The Next Leg of our Journey Melodie Blume - Wife, Mother, Grandmother, & Caregiver Colorado, USA
On January 30th, my husband Scott moved into a memory care center. Scott stayed at this center in September, for respite, so the setting was familiar and the staff knew him. Even a couple of the residents recognized him.
He was excited to move, even sometimes thinking he had a new job. He has thanked me a few times for finding him "This great job!”
The decision for placement was made for & by both of us, for our health and safety. Even knowing it was the best and right choice, our decision is surrounded by heartache and adjustments. I mourn what could have been and fear the next stage of this cruel disease that is stealing my husband and best friend.
The other day was a beautiful day of sunshine and warmth. I took Scott for a drive, and a walk in the park. Scott said we made a great choice to do this move. Tears welled in my eyes. He said, "There are people just like me, who know about my work".
I am doing good because Scott is happy... for now. I can breathe again, and I am no longer afraid. That is not to say there hasn’t been a problem here and there, almost every day there is something. And I realize that he may not continue being happy...but we will deal with that when it happens. For now, I will continue to get strong again, to handle whatever this disease decides to throw at us.
I wanted to share this “next leg of our journey” and ask that you continue to keep us and all the others affected by Alzheimer’s/dementia in your prayers.