Living with Alzheimer’s 21 (a series)

WHERE ARE WE GOING? That is the question. Of the day. At the start of the conversation. Right after I give an answer. The same question. Over and over and over again. No matter what answer I give. It is the wrong answer. All those who pass by the house are not spared. She asksContinue reading “Living with Alzheimer’s 21 (a series)”

Living with Alzheimer’s 20 (a series)

Mama on Travelling Mama was the ultimate homebody and the perfect hostess. She could juggle cooking, baking, making ice cream, gardening, sewing, making quilts, crocheting, taking a nap and getting ready for an evening of hosting a party for my dad’s bosses.. with ease. Then on weekends, she was always ready with a picnic basketContinue reading “Living with Alzheimer’s 20 (a series)”

Living with Alzheimer’s 19 (a series)

50 First Questions If the 50 First Dates was about a woman who forgot everything at the stroke of midnight, this post is all about my mom’s 50 most-asked questions every 2 to 5 minutes of every waking moment of the day. Sinong hindi maloloka niyan? Are we going somewhere? Are you going somewhere? Are we justContinue reading “Living with Alzheimer’s 19 (a series)”

Living with Alzheimer’s 18 (a series)

Milestone! It has been portrayed several times in movies that patients suffering from dementia tend to have “episodes” of consciousness or lucidity and give us signs of hope that maybe their memories may still return. Like in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when Steve is talking to Peggy and then she suddenly has a boutContinue reading “Living with Alzheimer’s 18 (a series)”

Living with Alzheimer’s 17 (a series)

REPETITION If it were just preparing her food (osterizing her rice because she can’t chew anymore), bathing her, keeping her company while she slept, changing her clothes, assisting her to go to the bathroom or up and down the stairs, or even jogging her memory, I have no qualms about being her caregiver. It’s theContinue reading “Living with Alzheimer’s 17 (a series)”

Living with Alzheimer’s 16 (a series)

The Past is the Present of the Future.. so don’t fight it! For as long as I could remember, there were several occupations I DID NOT WANT to end up doing, and they were: TEACHER, NURSE, and ARTIST. Ironically, I have worked as a TOUR GUIDE, which is actually “teaching”, in a way, because theContinue reading “Living with Alzheimer’s 16 (a series)”

Living with Alzheimer’s 15 (a series)

Mental Health When the Philippines was hit by Covid-19 and our president declared the National Capital Region to go on Community Quarantine, I was not worried. I knew that it would only be temporary and that the quarantine would be lifted as soon as it was deemed safe. I actually thought I could use theContinue reading “Living with Alzheimer’s 15 (a series)”

Living with Alzheimer’s 14 (a series)

Mama is not so well. She is hard of hearing, and that when she hears a familiar word (or sounds like), she will ask about it after a few minutes pa, so by that time, I will have no idea what she’s referring to. Her most familiar word is “airport”. So whenever the speakers onContinue reading “Living with Alzheimer’s 14 (a series)”

Living with Alzheimer’s 13 (a series)

Happy Easter, Mama Diaries Fans! Mama’s Daily Schedule: 5:00am – Mama starts waking up G and E, demanding breakfast 6:00am – E gets up and prepares Mama’s breakfast (lugaw) 7:00am – Mama is still eating breakfast reluctantly and lamenting that she wants to sleep. G administers her meds. after, Mama sleeps for about 10 minutesContinue reading “Living with Alzheimer’s 13 (a series)”

Living with Alzheimer’s 12 (a series)

Mama Diaries in the Time of Covid-19 Because of Mama’s illness, she has mistaken me for Nen, and is constantly looking for Gina. When I point out that I am, in fact, Gina, she asks, “Where is Nene?” Because of Mama’s illness, she is constantly looking for food — food to eat now, food toContinue reading “Living with Alzheimer’s 12 (a series)”