Peggy has entered a new phase of Alzheimer's disease.
She has forgotten how to feed herself and must be fed.
This disease is interesting in the way it takes a person back through time.
When she was a baby, she had to be fed, clothed and taken care of as any baby would be.
Peggy has entered the baby phase.
She has traveled from a mature woman, back through Alzheimer's time.
I have often wondered what it would be like to travel back through time to another era in history. To see the history that I have lived unfold before my eyes.
If I were able to do that, I would have a difficult time not saying...Don't fight that war, don't launch that shuttle, don't go to work or visit the Twin Towers on September 11th 2001.
I could change history by giving those warnings. But...would anyone listen?
If I could go back to the first time that I noticed a difference in Peggy, could I have given her a warning for her to get help sooner.
Could I have changed her diagnosis by my early warning?
One day in the future, people will feel sorry for our generation. They will shake their heads and wonder why we didn't know the answer to Alzheimer's and Pick's disease sooner. Just as we look back at the millions of children who died from Measles, polio and other childhood diseases.
My Grandfather died from Gallbladder surgery in the 50's. Now, it is a routine surgery with tiny surgical wounds.
One day in the future, Alzheimer's disease will be a fixable disease.
But for now, in our time...we are losing intelligent, wonderful people who continue to travel back through the time of Alzheimer's disease.
They travel from an adult with hope and promise for a bright future to a small infant who must be taken care of day and night.
As Peggy travels back through the time Alzheimer's has given to her, she will not only forget how to feed herself....
She will forget how to breathe.
One day in the future, there will be no Alzheimer's and Pick's disease...One day....
But for now, until that day comes....
Breathe, Peggy, Breathe.
Each breath that I take is a prayer for you. A prayer that you will not forget how to breathe today, tomorrow or this year.
I Love You Today, Peggy!