The boys and I traveled to Temple last Saturday to spend some time with my parents. I had hoped for more than a day together but weather conditions dictated otherwise making us move the cookout to Sunday which cut short my visit.
My Mom has Alzheimer's so it was especially tough for me. She doesn't understand what I'm doing or why and I'm worried that her condition will worsen while we're on the road. The Aricept seems to have slowed the progression though there isn't really a diagnostic test to confirm that.
What makes it particularly hard is that she's always been such a proud and independent woman. She raised four sons while running her own business and, ironically, once received a 'Man of the Year' Award for her civic activities and work in the community. In a town run by good ole boys, that was quite an accompishment. We couldn't have asked for more in a mother.
That she still retains the sweetness and generosity she's always been most known for is a blessing. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.