Helping My Mom Through Alzheimer's Difficulty
Author: Judith H.
Word Count: 449
Questions Received: 2
Testimonial ID: 4868-OR
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My mom suffered with Alzheimer's for almost ten years before I knew; I lived a good distance away. When her speech failed in the ninth year, my father told me over the telephone that she had "Aphasia." They both denied it was Alzheimer's. At my suggestion, Dad agreed to anoint her feet, neck, mastoid bone, and brain stem with Young Living's Essential Oils (E.O.'s) - Valor, Brain Balance, Clarity, Frankincense, and Pepperment daily. He gave her Peace & Calming, and Lavender as needed when she was agitated.
In April, 2008, she asked to stay with me, and moved in with my husband and I (in Florida) for two months. I was devastated to learn how little she could care for herself! My mom had been a most independent woman. I began an intense nutritional program with her, including NingXia Red and digestive enzymes,with other essential nutrients. I taught her my Energy Correction Meditation, which helped the whole process stay positive(www.shiome.com).
To reduce her confusion and "brain fog" as she called it, I gave her a small protein food snack every 2 hours between meals, and coconut water.
We diluted one part E.O. with with one part V-6 Oil, and I applied 2-3 drops of the e.o.'s on brainstem, mastoid bone behind ears, around ears, kidney points on chest, and feet (sometimes temples/forehead) every morning and evening, every two-four hours, and as needed.
To aide her hearing problem, we applied Helichrysm, and Sandalwood on the mastoid bone, behind ears, and sides of her ears.
We diffused the oils at night, and I did a Raindrop Technique on her feet every week. When her feet became swollen, I applied Lemon, Cypress and Pepperment Oils and the inflamation reduced within a day or two.
My dad took her home to NJ that summer, and continued using some oils every day, with her prescription drugs. She went to an Alzheimers Day Care Center, and was loved by all -- she was the only patient allowed to help in the kitchen!
Although mom was distressed and frustrated at times, she acknowledged everyone's presence, and communicated her needs through mostly non-verbal means. She knew who my husband and I were until the end. We moved to NJ April 1st to be close to her.
She passed away quietly, peacefully, at home, on April 24, 2009, with the whole family around her. She remained conscious of our presence until slipping into a coma. Although I feel sad that I was not able to assist her earlier in the disease phase, I know in my heart that our protocol, and our devotion, helped keep her more aware and connected to us.
Rev. Judith A. Hancox, MSW, LCSW, BCETS
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