Transitions are difficult — and difficult days seem to present themselves more frequently and with greater challenges than we are often prepared for. I’ve tried to write this post several times over the last month… but couldn’t bring myself to write the words. Today, after many deep breaths and continued prayers, we venture into the life of transitioning with Mom into the final stages of Alzheimer’s. It’s not easy and although we’ve done much to prepare as caregivers — there are still lots of moments of angst and despair.
Several months ago, we shared a bit about the mobility issue and at a recent appointment, we decided it was time to bring on some extra support… we’ve had PTs coming in for the last 7 weeks in hopes of keeping her moving and out of the wheelchair for a while longer — the difficulties continue and I see her sadness increasing as she realizes her mobility is fading.
We feel blessed to have figured out what we believe to be the cause of the increasing headaches and “itchies”… while the “picking” hasn’t stopped, we are thrilled with an increased number of headache free days and being down to one application of a topical for the itching a day. We appreciate and value those who have been helping us actively advocate.
We appreciate our family so much. We are so blessed to have them close by and willing to step up and help when needed.
Our mantra for now is to “savor the moments.” We have so much to be thankful for.