Samra Jones-Bufkins In my blog post of April 26, I alluded to some severe agitation issues we're dealing with. It hasn't gotten any better, in fact, it's gotten worse. Much worse. But first I need to back up to provide background. Last fall, when we saw his neurologist, I had a list of behaviors that … Continue reading Caregiver’s Log, Tuesday May 8, 2018 : When Alzheimer’s gets angry.
By Samra Jones Bufkins He's been up since 2am and he's batshit crazy. Actually, he has been for the last several days. Yesterday he attacked the light fixture over the kitchen table. He angrily pointed at it and said "YOU HAVE TO GET THAT OUT OF HERE!" Later he did the same thing to the … Continue reading Caregiver’s Log, Thursday, April 26, 2018
By Samra Jones Bufkins Saturday Lunch in Alzheimer's Land We decided to eat lunch in front of the TV today, watching the March for Our Lives and planning to watch March Madness later. I made chicken salad from scratch, and used sourdough bread to make big, thick sandwiches, which were served with apple slices and … Continue reading Caregiver’s Log, Saturday March 24, 2018
By Samra Jones Bufkins Not long ago I wrote a post about "getting real." Since then it's gotten better, but not much. The other morning, right before his physical therapist arrived, he came out of the guest bathroom. I didn't see him leave, but he circled through my office and the kitchen, and when I saw … Continue reading More about getting real
By Samra Jones Bufkins Things have calmed down in the past few days, but at 6:15 this morning, sound asleep, I felt a presence looking down on me. Bill was standing next to the bed with a scowl on his face. Pointing his finger he demanded "What are you doing?" Softly, I said "Sleeping. It's … Continue reading Caregiver’s Log, February 3, 2018, 6:15 am
January 30, 2018 TMI Alert: This one doesn't sugarcoat anything. For the third January in a row, we've been to the ER. This time, hubby was admitted for pneumonia on January 2. Ten days later he was moved to a skilled nursing rehab facility to work on regaining strength and balance. That was 2 weeks … Continue reading Time to get real about this
by Samra Jones Bufkins We’ve all seen the ad. Grandpa can't remember his granddaughter's name. Grandma decides it's time for him to take ______ drug. While I’m tempted to turn this into a rant about both the pharmaceutical industry and the Alzheimer’s Association over-simplifying dementia by implying it’s only about memory loss, I’d rather relate … Continue reading A Tale of Two Kettles