Friday Fun: Give Us the Guffaws

Denise

Friday Fun: Give Us the Guffaws

Denise
laughing_hystericallyIt’s Friday, so let’s share some funnies. What’s a humorous experience that’s happened to you in your caregiving role? It could be something that happened years ago or just yesterday, as long as today it makes you giggle. We’ll giggle with you.

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Jo Rozier

Don't worry @Michelle, compared to me you're extremely punctual :-)\r\n\r\nSeveral entries I could put here like the post I just wrote about Mom wondering why I wasn't helping her in the bathroom and was it because I couldn't remember how to use a bathroom myself... however my first thought upon see the post by <a href='http://www.m40.siteground.biz/~caregiv6/members/denise/' rel=\"nofollow\">@Denise</a> was to relabel it \"Filterless Fridays\"\r\n\r\nOne of the mix joys/blessings of dementia is the removal of inhibitions and social filters. At my Mom's facility there are female residents who refer to me as their \"lover\" and periodically ask me out on a date. As far as Mom is concerned, if Mom is thinking it, she'll say it. Polite conversation be da%&amp;#. \r\n\r\nIf you are a little on the heavy side and come within eye sight of Mom, she will comment out loud, \"OOOO LOOK AT THAT FAT WOMAN OVER THERE, SHE'S NOT EVEN GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE DOOR!\" I've gotten extremely quick at redirecting Mom, often to save my own embarrassment. I'm not spared from Mom's uninhibited observations either. \r\n\r\nI need to mention now that Mom and I are African-American... you'll see why I say this in a minute.\r\n\r\nOne of my regular practices when visiting Mom is to agitate her a little. I tease her or otherwise physically pick on her (try to sit on her lap, play with her shoes, poke her gently in the arm, put my cap on her head or take her cap off of hers) I do lots of little things which get her moving, talking and responding. Most importantly the two of us laugh together. I confess we sometimes make quite a scene and will have a crowd of residents and staff looking on in amazement at the \"Jo &amp; Mom\" show unfolding before them. However I can usually tell when I've gone too far, when I crossed over from interacting to irritating. One of Mom's tells is when she calls me the name:\r\n\r\nMom will lean over close to me and in a soft conspiratorial tone say, \"... you Nigger!\"\r\n\r\nOf course I am aghast. \"MOM! You eat with that mouth!?!\" \r\n\r\nMom just leans back in her seat, puts her hand over her mouth and chuckles like a kid who just got caught saying a bad word but really thinks the whole thing is quite funny.\r\n\r\nMom is a product of the South and has lived through experiences I fortunately have not. For much of her life, we were Negro, vice the term of preference today of African-American. I grew up with the use of the terms \"Colored\" or \"Negro\" but quickly learned that the other N-word was pejorative. Hip-hop artists and Rap stars not withstanding if I had ever used the word in her presence when she was younger, I'd still be washing the taste of soap out of my mouth. But there it was in all of its unpolitically correct glory and from the mouth of my own Mother no less. \r\n\r\nI never have to wonder what's on Mom's mind. Sometimes it's a blessing that whatever it is, it won't be there long.

ejourneys

Oh my, <a href='http://www.m40.siteground.biz/~caregiv6/members/gail/' rel=\"nofollow\">@gail</a> -- it doesn't help when the psychologists are the ones who are confused! Talk about a comedy of errors...

ejourneys

Love this, David. Spontaneous and beautiful.

ejourneys

Among the things I love about my partner are her sense of humor and her brilliance -- but things can get interesting when they mix with her cognitive and emotional dysfunction. She thought the psych people took her far too seriously when they examined her during her therapy intake in 2009 because, after all, she did as they asked. They said, \"Spell 'wrong' backwards\" and she dutifully recited, \"W-R-O-N-G-B-A-C-K-W-A-R-D-S.\"

Bob

Wonderful equanimity David........

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