June 22/14. It has been about 3 weeks since my holiday and Alz stay in respite. What a great thing! I have to say that the break really improved both my attitude and our relationship. At this point I don't think he really differentiates between me and a couple of other regular (paid) caretakers. Actually one of them is probably with him as much as I am as she takes care of his the bulk of every work day. But it is what it is. When I picked him up from Respite he was really glad to see me, and happy to come home and see Lola/Willow (cat gets whatever names he gives her at the moment). As we were packing his things I asked if his stay had been good, YES. Could he come there again? YES - awesome, because he is going again in July! I think the Respite has given me some room - and some time. I had in mind that he will be in care this fall, but if I can continue to have a break here and there - perhaps I can keep him at home longer. He is enjoying each day, the sunny weather helps. And to my delight yesterday - we got out our bikes yesterday and he jumped on and we went for a ride for about 1/2 hour. No issues. That improves our summer!