiver blog and adding it to your links. I will add your blog to my links as well.

I like your blog very much - very expressive and says it all about caregiving.

Yes, it's really too bad that corporate america makes it difficult to care for our parents.


Esther said...


Thanks for visiting my blog I don't know how many months ago. I tried to email you but it bounced back. I'm glad you're still blogging. After a hiatus, I'm back. Your content today is one of the reasons I stopped blogging about AD. I felt I was betraying my husband's confidentiality and didn't know how to get around that But I need to get back to the Alzheimer writing so here I am. Thanks for being here.

rilera said...

Good to 'see' you Esther. I too struggle with just how much I should reveal in my blog; and how much I should protect my mom. I started this as a way to document my journey and it has slowly become something that others read too. I've decided that I need to keep it real. Let's face it, ALZ is not pretty, not like the Aricept ads that show dad and daughters happy as clams. Every day is a challenge both for the patient and the caregiver and I think that it's important for the world to know this. Only then will we be able to confront the awfulness of this disease and the terrible toll that it takes on us and our loved ones.

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