Ron Hamilton Update - 03/15/2021
(BTW, how do you like the short "punk" haircut Ron's barber of 40 years is now giving him? LOL)
Eleven years have passed since I told our family doctor about Ron’s uncharacteristic memory problems. The doctor sent Ron immediately for an MRI. The findings we received in a report mailed to us said “normal aging process.”
At the following doctor visit, after I reiterated what was going on with Ron, our doctor said, “the MRI plus his obvious mental decline indicated that Ron was dealing with probable dementia.”
The slow decline in memory, speech, functioning, behavior, and thinking is very sad for the onlooker and frustrating for the caregiver. Ron is exhibiting all the typical symptoms of decline: can’t bend his knees to sit down, can’t straighten his knees to stand up, tremors in his hands, usually must be fed, chokes on water, has no opinions, and emotional dis regulation.
The once mature adult slips back into childhood. I must add, all these declines do not appear to bother Ron at all—what a blessing in disguise!
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Our family life here on earth takes on unbelievable sacrifice, which is as it should be. 2 Corinthians teaches us that trials are to teach us to be courageous. Trials are appointed to us so that we may in eternity fully understand the riches of God’s grace for His glory.
We are to trust, believe, and seek to emulate the Christ who infuses us with His abundant strength.
In conclusion, Ron and I are doing well. His nurses are God-appointed. Our home and persons in it are not flawless, however we are living in a place of peace. We see Satan’s attacks on our lives, but God. God flip flops attacks into God winks.
Thank you from Ron, me, and our entire family for your love and prayers. The just shall live by faith.