My grandmother was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Because of this, her English has been deteriorating even more than it used to, and I am having a hard time understanding and communicating with her. I can no longer hope that when she speaks to me, she speaks in English. My Korean is not as limited, but not by that much. Simple things like asking how her day was became a challenge that I could not overcome without either my mom or brother as a translator. It has always been hard to talk to my grandmother and hold a conversation, but it is even harder now.
Today, I saw a presentation on moving forward. There is a need for all of us to keep moving forward with our lives no matter what complications we are given. So despite the complications and hardships that come with taking care of an Alzheimer’s patient, we need to keep moving forward and doing our best. Despite the complications and hardships of not being able to communicate very well, we need to try our hardest. Despite the complications and hardships of forgetting things easily, we still need to move on and do our best with life.
Life has complications, and that is a fact. What is also a fact is that we can still keep on going and live it to the fullest.
I’ve decided to move forward and express myself to my grandmother with art. For Mother’s Day, I drew her a card. Because pictures are easy to comprehend (at least, mine are) and face no barrier of language, I can now express my feelings towards her.