Sunday, January 13, 2013

an outing with Magoo

After her flu related attended bed rest for the better part of 5 days it was time to pick up Patti from her care facility for a push and roll through the fresh air especially on a sunny 53°F (11.7°C) Saturday afternoon in January.

Push and rolls accompanied with Multiple Sclerosis dementia are never boring. Encountering this statue Patti wanted to know “why  the f#ck was this guy holding a pen?”

statue of Benjamin Rush, Dickinson College
Seeing no one anywhere nearby necessitating parental guidance controls on language, I plunged in. Reading the print I explained to Patti “it was a statue of Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.”

Patti: “So what! Lots of people signed that f#cking thing. Most of them were forced to!”

Me: “Wow! Perhaps you should teach history here”

Patti: “I couldn’t teach history – I’m too honest. I tell it like it is!”

Laughing out loud I begin to wonder who has the touch of dementia.

Continuing our push and roll I must confess to a guilty pleasure of enjoying Patti conversing with talking cross walk polls. It’s like going for an outing with Mr. Magoo. Patti wants more than a ‘wait’ or ‘walk’ … she wants to know “why”.  While on the other hand, whoever programs them “for the visually impaired” seems to think that people with disabilities simply lockstep obey commands. 

Whatever … sunshine, fresh air and laughter is free, disease modifying medicine for whatever ails you and IMHO probably better than half the stuff Big Pharma overcharges you for.

Patrick Leer
Caregivingly Yours, MS Caregiver @


  1. I love Patti's line that she is too honest and telling it like it is; I can appreciate that fine quality in her :)

    so glad that you guys had a chance to get out and enjoy an outing after her flu bug hit her. And what great temps too!


    1. "too honest to teach history" now there is a moniker for the ages :) I LOVE snow but it's hard not to like this mild spell of weather


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