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Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-03-2013, 08:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 685
Posted By meg1230
Re: Why can't I believe she is gone?

I felt the same way after my mom died. After all the years of dealing with all that we did, it seems so unreal when, poof, it is all over. We know it will eventually come to a screeching halt, but...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 08-07-2012, 07:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 946
Posted By meg1230
One year later for me too.

Time to check in for a lot of us. July 29th was one year since my mom died.

Last week we finally got all the family from around the country together who could make the trip and took her cremains...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 05-01-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,837
Posted By meg1230
Re: So many losses...

I am way behind in catching up with everyone and everything. But saw this post and had to jump in. I am so sorry things haven't settled a little bit for you. You would think we are deserving of a...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-16-2012, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,484
Posted By meg1230
Re: there is life after death

Yes there is! And more importantly, there is life after Alzheimer's. It took my mother's life but it did not kill the joy of who she was nor the joy she left behind and it did not kill the memory of...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-16-2012, 01:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 907
Posted By meg1230
Re: I'm Back

My mom has been gone for almost 9 months now and I am adjusting and rejoicing in the life that was hers and all she shared with us. I miss her but I am living on without her. A thought that scared...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-16-2012, 12:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,757
Posted By meg1230
Re: Mum passed away...

Let me offer my condolences to you for the loss of your mother. I so understand the sentence you wrote that you are devastated but relieved. So true. It is a tragic blessing for it to be finally...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-11-2012, 06:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,220
Posted By meg1230
Re: Vaseline in hair???

Sheesh Deb..I just saw this. There should be a sign up there where your mom is, saying..."first, do no harm!" And that includes Vaseline!

Glad you got it out though.

Love, Meg
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-11-2012, 06:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,612
Posted By meg1230
Re: 7 weeks after Mom died, Dad joined her

Sarah... I send you my condolences. Losing one is hard but both so close to one another is a blessing and a curse. They are together again but they had to leave you to do it.

Losing our loved...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-03-2012, 06:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,569
Posted By meg1230
Re: My amazing mother

My mom has been gone 8 months now. Hard to believe, huh? But your post reminded me of the day I walked in and my sweet mom who hadn't said 10 words in days...saw me and gently gasped and said with...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-30-2012, 10:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,669
Posted By meg1230
Re: Waving :)

Deb...you really do need to get a little more active in life. :jester:

So we are all working on selling their houses.. What a major pain huh? Not only are we involved in the world of Alz but we...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-21-2012, 11:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,669
Posted By meg1230
Re: Waving :)

Enjoy your time.. I know you enjoy it every year.

I understand about your mom "slipping". It's hard to watch but hopeful for a better time for her to come.
Til then...fight the good fight.
...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-17-2012, 07:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,207
Posted By meg1230
Re: Just found this place..

Welcome...you have found a place of compassion and information and experience galore!

I am sorry you are a member of our club but welcome you aboard.

I understand what it is like to watch a...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-17-2012, 06:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,116
Posted By meg1230
Re: Hi all

Tough decision. I am so sorry your dad has this and so young.

Can you find a suitable residence for him while you are gone. One where he will have 24 hours care and others like him to interact...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-17-2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,141
Posted By meg1230
Re: Mom is Gone

Yes, Deb is right. 5 days is like seconds when dealing with this kind of a loss.

It is nothing short of shock. I look back now and realize I thought I was functioning fine but can't remember much...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-15-2012, 10:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,141
Posted By meg1230
Re: Mom is Gone

I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing but I will say what I say to myself...she is free of this...it is over for her!

We are left to remember them and all they meant to us. Take time to do...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-11-2012, 07:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,889
Posted By meg1230
Re: He's Gone...

HI TC...and all the rest of you....!!

Hope today is better for you. I know it can envelope you if you're not careful. Luckily I haven't had a day of overwhelming grief..that stills surprises me!...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-19-2012, 12:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,390
Posted By meg1230
Re: I need to vent

Angels certainly come in all forms, don't they?

That she stepped up says a lot about her. And that you can accept her says a lot about you.

Someone extra to help ...worth a million bucks.
...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-19-2012, 11:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,937
Posted By meg1230
Re: Ah, the phone... thoughts welcome

Let me reiterate what Deb said.

This is about what your Aunt needs...not what the others need. She is the most important person in this story.

Love, Meg
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-19-2012, 11:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,576
Posted By meg1230
Re: And another fall

Well.....I was waiting to hear what happened. THE ER!!! EEK!
Glad she is okay, except for a bit of bruising, but this ER trip is a long long way away from the horror stories of past with our moms...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-12-2012, 04:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 831
Posted By meg1230
Re: there she sat against the wall

Sweet story.

It's what I try to do when I visit mom's old place. I hold their hand. I listen to them. I talk to them. I look them in the eye and sing to them. They crave it. The need it. People...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-12-2012, 04:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,273
Posted By meg1230
Re: Noro Virus

Deb...I am so sorry you got it but so so glad your mom didn't! I can't imagine her stuck in that room ..what does she do..walk in circles in there?

They had it at mom's only a few times in the...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-12-2012, 03:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,889
Posted By meg1230
Re: He's Gone...

I'll be thinking about you this Saturday, Jan.

Hope you're taking the time you need to get you in order...and the dogs some food!!

I flew to our hometown this week to see family and while here...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-09-2012, 07:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 918
Posted By meg1230
Re: Wondering what the new year will bring.

I certainly understand and remember well what it is you are all talking about. The day by day by day by day is enough to kill us all. The not knowing. The wondering how much longer...for them and...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-05-2012, 07:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,411
Posted By meg1230
Re: Mom re-broke her other hip and is now on Hospice

When life gets back to normal, you will find it is a new normal. And, yes, it is going to hurt but not the hurt of seeing the suffering she has endured for so long. I hope, like me, you will find a...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-05-2012, 09:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,054
Posted By meg1230
Re: Late December

Martha, I think about you every December. My dad died a week before Christmas many many years ago so I understand. My mom decided to spread the months out for me since she died in July. Now I have...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-04-2012, 04:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,580
Posted By meg1230
Re: My Darling Mother is gone

Hi Chris...I am fine. As fine as one can be, I suppose, 5 months after your mother has died. But I am doing so much better than I expected. I miss her old self but not the horror of the disease.
...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-04-2012, 04:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,078
Posted By meg1230
Re: Happy Holidays

And to you and yours.

Here's to health and happiness, in spite of what is thrown our way!

Grab your joy in 2012 where you can.

Love, Meg
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-04-2012, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,271
Posted By meg1230
Re: Clothes

Well, there's one problem we didn't have to deal with!!

I'm sure others with experience will chime in later...but maybe just making sure the clothes she has on are loose and comfortable. The...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-04-2012, 04:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,580
Posted By meg1230
Re: My Darling Mother is gone

I would like to express my condolences ...I hope you and your family are doing as well as can be under the circumstances.

Tough time of the year...as though any would be easy. 8 /

Love, Meg
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-04-2012, 08:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,411
Posted By meg1230
Re: Mom re-broke her other hip and is now on Hospice

I remember when your mom broke the second hip. My mom broke her hip and my biggest fear was that she would do it again and if so we were prepared to do nothing. Unlike your mom or Deb's, my mom did...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-04-2012, 08:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,436
Posted By meg1230
Re: Progression of Disease

I was always looking for answers as to when....When will this hapen or that. How much longer will this last...how much longer will she have to endure it all ... all we can do is wait it out and...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-04-2012, 07:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,889
Posted By meg1230
Re: He's Gone...

Your words, "I have no regrets" will bring you so much comfort in the days, months, years ahead. I am sorry to hear of his passing but so greatful that it is over for him. It is what tempers my...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-14-2011, 05:31 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,546
Posted By meg1230
Re: I ***HATE*** This Disease!!!

Yes...so good that you had visitors!! Bless them for coming!

I hope your time with your Bio-dad goes well. :D
Relax and enjoy the time.

Love, Meg
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-09-2011, 08:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,747
Posted By meg1230
Re: Wheelchair

Darn, a day late and a dollar short on another million doillar idea....does the chair have balls and bells and whistles too? But of course if it can't be used what's the point. I am with you on the...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-09-2011, 05:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,747
Posted By meg1230
Re: Wheelchair

20 years!! Oh dear. None of us would last that long! We would have to go into a joint residential place...one where we could sit and commiserate with one another and sip our tea. Then be led away to...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-08-2011, 10:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,747
Posted By meg1230
Re: Wheelchair

Yes, along with what the others have said...check on the adjustments first. THen check with PT to see what they think. But he cannot be made to stay in a chair that does not fit him!! My mom had...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-08-2011, 10:09 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,546
Posted By meg1230
Re: I ***HATE*** This Disease!!!

Martha, that is kind of funny now...:D..
but I am sure not when it all happend. :dizzy:

Love, Meg
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-08-2011, 10:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,930
Posted By meg1230
Re: Mom fell and broke her OTHER hip

Oh dear....this is a mess, isn't it?! My mom broke her hip and my nightmare was her breaking the other! Thank heavens it never happened but I was prepared for it if it did happen. After the awfulness...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-06-2011, 06:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,081
Posted By meg1230
Re: The end is coming closer

Nola. Will you be ready? Are we ever? My mom died July 29th...though there was a brief moment when I felt panic as she lay very near death..the panic subsided and what was left was the joy of knowing...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-05-2011, 07:27 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 17,271
Posted By meg1230
Re: Question on Namenda withdrawal...

Hah! Deb's up on her soapbox. :D Let me know when you need me to help you down.

Gogo there are certain things that can drive us nuts...and mostly for me it is doctors. Doctors who are unaware of...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-05-2011, 12:39 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,546
Posted By meg1230
Re: I ***HATE*** This Disease!!!

In my case..my mom kicked me out of the will because since I was the one closest to her, her paranoia became pointed at me. In her right mind she would never do a thing like that but this disease...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-05-2011, 07:49 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,546
Posted By meg1230
Re: I ***HATE*** This Disease!!!

Allright!! That one worked.

Jan, I know at some point you are heading off with your dad and hope it is a trip that will bring you comfort now and later. Smile and enjoy each little tiny moment. ...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-05-2011, 07:39 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,546
Posted By meg1230
Re: I ***HATE*** This Disease!!!

HI All...I am having difficulties with the website..not my computer, for once!!!..so I can't see what the original post was about this time...but I will echo what Deb said and say that you ae doing...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 10-27-2011, 05:26 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,546
Posted By meg1230
Re: I ***HATE*** This Disease!!!

Stunningly beautiful..though I have to say every state I have been in has such beauty...(well, ok, Kansas needs a little help...shhh, don't tell anyone from Kansas I said that).

Good luck...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 10-27-2011, 05:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,478
Posted By meg1230
Re: need advice

Thelma and Louise stories helped to keep me sane too. At least neither are at their worst behavior anymore...and if my mom is.. then it is God's worry, not mine. He is officially on duty now. :D

I...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 10-26-2011, 07:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,478
Posted By meg1230
Re: need advice

Ok..I know none of this is funny..well, except for some of the stories but you two are cracking me up!!

Keep fighting the fight!! You are making it better for all who come after you.

And...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 10-26-2011, 07:14 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,546
Posted By meg1230
Re: I ***HATE*** This Disease!!!

Deb, glad today was a better day today for you...how about your mom? I don't like it when any of you have bad days because I remember them vividly and they are terrible. We need all the strength we...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 10-23-2011, 06:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,478
Posted By meg1230
Re: need advice

Sherry...

my mom too was in depends 24 hours a day and occasionally her room would smell just awful. Here are a few things I did to help. First I bought two identical spreads for her bed...I...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 10-22-2011, 02:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,773
Posted By meg1230
Re: Confused and Sad

Like Deb said...we all have to make the decision for our loved one. Our decision was to let my mom go when necessary. No life saving measures. But we did treat her for simple UTI's. Those made it...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 10-21-2011, 07:29 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 34,203
Posted By meg1230
Re: Help, my Mother is so aggressive

Pat...GO! IT will not be easy..you will be thinking of her but GO!! You need it....you need the time.

She will not know or understand that you are not there. The nurses and staff will take care...
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