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Archive for September 20th, 2008

  I know this personally.  This awful disease stole a man I loved!  It left an empty stare, unknowing eyes,  a loving man that no longer recognized his wife, but talked incessantly about his beautiful bride!  A man that thought his daughters were his sisters, save one.  Alzheimer’s did not cause his death, but it robbed us all of his last years.  Those years were tough, very tough.  Alzheimer’s took away my dad!

  I, for some unknown reason, was the only daughter he remembered to his last breath….I know, I held him as he passed from this life.  Mike and I returned home from our retirement tour in Germany.  Pensacola was not the retirement spot we had on our agenda, but it would become home.  After a few weeks of staying with my parents and looking for “our” perfect retirement home, Mike asked me if I had taken a good hard look at my parents.  He said “your father is not the same man, your mother looks tired, very very weary”.  I stopped in my tracks, could I have missed such a huge change.  We had come home early to host my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary.  It had been a whirlwind, but now life was back to normal.  No, I had not noticed or had I just not wanted to see what was before my eyes.

That evening the proofs of the 50th wedding anniversary were delivered.  As we looked through them, what had been hidden in real life glared at me.  Dad did not look like Dad!  No, there had to be something else wrong.

The next day I talked to my mom.  She agreed that dad needed a good checkup.  He had not really been his funny self.  So the task began, what was the cause.  I remember one day in a doctor’s office as the doctor asked my dad, what day it was, what time of year, who was the president, that my father looked over at me and said to get him out of there, “This doctor is confused.  He doesn’t know it’s Wednesday or that Bush was just elected president.  I think this Doctor is going crazy!”  Dad was completely lucid.  A lucidity that would come and go.  Dad was eventually diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  An extremely difficult reality set in.  Life had changed and now we must too. 

And so it goes with Alzheimer’s.  We had an Alzheimer’s counselor to my parents home for a family meeting.  The news was grim.  The meeting did not go well.  Some of my siblings would just not accept the diagnose or the changes that it would mean in both my mother and father’s lives.  The next 2 1/2 years were extremely difficult. 

The moments, both good and bad, are now treasured in my heart.  I learned to love on many levels, to help care as I had never cared before.  In many ways I became the parent, a role I was not prepared for or had asked for, but it was starring me in the face.  I could with the grace of God get throrugh these times. 

My dad loved to feed the squirrels.  The moment I saw Whimsical Autumn I knew I would make a card with the squirrel……for my dad.  So dad this one is for you.

Today we, all of Flourishes,  join Carolyn, “Cammie” King at her blog, My Blog, and GinaK Designs in a strong statement of support of the Alzheimer’s Association.  The very moment I saw the announcement I knew I had to contact them and ask if we could join in a unified support of this action.  I also approached the other flourishes, Nancy Kirk and Sharon Doolittle.  They agreed.  My next step was to Julie Koerber , our Design Team  coordinator.  Would she poll the design team and Friends of Flourishes bloggers team.  Yes, they would join us in today’s effort.  You can too.  Join us in the hop between the blogs.  See the great cards made for this day.  If you can, buy this set as Carolyn is donating 100% of her proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of her grandmother, another stolen by Alzheimer’s.  I personally thank GinaK for taking this and so many other charitable activities on and sharing with all of the big hearted stampers.  This great cadre of talented folks know how to circle around, truly coming together for great causes.  I know you will again!

Cammie is giving away a wonderful assortment of blog candy that was all donated by  “sister” organizations”.  Be sure to stop there and get your name in the running.  If this is your first stop on the blog hop – head on over to the Flourishes Newsletter for the official start of the tour.

From the bottom of my heart I especially thank you for taking the time on a Sunday to visit me here in the Atelier.  I hope you will come again.  I also invite you to subscribe and have my ramblings delivered to you via email.

Ciao,

PS: Generally I give a expalnation of how to make the card, but I really want you to blog hop and visit Cammie at My Blog.  So here is the short & sweet of the card:

For the card:

All images from Whimiscal Autumn, GinaK Designs

Card base: Riding Hood Red-card is a trifold

Layers: Twiggy, Memory Box, Certainly celery, white

Colored with Copics, dazzled with Glitter Pen from Flourishes

Apple green ribbon.

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