BB with my little peanut
A few years ago we noticed that my Mom seemed a little "off". She preferred to use the word "jumbled". We had just been through a very scary health issue with my Dad and my Mom had started a new job. Each one of those things alone is enough to make the sharpest person scatter-brained but after a few months the changes became more apparent.
We both had too much fun at F's 1st birthday party...
My Mom has worked her entire life and if you are an Ashevillian you probably most recently saw her at the Gardener's Cottage. All the shoppers loved her and she even had a few that would bring her gifts; blueberry bushes, handmade trinkets, my mom could charm them all!
Over the past few years her "jumbledness" seemed to progress but we didn't know how to broach the subject. One day at her old job Mom wasn't making any sense and the nurses at the Facility called 911. My father and I feared the worst and the phrases "brain bleed" and "stroke" were tossed around but she checked out completely fine. This trip prompted a visit with a Neuropsychologist and this is when she was diagnosed with Dementia. This past Winter they have changed the diagnosis to Early Onset ALZ.
It may seem like I am airing my family's dirty laundry but I can assure you that is not the reason for this post. I want everyone with boomer generation parents to be aware and keep an eye on your mom and dad. Know what medicines they take and how they are doing. Pay attention to their complaints and annoyances.
Today my Mom seems to be doing very well on Aricept. She goes to Jazzercise everyday and has made a very good friend there who she goes out to lunch with. She is still driving around town but has my father, brother and myself on speed dial if she gets lost.
If you have concerns about a friend or family read the 10 signs of Alzheimer's because there is a difference between being forgetful and having ALZ and it is important to be aware of these signs. Examples: Getting lost in a new town is normal, but not remembering where your hair salon is not. Forgetting the title of a movie you just saw is normal, not knowing what the movie was about is not.
If you are a blogger or a friend please consider linking to this story on your blog. I am doing the Charlotte Walk to End Alzheimer's and have met my fundraising goals but is there ever really a goal except for the cure?! All of our fundraising amounts are due September 12th and I am walking (hopefully with Mom) on Saturday Sept 15th!
Thank you all so much for reading this. I know its not a fun, silly or snarky post but it is something that is incredibly important to me and I wanted to share with you.
Here is a link to my fundraising site if you would like to donate:
My beautiful Momma