Saturday, April 18, 2009

Good Morning,
It is a beautiful day here in sunny Phoenix, Az. I ran my 2 miles, and got some house work done and it is still early. Times have changed since my father in law died. It was sometimes hard to go running, or taking care of my self. My whole purpose was to try and give dad as normal life as possible. Of course there are always reasons that we don't take care of our selves. My husband is not working and so I am pulling extra shifts on the ambulance. That means less time to sleep, and exercise.

I want to tell you that it is important to take care of your self, because if you don't how do you think you can keep up with your other responsibilities. It is important to exercise every day for your body, and important to get your sleep for your mind. It is important to pray for your soul.

Care givers do so much taking care of so many other people that they forget about them selves. Remember that their is respite care to help you out. And there is support groups to help you vent or gain insights. There are so many wonderful sites on the computer to help you with more knowledge on Alzheimer's .

I met the author Stephanie Meyers yesterday, and she is so sweet. She is beautiful, and so friendly. In case you don't know Stephanie is the author of the Twilight Series. Thank you Stephanie for being so kind.

Well take care all,
Marie Fostino
Alzheimer's A Caretakers Journal
Seaboard Press An Imprint of James A Rock & Pub., Co.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Good Evening,
I had the pleasure of taking care of my father in law, when he couldn't take care of him self. This great man did so much for me and my husband when I married into the family. I never knew that a time would come for me to try and give back what was given to me.

In life we have hills and valleys. We have to endure the good times and the bad. I don't think we would really appreciate the good without the bad. My good times with dad, mostly when we were young, and dad showed us about life. I am not saying that taking care of dad after he got his Alzheimer's, but it sure was bumpy.

I have learned so much about myself during that time. I also think I talked to God more at that time in my life. I had to remember that I was human, and make mistakes. But also being human, I learned to forgive and to be forgiven.

If you want to know what to expect from a loved one with Alzheimer's please read my book. I tell what it is like, the good and the bad. Please find yourself a support group. That is so important for your self worth. You need to see that you are not alone, and others have made the same mistakes you made or had the same blessings that you had. You can learn from someone else and even teach someone else from your own experience.

Thank you,
Marie Fostino
Alzheimer's A Caretakers Journal
Seaboard Press An Imprint Of James A Rock & Pub., Co.