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Talking to My Mom
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
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.