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My Mother [Aug. 26th, 2014|11:00 am]
Tony Grist
My mother has taken to handing the paper across the kitchen table and asking me to explain stories to her. I take this as an indication that she can no longer read normal newsprint.

If this is the case then her eyesight has deteriorated quite a bit in the past few weeks.

However- living as she does in an eternal present- I don't believe she realises there's been a change.

We're taking her this afternoon to the eye clinic at Maidstone hospital. Perhaps they can clarify matters. The treatment they're giving her is supposed to halt macular degeneration. I doubt that it's working. I fear it may even be making things worse.

Another thing: she used to be picky about the TV she watched. Now she's happy to spend the afternoon watching- or dozing through- quiz shows.

But sometimes she surprises us. Yesterday she asked us about the pronunciation of the word "sloth" because she reckoned the presenter had mispronounced in a programme she'd watched the day before. 
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From: cmcmck
2014-08-26 11:13 am (UTC)
I had an eye issue some years back and found Maidstone pretty good.

Sloth? Long 'o' or short? I pronounce it short. 'o' as in orange. I believe both are correct.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-08-26 11:18 am (UTC)
I pronounce it long but I agree that both are correct.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2014-08-26 12:47 pm (UTC)
Well, some say "scone" can be pronounced with a long o, but these are heretics. =:)
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From: cmcmck
2014-08-26 01:30 pm (UTC)
Or southerners!

My English ancestry is from the northeast so it's definitely short 'o' and the husband is a Scot, so much the same.

Having mixed northern and southern ancestry, I pronounced bath with a long 'a' and castle with a short one, but I'm odd like that! :o)
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2014-08-26 02:19 pm (UTC)
See, there, there's a plausible reason. My brother pronounces it with a long o, despite both of us being brought up as far south as it's possible to go without getting very wet. =:)

But then - he did wind up making a living in *rhubarb*market research*rhubarb*.
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From: cmcmck
2014-08-26 02:44 pm (UTC)
Well, we live as far south as it's possible to go without being French! :o)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-08-26 04:04 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, I believe I'm one of them.
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From: cmcmck
2014-08-26 04:23 pm (UTC)
Southerner or heretic? :o)
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From: artkouros
2014-08-26 11:51 am (UTC)

I wonder if your mother might enjoy audio books? And my dad loved recordings of the old time radio shows.

Edited at 2014-08-26 11:51 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-08-26 04:05 pm (UTC)

Re:

She's very deaf and she can't follow a story because she forgets what's happened :(
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2014-08-26 12:59 pm (UTC)
Admittedly, I won't be able to use taste in TV as much of an indicator with my mother. =:) That said, last time I visited, I was almost successful in introducing her to MasterChef - but by that point, it was high time to head off to sleep.

I have heard her mention "Jeremy Kyle", in a positive tone, though.. so, as above. ^_^; (She has, thankfully, given up on the Daily Mail, which does please me. Such a dreadfully hate-ridden rag - and sadly, she'd often believe their writing, which led to some rather prolonged arguments as I tried to rebut their tawdry accusations of "Sharia law", et al)

I would like to tempt her into another newspaper, though. Or even online, but she's been rather resistant to playing with the original iPad I gave her. (Well, I bought her one when they came out, which wound up being de facto the boys' preserve, so when I bought the iPad Air, I gave her mine. It's not a matter of intelligence, just.. such technological aversion, and that's proven to be very difficult to overcome)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-08-26 04:11 pm (UTC)
My mother takes- and has always taken- the Telegraph.

My father- who died 10 years ago- owned a computer but my mother has always refused to use one- and now it's far too late to start.

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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2014-08-26 05:31 pm (UTC)
The lady that I work for has eye problems too, along with her memory issues. Sometimes I think the problem is her brain, but it's really her eyes... sometimes I think it's her eyes, but it's really her brain.

It could be that she can't see the print. It also could be that her brain has lost the memory of the words she is seeing. :-(

All good wishes to you both.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-08-26 06:01 pm (UTC)
It's very hard to tell.

I don't think my mother has forgotten the words; her vocabulary is impressive and she can still do crossword puzzle; but I think she may well forget the start of a paragraph by the time she reaches the end.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2014-08-26 05:44 pm (UTC)
well at least she remembers
you can read
it might be good for interaction?

try giving her a hand held magnifier
and have her show you what she can see>?
maybe that might help give you an indicator
she might find it better fro the side=
because mom's macular degeneration wiped out from the center going out.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-08-26 06:08 pm (UTC)
She already has a magnifying glass.

Her eyes really are very bad, but I think memory loss comes into it too. She'll start reading something and by the time she reaches the end she'll have forgotten the beginning.

She's had the same book on her bedside table for over a year now. If she loses her place in it she just starts again at chapter 1. I don't think she has any idea what she's reading.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2014-08-27 02:29 am (UTC)
think my dad has the same problem
of not remembering what he reads
and that's why he won't throw out a single peace of spam
or delete any emails. 40thousand emails & counting.

it maybe the memory attached to hearing is still connected a bit
so you reading short bits is probably very enjoyable.

HUGSSSS its not easy parenting parents!
i know that one for sure
i'm a lousy parent.

you are doing a great job!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-08-27 08:42 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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