A Matter of the Heart
My Mama was diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease last May. I had written a previous post about it entitled "A Moment To Remember." Since that initial diagnosis we have seen a big decline in her fuctioning abilities. We have cried many tears over this situation but I realize there is nothing that we can do to change it. I have decided I can either look at the situation with negative thoughts and emotions or I can try to look at the situation with a heart of love and see things in a different way. The following are some examples of what my Mama can no longer do but how I can choose to see it through a heart of love:
She can no longer tell time. "She will enjoy and appreciate every minute of her life and not be a clock watcher."
She calls me on the phone expecting to get someone else."I get to hear my Mama's sweet voice and she is happy to chat , she doesn't care who she is talking with."
She feeds the dog the cat food all the time. " The dog doesn't care as long as he gets something to eat and a nice "pat" on the head."
She repeats the same things over and over and over. "God is showing me how to develop patience and understanding."
She misplaces things constantly and puts things in very unusual places. This past year we found part of the artificial Christmas tree in her big file cabinet. "Sense of humor can see you through a lot. It is okay to laugh."
Most of the time she is very bewildered and confused. "Thank you God that you have created our family so we can take care of her."
She needs her hand held when we are out walking. "She held my hand as a child now it's my turn to hold hers. She was always there for me and now it is my turn to be there for her."
She sometimes feels "lost" in her own backyard. "She watched me play in the backyard when I was a child, now it is my turn to watch her."
Everyday is a challenge for her. "Everyday is an opportunity for us as a family to help her with those challenges."
She has no idea how Alzheimers Disease is affecting her life and the lives of her family members. "Sometimes ignorance is bliss."
But. . . . . . . . . . .
The most important thing that my sweet MAMA CAN STILL DO IS GIVE AND RECEIVE LOVE! "What a blessing that is for us all."