Dementia, Remembered

Tonight is the one year anniversary. My mom’s beau (87) called up to my room saying, “I think you should know this. Your mother just stood in front of the microwave not knowing how to turn it on. Same thing with the television.”

The next morning, before I knew it, her ride picked her up and wisked her away to her pool class, with no suit underneath. I got a concerned call. That day her beau and I took Mom to the ER. No evidence of stroke was found. Something had happened though, and she’s never been the same.

The next morning I came downstairs to find her wandering around in a daze, half dressed. It was obvious she couldn’t be alone. The troops were rallied (my sister and brother, who are now there with her). In those first two months it was mostly me. It was a very rough transition for both my mom and I. No one has quite recovered. However, we count our many blessings!

This was one of my last blog posts, chronicling what happened. It’s hard to believe a whole year has passed. I’ve been in a time warp.

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6 Responses to Dementia, Remembered

  1. Renee Crevelli says:

    I read this again, Maggie. It’s a thought provoking piece of writing. Thank you for sharing.


  2. Lynn says:

    I love you Maggie!


  3. contoveros says:

    I had to place my spouse in a nursing home just about the same time . . .She had a traumatic brain injury from a fall in 2006 and I was the full-time care-giver for more than six years when she had another fall and got worse.

    Placing her was the best thing I ever did. She’s got around the clock care for whatever life deals her in the future. It’s tough going it alone.

    Michael J


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