Dealing With Dementia

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Hey folks, I have opened up a new page concerning my daily life dealing with my momma who has Vascular Dementia.

Like I explain in the first post there, it is a way for me to vent my emotions and share my experience with this awful disease. I know there are at least two of my followers that also take care of their parent(s) and perhaps they, and others as well, might find it helpful or insightful. I also want it to let other caregivers to know they aren’t alone.

So go have a look, see what ya think and let me know.

Thanks a bunch!

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10 comments on “Dealing With Dementia
  1. Hi H.Billy:

    I’ve dealt with clients whose kids out of town; kids that paid me to help their parents who were developing dementia and sometimes even Alzheimer Disease ….yes Virginia there is a difference, not much but a difference. Sometimes they were just plain old and needed help driving, shopping and keeping up on their meds and their money. Always they were friends of mine that trusted me (I was a bookkeeper and worked in or was around medicine most of my life.

    My partner (HE) Who Will Not Obey and myself…had years dealing with both his parents before their deaths at within 2 years both just before their 99th Birthdays.

    Right now it is only my Aunt we have problems with and her daughter lives with her and I have two sisters in the immediate area; so unlike you, we have a lot of family help. We can take turns taking her out and putting up with her acid tongue!

    I think this new category for your blog will be a tremendous help for you, now that your siblings have both gone, and also for others of us that are in the same boat or one somewhat like your boat. Even if you have a yacht-like situation with your loved ones who are losing it some….navigating that boat can get tiring.

    Use this resource, you will only get positive feedback, funny feedback, or feedback from others just as frustrated as yourself. That will let you know you’re not alone. Doesn’t help with the situation but lets you know.

    It isn’t that we don’t love ’em….it is just hard and everyone needs a venue to vent, express their love, and tell the funny stories and believe me, if you can ses it funny stories do arise out of these situations.

    Remember get any help where and when you can; it is not a sign of weakness AND if you don’t and try to shoulder EVERYTHING by yourself, you will probably fold and that does no one any good; particularly your mother.

    Good Luck and I have lotz and lotz of free advise, so I’ll be keeping my eye on you.

    Thus Spake ~~dru-athrustra~~ (the know it all)

    • Hillbilly says:

      Thank you Dru. I had started a different blog a fewe months back solely for this subject, but it didn’t really go anywhere so I gave up on it. I figured adding it to my main blog, at least it would get noticed.
      I thank you also for your advice and your encouragement, it helps more than you know.

  2. AlzScience says:

    Thanks for posting! I look forward to reading about your experiences with your mother’s dementia. It can be a very difficult thing to deal with but connecting with others in similar situations is so helpful.

    • Hillbilly says:

      Thank you for reading! You’re right, it is a very difficult life to live, but well worth it in my opinion. Stop by anytime.

  3. amommasview says:

    This is a great thing to do. I wish you a lot of strength. My Dad just recently passed away after suffering from dementia over at least the last two years of his life.

    • Hillbilly says:

      I’m so sorry 🙁 I always told mom that I would take care of her if she ever needed it.

      • amommasview says:

        It’s great that you do. My Dad ended up in a specialized clinic as it got too dangerous and too much for my Mom. He almost lit the house on fire in the middle of the night because he wanted to turn on the heating but put paper towel in the oven… it does terrible things to you. He was well looked after by my Mom and the staff there. I was lucky enough to have seen him again and be with him until he passed away. By chance. Traveling to Switzerland from Australia is not only a huge trip but so expensive. I regret not having seen him before again. We last been back in 2011 and he was well then. But there’s only that much you can do… 🙁

        • Hillbilly says:

          You’re right that it does terrible things. I’ve been watchin’ mom real close here lately ’cause she gets so mad really easy anymore and I don’t know what she might try to do. I’m glad you got to see your dad, don’t have regrets hon, you did what you could do and I’m sure he knew that you loved him very much.

          • amommasview says:

            Yes, he knew. And I know how much he loved me. Thank you so much for your words. There are moments where they get so incredibly angry. I think it must be out of frustration too… I wish you all the best. It’s a wonderful thing you do for your mom.

          • Hillbilly says:

            Thank you 🙂

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