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Alzheimer's Request

Saturday, August 24, 2013

(My mom saw this in email or papers she had, but we have some relatives and friends with Alzheimer's and I know many of you have family or friends with Alzheimer's as well.).




Alzheimer's Request


Do not ask me to remember,
Don't try to make me understand.
Let me rest and know you're with me,
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.

I'm confused beyond your concept,
I'm sad and sick and lost.
All I know is that I need you,
To be with me at all cost.

Do not lose your patience with me,
do not scold, or curse, or cry.
I can't help the way I'm acting,
I can't be different, though I try.

Just remember that I need you,
That the best of me is gone,
Please don't fail to stand beside me.
Love me 'til my life is gone.



Anonymous


  
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2BDYNAMIC 8/25/2013 10:09PM

    This chokes me up ........... very tender and meaningful. May we all be sensitive and continue to love ............ Bless you for sharing ................ emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 8/25/2013 9:40PM

    Aw emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/25/2013 12:13PM

    How beautifully written. Fortunately in a way, I have not had much experience with people who are dealing with Alzheimer's, so besides being a very poignant poem to read, this was informative for me as well - I feel like I have a little bit more of an understanding of how devastating it must be for the person with Alzheimer's as well as their loved ones. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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LOFLLAMA 8/25/2013 12:11PM

  This sentence breaks my heart! "That the best of me is gone," It's so not true! A person can always have their BEST inside!

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JANNEPERRY 8/25/2013 9:33AM

    Thanks for sharing. I have a friend just diagnosed

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GAYLLYNNE 8/25/2013 8:41AM

    This is so true. My mom had Alzheimers for 11 years. She passed away in 2008. It was hard, very hard. Let's hope we find a cure soon!

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TAMMYAND 8/24/2013 10:51PM

    Absolutely profound. Whoever wrote this piece really nailed it.

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 8/24/2013 10:23PM

    I see it coming in my mom. Her dad and sister had it also. She refuses medication and swears it isn't in her despite her doctor speaking with her. All we can do is wait and be there when she needs us. It's heart-wrenching.

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MERRYMARY42 8/24/2013 10:18PM

    so very nice, I copied it and put it in my journal, Thanks

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JOANOFSPARK 8/24/2013 10:06PM

    We have relatives who suffer from this, so it is particularly moving......and something to remember. Thanks for sharing...

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WILDKAT781 8/24/2013 9:54PM

    Powerful

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SPARKFRAN514 8/24/2013 9:47PM

    emoticon it brings back sad memories of my Aunt who suffered many years with the awful disease . to to all who have family and friends with this disease emoticon emoticon

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ELSCO55 8/24/2013 9:39PM

    Beautiful

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AWESOMECHELZ 8/24/2013 9:01PM

    That's just beautiful and it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. emoticon
Love, Chelsea emoticon

P.S. I like the beautiful, background flowers on your page. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2013 8:45PM

    I am in tears reading this. It is my Mom.

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Flashback... remember when Kansas was Dry?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Today we drove up to the county north of us to have dinner at a new-to-us restauran. I had purchased a Groupon offer. It's an Italian place, so I was somewhat surprised that they didn't push the alcoholic beverages... water and pop was what they had!

Well, turns out, that county was not entirely dry - it allowed liquor-by-the-drink only in restaurants that got at least 30% of their revenue from food, with a membership card... and this restaurant is new enough (I think? I'd never heard of it before I saw the Groupon offer), that it didn't yet have a liquor license and/or membership cards. Believe me, they would have been pushing it, if they did have membership cards.

Years ago, all of Kansas was dry, with liquor by the drink only in the restaurants set up as "membership clubs." That's how it was when I turned 21 and was old enough to drink. Most restaurants reciprocated, so I remember getting a card at one of the restaurants that seemed to reciprocate with more restaurants then the others. Silly me, when that system ended, I threw away my membership card. Little did I realize it would be a historical relic. Or hysterical, I'm not sure which - trying to explain this system, back in the day, to residents of most other states like California was guaranteed to bring about great hilarity. I'm thinking it changed like in the mid to late 1990's? Can't remember now. Too tired to google it. But I remember they changed it so that the counties that wanted to stay dry could, and that they'd have the option to revisit the issue at future elections. Some have eventually changed and become liquor by the drink counties, and others are still totally dry counties.

So, in spite of all this historical retrospective, tonight's dinner was fun (and saved me some alcoholic calories, yaaay!). I had saved some room for calories, as I only had a meal around 10 am and this dinner was more like 7 pm (allowing for husband coming home later and the pleasant 20 or so minute drive up there...). Plus, we split the appetizer and the dessert, and each had a salad.

For those curious, here's a map of the current status:
www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/abcwetdrymap.p
df


Oh here we are, a history of evolution of Kansas liquor law...
skyways.lib.ks.us/ksleg/KLRD/Publica
tions/Kansas_liquor_laws_2003.pdf

  
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JANNEPERRY 8/25/2013 9:32AM

    Sounds like a good new restaurant. Liquid calories--alcohol or otherwise-really do add up!

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GRAMMACATHY 8/25/2013 12:58AM

    Interesting. In Oregon I know that whenever a new owner buys Goble Tavern, they have to go through a waiting period before getting their liquor license and kids aren't allowed where liquor is served. In San Antonio, boy were we surprised when DD, GD and were sat with everybody else drinking and singing karaoke. Kind of eye opening for the 10 yo GD at the time. She also waltzed into the liquor store with us to buy my Sis a bottle of wine. So Texas has barely any laws and Kansas is still fairly dry.

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 8/24/2013 10:17PM

    I LOVE cultural/history lessons like this! Thanks for sharing!
Our state lets individual towns and counties vote whether to be wet or dry. The county I live in is dry but recently the counties touching our borders have become "wet" in the main towns. Some of those are restricted to restaurants too.
Here is our map!
http://www.thinkkentucky.co
m/edis/edisfiles/maps/Alcoholic
_Beverage_Sales_in_KY.pdf
You'll have to copy & paste the link in your browser to get it to work.

Comment edited on: 8/26/2013 9:26:06 AM

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SPARKFRAN514 8/24/2013 9:51PM

    thanks for sharing sounds like dinner was good and you save calories.

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BELTONWALKER67 8/24/2013 10:10AM

    Thought maybe I didn't remember correctly..but maybe so. Seen where they changed the legal age to purchase beer to 21 back in 1985. I seem to have memories of my roommates and I driving across the Missouri line into Kansas to purchase beer back in 1964..we were all 18 and working in Kansas City.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2013 6:57AM

    Thanks for the history lesson! Glad you got to experience a new restaurant. HUGS and here's to a great weekend.

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ISTRALOUISE 8/24/2013 5:46AM

    Wow so complicated.. and all I had to do when I turned 21 was go out..

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AWESOMECHELZ 8/24/2013 1:44AM

    I don't drink but I visited the map and couldn't believe it! I had never heard anything like it before. Very interesting indeed. emoticon emoticon

Love, Chelsea

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It is well.... (Accidental second copy of this blog!?)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Went for a walk with the DH and the dog this morning. Was a little slower paced then I would have liked, but it was decent.

Then the day passed, didn't get as much done as I would have liked.

Went for a walk this evening just to get some peace, and played the Pandora box, with all the various stations I like. When a yack-ad came on, poof! I changed the station. Had some nice songs where I really picked up the pace and after my first mile, I didn't want to go home. Second mile. Third mile. Getting darker and leg was griping at me.

Cooled off at home listening to the music and suddenly, in a supposedly "exercise music" station, I get Rebecca St James singing "It is Well" and the lyrics were there. Oh Joy! (Not all the lyrics I remember, but the melody was there. And I thought, "yea... All is well!"

Thought it would be fun to upload link to the video - but the only RSJ version of the song I could find on YouTube was a live version, no lyrics, and not the same phrasing and pacing (I didn't like it as well as the studio version I heard on Pandora. But I did find lots of other versions of the song with lyrics, really too many to pick one, so here is my arbitrary selection:

"It is well" - Kutless
youtu.be/ntklZwAzEEo

Hope it is well with you...

  
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JANNEPERRY 8/20/2013 9:07PM

    It is well with my soul is one of my favorite songs. The author wrote the lyrics after his family was kidded in a shipwreck. With that in mind, it really lets me know all is well and I surely have nothing to complain about!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/19/2013 8:44AM

    What a beautiful song. Thanks for sharing it. I appreciate that. It made my Monday a whole lot more GRATEFUL! HUGS

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JESSIKA_56 8/19/2013 7:52AM

    I love Kutless! Sounds like you had a good walk.

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AWESOMECHELZ 8/19/2013 7:00AM

    Thanks for sharing! It's a great song. I use Pandora too and love the music. emoticon emoticon Have an enjoyable day. emoticon
Chelsea emoticon

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THRIVE2DAY 8/19/2013 1:31AM

    Nice! emoticon

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POPSY190 8/19/2013 12:49AM

    Thank you for mentioning Pandora's box which I looked up. I'd not heard of it before and it looks good!

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It is well....

Monday, August 19, 2013

Went for a walk with the DH and the dog this morning. Was a little slower paced then I would have liked, but it was decent.

Then the day passed, didn't get as much done as I would have liked.

Went for a walk this evening just to get some peace, and played the Pandora box, with all the various stations I like. When a yack-ad came on, poof! I changed the station. Had some nice songs where I really picked up the pace and after my first mile, I didn't want to go home. Second mile. Third mile. Getting darker and leg was griping at me.

Cooled off at home listening to the music and suddenly, in a supposedly "exercise music" station, I get Rebecca St James singing "It is Well" and the lyrics were there. Oh Joy! (Not all the lyrics I remember, but the melody was there. And I thought, "yea... All is well!"

Thought it would be fun to upload link to the video - but the only RSJ version of the song I could find on YouTube was a live version, no lyrics, and not the same phrasing and pacing (I didn't like it as well as the studio version I heard on Pandora. But I did find lots of other versions of the song with lyrics, really too many to pick one, so here is my arbitrary selection:

"It is well" - Kutless
youtu.be/ntklZwAzEEo

Hope it is well with you...

  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/24/2013 9:46AM

    That's really strange - where did the other comments go? There were several others here in this blog earlier this week.

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ISTRALOUISE 8/24/2013 5:29AM

    I love Pandora and training the stations to what I like... Mine occasionally get a little wierd though too.. Most common in my Christian feed is to get country stations or kids songs, occasionally secular R&B as well. Oh well.. lol..

I have a comedy station, a jazz station, and a Christmas station as well :)

I have Pandora One so I don't get ads, but sometimes I have to forward to the next song or thumbs down if I don't like one, so I can move on to the next one.

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Mary Poppins

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

More later.

Got to see it today. For free. Music Theatre of Wichita. An interpreter was there and wow! She could fingerspell "super-cali-fragi-listic-expi-oli-doe-sis" (and I'm not quite sure I spelled it right just typing it!)... Wish I had a video (not allowed to run cameras videos or other electronics.).

Man!

That's bad when a hearing person fingerspells faster than a deaf person!!

  
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ISTRALOUISE 8/24/2013 5:25AM

    They have some pretty talented individuals out there.. On the tv show 'Right This Minute' I saw video of a translator at a rap concert, translating all the lyrics. It was fascinating to watch

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AWESOMECHELZ 8/14/2013 5:55PM

    Pretty cool! She should put that on YouTube! She would be a sensation overnight. emoticon
Love, Chelsea emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/14/2013 1:56PM

    I wish I knew more sign language, but pretty much all I know is what is most likely a super-simplified "Silent Night" that I learned for church choir as a kid. I would LOVE to see someone finger-spelling supercalifragi...whatever. :) That sounds super impressive!! Hope you enjoyed the show!

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CHERYL_ANNE 8/14/2013 11:28AM

    Yay! So grateful when everyone can enjoy what is going on. (My Mom iwho lives with us is HoH/deaf).

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1CRAZYDOG 8/14/2013 9:49AM

    That's awesome! HUGS

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JESSIKA_56 8/14/2013 7:58AM

    Wow! Her fingers must have been working overtime!

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ERINODONNELL 8/14/2013 7:04AM

    My 3 daughters are also Deaf (I'm hard of hearing) and they are always asking me to interpret whatever Disney movie we are watching at the time since they are too young to read the captions. Oh man the fun I've had learning to sign for Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, and more emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 8/14/2013 1:02AM

    I look forward to the more.....

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