Tips For Caregiver's

People with Alzheimer's disease frequently become more disoriented after dark or when waking. Leaving a night-light on in the bedroom may be helpful.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Worst Granddaughter of The Year Award

Okay, I must be the worst granddaughter of the year. I decided to bring my laptop into Muddear's room and sit with her for little bit this evening. Kill two birds with one stone right? Spend time with Muddear, but get a little studying done as well.

Muddear and I began talking which was great. Then out of the blue, Muddear started to sing. Muddear loves to sing and I often hear her singing at random times throughout the day or night. One caveat - Muddear cannot sing which really is not the worst thing in the world as long as I do not have to remain in close proximity. But tonight, as I said previously, Muddear and I were talking. Our conversation lasted no more than 20 minutes. The singing, however, has been going nonstop for the past 30 minutes. Truly, I am ashamed to admit that it is driving me NUTZ! 

A quick outline of why I'm teetering on the edge of sanity. Problem number one - Muddear cannot sing. Problem number two - Muddear has been singing the same song for 35 minutes. Problem number three - Muddear is making up the words to the song. She will sing about 10 words then randomly talk about 15 words then repeat the sequence all over again. Finally, problem number four - Muddear sounds like she is singing an old negro spiritual.

WOW! I am the worst granddaughter in the world!


Dementia's Daughter said...

You are by far NOT the worse granddaughter. I think I can give you a run as the worse daughter:-)
Your story was so funny yet so sad. I can relate totally. Hang in there! She's blessed to have you.

I will definitely continue to check out your experience thru this as I am going thru the same ( A community is definitey what we need.

Glorious Hats said...

Hi N, oh dear, expect it is the stress level and being tired, multi-tasking. You are so sweet to have tried. And gosh a good 20 minutes is a GOOD thing. So look at the successful part. Hugs, Jane

njm said...

Thanks Dementia's Daughter!

I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment. I will visit your blog as well. Writing is liberating - keep your head up - you are not the worse daughter in the world.

njm said...

Hey Jane,

I've missed you. Hope all is well with you.

You are right, my days are often long and there are certain things push me over the edge. I never thought singing would do it, but I guess you never know.

I cannot wait to see what is new in your shop. You are so creative. Talk to you soon.

Alzheimer's Team said...

My dad has Alzheimer's and such a great life he lived before he forgot all about it. Now he just repeats the same stories over and over. It gets old and tiring but yet sad at the same time. Your not alone.

njm said...

Alzheimer's Team,

Thanks for visiting and commenting. I appreciate your support. It is always needed.