OUR UNPLANNED JOURNEY (continued 6)
Support and help for the patient, as well as for the caretaker, are crucial when living with the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. It would be overwhelming to walk this journey alone.
Knowing that God is with us to give us the strength and power to walk this walk is the most important support and help that we need. We know He will never leave us or forsake us.
Knowing that our family members love and care for us, are praying for us and are ready to help in any way they can, gives us immense comfort.
Knowing that our friends and church family still consider us a part of their lives and include us in their activities and get-to-gethers provides fellowship and joy to our lives. We are not forgotten.
Knowing that our family, friends and neighbors are there for us if we need help prevents a sense of helplessness as it becomes more and more difficult to keep up with the responsibilities of maintaining a home. The young, teenage boy who lives across the street is now mowing our lawn for us. Another friend and his wife trimmed several trees for us and hauled away the brush.
Knowing that we can still volunteer at the food pantry each week (even though we can’t do as much as before), helps take the focus off of ourselves by giving us the opportunity to contribute to the welfare of others.
Knowing that physicians and nurses are there for us to help us navigate the medical issues associated with this disease helps give us understanding about what is happening and give us guidance.
Knowing that there are reputable websites out there such as the Alzheimer’s Foundation (www.alzfdn.org) gives us other sources and confidence that we can find the answers to the many questions that arise with this diagnosis.
Knowing that we have good long-term care insurance policies gives us peace of mind about future care needs.
Knowing that all of this support is there for us gives us what we need to enjoy life a day at a time.