My mom was diagnosed in 2014 with Alzheimer’s, we had to move her into a complex care home. Ironically she was a nurse for 15 years in a memory care ward.
My dad passed away in 2008 from non hodgeskins malt lymphoma. He died at home in my moms arms. Married 38 years. I think losing my dad could be part of what triggered the dementia.
In 2015 my brother was having a really hard time in life but also dealing with what was happening to our mom.
That summer my brother committed suicide.
Fast forward two years and my mom is in a complex care home in the same city as me. She has a hard time walking now so she has to use a wheel chair, she isn’t able to use a walker.
So it’s just me and my mom. I do have family and friends but I know I keep everyone at arms length.
I wanted to reach out and talk to other people who understand. I am the only person that visits her so I hired a companion a couple times a week.
It’s so heart breaking looking in my moms eyes and I can tell as her tears well up that she realizes where she is.