My mother has dementia, and I am her full-time caregiver. It has been challenging yet rewarding. Sometimes I feel like King David in the book of Psalms who alternates between desperation and optimism. He would seek God while traveling through the “Valley of Death” then lift his eyes to the hills from where his help came. In this devotional, you will recognize my days of struggle and the days when I am encouraged.
Through this roller coaster experience, I have learned spiritual lessons. I have also studied some physiology, psychology, pharmacology, gerontology, and caregiving tips. Though I am not an expert on any of those topics, no one is when it comes to dementia. Even the most knowledgeable doctor can’t diagnose Alzheimer’s disease definitively until autopsy. Neurologists can’t cure late-stage dementia including Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia. Psychologists can’t help the Alzheimer’s patient remember the names of their children or make them wander less in the evening.
Even so, I sought their help. They helped me immeasurably to understand and deal with my mother’s disease. What they taught me has helped us cope. They are working diligently to find the cure, and I applaud their efforts.
Not only have I sought help from every type of medical expert available, but, also, from God. His scriptures have been a great source of assistance for me. I feel He has been a balm for my soul.
I’ve learned much during this journey through the Valley of Dementia. This valley winds through hills and will eventually end in death for my mother. But until then, we travel between the mountains enjoying the green grass and the babbling brooks.
This experience has not only caused me to sit before many doctors, but it has also caused me to sit at the feet of Jesus while I read the gospels, sit before the throne of King David in the Psalms, and his son King Solomon while studying Proverbs. While expounding on the Bible, I also share wisdom and humor. I hope you find this devotional helpful and fun and makes you a better caregiver.
© Ronald Milburn 2018