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.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

98 Birthday Wishes

It has been awhile since I've posted. Thank you very much to those of you who reached out to me to check on Muddear. I appreciate your concern and kindness.

There is so much to tell, but I won't spill the beans all in one sitting. First things first...

Muddear celebrated another birthday on October 30, 2009. Believe it or not, she is officially 98 years old! What an amazing life she has lived. As always, we took Muddear out to dinner to celebrate. The only thing she likes better than going out to dinner is shopping, but it was not a shopping kind of day.

Our restaurant of choice was a repeat of last year - TGI Fridays. This year, Muddear ordered the Jack Daniels Ribs and Shrimp meal. I'm sure you are not surprised - Muddear LOVES ribs and we make sure every birthday she gets an order. Anyone who has ordered any of the ribs meals from TGI Friday's knows that the plate is huge and overflowing with food. Muddear almost had an asthma attack when her plate arrived. After calming her down with numerous reassurances that anything left uneaten could be taken home, dinner proceeded without a hitch.

The "cutest" event of the night... When the servers came out singing the Happy Birthday song, poor Muddear didn't realize they were singing to her! She just kept looking around as though she were thinking... "what are they saying? And why are they standing there?" At then end of the song, Muddear accepted her dessert and asked, "Is this for me?"

Overall, we had a great evening out. I have noticed recently, that Muddear prefers shorter outings and dinner was the perfect duration. Dinner, dessert, presents and then we were out the door.

Happy Birthday Muddear!


Janice and Jessica said...

I check your site just about every other day wondering how Muddear is doing. Glad to see a post. Happy Birthday to Muddear!!!

njm said...

Janice and Jessica,

Thanks so much! These last few months have been very difficult for me. I am simply tired - between work, school, family, caregiving... I won't complain. I have simply been tired. I am trying to get back in the swing of things and write more to relax my mind and share my experiences.

How have things been with you?

Janice and Jessica said...

Things have been up and down as the norm. I too am in school full time so I know exactly what you mean. I try to keep my mind in a good place, but it is hard. I am always here if you would like an ear. Please don't hesitate.