While Multiple Sclerosis cognitive challenges “affect” Patti …
As a caregiver there are times anxiety slithers across whatever I’m doing. What ifs, derailed dreams, and future fears ricochet about like pin balls. Sometimes it is easier or more bewildering to get under control.
I always need to remind myself to be careful not to view interactions with Patti from an able bodied / able minded perspective. Since like most caregivers I walk in both worlds sometimes the switch can get stuck.
Engage on whatever level is available. … Avoid words/concepts such as disappear, loss, etc. Whatever challenges memory and cognitive impairment may present they are really challenges primarily to me on the outside looking in.
Humor is simple yet potent. The cognitive processing of humor involves so many parts of the brain it may be the best of possible ‘mental work outs’. Plus this is the USA; culturally we are not a people of sophisticated or complicated humor. Anyone can be funny enough. Don’t let your own frustrations or intimidations with someone else’s health prevent you from trying.
Reality will always be waiting for you.
“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” Mark Twain