Monday, November 15, 2010

Bad News for a Monday

A couple of days ago, I got an email telling me that a family member is starting to break down mentally.
Alzheimer’s, dementia, I don’t know what; the diagnosis hasn’t come back yet. However, it became obvious when she was shown my wedding pictures (from 6 weeks ago) and had to ask a few times what the bride’s name was.

My family has had a lot of major trauma in the last 25 years, and always managed to pull through. Often frustrating, there seems to be an odd balance where each issue is weighed against an opposing but equally unwanted deficiency. And because of this we have always persevered.

I don’t think we can beat this one, and it’s got me worried.


  1. Oh. I'm so sorry you're dealing with this.

  2. My FIL was thought to have Parkinson's for quite a number of years and when he started losing his mind, we found out that he had this rare form of dementia that mimics Parkinson's to a point then becomes this aggressive form of dementia. He went downhill fast and of course, we recently lost him.
    My only advice to you would be to enjoy every moment that your loved one is lucid and try to conjure up every fantastic memory you have of that person.
    I wish you peace through all of this. It can be a very long process so pace yourself.