We have come through Mother’s Day again…with my wife’s dementia from a stroke in 1995. Long term caregiving is something you can do…I’m doing it…You may want to consider reading http://www.caregiver.com and getting in touch with http://www.wellspouseassociation.com or org…The first is for any caregiver…and the second is for spouses…who are caregivers of anyone with long term illnesses or conditions…
I belong to both. Knowing you are in life with others who happen to live differently than the usual is a good thing.
I also had to make decisions with my wife’s stroke…no don’t give her the shot TPA as she had an active bleed on the brainstem and it would have blown away…so I took home the new wife. The 50 First Dates wife. Not the one I took to the ER that day.
A lot of us are committed and know what that truly means. And it, of course is that core person you married that is still in there…Thank God every day you can if your wife can think and speak and see and hear. The rest is just logistics. Really, Just logistics. Enjoy life…our best to your future.
Congratulations on where you are now! Keep up the fight, we are all praying for you. Have a beautiful Mothers Day, What a wonderful Mothers Day gift for all of you. I wish I could be there to give you a big HUG!!!!! So I will do it through this message. If you read this, say HaPPY MOTHERS DAY to your Mom, Lucille!!! God Bless you Katy, you are truly meant for the greater good for all. Love,
Gretchen in MI! >:)
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, KATY!!!!! I am in true awe of you and your wonderful husband and family. I can’t express the emotions that this beautiful picture of 3 generations of strong women brought forth in me. May God Bless all of you as you work your way through this journey of new life. I am absolutely humbled by your beauty and strength.
Happy Mother’s Day Katy!
I hope you all had a wonderful day today! I had bought a Sunday Newspaper on Saturday, but today i was at the store and walked by the stack of papers (after I had already checked out) and recognized Al and Katy on the front page. I left my basket there and went to buy the paper. It was a good article. Totally different than the news piece that was done a while back. The article touched on Al’s devotion to his wife and Katy’s gratitude. Katy and Al’s love for each other and love of life. Their strength as individuals and as a couple is amazing. You are truely blessed.
Happy Mother’s Day Katy, kids & Al! I know you had a great day. I appreciated my mother’s day more than I ever have before because of you guys. Sending much love & prayers for a healthy week of recovery.
Happy Mother’s Day (I am a day late – sorry 😦 ) This picture literally brought tears to my eyes – to see Katy outside made me SO happy!!!! She is by far one of the strongest women I have ever met! I know she was loving her outside time! I am so glad she got to see the kids this weekend! I know that will only help push her farther!!
It made my Mother’s Day yeaterday to see the paper Seth so proudly displayed for me!! Loved the article, and LOVE this picture of Katy outside!!! May she feel the warmth and love that God is sending!!! I cant wait to see you Katy!!
I read Katy’s story in the Houston Chronicle today and was touched by her strength. I was born without arms and legs and would love to share some insight with Katy whenever she is ready. I live in the Houston area and would love to chat.
I had all my family at my house yesterday (20) as my Dad and Aunt read your story in the front page of the chronicle and we all prayed that things continue to progress in a positive way…. Thank God Katy is doing so well, and that some form of peace has surrounded your family again. Love to you all, and may God continue to bless you all. Debbie
Katy and Al, I have been following your heartrending struggles through Al’s blog (after receiving an email from Al’s father, [Sam is my cousin—-Al, your grandfather, Sam, and my mom were siblings]) and now to follow your amazing progress is just wonderful. We were away for 2 wks and had spotty internet access. My heart felt it would burst with happiness when I returned home, caught up on the blog and saw the picture of you outside with your Mom and Amber! Katy, you are a phenomenal woman! As I have read Al’s blog, I have cried, laughed, cried some more and prayed and prayed and prayed. Katy, as you continue to get stronger and progress, there may be moments of tears and frustrations, and I pray that that is all there will be–only moments. God bless you all.
A picture’s worth a thousand words.
I’m glad you two are getting to spend more time together.
I’m sure you can use more privacy.
I am rejoicing that you are at this point together.
Keep on lovin’ each other.
I’m hoping for the best for you two!
I am so honored to have Katy checking out the MOMality shirts we designed. She is the true essence of a loving mom and I hope she enjoys the words on the back of the shirt. Continued prayers heading all of your way!
Peace and Blessings,
Designer of MOMality shirts
I just came across your story Al, and I have to give you credit for not giving up on your wife. I know she has a long road to go, but with a man her loves her as much as you do when many would have said, “just pull the plug” she is so lucky to have a man like you by her side, and having to made that decision you did. Obviously the doctors underestimated her will to live and you did, because 5% chance of living is not very much, but she looks good in the hospital.
Did the infection occur due to having a home birth? I will have to go back to the beginning. Obviously God was by your side helping you and her pull through the decision you were forced to make. Your new daughter is absolutely beautiful. You do bring true meaning to the term, loving and caring husband. She is so blessed, as are you, especially when you look at your new daughter, knowing in the back of your mind, it would have been the easy way out to say pull the plug, but you made a committment to her you have kept.
God Bless you.