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My grandfather is very funny lately. I mean, it’s not funny that his brain is so mixed up but I (and the rest of the family) can’t help but laugh at some of the thing that come out of his mouth. “That is Your New Mother” is the latest and greatest episode of Nursing Home Diaries. Although, I guess it’s part of “Dementia Diaries” too. -ha. I started Dementia Diaries back when my grandfather was diagnosed to keep a journal of all the funny and not so funny moments and started the “Nursing Home Diaries” when my gram started living at the Nursing Home with my grandfather last Summer. I suppose they all blend into on “Diary” now that my gram is gone and my grandfather lives at the Nursing Home full time.
Watch the Video Below of us using fun filters with my grandfather this weekend.
Just a quick story about my grandfather this weekend. He has been all over the place lately with his thoughts. He continually thinks he is working in the fields (he was a farmer for 50 years) on his tractor and always says he is exhausted from a full days work. (Did you see my latest post on “finding the blessing in Dementia?” ) This past weekend my son and I joined him for lunch in the dining room at the Nursing Home (my aunt was there too) and he was in good spirits. Very on the ball (although he thought he worked that morning in the field), had great humor and very witty.
I love this picture of us last winter on the way to one of his doctor appointments prior to living in at the Nursing Home.
One of the young nurses joined us briefly to give him his meds and he introduced all of us to her. He forgets we know her well. -ha.
As she turns and leaves, he looks right at me and says, “Jessie, that is going to be your new mother.”
My 11 year old son raised his right eye brow and just stared at him with a funny look.
My aunt (my grandfather’s daughter) busted out with a laugh and just stared at him.
I paused and said, “What? you mean my new grandmother?”
He said in all seriousness, “yep, we are getting married.”
I paused again holding back my laughter and said, “does she know this? (meaning the nurse)”
He said, “well not yet, I am working on it but we are close.”
Can I just tell you that is one of the funniest things (besides asking the entire families permission a month ago to get remarried) he has done in a while. He was so happy and so excited that day because he thinks the young nurse is going to marry him.
So that’s it for today. A quick diary entry for down the road, when we all look back and share our stories about my grandfather. It’s important to find the humor in your loved ones disease. For me, that is the only way to cope and manage with his ever changing behaviors. You have to find the blessing in every visit. That is Your New Mother, will go down as one of the best memories ever that we are all still giggling about. My cute gramps, he makes me laugh ;).
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