My Mother did not have Alzheimer's when she died, but she did have severe dementia. Dealing with her was horrible. One day she would seem semi-normal at least, but the very next day she would be so irrational that my brother and her felt like tearing our hair out. To make matters worse, my Dad might have had it some too, for he became very irrational about doing what was best for her well-being. I came to Texas where she was from California. She had open heart surgery shortly before I went there, and when my brother and I went to their home, we discovered my mom had not eaten hardly a thing for days, and my dad didn't seem to think there was anything wrong with that. He got angry that we were trying to get her to eat. He went to take a nap, and while he was asleep, she had a grand mal seizure and we had to call an ambulance. When he woke up, he was ready to try to kill both of us for sending her to the hospital. Total irrationality. Things just got worse and worse, and I ended up going back to California. She died after I left, and I really never got to tell her goodbye in a way that she understood or my dad understood. She never was rational again before she died. My dad died a year later and he really had pretty much become very irrational all the time. They were the only parents we had, and now they are gone and we never really got to say goodbye in a way that meant something.
Doing something for The Alzheimer's Initiative is just a small thing, but it is helping me a lot.
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