Part Two of guest contributor BJ Gallagher’s reflections on the Gifts and Blessings of Alzheimer’s as learned while caring for her mother.
I believe that there is power in the spoken word. In my daily self-pep-talks I repeat: I am strong. I can do this. I made it through today, I can make it through tomorrow. This too shall pass. My God is bigger than this problem!
After you get over the shock of a devastating diagnosis of Alzheimers, all sorts of questions start popping into your head. Among the most common are: What should I do first? and How long do we have? You may or may not have a long time to think about the former, so let’s get right to that answer.
Dr. Tam Cummings explains what Compassion Fatigue is and offers a simple test where caregivers can see if they might be showing signs of this common but rarely spoken about medical condition.