“For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” –Revelation 7:17
As a reminder, this series is going through the warning signs of dementia found at this link: LINK
Nothing makes me lose track of my life schedule more than going on vacation. On the rare day I have a week or more off, within a day I have completely lost track of the outside world. The lock-in portion of the pandemic also made me feel that way. It is a freeing feeling to not be bound by date and time, but it is also a challenge. However, those things have an end.
In dementia, losing track of date and time is much more nefarious and exhaustive. Anything bound to date and time is at risk of being missed, much more at risk than just a vacation or a retired living situation. Such time-sensitive things as taking pills, paying bills, waking and sleeping, and making it to appointments are huge challenges. To tack it on to the previous warning signs (that all overlap)…are your date/time issues causing challenges to your daily living? If so, visit with the doctor. Please. For me? For you! The benefits of knowing the causes and eliminating things that mimic dementia far outweigh the negatives of knowing.
Losing track of “place” is also part of this concept. Silver advisories were began in Missouri through the advice of the Silver Haired Legislators, a group of amazing seniors who advocate for other seniors every session in our state, to quickly broadcast through many means when a senior (typically with dementia) is lost. Much like the Amber Alert for missing children, this program has saved the lives of many, many vulnerable seniors. Are you losing track of where you are, whether driving or even going for a walk? These are both huge concerns and red flags that could directly cause you harm. Please…again…talk to your doctor.
Update: Nothing new to report. We are having the hospice nurse look at mom’s shin scratch. We could see about 2″ of skin there and the top inch had a significant scratch, but sans being able to pull up her pant leg, we have no clue if it is something small or big. Such is the Shawshank Re:Dementia life. 🙁
Dad Joke of the Day:
“Why do bees have sticky hair? Because they use a honeycomb.”
Have a great weekend, all! You deserve some peace this weekend!