Shattered Glass

by jcramer75 on June 25, 2013

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Shattered Glass

While helping a friend clean out her garage, this pane of glass fell and we ended up with shattered glass on the floor. What I found interesting is the way it shattered. None of the pieces went flying away and it looks like it could be put back together. Now we all know that with the broken glass it is impossible to put it back the way it was. But a person could get creative and make this into something new. Doing a Google search I found that there are many suggestions for using the shattered glass – art pieces and jewelry were just a few.

In talking with friends and acquaintances about dealing with Alzheimer’s disease in a family member I have found that one of the most common threads of conversation is feeling like their lives have been shattered into many pieces just like that glass pane. And just like that shattered pane of glass, their lives will never be the same as before. But, with time, it can get easier. At first, it is a shock to know that your loved one has Alzheimer’s. And it will take some time to get used to the idea that they will continue to decline and may eventually not even know who you are. But there will still be many good times. Just as with the shattered glass, be creative and find new ways to keep life as normal as possible for ¬†you and your loved one for as long as you can. If they have always liked to go to yard sales, then take them to a few. If they liked going to the summer concerts in the park, be sure to take them. Actually, music can be quite soothing for both of you.

I know for myself, it was a difficult journey with my mother but I eventually I learned to appreciate and cherish the good days. One thing my mother loved to do was go for a car ride in the country and then stop for ice cream. With my mother it was a learning experience and now taking care of my father with this same horrible disease it is easier the second time around.

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Linda Gilbert June 25, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Jackie,
This is so beautiful…thank you for doing this blog. I am sure my Aunt would have appreciated it. My Uncle died in his very early sixties from the disease. Know this will bless many.

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jcramer75 June 25, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Linda, Thank you.

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