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Welcome to our all new Guest Posts page! I am currently collaborating with other bloggers, sharing their awesome posts on our Guest Posts page. And our first guest is Katelyn Yarnell of the Polymath Chick. Please welcome Katelyn!
Katelyn is a lifestyle/medical blogger. She lives in south Florida with her boyfriend and family. She aspires to become a nurse. She is beginning her journey into the field of nursing as of January, 2018.
When she is not working on her blog, Katelyn can be found at the gym, the craft store, or snuggled up at home working on a craft or two. She loves to crochet as well as work on home improvement projects around the house. Cooking is also a new-found hobby of hers.
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It’s Me, Your Daughter. Don’t You Remember Me?
Having a parent or even a close family member who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease can be the most heart wrenching experience one may come to face in their lifetime. Thankfully I personally have not had to face this with my own parents yet. I keep every single one of my fingers crossed that one day they won’t forget who their only daughter is.
I may not have first-hand experience with how emotionally wrenching it can be to have your own mother or father not recognize or remember you. But I have witnessed it more times than I would like to count. This is due to the fact that I work in a hospital.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in older people. If you were to simply type the name of the disease into google and search it, one of the first results you will read is “Treatment is known to help, but this disease cannot be cured.” That sentence right there is what would make me as a family member feel very hopeless. I personally have faith in the medical advances that continue to come to fruition. I have faith that one day they may not be able to cure it but at least slow it down significantly.
Until that point in time, we as humans must continue to face the sad truth that is aging. It is important to keep in mind not to take it personally if a close and beloved family member forgets who you are due to Alzheimer’s. It’s not that they didn’t love you enough, or that you didn’t spend enough significant time with them in the past. It’s simply just the fact that biological changes have begun to take place in their mind, and it isn’t what it used to be anymore. Even the most well-oiled machine reaches a point in time where deterioration sets in and the machine has seen better days. Just like machinery, our minds begin to deteriorate after decades of wear and tear.
My great grandmother suffers from dementia. She is well into her 90’s now, so it is safe to say she has lived a long and fulfilling life. She doesn’t remember me at all. Me or her own daughter, my grandmother. She lives at an assisted living facility, so my grandmother and I will go to visit her on occasion. We bring her baby dolls, which makes her incredibly happy. She is still her same old nurturing, caring self, even if she doesn’t remember a lot of things. She will still tell us she loves us before we leave as well. She may not remember our faces, but she can still feel and interpret the love we show her. Just because an elderly member of your family doesn’t remember you, it doesn’t mean they forget what being loved feels like.
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