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Now I know why she hasn't been herself lately. My sister who lives closer to her took her to see see a doctor and they diagnosed her with early stage Alzheimer's. She has trouble remembering things and she gets confused easily, which I noticed a while ago but I thought it was just because she was getting older. They can give her medications to slow the progression but there isn't anything that will stop it.
I'm so sad about this I just want to cry. She lives by herself now since my dad passed away last year and she won't be able to be on her own much longer. I mean she can still take care of herself for now, but it's not really safe for her to be alone. She shouldn't drive, and she'll forget to take her meds if she doesn't have someone there to remind her every day. I've been talking to my sisters and brothers about what we're going to do and we don't have an answer yet. We don't really have room for her to move in with us but we could make room if we had to....but I'm not really sure that this is the best place for her because we're so far away from everything. I know Jeff will be supportive if it comes to that but at this point I really don't know what we're going to do. I'm just really sad about this. I want to spend as much time as I can with her while she's still mostly herself because I know where this is headed. But she's so far away and I don't know how often I'll be able to get down there to see her and I hate not being there to help take care of her. I hate to put it all on my sister to take care of her. My sister lives about 60 miles away from her now so it's a lot on her to have to keep going there every day to check on her
I don't know what to do and I'm really really sad. She's my mom and I'm not ready to lose her yet. Not like this.