Most of the time was spent at daughter 2’s place, on the Reservation. They are on the very edge of cell phone coverage (at least my carrier) and their internet will only accept certain computers. and mine was not in the code.
My iPhone would get email and text (slowly) but web searches were tricky.
It was a mixed blessing!
Now we are back home in Idaho, with all systems working fine.
It was a multi purpose trip, as usual. One grandson was graduating from High School and we wanted to be sure to take that in. Daughter 2, who is an RN who works 12 hour night shifts had told me that this year she didn’t think she could have a garden because everyone was so busy.
I offered to make her an easy care small garden. It took me three days to get that 100 square foot garden in place (My work days are not so long any more).
The third reason was to begin the task of getting Miriam into the care system in Washington state. We have known since the beginning that this would happen. Daughter one is a professional caregiver, who has worked with developmentally challenged people (she has a son in that category). Done right she could be a care giver for Miriam and the state would pay her. That project involved a trip to the appropriate office, filling out and submitting a raft of paper work.
We did accomplish all three peojects.
Miriam is not doing so well of late. She still functions pretty good, but definitely less good than before. There is a point where I simply cannot give her proper care, and we are facing that time.
This involves some rather tricky changes. More on that later.
This blog began as a spot to vent about my life with Miriam and her time with Alzheimer's disease.
She was diagnosed in '99 and her decline has been quite slow. In fact some of our best years of our long marriage have been these recent years.
Alzherimer's, at least her version is a disease of waiting. One shoe drops and it can be a very long time before the other one drops.
So life goes on.
At the beginning of this blog I told the story of our courtship and marriage, about out family and our personal journey with this disease. The part that scares the most is the anticipation as the disease slowly progresses.
So, I will touch on that subject from time to time, but the entries will tend toward comments on life. I'll leave politics and religion for others to worry about, not that I don't have strong opinions!
I have my hands full just looking after my wonderful Miriam.
We met when we were 6, began dating at 15 and have been together since. We will have our 56th anniversary this June.
We have four wonderful daughters. Smart, independent, awesome. They have given us 7 grandsons and 4 granddaughters. None of them are little any more. The oldest is 28 and married, the youngest is 14.
Until this last fall we lived in a hosue I designed and built in the '70's and it is pretty weird and wild, but very comfortable. Last summer the girls came to the conclusion that I really did need help dealing with Miriam. Now we live on a couple acres with daughter 1.
Life has been good. There is not much I would do different even if I could. We are rich beyond belief but chronically short of cash!
And, unless stated otherwise all the photographs are mine.