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Holding It Together [Dec. 29th, 2013|10:40 am]
Tony Grist
My mother lives to a strict routine. Breakfast at 8.00. Read Daily Telegraph. Get washed and dressed. Read Daily Telegraph. Coffee at 11.00. Read Daily Telegraph (or post if it's arrived.) Lunch at 1.00. Read Daily Telegraph. And so on through the day.  Her memory is very poor but the framework holds her together and creates an illusion of normality. Our job- as much as anything- is to keep it in place.

This morning, after getting dressed, she appeared at the kitchen door and asked, "What do I normally do at this time. I forget."
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[User Picture]From: ingenious76
2013-12-29 12:29 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to read this. My mum's mum also had a strict routine - and then we got the "what do I do now?"
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-12-29 05:08 pm (UTC)
And one has to react as if nothing is out of order...
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2013-12-29 01:58 pm (UTC)
I have a cousin is so set on routines, and I swear it is part of his whole OCD complex
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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2013-12-29 02:54 pm (UTC)
In your cousin's case it may be, but with Alzheimer patients, keeping a routine like this is a way to maintain some control. The feeling of being out of control because one just simply cannot remember is terrifying.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-12-29 05:10 pm (UTC)
Other people's routines are always so much sillier than one's own :)
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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2013-12-29 02:54 pm (UTC)
This phase will not last forever. Unfortunately, you will probably miss it once it passes.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-12-29 05:12 pm (UTC)
I can't see the next phase being any jollier.
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From: (Anonymous)
2013-12-29 03:44 pm (UTC)
Oh dear! Jenny x
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-12-29 05:11 pm (UTC)
:(
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2013-12-29 07:12 pm (UTC)
Much love to you and Ailz, and thank you both for being such wonderful, caring people.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-12-29 09:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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