...but this Blogathon contest I entered made me post more than once a year, and that's huge. And I've heard from colleagues, as well as folks I don't know who have read the blog.
This past weekend, my husband and I watched The Iron Lady, the movie about Margaret Thatcher. I expected the movie to be chronological -- going through her career first, then getting into her battle with Alzheimer's.
Wrong! It started with Alzheimer's and flashed back on her life. It also dealt with hallucinations she had -- such as her husband still being alive, or she believed she was still prime minister.
It reminded me of times with my mom -- she would hallucinate that she was a little girl and would get up in the middle of the night and ask where her mom was. Thank God I was alerted to this by my sister and was able to figure out something that calmed her down.
My grandmother was a registered nurse and worked in the emergency room -- probably some nights. So I would tell Mom (pretending to be her sister) that her mom was working the night shift in the ER. Amazingly, that worked and she went back to bed.
I wish things were that easy with caregiving, or everyone dealing with a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's. Unfortunately, as we all well know, it's never easy.