All posts tagged: caregivers

:-( That’s My Emoji and I’m Sticking to It.

  My parents were here visiting from Louisiana for a week for my son’s high school  graduation, and left today to return home. My dad is suffering with Alzheimer’s, which means we are all suffering–mostly my mom, who is with him day and night. This is a fairly recent onset, so it may come as news to some who know us. The disease was slowly progressing for awhile, and now it’s come on very aggressively since November. We have to make plans and decisions, which will change everything. So many go through it, and it’s never less than horrible for anyone I’ve known. We understand we aren’t alone, and yet, we are in so many ways. I know my dad is very lonely, even when surrounded by those who care so deeply. He’s alone inside his confused mind. And it’s horrible to watch. There isn’t enough medication in the world to keep him from suffering the fear, and anxiety right now, the understanding that his life he’s known is ending a little more every day. The …