Ruhu's Journal, 16 February 2013

My travel day yesterday went well. I spent the afternoon with my Mom & had dinner with a friend whose father passed away after suffering with Alzheimer's for many years. I'm so fortunate to have the amazing support of all of you, plus 2 close friends here in Cincinnati who have or had a parent with this awful disease. I've realized that it's best to spend shorter, more frequent times with my Mom, & to have others with us as much as possible, to make it more enjoyable & less stressful. I've also learned to write everything down for her because as much as she loves having me here, it is disruptive to her normal, very predictable, scheduled day. Even though I know she suffers from a horrible disease & does the best she can, at times it can get so frustrating to answer the same question or hear the same story or complaint over & over. Luckily, praying & breathing through the tough times with her, helps tremendously. And, I keep reminding myself that I too am doing the best I can, to not buy into the guilt I can put on myself, take it one frustration at a time & be sure to take care of myself and take time for myself so I can journal, exercise, see my friends here, etc.

Today I'm working out & then having lunch with my other friend, then spending the afternoon with Mom & taking her to meet my cousin & his wife for dinner. Even though I was exhausted, I did not sleep well last night, so will fit in a nap today too -- which Mom always takes so that should work fine.

So, I'll begin my day praying for serenity, and I'll pray, breathe, journal & post as much as I can, and express on this one day, meal, moment, bite & emotion at a time. Xoxox

Diet Calendar Entries for 16 February 2013:
1317 kcal Fat: 59.09g | Prot: 97.29g | Carb: 129.44g.   Breakfast: Blackberries , Blueberries , Raspberries , Strawberries , Naturals Organic Coconut Oil, Cage Free 100% Liquid Egg Whites, Steel Cut Oatmeal. Lunch: Healthy Turkey Omelet, First Watch Turkey Sausage. Dinner: Seasonal Fresh Fruit Salad, Lemon Pepper Grilled Rainbow Trout, Side Salad, Green Beans. Snacks/Other: Raw Almonds, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Seasonal Fruit Salad, Carrot & Celery Sticks. more...
2126 kcal Activities & Exercise: Circuit Training - 1 hour, Sleeping - 8 hours, Resting - 14 hours, Bicycling (fast) - 15/mph - 1 hour. more...
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Like the way you are handling things. Less stressful for you and probably your Mom as well. Hope you get a good night's sleep tonight.  
16 Feb 13 by member: BuffyBear
I am so happy that you are having a wonderful visit with your mother. I am sure it is just as wonderful for her too. 
16 Feb 13 by member: jaime30024
That is a great idea to write things down for her. My MIL is going through that with her Mom and maybe it would help. Hope you continue to have a wonderful time spent with your mom. 
16 Feb 13 by member: iamachristianjesusfreak
Good for you Angel - breathe pray and take care of you through all of the challenges. Thinking of you. Bella  
16 Feb 13 by member: FullaBella

     
 

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