Sunday, July 11, 2010

Roller Coaster Ride

Daughter Shirley visited Elbert Friday and came home telling me that he was not verbalizing much, kept his head down.... so different than what Marie and I had witnessed on Thursday. I was upset. Suppose that medicine (the Ritalin) was not working. 

But, today Elbert was talkative and alert. He even mentioned his cousins that we used to live by. It was just the sir name that he recalled but he had not even thought about them for a very long time. So, I'm thrilled again.

Boy, this Alzheimers mess is a roller coaster ride. You go up, up, up climbing to the top and then there's a sudden crash to the bottom only to climb up again. Full of surprises, good and bad. 

 Oh, I wanted to mention that Elbert's sister has Alzheimers. She has recently been placed in a home after a long and very trying time for the family. I ask you remember them in your prayers, please.


5 comments:

Dolores said...

Oh yes Latane...... the roller coaster ride/Alzheimer's. Minute by minute there can be changes. David seems to be more confused than usual, .....it's so hard to watch and so heartbreaking.

I'm sorry to hear that Elbert wasn't doing well on Friday, but glad he was doing good today......We never know what to expect....do we....., but we learn to appreciate and grab the moments.
Blessings to you,

judi said...

you and yours; always in my Prayers.

Peggy said...

Hi Latane,I hope it was just a minor set back for Elbert and you are right it must be such a roller coaster ride for you not knowing what to expect from day to day.Stay strong!

Linda J. said...

You've got that right! AD is definitely a roller coaser ride. I'm sorry to hear about Elbert's sister. I know a brother and sister recently diagnosed. Both their parents had it too.

Scares the bejeebers out of me!!

Susannah said...

Hello Latane...I'm praying that the medicine helps Elbert. You must be so happy to sit and talk with Elbert. I am sorry about his sister....so sorry.