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47 year old daughter of an earlier onset Alzheimer's dx Mother
tanyajohn posted:
I love my Mother very very much and would do anything for her. The physician's told me that there was NO way I could care for her at home even if I quit my full time job. I am the middle child and Power of Attorney. The decision to place her in an Alzheimer's unit (locked down) was one of the very hardest things I have ever done but I realize now 2.5 yrs later, the docs were right. I couldn't have given her what she needed. Although she is a distance away from I visit every weeked and try to engage her but She is past that point. She know longer knows me, can't communicate, is incontinent, sleeps a lot, and now she is having trouble with swallowing so we now aspiration concerns. She also has trouble walking. Even though all of this is going on with her - it also goes on with me. I feel her troubles, and wish very much If I knew what she was thinking. Could I make things better for her? My brother nor sister visits much. My brother has only seen her 2 times in the last 3 yrs. But I can not worry about my siblings, I have our Mother to love on, try to take care of and do the little things I can for her, still not knowing if anything I do matters for her, but it matters to me. Now, I am exhibiting memory deficits and having nightmares regarding my being diagnosed. How can I keep myself together in order to continue my deligence toward Mom??

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