Many a day I wondered if writing this book was worth it. But I knew it was – caregivers and family need to know what is in store for the future of their loved one and the resounding multitude of feelings affecting all involved.
I have a Therapy Dog International – and we visit many convalescent centers. We are able to bring the residents a few minutes of happiness remembering long lost days
~~~~~~~~ Alzheimer's Through My Mother's Eyes by Suzette Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I seen the cover of this book, I read about it thoroughly. I liked the fact that it wasn't simply a lecture, and educational sources, and simple "this is what you need to know" book about Alzheimer's. No, it was insight. So I went to the Author and point blank asked her could I review her book, and interview her. I explained that I wanted it on my blog, because I felt it was something readers, well-- honestly everyone should know first hand. Not just hearing about Alzheimer's, but what it's truly like being the one who has it, and the one who is taking care of the person whom has it.
Then I spoke with Suzette, and she and I had a nice long talk, and opened up to one another. She agrees that people need insight, which is exactly why she wrote the book.
Enough blabbering, I suppose you want me to get to the point; right? Yes of course! On with the review already!
The kindle price of the book was perfect, under four dollars. With the insight and education you end up learning, it is well worth every cent. What made me laugh was right in the very beginning: Suzette comes across a woman escorting her own mother along. They end up briefly talking, and Suzette ends up sharing with her that she was writing a book on this kind of thing. You know, taking care of people with Alzheimer's and what it's like, and what they go through. The woman told her to finish it. It was because of this woman that Suzette did in fact finish it. If that woman also agreed that people needed insight, then there would be others!
As I read through this book, everything is true to life. Suzette kept a journal of the goings on with her Mother. A lot of it is repetitive, but that in itself is common in Alzheimer's.
I found this book very deep and soulful. I could see and feel everything, including the pain. Car accidents, annoyances in the constant phone calls, and disturbances of daily rituals. Wanting to be there for her Mother, yet wanting to take care of her own family and life at the same time.
I wish to share a quote from Suzette's book: "Alzheimer's is a cruel disease, it is a disease of the brain, it is irreversible. It is heartless and non-relenting."
Then I wish to also share what else she learned, that might be insightful to others, as it was to me: These are common signs of elderly abuse: not washing your hair or body, not eating correctly, not having clean clothes, or keeping clean. And sometimes not sleeping at all, or even on a sporadic sleeping schedule.
As I came close to the end of this book, I ended up bawling. I too, know you need to give those that are in fact dying, "permission to die" I've been there. But to read it happening to someone else. It just tore my heart out.
I was pleased to find afterwards, to find all sorts of resources for Alzheimer's at the end of this excellent and resourceful read. This book is worth every penny, and more! It's very educational, and truly gives you a first hand look at what caregivers truly go through, as well as the Alzheimer's patient as well. It's not a good place for either person.
I give this book five stars, and wish I could give it more, just for the pain that Suzette had to go through, just to write this! Thank you Suzette for taking the time to do this! God bless you!
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