This page is loving dedicated to every Alzheimer's person who has ever been misunderstood...may God Bless ALL of you...
dressed to go out
and you come down the stairs wearing your clothes
but your underwear and bra are on the outside.
to a restaurant and asking questions
about what you do with a fork, knife, and spoon,
only to have your family laugh because they think it's a joke...
only it's not.
Driving roads you have known for years
but you take a wrong turn and end up in a different town;
when you finally get home; you are literally trembling with fear.
wanting your spouse to be out of your sight;
so you follow them around like a puppy.
and then asking the same question five minutes later
then asking it again, and again, and again.
downstairs and finding a stranger in the house;
you ask who this person is and why he is there...
it turns out this person is your son.
gentle words to a little kitten on the table
that no one else seems to see.
to go home after you have been on a trip,
only to find out you are already home...
but you don't believe it.
you are going to work
as your spouse packs your lunch, hands you your briefcase,
and then drives you to daycare.
out the door in the middle of the night
and getting lost;
and having to have the Police come and find you.
to play with toys meant for a toddler
even though you are a man who built his own home.
up late every night
packing and repacking the same towels
in the same drawer
in your bedroom.
except no one understands you;
all they can hear is gibberish.
the good old days
as you sit and look at photographs...
but you think the person sitting next is your mother...
and not your wife.