More than forty years ago,I took care of my first Alzheimer’s patient. Back then we called a patient confused. The trade marks were the same: little by little the mind ebbs and the memory recedes.
I have learned much as I have looked through the window of an elderly person’s life. There is a store house of information, experience, history that is so close. My challenge as a caregiver is to find the key that unlocks the treasure chest.
By the time I enter a client’s life, they have “lost” quite a bit of memory. But there is always some treasure if I am patient. “Patient” is the operative word – I cannot have an agenda, be pushy or in a big hurry.
Mary loves children and she most often sets the tone for the conversation. Her years of experience as a school teacher are like gold for me as my other life is teaching African children. It is a joy to hear children in the background of her life.
Today- I grasped at another treasure – we look good in the same colors. She chose several outfits that would look good on either of us. Last week we had a pillow fight and got into a fit of laughter. She asked me a puzzle of a question; I asked her one in return.
Each day we find what we can do not what we can’t do and it works.
I am not inferring that caring for a person with Alzheimer’s is easy – It is Not! As the wave recedes, I am sorrowful for the yesterdays that are lost. But my hand is going to clasp hers and be grateful that there are more days filled with treasure if I am ready to hunt for it.
Tide is fading
wind thrashes each memory
deep blue sea
A door is opened
some call it a prison
I am refreshed
you are there
dressed in yellow
your face lights up
moments float like petals
come to mind
I take off my uniform
reminded of a perfect day
in a world
Alzheimers is a not allowed
meet friends along the way
This has been a great place to meet fantastic photographers on WordPress. Sorry to say goodbye. Thanks to each of you!!!
Unlikely is this
magenta Fort backdrop
If you know me, you know I have tried to work in Liberia, No. Africa, Congo and So. Africa. I never thought of Uganda, the Nile or mosquito netting as my “likely.”
The photo challenge this week is “Unlikely”
These pictures are all taken at Fort Murchison. A beautiful get-away and great place to enjoy an African Safari.
I raise a glass of an elegant bouquet
It’s time to celebrate another great year
meeting excellent people
we may live in different worlds
but we all agree
that A to Z is the best way to spend the month of April
the zebra says “CHEERS”
At the crossroads our eyes met
a young boy driving cattle
in a city traffic jam
my jaw drops at the sight
what world have I been sent back in time to
you reached your hand through the window
no need to fear
you offer meat filled skewers
MacDonalds you are not
but the food cant be faster
A different world passes by
dust kicks up as we move north
to the crossroads of our life
with A to Z at it’s zenith many of you will have come to a crossroads as a blogger. What have you learned from this 30 day adventure?
waiting in line
no need to connect dots
more than black and white
The wordpress photochallenge is Lines