Monthly Archives: January 2007

Read Me A Story

For about two weeks now I have been reading to Grandpa when I put him to bed for the night. It started when I noticed that during the day he would sometimes pick up a magazine in the living room … Continue reading

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What We Fear

Today I felt human for the first time this week. This is partly due to the fact that my cold–which has been giving up an inch at a time–is now mostly gone, and due a large extent to the fact … Continue reading

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Not All Memory is The Same

I think it is a common misconception of people not familiar with Alzheimer’s’s that the disease affects all parts of the mind (or memory) equally. Thus when people see an Alzheimer’s’s patient acting incompetent at one moment the assume the … Continue reading

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Thursday Again

Some words hastily put down . . . A difficult night last night. Not the worst by far, but less than the best. At 1:00 AM I woke to Grandpa turning on the bedroom light. I noticed he was dressed … Continue reading

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I Saw It Coming

Grandpa is definitely becoming more accustomed to me tending to his needs. It has taken months, both for him to get comfortable with me and for the reality to sink into his brain. He still always wants to know where … Continue reading

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Conflated

Things become conflated in Grandpa’s mind. Sometimes it isn’t so much that he isn’t cognizant, but rather that is consciousness of thoughts, events, and facts become so mixed together that is, as it were, communicating from a different reality. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Bathroom Obsession

Thursday is grocery day. I go out in the afternoon to buy everything I’ll need for making supper in the next week. It takes me between 2 and 2 and 1/2 hours to hit Aldi’s, Price Chopper, and then Giant. … Continue reading

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Little Questions and Ponderings

Sometimes Grandpa does or says things that make me wonder how his mind works under the affects of Alzhiemer’s. Other times he says or does things which makes me think I can understand some glimmer of how his mind works. … Continue reading

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Being Sick is no Fun

It’s never fun being sick but there is an added layer of difficulty when you are sick and have other stress in your life, or other people you must tend. Winter is the time for colds, and about as soon … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Failing Health

The first post of the new year, and perhaps we could call this a timely subject matter . . . My grandmother has high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, one heart attack (that I know of), triple-by-pass heart surgery, … Continue reading

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