The man was convinced that he was a grain of corn. Loving family members put him in the care of a panel of doctors to help. A few months later,the panel felt that he was cured and after some thorough examinations, released him. The man left, and five minutes later ran back to the panel in panic:
What happened? They asked.
He said: I know I am not a grain of corn, YOU know that I am not a grain of corn, but who is going to convince those chickens at the bottom of the road?
Definition of Alzheimer’s in English
(also Alzheimer’s disease)
progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is the commonest cause of premature senility.
Living with an Alzheimer’s patient is something else. The logic of the Corn man applies. Logic? Well I use the term loosely. It is uphill work most of the time, but it has its moments, when the light shines through and the patient is back, with full faculties. It is a heart breaking process. When someone you love dies you keep wishing you had them back, just for a few minutes. But death is irrevocable. With Alzheimer’s you do get your wish, but only for a few minutes, then, a living death comes back again. A swinging pendulum of grief, joy, grief. A painful and draining process.
On reading about the disease, most material is about ways and means of coping for the primary care giver. The best advice I came away with was: don’t feel guilty if you loose your patience, they won’t remember it, and if you cannot get physically away, practice mental escapes. Excellent advice. Very hard to practice though.
There are good days, and there are bad days, but, life goes on.