I took this picture years ago, just as Mom's sickness started to surface. As the Alzheimer's progressed Mom became uninterested in the dog. Not in a mean way but just seemed to ignore her. Millie adjusted and they just don't pay attention to each other any more. It's like they don't feel secure with each other now. I would guess its been 2 or 3 years since they have acknowledged each other.
But tonight as I was walking mom from the kitchen to the living room she suddenly stopped in front of Millie. Her face lit up and she bent down, smiling, and said "oh hi sweetie" and proceeded to gently pat her foe several minutes. They had a moment. Needless to say, Auntie and I were in tears.
So I guess sometimes, even now, a little bit of Mom peeks out and reminds me that this disease can't steal everything.
A few months ago I discovered a blogger Cindy who is just in the early stages of her journey with a Mom with Alzheimer's. Every Monday she shares her stories and experiences. She is funny, caring and honest. Stop by and visit her and show your support. Caregiving isn't always easy but it's always rewarding.
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