Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Reality of alzheimer's Strikes Again!

Last week, Thursday I believe, my parents flew out to Kansas City for a funeral of a close friend of theirs. Upon their return to Louisville on Sunday evening (1/6) Mom called to let me know they got home safely. She described their trip, how the funeral was, who they met, and so on. Before we hung up she told me how exhausted she was from the flight and that she was going to bed. I guess our conversation lasted about a total of 5 minutes.

I hung up the phone after saying good-bye to her, sat down on the sofa with David to finish watching our show. About 5-8 minutes later the phone rang again. It was Mom again, calling to tell me that she and Dad were back home from Kansas... giving me all of the exact same information as if we hadn't just spoken 5 minutes earlier. She had no recollection of calling me the first time. I continued the conversation with her, not letting her know of her prior phone call. I couldn't believe what was happening. It was as if someone pushed a rewind button. I have to say I was stunned. I looked at David in disbelief when I hung up the phone for the second time.

Guess I got knocked in the head with the reality of alzheimer's.

1 comment:

Her Serene Highness will do said...

The progression of Alzheimer's is so cruel, for everyone in the family. I know what you are going through and my heart goes out to you and your loved ones.