NaBloPoMo : Dementia , Alzheimer’s Cruel Game.

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They are not in there they have gone.
Don’t search for the beautiful light that once shone,
They are not themselves, their soul has fled
Gone to us, to all purposes dead.
How cruel, how mean, how so unkind
To leave a feeble body and take a beautiful mind.
There are no words that can truly describe
The pain and fear of those trapped inside.
They can not reason they know no rhyme
They are gone and we are left behind.
Recognition in the eyes is sadly mockery.
This is no longer them, they are not who they used to be.
Screams of anger, voices harsh with fists of hate
You try so hard, you have so much on your plate.
There is no more that you can do.
They may be gone, still you try to be true.

32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Mar 11, 2021 @ 17:41:00

    Dementia, and such conditions, are so hard to fathom, or cope with. Well done, Sis ❤


  2. pensitivity101
    Mar 11, 2021 @ 18:22:52

    It’s such a cruel condition, heartbreaking for those looking on from the outside, and confusing for those trapped looking out from within. Every day is different.


  3. Dale
    Mar 11, 2021 @ 21:48:28

    Such a perfect portrayal of this horrible disease. Until their mind is completely gone, it is so frustrating to them and heartbreaking to us.


  4. bwcarey
    Mar 11, 2021 @ 22:12:49

    for all who suffer from the fast form of dememtia, researchers have found out, that cancer in older people has led to many elderly being misdiagnosed, this is 100% true, so if there are those diagnosed with dementia, the fast kind, it has been known to be cured, check any research out there, there is hope, amen… a simple vitamin supplement can help


    • willowdot21
      Mar 12, 2021 @ 05:52:32

      We must all cling to hope 💜💜


      • bwcarey
        Mar 13, 2021 @ 00:37:53

        its true, there have been numerous reports about it, particularly in older people who are diagnosed
        with rapid form of dementia, amen, we believe in
        Jesus because his words ring true, and the miracles he provided, were all real i think we dare to hope in difficult times because we fear others mocking behavior, as it was in olden times, amen

      • willowdot21
        Mar 13, 2021 @ 05:58:19

        Yes you are right 💜

      • bwcarey
        Mar 13, 2021 @ 23:14:06

        i read the story of a woman misdiagnosed, who recovered very quickly, once the real problem was identified, we sometimes need to dig, rather than accept the expert opinion. I used to be involved with legal matters; the only opinion that mattered, the right one for the client, it suppressed my thoughts for all the experts, then the financial crash, the fake wars etc… it does temper the brain cells,amen.

      • willowdot21
        Mar 14, 2021 @ 10:09:31

        difficult choices 💜

  5. ivor20
    Mar 12, 2021 @ 00:24:09

    The feeling of helplessness is disturbing and heart-wrenching…


  6. Sadje
    Mar 12, 2021 @ 01:23:11

    So sad and so very true. Beautifully written Willow


  7. besonian
    Mar 12, 2021 @ 13:36:21

    I’ll tell you a story about dementia. I had an uncle who was diagnosed with it in his seventies. I visited him and my aunt quite regularly then at their cottage in Devon. He ultimately became such a liability to my poor aunt who was ten years his senior – that she and I decided she could no longer look after him and he would have to go to a home. What pushed it to the limit was his almost setting the cottage on fire one night when I was staying there.

    We visited him in the home quite often. One day, when he’d been there a year or so, we were sitting with him, trying to communicate in some way with him, but with little success. Until, all of a sudden, a flash of lucidity came into his eyes. He looked at both of us and said, “You don’t have to worry about me, you know – I can’t remember anything!” My aunt and I were stunned. At which point, he lapsed into what had become his normal dementia mode and never ever again, to my knowledge, did he emerge from it. Certainly not to that bizarre extent anyway.

    I leave that with you for what it’s worth. But it inevitably set me wondering if, in some individuals at least, dementia is not quite the black horror it seems to us on the outside.


    • willowdot21
      Mar 12, 2021 @ 16:14:54

      That is a lovely story and very comforting. My sister was struggling to cope with her husband, we used visited but it was such a long way which nesscessitated either a twelve hour trip or overnight stay in a B&B. Then came covid. She has lots of family close for her, children right through to great grandchildren. It’s so hard to see someone you’ve known for over sixty years look at you as if you are strangers. In the end she had to concede and he is in a home..and that has been very difficult for her through out covid. …it’s very difficult and thanks for sharing.💜💜


  8. besonian
    Mar 12, 2021 @ 20:38:37

    You’re welcome Willow. Perhaps it might help your sister a little too. When looking from the outside and never being told, by an inhabitant, what the inside is like, we’ve a natural tendency to imagine the worst possible scenarios. But as far as it was possible for me or my aunt to judge, my old uncle certainly didn’t feel himself to be in a bad place at that moment in time. Who knows?


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