When I left Savannah, GA in 2013, on foot, pushing a jogging stroller, I had no experience with that undertaking. I would end up running, jogging and walking 2,594 miles.
This post is about the help I received. Here is a list of the type of help. I posted this help as it came.
- the loan of a car before the trip
- dehydrated food
- food beside the road
- food in restaurants
- motel rooms
- gift cards
- running supplies
- the gift of a car
- any money handed to me always went to the Alzheimer’s Association
- (may have forgotten some)
After the trip I sat and relived it as best I could. I came up with a total. Never did I consider paying back the folks that helped. I wouldn’t even know where to look for most of them. They wouldn’t have wanted payback anyway. I contemplated and it came to me. I would pay back by giving to folks going long distances on foot or on a bicycle.
As of last week the payback is done. Here is a list of some of the help I provided.
- motel rooms
- gift cards
Payback feels right to me. I feel good.
In my opinion, recieving help out on the road like that is a “Tremendous Boost”
I have no regrets.
September 30, 2017 (4 days ago) was an important day for me. My firm decision was made to change the amount of time spent on the important aspects of my life. (in no particular order and not limited to these words)
- alzheimer’s awareness
- my health
- my future
As said before, social media has been a great tool to raise awareness, learn new things and make friends.
For now I will post once a week here (Wednesday) and it will automatically post on Twitter and Facebook. The post will be concerning alzheimer’s. I will be on Facebook on Tuesday and on Twitter Thursday.
Alzheimer’s disease brings many changes, as does normal aging. Mom and I both, of course, are getting older. The changes spoke of here have a direct relationship to the changes aging has brought.
“Birds sing after a storm, why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?” Rose Kennedy
I left Sallisaw, Oklahoma this morning and ended up in West Memphis, Arkansas. I stopped for a while in Forrest City to see my friend Donnie.
I stopped again every 50 to 60 miles and walked around and it felt like the thing to be doing. Here is a picture I took at one of the stops.
On my mind, almost constantly, is that according to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 1,300 people are diagnosed with alzheimer’s disease every day, and that is only in America.
I had another lengthy conversation with a lady from India. She said her family, and she is sorry for it, is slowly losing the eating habits they had in India.
I’m trying to raise awareness concerning Alzheimer’s disease. My dad died with Alzheimer’s in 2000. There is no cure.
Today was one of those times a memory jumped up and grabbed me. This is just east of Lonoke, Arkansas. To my left, across highway 72, is a small, but beautiful cemetery. Cemeteries remind me of how fragile my life is, but at the same time, the magnitude of the gift God has given me. I remember stopping here for a few minutes in 2013 and looking across the road.
Left Erick Oklahoma, visited with two different folks and ended up in Sallisaw Oklahoma. Heading back to Roberta.
One of the folks we met in 2013, passed away this morning from a heart attack. We have arranged to meet with some of her family tomorrow.
Yesterday, mom’s late brothers wife passed away after an extended illness. She may have had alzheimer’s.
This trip has been cut short, and that is okay. Things come up. It’s been a good trip, as usual, more knowledge has been poured in my lap. Met with some more folks today from India and spoke about there eating habits.
I pull over about every 50 miles or so and walk around a little bit. This is one of the pictures I took while standing near Interstate 40.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as he did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen
The prayer is commonly attributed to Protestant Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, who composed it in the 1940s.
Here’s a link to an article about the Serenity Prayer.
I’ve heard a lot of stories concerning this. One caregiver shared this with me. She has been taking care of her father for 6 years and for four years he has needed 24/7 care. Her sister comes once a year for two weeks. During that two weeks the visiting sister wants the 24/7 caregiver there too, just in case. If the 24/7 caregiver tries to discuss anything different, the visiting sister starts talking about not coming anymore. The 24/7 caregiver said this lack of understanding on her sisters part is hard to take, but for two weeks she does have a little help and some company. She feels it is not right, but thinks that trying to discuss it, with her sister, is all she knows how to do to try and effect change, and right now, nothing is changing.
She thinks it’s best to not cut her nose off to spite her face in this situation. She said she will take what is available and appreciate it, but she knows her sister should be doing much more.
During that two weeks, the 24/7 caregiver would like to go relax somewhere and do some of the things she used to do. She would like to do some of the things during those two weeks that her sister gets to do 50 weeks a year.
In this situation, I would be as amicable as I could be, but I would be persistent in asking my sister to do more.