WITH THE NEW DAY, COMES NEW STRENGTH AND NEW THOUGHTS.
Several posts ago, I teased about daughter Jenna taking over the part of being the parent and carrying a huge part of my load for me. Unfortunately this may become more and more common as I age. Sorry.
I only bring this fact up because of the situation my siblings and I are going through with our dad. So many families our there are dealing with parents entering dementia and Alzheimer's, and I guess my family is joining the "club".
It is extremely sad to see someone who has always taken care of things, become so helpless and start to make poor decisions that are so wrong. Lon experienced this type of behavior with both his grandfathers and his own dad, but luckily for everyone involved, all three handled it with quiet grace. My own mom gently slipped into dementia. She was very quiet and peaceful about it. Mother never wanted to make a fuss about anything, and always tried to keep her dignity about her. That seemed to carry over into her disease.
However, Dad is flaying around, kicking and screaming in rage, totally not understanding what is happening to him. We do realize that this is not his true self, but someone he has turned into, and unfortunately there isn't much anyone can do to change it. Several things have occurred in the last three weeks that have endangered him to the point that it is a super-serious situation.
I know that I have been blessed with good thoughts and prayers from so many people over the last four months, and have seen that the prayers have really worked! Perhaps I can get a little more greedy, and ask for the same for my dad. I know that he will probably never be the same, but I just want him to experience a bit of calm and peace, and not live constantly in panic and fear over the unknown. A tiny prayer here or there asking for him to have a moment of quiet once in a while would be so amazing. Frankly, I think everyone could use a little of that, right?
Let's all pray for an occasional moment of quiet for everybody. Thanks.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL