Unless you've lived it, you'll never truly understand how hard Alzheimer's is...
September 2, 2016:
Just one of the many struggles we deal with when living with Alzheimer's...I use to post these, what I thought were shocking feelings, much more frequently then I do now. It's not because they have lessened...
but because I've learned there is nothing I can do to change them. It's very hard knowing that the person who needs me more then anyone else in this world - no longer remembers who I am. It's extremely hard to sit across from him and have him ask me things like "so where did you grow up", " how many brothers and sisters do you have", "did we work together", or "how do we know each other"... I struggled every day with that pain.....
and quite honestly emotionally I'm still struggling.
We need a CURE!
My Dad - My Hero is why this cause is so important to me...please dig deep in your pockets to help support this great cause and maybe someday they will find a cure so others won't have to go through the pain of this disease!!
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 14 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
The end of Alzheimer's disease starts with YOU! Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.
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Here's my story, spoken from the heart:
My Dad - My Hero!
February 20, 2013: Taking Dad to Aspirus Memory Clinic for testing this morning...feeling a bit sad about it.
February 21, 2013: They diagnosed Dad with Alzheimer's yesterday. Dr said that after reviewing tests he would say Dads probably had it for about 5-6 years already. Thanks to my sister Rhonda for being there with us yesterday, it meant a lot not going through this alone with Dad. Now we will start working on his treatment plan so he can maintain his independence as long as possible. I love my dad...he is the best there is! Thank you everyone for the well wishes!
September 25, 2013: We took Dad for his Dr appointment today and the Dr suggested Dad give adult day center a try 1-2 times a week. Dr suggested this might give him an opportunity to socialize with with people his age. Dads response "I'm not social!" On the way out of the Dr's office he stopped to talk to 3 strangers! Anyone who knows my dad knows he can't walk five feet without stopping to talk to EVERYONE he passes. But we got his point...
October 6, 2013: Disagreeing with someone who has Alzheimer's gets you no where and in the end both sides feel like they've lost. It's a frustrating disease...painful to all those involved.
December 27, 2013: I always knew the hardest job I'd ever have was to be a parent. What I didn't realize was how much harder it is when you become the parent for your parent. The decisions, the guilt, the daily struggles you go through when they can no longer make the decisions for themselves. Some days really tear at the heartstrings...
August 26, 2016: My niece Ashley set up our team - "Team Grampa" ...
Hello everyone! We are planning to walk for alheimers in honor of Derold Rothmeyer, the date is Saturday September 17 2016. If you would like to walk on our team or donate to our team please let Monica Krautkramer, Jessica Krautkramer or Ashley Krautkramer know! The walk is at oak island and is either a one mile or 3 mile walk, your choice.
September 8, 2016: Go Team Grampa! We are down to just a little over a week left. We are still in the top 10 for the Wausau Walk. Let's keep posting on FB and Twitter! We need to keep this cause top of mind! We are here fighting for a cure so that our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews won't have to worry about losing their memory to Alzheimer's! We are the voice of our friends and family currently fighting this disease! We are the voice of the future! Go Team Grampa!!
Thank You all for helping to support this team!
September 16, 2016:
Team update from Ashley (team captain):
I ordered more than 40 shirts! Way to go Team Grampa! I also have team necklaces that say "I walk for" and you will write dad, grandpa brother or his name etc. Team picture will be at 9:15 am on saturday. Please be there on time so we can do this picture with our entire team! If you have any other questions, please tag me! Thank you everyone who has supported team Grampa! #teamgrampa
September 17, 2016: Team Grampa! Thank You to all who helped support a great cause today in the Walk to End Alzheimer's! Grandpa was overwhelmed with the amount of support Team Grampa had today! To all that helped support this team in-person, spiritually, or with donations - we'd like to say Thank You from the bottom of our hearts! Dad said when I took him home "today was a great day!" I'm humbled by the love that was shown today! My Dad - My Hero! #walk2endalz
June 23, 2017: I am still the primary caregiver for my Dad, but I couldn't do it without the help of my daughter Trista, son Aaron, Christina and grandkids Elyssa, Eithan, and Noah. Most days he doesn't even know who we are...but he knows we are the people who are always there for him. He doesn't recognize his home as anything more then the place he lives, where we come to help take care of him. It's hard to see him struggle with things we take for granted; getting dressed, eating, walking, keeping himself clean. My Dad has always been there for anyone who needed help...and he can count on us to always be there for him! Even in the stages he is with this disease he still tells us what a great life he's had and how much he appreciates everything we do for him.
July 11, 2017: today I was informed my job of 21 years was being eliminated. I was lost and heartbroken. I didn't know what I was going to do now. A good friend told me "everything happens for a reason and maybe this happened so you could spend more time with your dad". After I thought about it I realized that life is short and she was right, I now was able to spend more time with my dad. And I did just that every chance I could.
August 13, 2017: just got back from a 2 day trip with the kids and grands. Went to spend time with Dad. Kids all went to a cousins birthday party so it was just Dad and I. He was looking good and he said he felt good. He needed to be cleaned up so I did that. I washed him with great care. I got him dressed in clean clothes and then got him in his chair and heated up his lunch. While he was eating I changed his bedding. He asked me if I had a good day. I assured him I did. He asked if I came from Wausau and I said no, Weston. He said the others must be busy, I said they had a party to go to. He ate so well, something I hadn't seen him do in a while. I vacumed, swept and then mopped the floor. He said he was cold so I helped get him in bed. I finished up my cleaning while we chatted. He thanked me just as he always did for taking such good care of him. When it was time to leave, I told him I loved him and said id see him tomorrow despite the fact I knew our plans were to leave for our trip in the morning. But I knew Trista and the kids would be there in the morning. I sat in my car for a bit before driving off sending thank you notes to my sister, nieces, and nephew for taking care of him while we were gone on the weekend.
August 14th, 2017: husband and I were debating about our trip so we were still home at lunch time. 12:33pm, phone call from Trista crying telling me I needed to come to dads right away. Couple minutes later she called and told me to call 911 dad wasn't breathing. I did just that as I drove to dads. 1:14pm I reach kids again ask how dad was and Trista tells me he was gone. His fight with Alzheimer's had come to an end! My Dad - My Hero passed away in his sleep, sometime between the time I left him Sunday night and the kids arriving Monday.
August 15, 2017: I am so thankful I had that last evening with him, but I wasn't ready to say goodbye yet. Even though he was 90, I am still in shock he is gone. My heart is broken!
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