April 20, 2012

This is a sad day...

My best friend, confidant, partner in planning, lover, and wife, Marbeth,

has passed away.

Although diagnosed with "dementia of the Alzheimer's type" only in March, 2009,

there were signs as early as 2004. But whoda thunk? No one!

2009 - 2010 were uneventful, with the thought of the dignosis hanging over our heads, but no real impact on our lives.

 

Then it happened...

Increasing congitive impairment, loss of memory and vocabulary,

 inability to keep track of even the simplest of conversations.

Loss of balance and coordination; falling in spite of using a walker.

Nine months of being bedbound...

Increasing difficulty swallowing...

Struggles with all the activities of daily living.

 

It came fast and furious. It was like she fell off the edge of a cliff.

Seasoned professionals were boggled by her precipitous decline.

And then she was gone.

 

To say there's a gaping hole in me is an understatement.

For 27 years she was the center of my life.

For the last two years, she was the focus of everything I thought about and did.

For the rest of my life, she will be ever-present with her smile, laugh, knowledge, and wit.

I am a better man for having had her in my life.

I will miss her deeply...

 

Please visit Marbeth's Memorial on the Alzheimer's Association's web site.

Click anywhere else to go to the Laughing Rocks Farm web site.