Sep 8, 2012

Hello Its Me, Notes and Reflections To Readers

It's important to me...

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room


Bob DeMarco
I'm back and this entire computer crash story relates nicely to effective Alzheimer's caregiving. I'll write about that later.

What a story. Can't anyone answer a simple direction question?

After three days, I fixed my computer on my own after receiving some direct answers from a graduate student at Florida Atlanta University. A person I had never met before. I just drove to FAU, found the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, walked down the hall until I saw someone in their office, and asked for help. It didn't go well until I said the magic word -- Philly.

Instead of paying the manufacturer of my computer $299 and waiting 5-7 weeks to get my computer back, or paying the geeks $309 and waiting 3-5 days, I fixed it myself basically in 15 minutes plus a couple of hours wait time for everything to install for $137.

Now I have a better hard drive. The drive is better in quality and 2 terrabites instead of 1. I also have a complete set of recovery disks which includes the operating systems and about 50 software programs.

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If you emailed me an offer volunteer or help be patient. You are high on my list of things to do. I will be contacting you soon. Thanks.

If you emailed me on other issues you will need to be patient. I will get to the emails. By the way, if you email me since the death of my mother on May 25, I suggest you use the contact button and email me again.

I did miss you.

However, there is some very good news. I was able to "reflect" on my caregiver effort and I have some new and different perspectives. I suppose I will call them, "Reflections of an Alzheimer's Caregiver". I think that would make for a good book. Imagine me running around a hamster wheel, banging my head against the wall, and torturing myself. Then imagine me at the exact moment I had my major revelation -- something had to change, and that something was Me. Whew.

How about I took one giant step to the left, and even though I didn't realize it at the moment, I stepped on to the path of Joy, and slowly but surely distanced myself, and Dotty, from the path called burden.

I know I'll get a lot of flak on this one, but my strong belief remains that the opportunity to care is a gift.

I'll get even more flak on this one. It is my belief that Alzheimer's disease allowed Dotty to complete her life before she went to Heaven. I am not saying that is the only way it could have happened, I am saying that is the way it did happen.

I think it is now time for me to start thinking about taking a real vacation.



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Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room