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Dementia and Alzheimer’s The Disease From Hell (pardon my french). Just wanted to stop in really quick to give you an update on my grandfather. Many of you know he started attending camp over a month ago, then ended up in the hospital almost 2 weeks ago for issues with confusion and then was transported to another hospital (in the middle of a blizzard) for vomiting which ended up happening because he had two large ulcers. The man has been bounced around and been transported to three different hospitals in the course of 12 days. For people with dementia, being bounced around from place to place is the worst thing ever for them. Now that he has recovered medically for the ulcers, he is back being treated for severe stages of dementia. WHAT the WHAT! Can I just tell you that these last 12 days have been an eye opening experience.
When you live with someone who has alzheimer’s and dementia, you kind of get use to their disease so to speak and you almost adapt yourself to how they are and you don’t even know it. What do I mean by that? Well, you almost end up doing everything for them and they don’t really get a chance to do for themselves. You almost know what they want or mean and automatically either complete the sentence for them or get them whatever it is they are looking for. I have learned that isn’t always the best thing to do. As hard as it is to let my grandfather finish his sentence or thought, we need to let him do it. By doing so, we are allowing his brain to still function. It’s kind of like a kid, if you do everything for them, they never learn. Well my grandfather is kind of like a kid now. Not so much that he needs to “re-learn” but that his brain needs to keep “thinking” and “working” so it doesn’t die. I don’t know if that makes any sense but that’s how I think of it.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s The Disease From Hell
Here is my grandmother and brother visiting my grandfather last week. She says she feels like she is going to blast off to the moon in her new puffer coat we got her for Christmas. haha.
My grandfather loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches so she filled a shoebox full of them and used a ribbon of some sort (I think it was a shoestring) to make a bow.
My grandfather has started a few new medications this week to help with confusion, thought process and depression. Getting old isn’t for the weak that is for sure. Talk about a battle. A battle with your own mind. A battle of keeping your brain from time travelling as his doctor says. His doctor is amazing by the way. I am hoping she will do a guest post here on the blog about alzheimer’s and dementia. She does some pretty incredible things here in the Boston Community with ALZ and Dementia patients and I think she would add a wealth of information to our Dementia Diaries Series. More on her later if she agrees! -ha. Friends, I wouldn’t wish the battle of Dementia and Alzheimer’s on my worst enemy. On another note, stay tuned for a massive family room DIY hardwood floor install! We have partnered with Shaw Flooring and this project is going to be amazing! I know, I jumped from the disease from hell to pretty decorating happenings but that’s our life. That’s our REAL life. So in an effort to keep things real around here, we share the good, the bad and the ugly ;). UPDATE: Short Term Rehabilitation for my grandfather is now posted.
What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.