On Monday, July 9th 2018 - I had to help mom take my friend to his new home... Dad is now a resident at The Ambrosio Guillen Texas State Veterans Home - Mom started looking into preparations for his move back in March although I don't think that any of us believed that it was actually going to happen
In case I forget... Remind me who you are. You, and your love for me make me everything that I am.
I'm scared... I don't want to forget. I don't want to be confused. I don't want to scare you, or make you cry. I don't mean to hurt you, or make you mad. Please be patient with me. It's me... I'm your dad. I'm your husband... I gave you my all. I don't mean to forget you. Even if I don't know your name, or your face... My heart will always remember.
Dad asked: Is that guy coming over again today?
mom replied: What guy? Your buddy "Melvin"?
dad: No, no, no, not that... That guy! The other guy, you know the guy! He lives around here...
I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Our usual phone conversation this past Sunday brought all of my emotions back up to the surface. "I try to keep a positive attitude." he says. "There's no point in feeling sorry for yourself, just trying to keep my mind active... I've been working on getting back into writing." This makes my eyes swell, and a painful knot begins to grow in the back of my throat, just like when I was a kid, and he had just caught me doing something that I wasn't supposed to...