Memories, forgetfulness and dementia

Last week I was sitting in the waiting room at my foot doctor\’s when I saw old friends, Bill and Bev. I haven\’t seen them in years – they were among the first set of friends we made after moving here. 

I said hi to Bill and he was so happy to see me – a little too happy in that I could tell he was overcompensating for his bad memory. I talked with Bev and it\’s more than a bad memory – he is in full dementia. She said he knows how to \”fake it\” well. He was in there because he is imaging foot pain that he doesn\’t have – it\’s part of his dementia. 

Wow, it really bothered me. I\’ve noticed a good friend of mine who I left behind in the bay area and when we\’ve talked on the phone, she doesn\’t remember many of our shared memories. I can be forgetful – and sometimes I am taken off guard by something that seems blank to me, but I usually remember. But she has no such memory to glean from. She had cancer and was on Chemo so I am thinking that might have contributed to her memory loss. 

I know there have been times, my boys will talk about something from their memories and I don\’t remember it. I feel bad about that, like what kind of mom forgets these memories? Usually, their memories are from their point of view – not mine. 

Then there are those memories you never forget. Like when my son, Michael died. However, the days and weeks after his death,  I have memory blackouts.  Movies or important news that happened in 2003 – I don\’t remember. It\’s like that whole year is a blank. Stress and trauma will do that to you. 

Lately, I take my eyeglasses off to read and then I forget where I put them. Sometimes I place them on my lap – I forget, get up and they fall to the floor. Thank God I haven\’t stepped on them yet!  So I think I need those eyeglasses necklace chains. All because of my forgetfulness. 

Aren\’t they adorable! 

6 thoughts on “Memories, forgetfulness and dementia

  1. Anonymous May 25, 2021 / 11:31 pm

    WhenI can't find my glasses the first place I check is the top of my head. If I don't put things like keys always in the same place I am in trouble.


  2. Anonymous May 25, 2021 / 11:46 pm

    Dementia and memory loss is sad, and some people really do cover well. You really made me laugh at the end though and those babies are adorable!


  3. Anonymous May 26, 2021 / 12:13 am

    I'm careful with my health in fear of dementia. It happens to the nicest people. I understand your contemplation a little too well. I also have little memory from difficult times in my life. I guess it is a coping mechanism. What is embarrassing is I really don't remember most of the students I taught. They have all blended together.


  4. Anonymous May 26, 2021 / 4:01 pm

    The kids are so cute! They are adorable. My memory is getting bad too but I think I'm not trying. Or it could be the stress and such from all the hysteria. It's scarin' the horses. *giggle* God is good, though, and I still feel like we're being blessed daily.I hope your Van is fixed and all is going well for y'all.Blessings. xx


  5. Anonymous May 26, 2021 / 5:56 pm

    I too worry about dementia, as hubs is very slowly going that way and sometimes I think I am following him.


  6. Anonymous May 26, 2021 / 10:55 pm

    Dementia is horrible I watched mt Nan suffer from it and have an aunt who has it and towards the end my Dad also started to have it


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