Tag: Story

October 22, 2009 – Making Memories (Revisited)

The floodlight lays down shadows of the elm tree across my bed. The breeze through my window animates them. It’s dark in Ionia. Stark against the dimmed white walls and bed curtains, shines a luminous glow from my picture frame. Every few seconds, an image of a moment of our lives comes up, pauses, and …

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I lost my way in the kitchen today

It began as mornings do: stretching and slow moving out of bed, ballet tiptoes at the dining room table, and then to take morning meds. Suddenly I was confused and went to my office – the burgundy couch with my new laptop waiting. I opened it as I usually do (with great reverence and respect) …

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About Vicki’s Voice

In July, 2009, I was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) – Picks disease. Looking back, there were symptoms, but no explanation for what I was experiencing. As happens with most of the estimated 250,000 people with FTD in the United States alone, the correct explanation and diagnosis didn’t come until the disease had been progressing …

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FTD not just bouquets

Today was a black day. I didn’t want to harvest on my FB farm, or cook in my virtual cafe. I didn’t do the exercises I desperately need to maintain my “buns o’steel”, and learn to walk better. Living with this disease is a quiet thing. I have days, like today, where I can’t move …

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November 11, 2009 – ‘Reveille’ Nouveau

There was something beyond words, when I eavesdropped on the reuiniting of husband and wife at Heartland Healthcare. Choked me up, and made me see myself in years to come. He called on his 2-way radio, he hollered for help for his comrades. He low crawled into enemy lines, leaving a trail of blood with each exertion. He repeated it over and over and over. And then, on no particular day, he was back and he would smile at me.

4:00 a.m. and the restlessness sets in, indicated by stirring, scratching, stretching. By 4:30 the roosters are exercising their lungs, beginning their morning wake up ritual. “Hello?” replaces the ‘err a-err a-errr!!’. It starts quietly, one by one, by 5:00 they are in full voices. “Hello? Hello?? HELLO!!!” “Here.” “Here!!!” “HERE!!!!” As a neighbor, I …

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