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In this blog I write about my mother's progression since she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, what I have learnt about the disease from an everyday perspective, what it's like having a loved one with the disease and how I've dealt with

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Tags: Behaviour Alzheimer's, Memory loss Alzheimer's, Living with Alzheimer's, Progression of Alzheimer's, Reality of Alzheimer's

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Latest Blog Posts for My Alzheimer's Learning Curve

  • It’s All Over
    on May 11, 2014
    Mum died a couple weeks ago, just after Easter. Pneumonia and kidney failure in the end.Being that it happened just after the long Easter weekend, we were able to spend lots of time with her - Sunday evening, all of Monday and all of Tuesday until ab...
  • A Big Smile
    on Apr 15, 2014
    I feel like I write the same things over and over again when describing mum’s progression with Alzheimer’s, but many days are very similar or the same. Yesterday, I felt I had a really good visit - I got several responses to questions, and I even...
  • Today’s Alzheimer’s Report
    on Apr 9, 2014
    Here I am again today with Mum. When I arrived she was sleeping in a chair in the living room, looking very pale and frail. She continued to sleep, gradually leaning more and more to the left side of the chair, and only waking when the nurse wanted t...
  • Day-to-Day With Alzheimer’s
    on Apr 8, 2014
    I’m visiting with Mum quite early this morning - much earlier than usual - and she really doesn’t seem to be her best. I gather she ate all her breakfast but was too weak to walk to where I found her sitting in the living room - the night and day...
  • The Parkinson’s Disease/Alzheimer’s Overlap
    on Apr 1, 2014
    Visited with Mum yesterday just as she was getting up from her afternoon rest. Her body is just a skeleton with skin now. It is so sad to see what she has become, and she would absolutely hate it. I am so thankful that she and Dad put aside enough mo...
  • A Lovely Visit
    on Mar 31, 2014
    I had a lovely visit with Mum yesterday - best I’ve seen her for weeks. It was so nice.Mum was bright and alert, and seemed to be listening to everything I said. It did take me a full hour to feed her a small pureed salad, but she had it all and se...
  • Very, Very Quiet
    on Mar 25, 2014
    Since this last bout of pneumonia, Mum has been very quiet and distant. Nowadays she seems to look right through (or past) me, and yesterday, neither food nor liquid were of much interest. The nurse informed me that she’s been much better today - a...
  • The Quietness & Solitude of Alzheimer’s
    on Mar 17, 2014
    Mum seems to have recovered from her latest bout of pneumonia - her appetite is back but she’s very quiet, unresponsive and expressionless. When she looks at me it’s like she’s looking through me or past me, so much so that I look over my shoul...
  • It’s No.5
    on Mar 7, 2014
    My mum and her Alzheimer’s are pottering along just fine thank you very much. Today is the last day of IV treatment for another bout of pneumonia (her fifth, probably caused by a bit of aspirated food), but she’s recovering well.Mum has responded...
  • Telepathic Skills Would be Useful with Alzheimer’s
    on Feb 12, 2014
    Communication is the most difficult thing when dealing with someone who has Alzheimer’s. Trying to figure out whether my mum is hungry or thirsty, tired, cold or just feeling unwell is a total guessing game. So yes, having telepathic skills would b...
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