Life with Mom
—-This is a story of a shared life with Mom after her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.—
Jon Katz pulled our group together again this past weekend to discuss, regroup, and catch up. This created another opportunity for us to report and support. I left Bedlam Farm with a new idea of starting a “Life with Mom” journal.
So here goes:
April 8, 2013
I woke up late this morning because I was dreaming vividly. I was dreaming that wild, dangerous pigs were roaming around our yard. It took a while to get them out of my head.
When I gathered my bearings, I remembered the 3 ticks I’ve taken off our little dog in the last few days. My mother also had a tick taken off her shoulder by a dermatologist last week, for which she’s on 3 weeks of antibiotics. She took a tick off her cat, and then we caught another potential Lyme carrier walking across our counter last night.
All of these discoveries have led to the realization that we need to be hyper-vigilant about scanning ourselves and each other for ticks. The dogs are getting extra petting and massages. We never had this problem in our old neighborhood.
Our friend Jill came over this afternoon to help my mother with problems she was having with her computer and Turbotax. The file was corrupt for some reason, so Jill fixed it. She also helped me file mine, so we had 3 computers going at the same time all while I was trying to fix dinner. Dinner was good despite the commotion. And, it’s so good to have smart friends.
After dinner, Brian got on the tractor to clear more leaves from the yard. Although this kind of serious leaf clearing hasn’t happened in many years and really needs to be done, I think he was more doing it for the fun of riding on the tractor. We didn’t need or have a tractor where we came from.
I’m going to bed now — just after I check the dogs for ticks one more time today.