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Just a Word: Alzheimer's Paperback – February 9, 2009
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My reading was interrupted so many times by rushes of tears, a brief breather, and then cleaning the teary salt residue from my glasses before starting to read again. She covered so many things that resonated with my experience of caring for my Alzheimer's afflicted husband. Oh, yes, there were times I smiled and even chuckled. Frankly, I think she did a magnificent job of telling the reader what life can be like with Alzheimer's, for both Caregiver and Victim. I capitalize both words for I believe they deserve the category of "Proper Noun: a noun that designates a particular being or thing...." Of course, that's my personal opinion and unless an English critic has ever experienced being around AD, the words would immediately revert to common nouns.
Ms. Lamatt wrote her book in an easy to follow, easy to read manner. The protagonist characters were likable and believable. She was even rather gracious with her antagonists; more so than I would have been. As I read about the length of time her friend, Carol, had to endure the suffering and the indignities imposed throughout that time by understaffed and, at times, uncaring personnel, I shuddered. My heart ached for the long time endurance in caring for Carol, along with Ms. Lamatt's own personal health problems.
An enlightening, yet heartrending, story.
I could not put your book down and finished it all this past Saturday morning. I cried most of the way through it. You are an amazing woman and I praise your ability to put your feelings and emotions so effectively in words. Having also walked this journey, I recognize we have similar passions when it comes to the critical need to change the way our current system deals with this population of people with dementia and challenging behavior.
In my personal experience, as a caregiver for my own mother with Vascular Dementia and a label of aggressive behavior, I experienced, as you did, the lack of appropriate care options, that lead to her spending her last days overmedicated to "control" her behavior and make her "compliant" in her environment. This still remains vivid in my mind. In your book you describe with intensity the very real emotions of anger, frustration and eventual acceptance that you and Carol were prisoners of a broken healthcare system.
Under our current Healthcare Delivery System, The better care you provide,using appropriate higher staff ratios of specially trained staff including close RN supervision AND the more pro-actively you manage and "prevent" other acute medical emergencies that require high cost hospitalizations, ER visits and unnecessary testing, THE LESS YOU GET PAID.Read more ›
The play starts with the startling realization that the diagnosis is -- Alzheimer's.
The crushing realization that someone you love is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The accompanying denial and angst that comes in with the verdict.
As the play begins the action begins to rise immediately.
As the Alzheimer's disease worsens in her good friend Carol, the action becomes almost frantic. I was surprised at how fast I was reading the words. The scenes were zooming by so quickly that I felt like I was in a car going 100 miles an hour.
Somehow the depiction of the characters became so real that I felt like I was standing in the corner of the room watching each scene play out. I could see the faces of the participants even though I had never met a single one of them.
The doctors, friends, support group members and Rose -- each and every one of them. They all had a body and a face
Rose Lamatt has a unique writing style. One thing that surprised me was her ability to end a chapter with a single sentence that encapsulated the entire chapter.
When this happened, I found myself putting the book down and thinking about Rose's words. Lessons to be learned. At the end of several chapters, I felt myself breathing a little harder, my heart rate was slightly elevated. I was thinking and feeling.
In Just a Word, Rose reveals many of her secret thoughts. She reveals the thoughts that millions of caregivers have from time to time but never say -- out loud. Never reveal to anyone.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Helpful book on certain aspects of caring for someone with dementia. Didn't care for some of the author's choices.Published 1 month ago by Jesseco
What a destructive disease. Well written, thank you for sharing such private stuff.Published 7 months ago by Sharon T
I have read numerous books by caregivers and found this one quite lacking in inspiration. She didn't want to define her relationship as a lesbian relationship which it was. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John R. Young
I enjoyed parts of the book. It kept repeating a lot of things so it became boring in some places.Published 15 months ago by Verna Johnson
Quick read and anyone caring for a dementia person should read! Great insight! Compassionate but with the true experiences those who are caregivers can relate to.Published 16 months ago by Marion wilson
A hard story to tell, but Rose Lamatt did it so moving and with love. I highly recommend this book to anyone who might be a caregiver to a loved one with dementia. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dena
My grandmother was a victim of Alzheimer's. I am so glad Ms. Lamatt shared her experience with us. This was a wonderful trip through a loving relationship marred by the intrusion... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sandra J Barnes