Thank you to the young lady on Twitter for her lovely comment regarding my book this morning.
“Thank you so much for writing, ‘Alzheimer’s Through My Mother’s Eyes’, you are spot on……”
That was EXACTLY my intent as I wrote my journey – to relate to caregivers such as myself, with no financial backing, no fancy college degrees, no medical degrees – just an ordinary woman with a family of her own, a full-time job, a growing and busy teenager, husband that worked full-time, a house to run, two dogs and a busy life. It was extremely hard to include full time caregiver of my mother, but she needed a voice and someone to protect her – and that someone was me.
It was an honor to be her DPOA and protector. I would do the same thing today if I were bestowed this privilege. Mom needed help so desperately. My dad passed and left none of us a CLUE as to how badly Mom’s memory and cognitive impairment functions were. It was a fight, it was exhausting, frustrating to say the least. Of course, now, I can look back and my book includes what I “SHOULD” have done and what I “COULD” have done……
I didn’t know about elder attorney’s. I didn’t know about Durable Power of Attorney. I had no idea there was a department through Social Services that was deemed “elder care”. I had no clue as to what to do, who to contact – but I learned. I did it.
I hope that my message gets through to readers as it did to the young lady who honored me with her Twitter post.
I am a survivor.