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.