My sisters and I have been trying to learn very, very quickly how to live with Moms dementia. While she has been showing increased signs over the years, we seemed to be managing. However, with a severe medical event, Influenza A, followed by pneumonia, Mom’s dementia has caused a significant decrease in her ability to reason and/or show any compassion to her family. It is particularly hard to have her throw us out and scream at us after spending so much time caring for her...we just want to take care of her every need as we watch her shrink away into this she’ll of a person. I now know that so many people are going through the same thing. However, my question is does it get any easier to be able to shut off your own feelings? Is that healthy?
I picked up my brother's ashes the other day at the funeral home which is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do and after I was handed the box containing the 4 small urns, the young man had me sign a paper and then told me to have great day. I was stunned and speechless. How about saying something like "I'm so sorry for your loss"?
I lost my son Brian, on 10/25. He was 48. Brian was injured by the prescription drug accutane when he was 23 years old. This medication was for acne, and he wanted to look good for job interviews after graduating from college. This drug damaged his liver, his digestive system and his immune system. He never fully recovered from this injury. He had two degrees, one in marketing, and...