Sunday, August 12, 2012

"What Do You Know About Dementia, Mama?"

Mama & I have always had a strong bond & have always been honest with each other, we don't do the B.S. thing. However, since Mama was diagnosed with Dementia... I was at a loss. Should I tell her? What do I say? How do I explain this? Did the doctor tell her? What is the best way to talk about it with someone I've always been honest with?

I bring up the conversation about Alzheimer's & Dementia every once in awhile & ask her about it, to see her reaction & understanding. She usually gets annoyed or chooses to avoid it & changes the subject either by singing, complaining or wanting to go to bed. I asked Mama what she knew about the disease. Her response was "I don't want to talk about it. I like what I am & that's it"! (Above is a short video of our conversation). Notice her transition from answering to going into song & keeping me entertained. It must've been difficult for her to multitask like that. It was very disturbing for me to ask the same question. I was on eggshells, not wanting to upset or hurt her feelings.

I usually don't put her on the spot about this it, but I just wanted her "take" on her awareness of the disease at this particular moment.

"Some of These Days You're Gonna Miss Me Honey..." Some days, that's how we deal with it.

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