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Well, buddies I am home and it has not been a good night and day. My visiting nurse is typing this for me, I am back in bed right now, getting ready to take a nap. I had an Alzheimer’s afternoon and night. I just wasn’t myself. Today I passed out again, just for a few minutes, but enough to make Missy cry. I came to and wondered what had happened, but I did remember Missy telling me she loved me when I was coming back.
Buddies, I think that us old folks ready ourselves for death. I think we tell ourselves that we don’t want to hurt our family. We don’t want to live with no memories and we don’t want to be a burden. I told Missy I think if she would give me her permission, and after I see my new great grandchild, that I might be ready to start that journey home. I have decided I don’t think I am brave enough to handle Alzheimer’s the way I wanted to, and I don’t want Missy to have any pain. Sometimes when you love so much you know when its time to just go home…to your final home…
And as happy as I am here with her and Mike, I don’t want Alzheimer’s to take me. I want to tell my mind when I want to give up and go home. All Alzheimer’s patients say they want to go home, this time I mean my final home in the sky.
___________________________________About the Author: Barbara Taylor Vaughan is 90 and in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's. She started a Facebook page to help chronicle her illness and put a face on Alzheimer's. Barbara hopes educating others will inspire them to volunteer to help ease the suffering of those with the disease, families, caregivers. Her relationship with her daughter and caregiver, Missy, and her compassion and humor are inspirational. You can subscribe to her on Facebook where she has opened her page to offering advice to your questions about life and living with Alzheimer's "from a little old lady."
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Barbara Taylor Vaughan is 90 and in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Barbara and Melissa Vaughan are putting a face on the disease by chronicling Barbara's illness. Melissa, living with Multiple Sclerosis, is Barbara's daughter and caregiver.
They hope educating others will inspire them to volunteer to help ease the suffering of those with the disease, thier families and caregivers. Barbara and Melissa's relationship, compassion and humor are inspirational.
We love them and thank them for their humanity and generosity of spirit.
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