It was a good week overall as papa and I got back on our feet. I attended a class the other day regarding Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care. It was run by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practioners. I was the only person in attendance that was not a health care professional in some capacity. I think I surprised them all - although it was held at a facility where I applied for a job a while back as a home companion. The people recognized me and I think were surprised. One person asked me if I was going to work for a company now that I can get certified. I said I have not thought about it much. I believe it's hard for some people to understand that someone like me attends classes to learn and network. I don't necessarily have to work in the field to have an interest in studying. I am looking into receiving certification, but again, not sure what I want to do with it. I truly wanted to learn what they are teaching caregivers about a disease that impacts my family. Part of me is mulling over how to use my coaching skills along with caregiving - I have some ideas, but need to mull some more.
Papa received some good reports this week. He's still tired and not popping back as quickly as he did before, but keeps going. I have him putting his coats, jackets and medications away this morning to make room for a nice Easter Dinner. He will help cook dinner (I have it all prepped) as I will be visiting with mema for a while this morning. I am sad in some ways as this is the first time since mema went into the nursing home that we are not bringing her dinner on a holiday. Her diet has changed, she is resting more and she is a little overwhelmed when there is too much activity. With this in mind, my sister and family will bring dessert to her this afternoon and spend some quiet time.
It was a sad week as the nursing home lost one of the younger residents to Alzheimers and other health issues. It seems the younger someone is when diagnosed the faster they go. As I have said before, I do believe that at some point in the back of the mind, the person decides I am done and they stop eating and wanting to live. Hospice care is a wonderful part of the process and I have blessed to know several hospice care workers.
I'm just curious this morning. Do you ever go back and read something you've written and realize that you missed a word here or there or there were typos? I am one of those people that types quickly and don't always edit well before publishing. I find this especially true when I use my phone for FB vice the computer. Thank goodness there is an edit button (when I get back to the laptop) so when I read it again I can correct it...LOL! Do you ever do this as well?
I am going to leave it here for today. I don't know where the time goes as I sit here putting this together, but suddenly I have to get moving. I hope you have a good week. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
"The world is waking up after a long winter. Easter is a time to celebrate life!" - Trudi Strain Trueit
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