I Have A Problem With My…

So, yesterday, in light of what today was (see previous post), I went to visit my Grandma in the Alzhiemers nursing home that she lives in.  When I walked in, I sat down next to her as one of the nurses was reading the newspaper to the residents.

She didn’t recognize me.  I touched her hand, and said Grandma, and she said, “Oh, are you here for me?”  Which was fine.  She’s happy.  She smiled.  I said yes, and walked her back to her room to talk.

She was so enthusiastic about the stories she told…but I couldn’t understand much of it.  She can’t remember words anymore.  And is mostly incoherrant (The nurses call it “word salad”) when she tries to complete a sentence.  But she smiles, and occasionally laughs, and so you smile, and nod, and laugh with her.  She really is very sweet.

At one point in our conversation, during what was perhaps the sanest moment I’ve seen her in a LONG time, she forgot another word she was trying to say, and she sighed, her shoulders dropped, and she looked me dead in the eye and said, “I have a problem with my…” and pointed to her head.  But then, she couldn’t complete the thought…and she thought for a moment, and finished with “chicken”. 

Then she smiled, and (from what I could gather) told me about how she raises chickens and she had problems with the chicken coop.

I’m glad I went.  It’s great to see her.  I love her laugh, and her smile.  It’s so genuine.  She lives in a world where whatever she thinks is reality.  The nurses take such good care of her.  And she truly is happy there.  And her happiness is her reality.

Here’s to you Grandma…here’s to your happiness, and your joy.  I was a stranger to you yesterday, and you loved me, and talked with me, and shared your joy.  Thank you.

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One Response to “I Have A Problem With My…”

  1. You know, I have a problems with my chicken too….and I’m out here driving on the interstate everyday. I was just thinking up a post about all the stupid things I do on a regular basis.

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