Sunday, March 31, 2013

     Time once again to dust off this dusty old blog.  I am about to embark on an adventure unlike any I have ever experienced before in my 5+ decades here on this earth.  In July I shall return to my parents home and help them out.  At least that is my intention.

     My mother has been diagnosed with the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease.  From what I understand she has been having a series of mini-strokes and has small vessel disease. I have no idea what it means.  The answer is, in this day and age, a few finger strokes away on my computer but all in good time.

     I remember when with the decline of my grandparents' health, during which time my mother was a primary caregiver, she implored us (my siblings and I) never to abandon her to a nursing home.  After going through the heartache and hardship of caring for her parents she had a change of heart, wishing not to impose on her children and put them through what she went through.  The truth is that as difficult as it was for her, she would do it all again given the opportunity.

     Which brings me to my new adventure.  Over the past few years I have been whining and moaning about how unfortunate my life has been, but these misfortunes have made it possible for me to be there for my Mother, and to relieve the stress on my Father and Brother, so in the broader picture I can only be thankful that things have turned out the way they have to allow me the freedom of this venture.

     The fact that I will be living once again in such a wonderful land full of amazing music, delicious foods and in the company of my fabulous family, is icing on the cake.  

     I only hope that I can make a positive difference~


Wil said...

Good luck and safe travels. My wife used to work an Alzheimer's / Dementia unit. Your Mother's change of heart about nursing home placement is a wise decision. I can only hope you and your family do not wait too long. There is a very high likelihood that I will be amongst those with early onset dementia. Like your mother, I hope I commit myself in time.

Michelle said...

I so miss reading your life stories. Do you facebook? Please blog about your Hawaiian adventures!