“Hindi ko ipinapakita sa kanya na malungkot ako. Na umiiyak ako.” actress and comedienne Pokwang said in an interview with ABS-CBN about her mother’s worsening condition.
“Dinadaan ko na lang sa patawa, pero sobrang lungkot ko,” the actress said.
Pokwang revealed that Gloria, her mother, has already lost most of her memories to Alzheimer’s disease. A few months ago Gloria could still identify the actress, but now she cannot remember the actress or her siblings. As is typical of Alzheimer’s disease victims, Mommy Gloria is often confused, sometimes unresponsive and aggressive.
“Wala na siyang emosyon. Tulala na siya. Ayaw na niyang kumain. Wala na siyang konsepto ng lungkot o saya.”
“Kahit yung caregiver niya, kapag hindi niya gusto, inaaway niya. Sinasakal niya. Kaya aaliwin na lang namin, at papatawanin.”
Pokwang said she has plans of moving her family to a bigger house on December 10, so she could be closer to her mother
“Two-storey lang itong lilipatan namin. Gusto ko, katabi ng room ko ang room ni Mama. Sa dating bahay kasi, nasa 3rd floor ako, tapos si Mama sa baba. E andaming stories nga di ba na nakakaalis si Mama ng room niya. Malalaman na lang namin, nasa guard house na.
Despite the hardships facing Pokwang, the actress is staying strong for her mother.
“Kaya nga kapag wala akong trabaho, talagang sa bahay lang ako, para makasama ko si Mama”