The Uninvited Guest: Five

Q.  What's the best part of having Alzheimer's? A.  You get to meet new people every day. ***** Humor can get us through dark places, laughing our way through the truths that are mixed into the jokes. My mom's Alzheimer's has not impacted her ability to recognize people she knows. Generally. A few months ago... Continue Reading →

The Uninvited Guest: Four

I don’t recognize this woman who claims to be my mother. She looks like my mother though older, more frail. Her hair is whiter so too her skin - it is whiter more pale, like crepe-paper; ashen, lacking life. This woman says she’s my mother, remembers things about me that only a mother would know.... Continue Reading →

The Uninvited Guest: Three

I responded badly. This is the challenge of dealing with someone who has Alzheimer’s: having to learn to speak a new language; having to learn new ways of responding; having to learn that the usual, conditioned responses are no longer acceptable. Mom was watching “Blue Bloods” last night - ION TV has the show on... Continue Reading →

The Uninvited Guest: Two

Dementia. Alzheimer’s. The words are like the two lenses in a pair of glasses. Once you hear the words being used to describe someone you love, once you put the glasses on, everything comes into focus. Everything seems sharper, clearer. Events, memories, conversations - all make more sense. The lenses make the things in front... Continue Reading →

The Uninvited Guest: One

Yesterday. The Endocrinologist - for her diabetes. Once we were in the exam room, I told mom I needed to step out and use the bathroom. A lie - white lie? I was in the hall, waiting for the doctor. My timing was good, for I’d only been in the hall for about 30 seconds... Continue Reading →

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