My sister and brother-in-law visited this weekend. They mentioned that they missed my blog posts.
I thought about it. I reflected.
I told them that I was torn about the blog.
I had originally established the blog to keep my loved ones in touch with what was happening in my life.
Now, there is a relatively (to me) large group of folks looking at the blog each day. Way beyond loved ones. I was worried about disclosing private matters beyond recipes. SO, I have to decide what I want the blog to be. Popularity or Honesty.
I choose honesty. I could go totally private in my settings, but I just choose to be anonymous.
My recipes are real and things that I love to cook and eat. My daily activities are real.
But, I have been skirting around the elephant in the room.
The Bearded One has been diagnosed as Early Onset Dementia, maybe even Alzheimers. We have been retired for 8 1/2 years but I suspected something was awry before we retired.. He has been fading a bit each year since then.
I have not wanted to talk about it.
Family close to us have known for several years. It is enough of an issue that I have started to share with friends and some neighbors in the past year. I know that there will be times that I will need help in the times to come.
It is still hard to face. I do not want to think about what we will both probably need to face. Eeek.
He is content. I do not even think he realizes what is happening. He talked to the remote control today and changed channels on the phone. Humor is a wonderful thing to rely upon….
I am content too. Meditation to turn off the yammering of the mind has been a blessing. Living in the moment is important and wonderful.
Now, I am sharing with you. Life is still wonderful.
Enjoy your moments.
- What is the difference between “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s disease”? (prayingforoneday.wordpress.com)
- Dementia caregiver: I know it’s coming (cnn.com)
- Alzheimer’s Disease Genetic Risk (23andme.com)
- Alzheimer’s insight from DNA study (bbc.co.uk)