My grandparents have always played a valuable part of my life. During my early childhood, my pap and I would always build or work on things in his workshop. There wasn't anything he couldn't do! He taught me how to paint, roller skate and speak French. He also taught me how to drive. We both shared a love of music. We always listened to music no matter what we were doing. He was knowledgeable, full of life and was the most caring person you would ever meet.
When my pap started to slow down and become forgetful, I thought age was to blame. I thought nothing of it. After a few visits with his PCP, he was later diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. I am here today representing my late grandfather, Cletus.
His deteriorating condition lead to 24/7 care by his immediate family and in-home care providers. It really took an emotional toll on my grandmother - who together shared 59 and a half years of marriage. It was extremely difficult to see him decline so rapidly over a 2 year period. He seldom forgot what he ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. His communication was somewhat limited. When you asked him a question, he looked at you, nodded his head or wasn't sure how to respond. He seemed confused at times, yet alert and somewhat oriented to place at other times.Throughout his decline he always remembered his family as we supported him through this difficult time.
I gained an amazing guardian angel on April 30, 2016. I'll never forget that day. Although physically he is no longer here, his soul and memories will live on with us forever!
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