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  •  Lovely, compassionate diary. (3+ / 0-)
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    bhlogger, mayim, kyril

    Thank you for sharing the story with us.

    My mother in law also suffered with Alzheimer's and we had to put her in a nursing home. In her younger days, she was a nurse in the war, so she would occasionally get up and "take care" of her roommate.  When asked what she was doing, she'd say she was just doing her job, "no need to thank me." We'd have to tell her that it was her day off. (Fortunately, the only nursing she did on her roommate was arranging her cards and blankets.)

    My mother had dementia in the last year of her life. She recognized me as someone different every time I visited - an old friend sometimes, a sister other times. We'd talk about the old days and the things "we" did together.  

    Purple fairies, getting ready for the school board meeting, old friends. Like FloridaSNMOM said, what's the harm when there is not going to be a recovery. Once I "went with the flow" because I really had no other choice, I found that I was left with fond memories of my time with them in the last years of their lives.

    Anyhow, thanks again for the touching diary.

    •  My Gran (3+ / 0-)
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      sagansong, mayim, kyril

      ... takes care of her roommates too sometimes. Especially the last one, though she is no longer with us. Gran took care of all of us so it comes naturally to her I think.

      Thank you for sharing your story. :) Sometimes just talking with other people who have experienced and survived this makes it a bit easier to deal with.

      "What luck for the rulers that men do not think." - Adolph Hitler

      by bhlogger on Fri Mar 25, 2011 at 05:52:49 AM PDT

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