A Caretaker's Journal
by Marie Fostino
Trade Paper: 6" x 9, x+200pp.
ISBN: 1-59663-562-2 EAN: 978-1-59663-562-3, $10.95
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Click here to see the August 16, 2009 article in Hello Boomers
Magazine, they headlined Warmly Touched and Heavenly Inspired by An
Alzheimer Caretaker`s Journal by Marie Fostino. We agree.
An inspirational tale of one family’s
love, devotion, and faith.
When I arrived, I approached the figure in the wheelchair. I asked him who
I was but my father-in-law did not recognize me. When I tried to help him,
he became angry and violent. He tried to get out of his wheelchair and
away from me. He yelled, “No! You are not taking me back to Germany! You
are all Nazis! You are all trying to kill me.” Dad won a Bronze Star Medal
for his service during WWII.
It took three of us to get him outside to the car. Dad had his fists
raised to me, a growl on his face and threatened to kick me. Then the
swearing began …
This is a book about the daily trials and tribulations of taking care of a
loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease. In this Journal I share the feelings
of confusion, frustration, and blessings I experienced during my ordeal. I
wrote this Journal both for myself and with the hope that it might help
others deal with similar situations. It’s important for caretakers to know
that they’re not alone, that others have experienced the same
frustrations. Sometimes a caretaker feels very isolated—the world, after
all, doesn’t stop, despite the sense that your world is frozen in time.
I’m hoping that this book will offer comfort to those who find themselves
in that world.
In this Journal I record the little things I did, daily, to preserve my
sanity and provide my father-in-law with as nearly a normal life as
possible. It is a tale of thoughts, stories, anecdotes, as well as
feelings of helplessness, guilt, happiness, and sorrow.
If you feel as though you can and want to see your loved one through this
awful disease, then this book will offer a helping hand. The Journal will
also be of value to anyone who wants some idea of what to expect from a
person suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Finally, please remember that Alzheimer’s affects different people in many
different ways. This is my account of living with Alzheimer’s.
This publication includes testimonials from Marie’s husband (Joe’s son)
and two of his grandchildren who shared Marie’s home-care duties. Also
features numerous photographs of family events, both in years past as well
as during Joe’s illness. This is a very touching, human story about
families and how they deal with crises, emerging stronger and closer as a
result of their misfortune.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marie Fostino, married now for 33 years, is a mother of five and a
grandmother of four. She believes that life is full of many challenges and
lessons to be learned. She’s held a variety of jobs over the years: fast
foods employee, beautician, professional photographer, nursing home aide
and paramedic. She’s dealt with all kinds of people, young and old, but
nothing prepared her for the loss of a loved one to Alzheimer’s. Marie
enjoys spending time with her family.
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