Before Dotty Went to Heaven

Alzheimer's caregiving can be burdensome, brutal sometimes.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I lost track of how many times Dotty said, "get out, I don't need you here, I can take care of myself".

This was particularly hurtful because I had dropped out of the world to take care of Dotty full time. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

She had never said anything like this to me before, so I knew it was the Alzheimer's speaking.

It did not matter. It hurt every single time.