My Dementia Diary 25 – Life in Reverse

Noting my wife’s continuing mental deterioration from rational adult to simple minded child, I was reminded of a piece I saw George Carlin do some years ago. Bless his brilliant and irreverent mind, George has moved on to the great comedy stage in the sky, but he leaves many laughs behind him. I think his […]

Birthdays

statistically, in today’s world, each of us shares the same birthday with about 20 million other people   that’s a lot of birthday candles   imagine that everyone in your city has the same birthday as you imagine that 20 million birthday buddies are celebrating simultaneously   imagine that you and the 20 million inhabitants […]

My Dementia Diary 84 – If You’re Not in the Obits, Eat Breakfast

Getting old? I don’t think about it. Never have. My life has been a constant series of opportunities, relationships, and “projects,” goals with timetables that fully engaged all of me until they were done. Then there were new opportunities, new relationships, and new “projects.” Sure, there have been slow times, even some depressing ones, a […]

My Dementia Diary 26 – Over the Rainbow

Some years ago, I was listening to the radio and the announcer said he’d just heard the most amazing voice and he had to share it. The voice was that of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, an Hawaiian giant known as “Iz” to his many fans. I listened to his rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “It’s […]

My Dementia Diary 59 – Growing Down

  “Oh, what a cute baby!” If you, like me, have been blessed with baby experiences, you’ve often heard this phrase, or even uttered it yourself. “Oh, what a cute corpse!” Bet you haven’t heard that one though. With too much time to think lately, it occurs to me that life’s two extremes, birth and […]

“Almost Heaven”, a humorous short story

As published in the Saturday Evening Post online. “Watch out!” I yelled, slamming the Land Rover’s brake pedal to the floor. Sam’s earlier caution flashed through my mind; the brakes hadn’t worked in years. He assured me the old wreck never went fast enough to need them. Sam forgot to mention the small hill I […]

My Dementia Diary 3 – Doctors and Diagnosis

How is dementia diagnosed? Yes, there are brain scans and other tests that can show evidence of damage that could cause dementia. When my wife had her seizure five years ago, a brain scan was done. A a neurologist whom I trusted, observed no irregularities with her brain. The doctor’s best explanation for the seizure […]