“All you need is LOVE”….. Beatles 1967

“Love, love, love

Love, love, love

Love, love, love

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done

Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung

Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game

It’s easy

Nothing you can make that can’t be made

No one you can save that can’t be saved

Nothing you can do, but you can learn how to be you in time

It’s easy

All you need is Love, All you need is Love, All you need is Love, love,

Love is all you need……..”

here’s the link to hear the whole song on you tube, in case you can’t sing 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsxtImDVMig

I know I’ve been remiss in writing a post in a few months; in retrospect that might be a good thing; no drama trauma to write about.

The good news is that, my LO, (who has young-onset Alzheimer’s, and has been in Memory Care since January), has adjusted VERY well to her new “home” and has finally begun to participate in the many activities available in this extrodinary facility.

I had no idea my spouse had artistic talents or inclinations; from watercolor painting to flower arranging. Who Knew? The bottom line is, she is enjoying herself everyday.

Now,…. for the “not so good” news. Her word finding is becoming increasingly difficult. It’s hard to have a meaningful conversation, although I know her well enough and can usually guess what word or thought she is struggling to find. And, at times, full and complete thoughts can emerge. (Think of a loose light bulb, that sometimes comes on and sometimes only flickers and then sometimes doesn’t come on at all!).

Here’s a funny example: One day while visiting with my LO for lunch, (sitting at a table of  6 fairly high functioning memory care residents), My LO was quietly listening to the group conversation and started to interject some witty, no doubt, smartass comment; (those of you who know her, know that she is VERY quick witted). Well…. she couldn’t spit out (word finding difficulty), the words quick enough and the comedic moment passed. Her roommate said, “what were you going to say ?”. My LO responed, “it’s not important and it doesn’t matter now”. Her roomie continued, a bit annoyed, “Why don’t you just say what you were going to say!. You do that all the time!” A bit “pissy” but clear as day, my LO said,” ….because I was going to say something funny and I couldn’t get the words out fast enough and it won’t be funny now!”      There you have it!      Light bulb on!!!

Well… you’re probably wondering what do the Beatles have to do with this post?  Along with this increased word finding difficulty, she has made a few comments to a staff member that maybe she is “losing it”. I know that scares her.

She asked me one day , “Do you love me?” I said , Of course I do! She said “good; I can make it through anything with LOVE”

Love

 

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