The Collateral Damage of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a disease that takes prisoners while annihilating the victim.  We embarked on this seemingly foreign battle officially almost 2 years ago, but I feel like it has been an eternity since I first noticed the signs in 2008.

Some days are really hard for mom and I.  Our relationship has completely changed, and deep down I know she knows it.  I really don’t know how to label it.  It is beyond “the child is now the caregiver” thing.  Now I spend my time making sure I can lay my head on the pillow at night knowing I did my best for her, even though others may disagree.

Yesterday, on the fly, I decided to take my mom out to breakfast, just the two of us.  Like I said, some days are really hard for us but this morning was completely calm. When she looked at me, she saw me, her daughter, not a stranger.  Talked about everything and nothing in particular and that was just fine.  I will take that as a win.

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