Jan. 3rd, 2012

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If you recall from LAST YEAR'S POST.... boy that seems weird to say.... anyway... if you recall from my end of the month post, I mentioned that my mother had finally been officially diagnosed with Alzheimers. One of the things that happens after that is that the specialist puts in a referral to the above mentioned Society and then they contact you at some point.

Fine. I'll save the rant about how STUPID it is to wait until you're in the throes of a problem to give someone help for another day.

Finally, I got a call from them and the lady is all blah blah blah your mom needs to come in to be assessed to see if she's a candidate for our courses about how to deal with Alzheimers. And I'm all... my mother can't hold two thoughts in her head. Is it okay if I just come to the course myself?

OH MY GOODNESS NO! HORRORS! This is a course for people going through Alzheimers! WELL LADY, I'M GOING THROUGH ALZHEIMERS ALONG WITH MY MOTHER! SOME INFORMATION WOULD BE NICE! So I had to agree to bring my mother in.

So today we went to see the lady at the Society. OMG WHAT A FREAKING WASTE OF TIME.

She's asking my mother stuff like... and how do you feel about your diagnosis? Do you notice anything wrong? How are you coping?

And my mother sits there and says... Oh I'm fine. There's nothing wrong with me at all. Sure, I forget things sometimes but I don't worry about it.

And I'm sitting their grinding my teeth thinking OF COURSE YOU THINK EVERYTHING IS FINE. I'M THE ONE THAT HAS TO DEAL WITH ALL YOUR PROBLEMS!

So the result of that meeting is that mother isn't READY for the course... WELL DUH! I mean I realize that everyone is horribly concerned about making sure seniors don't get taken advantage of but LET'S BE REALISTIC. My mother is loony. She can't decide for herself. Should I sit around and let her do stuff that is detrimental to her because IT'S HER RIGHT TO CHOOSE? If I went with that my mother would never get dressed, never get off the couch, never take her pills, never eat, never do lots of things.

I was so pissed off. Fortunately, they do offer a FEW things for the caregivers. I'm hoping that the courses they offer include the stuff in the one my mother was offered since it talks about how Alzheimers affects the brain and how to arrange things to that you are better able to cope which is the kind of information I think my questions are about. I guess we'll have to see. I plan to make a list of all the questions I have and ask them in the class even if its not material that is covered.

This process is ridiculous from beginning to end.

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