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Joanne has published more than 2,500 articles and was award recipient of the 1990 Woman of the Year for Beaver County, Pennsylvania, for her accomplishments and excellence in journalism and to the community. Her co-authored book, “Unforgettable Journey,” won fifth place in the Grand Beginnings romance contest. An excerpt from her WIP, “Unearthed,” placed her fifth in the Absolute Write Idol contest. Most recently, her essay, “Perseverance,” is published in the Stories of Strength anthology in which 100% of the profits are donated to disaster relief charities. Her most recent articles were published in ByLine Magazine, Writer's Digest, AbsoluteWrite.com, and Moondance.org. She has a monthly freelance writing column at Absolutewrite.com. Currently, she is the sole caregiver for her 85-year-old mother.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Alzheimer's--Bad Days, Bad Nights, Humor

Thursday, August 30, 2007

I finally talked to the Chief after another call to the station. I explained the situation about the street sweeper and me stopping to drop off my mom at the Day Care. He said he would check into it and call me back.

Mom had a restless day at the Day Care. The nurses told me she was nervous all day and had a few accidents. That pretty much tells me I’ll have my work cut out for me during the wee hours of the morning. When she has a bad day at Day Care, I can normally count on not getting any sleep for the night.

Tonight I didn’t get the chance to lay down and wonder how long it would be before the first shout of “Joannnnnne” would come. It came 15 minutes after she was in bed. “Joanne, I need a drink.” Thirty minutes later “Joanne, I have to go to the bathroom.” Twenty minutes later “Joanne, Did you lock the door, I don’t want anyone getting in.” Fifteen minutes later “Joanne, I can’t sleep, I’m scared.”

“I can’t sleep either, Mom, cause I’m not in bed.” I said laughing.

She got the biggest kick out of that. Alzheimer’s Disease is a horrible, horrible disease. There is nothing funny about it, but it is funny how some of us can find humor in just about anything. It’s the humor that gets us through each day.

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