Journey Through Dementia

Journey Through Dementia

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Conversation

I took this video, really, to test out the quality on my new phone.  This was a fairly good day.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

No Memory

She couldn't remember 2 seconds today.  bad, bad, bad day.  I brought her a box of Sees candy and a copy of my Christmas letter.  I had to tell her three or four trimes that there was a box there and she never zeroed in on it. When she did, she asked me over and over again if she could keep it.

As for the letter, she looked at the picture of Tom and his family and said "I don't know any of these people" then looked at the other ictures and said she didn't know any of them either.  She saw Walt's name and asked me who Walt was.  I told her he was my husband and she said "I guess I never met him."  I said something about Jeri and she wanted to know who Jeri was.  She eventually recognized Ned when I reminded her he had been to v isit her the day before.

She couldn't get it into her head that I had written the letter and every time she came to the line "My mother is 97 years old," she said "she writes about her mother being 97.  Is that me?"  She read the letter over and over again and remembered and forgot different things.  After saying she had never met Walt, she pointed to the picture of the two of us and said "that's a good picture of you and Walt." I don't think she ever figured out who Tom was, but she did eventually recognize Jeri.

I ache for her.  I ache for me.  I wish it were January.