There Was A Stranger In The House Last Night
The night went as usual, dinner, TV and then after checking that the doors were locked and the blinds closed, off to bed.
It was a fairly uneventful night; a few dreams as usual; no strange noises. All in all, a peaceful night.
When morning came, I got up as usual, morning routine and headed to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee.
Upon coming out of the bedroom, there obviously had been quite a lot of action going on throughout the night, as the kitchen counter was full of items from the main bedroom. The living room coffee table was cluttered with stuff and pictures from the wall were setting up against the table.
I continued on to the kitchen not knowing quite what to think and I was confronted with her asking the question to me, “Who did all of this?”
Still stunned, I shook my head and I said I had no idea. I went to the refrigerator and it was almost empty. The contents of the refrigerator were packed in plastic bags sitting on the small table in the kitchen.
Again, I was confronted with the question of “Who do you think did all of this?”
I am looking after the sweetest woman in the world, a 2nd mom to me after my mom passed away and slowly I am watching her slip completely away from us.
She had been up for what looked like most of the night packing her belongings to leave and go home to some unknown other house that she will freely admit that she has no idea of where it is.
She has absolutely no recall of ever packing any of these items to go anywhere and still believes that I or someone else has come into the house and started packing.
It is true, there was a stranger in the house last night and its name is Alzheimer’s dementia.
This stranger, who comes to visit, once he/she has made their appearance, never leaves. It continues to stay longer and longer each day and makes his/her presence known more and more each time.
Despite medications that can sometimes keep it at bay for a while, it gets stronger and stronger and ruins more and more of the quality of life this person so richly deserves in her golden years.
Sadly, we know the stranger will be back but we do not know for sure when, how long or how many times.
If you will be or are already caring for and dealing with a loved one with some form of Alzheimer’s disease, I strongly recommend that you learn all that you can about this cruel and devastating disease.
The caregiver needs as much understanding and time off as they can get for their own well-being.
The Best Selling book on Amazon about Alzheimer’s Disease is: The Brain Warrior’s Way: Ignite Your Energy and Focus, Attack Illness and Aging, Transform Pain into Purpose
Originally Published on Bubblews on 5/14/2013 (c) Monna Ellithorpe