I received an email yesterday from the travel agency (after I emailed asking where my itinerary and plane ticket was) informing me that I am booked to leave Atlanta on August 22 at 4:35 p.m heading to Abu Dhabi via New York and Doha, Qatar. I am scheduled to arrive in Abu Dhabi August 23 at 11:45 p.m Abu Dhabi time.
I walked twice this week: once with Susa, Lara, and Scott and then tonight with Scott. We got in about three miles each time. I am going to miss those walks. I am less stressed than I was August 9th, the date of my original flight. I am less panicked, calmer and more in control. I am in a much better place mentally and emotionally than I was a week ago. And this time I feel better about leaving.
I was able to go with Mom to meet with the social worker at the V.A this past week and we started the initial paperwork rolling on a placement for when dad is released from Emory. The facility we have in mind is a good one and is only four miles from my brother’s house in Fayetteville. I am going to visit it with Mom before I leave Wednesday. Mom is still hoping she can bring dad home for a little while, but contingency plans have to be made for an uncertain future. One thing I have discovered about Alzheimer’s is that the entire family has to live in the present, not think about the past, and yet have five different plans for the future . It’s a tightrope sometimes.