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March 22nd, 2006


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10:19 pm - My Mom isn't doing well
As some of you may know, my mom went into an assisted living place in December. She had been getting forgetful and confused. We found a good place but she has not been doing well. On Monday, she was taken to the hospital. She was being violent and incoherent. So Liz and I went to visit her after work. It's hard seeing your mother in restraints, not knowing what's happening to her and very agitated. My brother, Bob showed up later and we got her calmed down, but she didn't like the restraints.

This morning I got a phone call from a social worker. She explained that they wanted to move my mom to an in-patient psych ward for evaluation and I said ok. We visited her today and she seemed quite happy. Still very confused about things, but happy. Bob showed up again. I think part of the reason mom was so happy was that she expected to go home with us, but had to stay there. She didn't understand why. But overall, she seemed happier. She was surrounded by people and she is a very social person. At the place she was at, there were only a few people and they didn't interact much.

Any way, it's really hard seeing her like this. We will try to find her someplace other to live, somewhere with more people. Perhaps a full nursing home rather than an assisted living place.

overall, it's rather depressing.
Current Mood: sadsad

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From:squirejoe
Date:March 23rd, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
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I am sending any energy that I can spare your way for the strength you two need.

*HUGS*
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From:uberrod
Date:March 23rd, 2006 07:49 am (UTC)
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Thanks alot.
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From:qorinda
Date:March 23rd, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
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Many blessings to all of you during this trying time....
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From:uberrod
Date:March 23rd, 2006 07:50 am (UTC)
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Thank you. I'm guessing I'll see you at Desert Magic?
From:bloodlikerain
Date:March 23rd, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)

oh honey.

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i had no idea. i'm sorry, that must be so hard on you!!!!!

hugs!!!! if thre is anything i can do, lemme know.
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From:uberrod
Date:March 23rd, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)

Re: oh honey.

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Yeah, Alzheimer's runs in the family. My maternal grandmother had it. It's not fun at all watching someone suddenly become someone else. Seeing her in he psych ward almost made me cry.
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From:sihaya09
Date:March 23rd, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
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I'm so sorry, Rod.
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From:uberrod
Date:March 23rd, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
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Thank you. It means a lot.
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From:smithing_chick
Date:March 23rd, 2006 09:29 am (UTC)
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I'm so sorry to read this. Alzhiemer's classifies as a "fate worse than death" to me. I watched some of my seniors at my center fall to it & it was heartbreaking.

Strength to you.
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From:uberrod
Date:March 24th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
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It's one of my greatest fears.
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From:odinkar
Date:March 23rd, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Between watching my grandmother slowly slip like this a couple of years ago, and seeing my wife's only remaining grandparent fighting the losing battle with Alzheimer's, I can only say that you have my deepest condolences--I know how difficult it can be to watch.
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From:uberrod
Date:March 24th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
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My maternal grandmother had Alzheimer's as well. That was really bad as I was only 10 or so at the time. At one point at a restaurant, she managed to get her napkin in her hamburger and then complained that it tasted like paper. Didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
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From:odinkar
Date:March 24th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
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One of the most remarkable things about my wife's grandmother is that she knows me. She sees my face, and recognizes me and knows my name, and I've never known her before the Alzheimer's. Of course, the sad part is that she sometimes doesn't even recognize her own children. Alzheimer's is definitely a terrible, terrible disease...
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From:romandruid
Date:March 23rd, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
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*hug*
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From:uberrod
Date:March 24th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
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Thank you.
From:larkredblade
Date:March 23rd, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
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My best friend's mother has early Alzheimer's and it is very difficult for everyone. I'm so sorry.
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From:uberrod
Date:March 24th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much for your support.
From:mistw02
Date:March 24th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
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hugs
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 27th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Good luck. She and your family are in my thoughts.
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From:dinpik
Date:April 15th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry you're going through this. But you're doing the right thing, and making sure she's taken care of, and comfortable, and happy.

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