For those of us that are blessed to still have our fathers alive, it is so important to see them as often as possible. My father (Angel Luis Figueroa Vazquez) has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease a little bit over a year ago. My sisters and I noticed a change in his behavior and comprehension. Thankfully he was taken to the doctor and is now on medication that slows down the progression and gives him more clarity.
He lives in Puerto Rico so 2 of my sister and I who live in Florida try to visit him as much as possible. We were lucky to make it there in February 2020 just before the pandemic shut down travel and we went again last week for a few days. It was so good to see him and notice the effects of the medication. We constantly talk to him on the phone at least once a week but seeing him in person is a game-changer. He looks good for an 86 year old man!
We spent time with him and one of my sisters who also lives there. I am very blessed to have a very close relationship with my sisters and my father. Unfortunately, our mother passed away 25 years ago but we were able to visit her gravesite. She has been a great loss to all of us and those who knew her.
My Dad was so happy to see us all together, he said he enjoys our laughs and silliness when were all together!
Some people find it weird that my sisters and I still call him Dad, Daddy, and Papi, we would find it weird if we didn’t. As with Puerto Rican culture, we still ask for his blessing every single time we see him or talk to him on the phone. We will always be his girls!
We were also able to see one of our aunts, Edith, she looks great!
Here are a few more photos of my visit below.
I’m looking forward to my next visit. I hope you enjoyed the photos and remember to hug or call your dad today!