Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Alzheimer's causes weight gain

My amazing Mother age 69
5 children
Real Estate Broker
Founding partner and corporate vice president ConAm,
A fortune 500 real estate holding company (
In the 60’s and 70’s women were struggling for equality and power.
Mom already had the equality and power
Some of my best traits come from her:
She had so many best friends, everyone was a friend
Mom knew how to throw a party, everything needed to be perfect

Then Alzheimer’s came to stay and Mom asks;
How many kids do I have?
Me: Five but four living
Mom: You have so much going on! How do you know how to sell real estate and manage a home?
Me: I learned from you Mom
Mom: How are you going to entertain all those people?
Me: You always did the best parties Mom
Mom: I did?
Mom: Are you wearing a bra?
Me: (thinking) how the heck can you tell if I'm wearing a bra but can't remember if your parents are alive or dead?
Mom: Who am I married to?
Me: Dean
Mom: Why aren't I married to your Dad? He is the love of my life.
Me: You divorced him.
Mom: Well that was the biggest mistake of my life. (Mom always sheds tears here)

More bad news: When Alzheimer's came to stay I gained 14 pounds. 14 pounds I could not afford to gain! Don't worry about me though, myself and I have had a 'come to Jesus'. I'm on a program now, I won't be getting into my skinny jeans but I will atleast get my Alzheimers weight off. Which explains why I'm awake at 3:00 AM.
I'm hungry!

The good news; Alzheimer’s takes the bad memories too.


Jér said...

Your mom is one of the awesomest people I've ever met. I wish she weren't forgetting how awesome she is.

Ashlyn & Joseph said...

Oh I miss her so much , This made me cry. I miss all of you !!! Love ya bunches

Quackers said...

Alzheimers & dementia are horrible monsters. I remember the day I realized something was wrong with Mom, and it took me about a year before I came to peace with the loss of my existing Mother, and the entrance of this new one.

Your Mom was/is one of the strongest women I have ever known. When I worked for her, she had the respect of everyone, more than most of the men. And those were much tougher times for women in the work force. She has had an amazing life.

I have always admired her.