It’s been a while (I had to check to see if Denise had archived my blog for lack of posting) and I owe a proper update…which this is not unfortunately. The summer has been filled with painful and exhausting reminders that my caregiving duties extend to more than just my Mom and Dad. I did however have a funny moment that I wanted to share immediately.
This week I took my parents to a routine medical check-up. Overall their health has been steady, I see slight decline in Dad’s alertness but nothing precipitous. He remains largely wheel chair or bed bound and rarely opens his eyes anymore. Mom, however, is the energizer bunny of dementia patients. She’s going to outlive me for sure.
On this day she was particularly wired and providing loud and hilarious commentary on anything and everyone in sight. After a particularly funny string of one liners and vigorous debates on why I needed more spankings (somehow with Mom it always comes down that, doesn’t it), she paused to take a break and said, “…well I’m just going sit here for a minute and pretend I know who I am!”
It never fails, my 86-year-old mother with dementia is always the wisest person in whatever room she’s in.