Confined to Quarters

Confined to Quarters
Being confined to quarters can leave one feeling low and depressed. There is little to cheer, amuse or humor you unless you have small kids at home with you. I’m confined all by myself, just me and my thoughts, that’s scary by itself. There’s very little humor in my days, but today I did something that put a slight smile on my face. I had to turn around quickly to see if anyone happened to be watching my accidental discovery. I recently got our old Queen size bed replaced with a hospital bed. I found out it works very well. The foot and the head end both go up and down by an electric motor. It has a trapeze to pull myself up with if I had the strength to use it. I can get in bed better. I found out it had one big drawback. If I have the head end up too high, my body tends to creep down towards the foot end during the night. I can find myself somewhat like a turtle on its back. I had to devise a way to get out, that first week I almost called 911 in a panic. I finally settled down and managed to squirm enough to get my legs over the side, paralyzed as I am. Somehow getting ahold of the mattress edge pulled myself up to a sitting position and almost slid onto the floor. I said to myself, “self,” this is not going to work! There was an old piece of rope in my toolbox that my brother Harlan and I used dragging deer. It was a stout old nylon rope. The edges were all frayed from possibly dragging a 100 deer over the years. That rope would have many stories to tell about deer hunting in subzero weather etc. Old Finlander is not likely to throw anything away. I knew I was keeping that rope for a particular reason. After many years of stacking old coffee cans, I did finally throw away old spark plugs. The point I was trying to get to when my nurse from the VA spotted that ragged old rope she immediately went into a frenzy about those rough, frayed edges tearing my hands all up, this isn’t going to work, she said. I told her I would try to remedy the situation, a few days later, like some lightning flash, maybe an epiphany the problem got solved. Cover the raspy, rough rope with a pair of my wife’s old pantyhose. It was a struggle pulling the pantyhose over the ragged-edges. The toughest lumberjack lady, three ax handles wide don’t have legs that rough. The problem got solved with Finnish ingenuity. That project is what I did today; it is unbelievable; the rope doesn’t have any edges to hurt my fingers now. I know it’s going to work well, no 911 calls. I was proud of myself, then the thought came to me, the next time that nurse comes she’s going to look at that pantyhose rope and immediately say, “that is kinda kinky isn’t?” Would you like me to get you an inflatable doll too? The thought brought a smile to my face the first one in several days, So I thought I would share this with you maybe you would get a smile also. Truth is stranger than fiction. That is for sure.

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Faded Memories

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Faded

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Faded Memories

Precious memories, how they linger. Under normal circumstances precious memories sustain our lives through good and bad and all that comes in between. The well lived life should be full of precious memories, hopefully they will out number the sad memories. Nearly one in five Americans over the age of 65 struggles with depression, which can be a debilitating and life-threatening condition. Social isolation, illness and the loss of loved ones can all trigger or worsen depression, as can certain medications.

There has always been some memory loss associated with old age. It was called dementia and it was taken for granted, it would happen to almost everyone if they lived long enough. This new modern age has brought change in medical terms, we now have what is called Alzheimer’s and it robs its victims of those precious memories that always lingered, refreshed and lifted the spirits. Caregivers take note and take heart – feelings remain even after memory  fades in Alzheimer’s patients.

This raises many questions about personalities, about memories and the loss of memories. Emotions seem to linger on well, even after memories are faded in many people’s minds. The interconnection between our memories and our emotions seems to be a very complex issue. Doctors are studying the reasons for this, while looking for cures for Alzheimer’s disease.

Faded memory is just part of getting older, we all will get it to a certain degree as we continue to age and our brains cells also age and deteriorate along with the rest of the body. We must exercise our brains too.”In order to receive a diagnosis of dementia, an individual must be impaired in two areas other than memory. Loss of memory is quite common in senior and the elderly, and is not considered to be a definitive symptom of dementia. In most cases, dementia is a progressive illness, where symptoms emerge slowly, and then significantly increase over time. Short-term memory loss may be one sign of this disease, where patients begin to misplace things,”

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