Monday, May 20, 2013
Momma Has Dementia and I'm Pooped
It has been one of "those weeks". I know you have them, too. Mine seem to come in groups. Two or three weeks in a row where I give serious consideration to placing my head between the mattress and box springs and camping out there for a while.
If you have followed SOMETHING TO PONDER for a while, you know my sweet Momma has Alzheimer's type dementia, and my mother-in-law has dementia from a vitamin B deficiency and an imbalance in her blood sugar. This week has found both these ladies in the hospital. I am here to announce, "That is not how I planned to spend my week." It was suppose to be a week spent mainly in my office catching up on the 3,468 things I needed to get done. Instead, none of those items left my desktop, and I spent my week caregiving.
You need to know this. I am not complaining. I believe we, as Christians, have a calling to care for the elderly and widowed in our world. Both these women qualify under those categories. I am pleased and honored to be their caregiver. However, I was pooped. I needed a break! So, Michael and I took off Friday night for a little R&R, spent the night in a deluxe hotel suite about an hour from home, ate wonderful vegan food, and just escaped for about 24 hours. Those 24 hours flew by in a flash, but we are a little more equipped for life.
Caregiving can be tough. It is better, however, when you turn some of that "caregiving" on yourself. A 24 hour break may be just what you need to put a spring back in your step and a twinkle in your eye. Hope that gives you Something To Ponder.
My book, Let's Talk Dementia - A Caregiver's Guide, is available for e-readers. http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Talk-Dementia-Caregivers-ebook/dp/B00CTAW7MS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1369051792&sr=1-1&keywords=let%27s+talk+dementia