Rita's Walk Donation Page
Meet Carrie, otherwise known as my mom, or Nonnie to my kids. My mom was always a vital energetic person who was tough as nails and smart as a whip. One day, she started to slow down, I noticed it over the years moving forward and it was hard to see her struggle with daily functions that we all take for granted! In 2008, I picked her up from her home In Niagara Falls to come to a birthday party for my 1 year old. She never went back. I basically kept her here as she didn't know the difference. Eventually she became agitated, wouldn't eat, wouldn't drink, and would nap all day and be awake all night. I had a baby and a toddler at the time, as well as running a business and yet I had to also be a caregiver to an adult. She lived with us for 9 months and one day she seized up physically. She looked like something out of a horror movie, sad to say. My mother was dying in front of my eyes. From then on, she became a resident of a nursing home and for a few years she was able too still walk and talk, to the point the one would never know she had anything wrong with her. That is, until she would suddenly start babbling strange things or lash out for no reason. Scary and sad to say the least. This is not my first time experiencing this as my grandmother also developed Alzheimers in the early 90's. Now my mom is bed ridden, hard to understand and thank God in decent care. NO ONE will ever take care of your loved one like you would, Imagine how the families feel knowing they have a loved one who once took care of them...now tucked away somewhere, while the rest of us are celebrating the regularities of life. It sure does kill the mood. I wish she could still be "her" so she could see her grandchildren once without confusion, and give me a proper goodby.
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