|Grandma and my girls|
She starts in with her questions of who, what, when, and where? I realize the memories are absent or jumbled to her. She often tells me she is crazy, but I always tell her that she is not. I remind her that she is 86 years old and our minds play tricks on us as we get older. I don't know if she really understands, but she does seem to trust me. As we continued our trip to Sheridan, I felt that trust from her.
She knew we were going somewhere special, and she took in all the sights. We had to drive by several schools. Vines had taken over on the road between Bauxite and Sheridan. She laughed and mentioned that someone wasn't doing their job. She took in all the pretty houses and trees. I told her to rest, but she was too busy taking in the sights.
She started talking about bears and how scared she was of bears. She said that if you keep food in your pocket and a bear is close by, then he will get the food and you too!!! LOL.. I wanted to ask.. Is that why you threw the cornbread out the window and risked the $1000 fine??
|Aunt Ruby at |
|Holland, Aunt Ruby's|
|Thing 6 and me!|
|Sweet Emma with Grandma|
Out of the 6 kids, she has one girl. Poor thing doesn't have a chance. Emma appears to be the sweetest little girl. She could pass as another one of my kids, and I would gladly take her home with me in a heartbeat. With five brothers, I know there has to be a mean streak in her somewhere. LOL
Anyway, Grandma loved sitting on Uncle Brent's porch in the rocking chair in the 110 degree heat. Emma sat beside her in another rocking chair and just smiled and catered to Grandma. Aunt Ruthie and Uncle Brent both came out and we shared the events of the day. Of course, grandma wanted to know who everyone was and constantly asked Ashley how many kids she had. Ashley's other kids...Things 1, 2, and 4 ran around showing their skills at running and playing ball, and they also helped control the dogs.
|Uncle Brent helping|
Grandma to the
We drove away, and I went back over the visit at Uncle Brent's house. Grandma talked about the little girl on the porch. She couldn't remember her name but she talked about how sweet she was. I reminded her that Uncle Brent would be bringing her chicken on Sunday, and we had to go get her teeth so she could eat it. This is when I realized how wore out she was getting.
|Grandma and Grandpa with|
the great grandkids.
Now, it is one thing to deal with just Dementia Grandma. It is another thing to deal with Dementia Very Tired Grandma. She can read every sign and keeps up with every exit!
She kept telling me that I could let her out at White Hall and she would walk the rest of the way to her house. For some reason, she had it in her mind that I was going to Lake Village. I realized after I saw the sign that she had been keeping up with where we were going. I tried to calm her down by informing her that we were going to her house.
When we got to her house, she was tired and ready to relax. I fixed her dinner and told her Daddy would be over later. I went to Mom's and literally took two days to recover from that trip! I really don't know how my dad does it every day!!! Just 10 hours with Grandma was a workout for me!
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