In spite of our weather prognosticating rodent, Wednesday was a marvelous day! I seized the opportunity and brought Patti home for dinner which also serves to force some family time with a busy 16 year old daughter.
Picking Patti up we learned there was a message that two friends were coming to visit. Messages are not the forte of care facility. ‘Sharon and Beth’ were the only clues left by the time the message had filtered through multiple staff and shifts. I was impressed as Patti began to logically match people to the names and then rule them out based on where she believed they last lived. I decided to leave my cell number at the desk just in case we did not get back in time.
That was fortunate, as they were able to reroute their visit with Patti at our home. Sharon and Beth are child hood friends and former classmates of Patti’s. Even Sharon’s Mom who likewise had known Patti her whole life tagged along. Sharon (who Patti had ruled out because of where she lived) had actually driven up from Philadelphia to visit. Patti absolutely enjoyed this surprise visit. Operating mostly in long term memory Patti conversed freely and effortlessly. Observing all this, one could find it hard to believe Patti even had cognitive or memory challenges. I myself found it hard to believe at times. The inconsistency of MS symptoms is so baffling.
Friends are extraordinary medicine; there are no ifs, ands, or buts about that.