This is dementia. It's not just a memory problem.
What you read in this blog is purely my own personal experience in dealing with Lewy Body Dementia every day.

This is not meant to offer any medical or legal advise.
I have no professional training in care giving or experiences in formal writing.
I'm just a woman that loves her husband deeply and wants to provide him with the best quality of life he can and chooses to have.
My prayer though this is "Lord, What am I learning from this; how can I use it help someone else and to glorify You?"
If just one person finds comfort in this public blog. I will feel like it was a success.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Welcome Home Hubby

"Actually, he's been quite pleasant." That was the last report on Hubby before I picked him up from Respite.

My last day was a lazy day intermittently speckled with moments of preparing our home for Hubby's return.
BIL and I made the run to the grocery store and got ourselves some supper.
I turned in fairly early.
All in all it was a nice quiet day.

I'm so happy I surrendered my fears of Hubby's care and took advantage of the respite.
The time away had refreshed me and I was able to put that calm to work right away.

As soon as I arrived to get Hubby he was seated in the day room. I entered and was greeted by looks and smiles and even told by one of the residence to "Come on in!"
Hubby was sitting at a table with his back to me and I walked up beside him. He turned to look at me and I smiled and said hello.
He scowled at me.
I spoke again and continued talking about being ready to go home and gathering his belongings.
He eased up on the grumpy face.

Our ride home was silent until he suggested we get lunch. We did.

We made it home and he is now settled in his own bed.
The evening has been mild, the word exchanges have been few but gentle.
It's good to have him back home.

I was greeted by an unwelcomed phone message when I returned though.
Apparently Hubby's Care Plan with the Home health Agency has expired and the V.A. never renewed.

In best Pooh voice...Oh Bother

I've played this song and dance with the V.A. before.
I actually thought I had one more week before expiration, or at least MY calendar said I did so I just have to jump through the hoops to get it reinstated. Let us all collectively pray that it wont be weeks again before they do it.  

Not to end on a sour note, I am ever grateful to have the service we do receive.
Especially the respite :)

1 comment:

  1. There's such peace in this post, Kathy. I'm so happy the respite refreshed you and your fears about Hubby's reaction didn't materialize. He came home with you, he had lunch with you, he's home! Good luck with this next challenge. I'm sure you'll get that squared away in no time!

    caregiving. family. advocacy.


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