Wednesday, April 16, 2008
caregiving: today's forecast - politicians
Seemed like an ideal, ‘different’ and free idea for an outing with Patti.
Democratic Party organizers apparently use the Alfred E Newman Event Planning Guide.
Rule # 1 - Arrive an hour late
With Patti’s Multiple Sclerosis memory loss and cognitive challenges it is always ‘now’ so the wait was not a problem for her. However, temperatures fall rapidly this time of year and “duh, like it gets dark.”
Rule # 2 – “What me worry?”
With only a battery powered megaphone with a hand-grip talk switch for a public address system at least all were equally hearing challenged. Even Ms. Clinton commented that, believe it or not, she had never used a bull horn before. … I for one believe her. :)
Anyway while the message may have been lost in the medium, Patti found a way to have a grand old time. … “free speech”
In order to wiggle closer to get a picture I had to temporarily park Patti on the fringe of the crowd. Some Clinton supporters and protestors quickly accelerated from ‘shut up’ to expletives. Why did it surprise me when I heard Patti shouting her two bits of expletives and dissolving into her self amused laugh?
Quickly returning I had no idea which side she had chosen to take nor did she, but NOW she was enjoying herself. :)
With the challenges of cognitive impairment outings can become quite different than intended, yet "all's well that ends well."
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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