I read about an elderly gentleman who couldn’t reach his feet when stretching.
He stacked copy paper and each day removed a few sheets as he slowly worked toward his goal. By losing only a few sheets per day, he didn’t notice the decline.
This is the way our journey thru Alzheimer’s (I hate you Alzheimer’s) has been. Wayne has declined so markedly over the past year but I really just didn’t notice the insidious affects of the disease.
For instance, one day I realized as I was feeding him, “Hey, when did this happen, I can’t remember!”
When did he no longer recognize a toothbrush? Have been brushing his teeth for so long that his doing it is a faint memory.
When did he no longer speak in sentences? He does manage the odd phrase but no longer sentences.
When did his eyes fail him to the point he no longer is able to focus on an item? I often take my I Pad loaded with beautiful flower pics and when I hold it for him to see, he looks at the ceiling, right or left but never at the pic.
One decline that has never happened is his gentlemanly behavior and his thank you’s. Our son said it best, “Alzheimer’s may have robbed Dad of his memory but not his personality.” Amen to that, dear man. What a battle you have fought for over 14 years.