I read a book once called Still Alice about a woman with early onset Alzheimers. A movie was made taken from this book, so it is a good read especially if you know someone who has or had dementia.
The book tells the daily life of a college professor, and it leads you to believe she’s doing well. But then it takes a turn.
In her mind she is functioning each day, but in reality, she isn’t. She misses classes, she puts her Blackberry, which she says is her life, in the freezer, and other things that lead those around her to know how bad her mind has gotten.
Sometimes I wonder if I am like that or going to be.
If you’ve read my blog or know me well, you know my Daddy died of dementia. His wasn’t early onset, but I still so often think about it.
Will I be that way? Am I already heading that way like Alice in the book? If I forget something I should know, I wonder if it is starting.
I know there’s nothing I can do to prevent it or treat it. If it comes, it comes. At least maybe I won’t know it! 🙂
So, day to day, I try to keep my mind sharp by reading, doing puzzles whether crossword or interlocking, and learning something new. And I pray.
I joke sometimes and tell my family if it happens they can put me somewhere and don’t feel like they have to visit if I don’t know them. I know how hard that can be, but I am thankful for my family that will take care of me no matter what.
Most of all, I am thankful for my God who takes care of me no matter what. I trust in Him to lead me where I must go.