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Talking to My Mom

By Julianne Victoria

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My mother has Alzheimer's, a disease that affects both memory and cognitive abilities. What follows is an actual conversation I had with my mom. I want to show those caregivers whose family members are still in the earlier stages of Alzheimerís how it can manifest and that patience is the greatest skill caregivers can have.

Me: Hi, Mom.

Mom: Oh, hi, Julie; I didnít know you were here.

Me: Yea, Iíve been here for a couple of weeks. What are you up to today?

Mom: Oh, you know, not much.

Me: Do you have any plans for today?

Mom: No, not really.

Me: What are you doing now?

Mom: Iím making lunch for your dad.

Me: Maybe you should wait a little bit. Itís only 10:00.

Mom: I just talked to him. He said heís on his way.

Me: Did you see this note that he wonít be home for lunch today?

Mom: Oh, (reading the note) I will not be home for lunch today; chicken for dinner. Oh, ok.

Me: What are you up to now?

Mom: Just making lunch for Dad.

Me: Itís kind of early. Are you sure heís coming home for lunch?

Mom: Yea, heís upstairs sleeping. Heís not feeling well. He said heíd be right down for soup. (Reading the note again) I will not be home for lunch. Oh, but he said he was coming down anyway. Heís late getting up this morning.

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