Mom and I went to the “Short Term Memory” Clinic on Friday. She was diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s disease. After picking my heart up off the floor, I accepted that I probably had already known the diagnosis and was grateful it was mild. We spent the rest of the weekend learning to live with it. She’s on medication. The doctor told us that 1 out of 2 people over the age of 80 suffer from Alzheimer’s. Shit. Hope I die before I get old. Yet, once I recovered from the reality of the illness, I thought about it and decided that we will do fine. It’s not gonna be easy. I remember as a youngun’ lo’ these many years ago and thinking how easy it must be to get older. I have heard people in their 20’s and 30’s talking about how easy older people have it. We have all the answers and money and everything. Um, no we don’t. What we do have (you have no idea how hard it is for me to talk about being “older”, how’s about “more experienced”?) is a wider frame of reference. The more time you put in, the more experience you have and the wider your frame of reference. If you absorb any of this experience, you become wiser and trust me, I know some older people that don’t have the sense that God gave gravel. Another thing that I’m learning is patience. I’m a true Presbyterian, reformed and always reforming;-P
Anyway, I did knit quite a bit on Thing 2. I’m getting closer to the sleeve cap. It just feels sometimes like I’m knitting in reverse.
So, because the weekend wasn’t exactly relaxing, but still fine, I’m going to leave you (tomorrow promises to be better and if not, at least different;–) with The Who, “My Generation”. Enjoy
Have a good one!