I Remember Today. Will Alzheimers Stop Me Remembering Tomorrow?


IMG_6721I first wrote about getting tested for Alzheimer’s disease on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

I was 100 per cent sure  of the date because the previous day I had taken my first Standardized Mini-Mental State Examination (SMMSE or MME for short).

The only question I missed was the date. (See the full test here.)

I knew the day of the week (which I often don’t), the month and the year, but I didn’t know it was the 21st. It was hardly suprising  as I don’t keep track of the days of the week or the dates.

The nature of my life means most days are pretty much the same: I work, I play, I laugh, and I cry almost every day. I’m lucky that way: I live my life fully every day.

It doesn’t matter much if it’s Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday. And it  makes no difference whatsoever if it’s the 1st, 10th or 27th. I don’t hold on tight to dates and days. No need to.

I do hold on tenaciously to my values, hopes and dreams on the other hand. They are the cornerstones of my life. At the moment, I also have a relatively firm grip on many of my memories.

The day after I took my first test, I still recalled the two sets of words the nurse had told me to remember the previous day. The first group of three was: shirt, brown, honesty. The second group of five was: face, velvet, church, daisy, red.

There were three animals in the test: a lion, a hippopotamus and a camel. I had to draw a clock showing the hands at ten past eleven. I also drew a three dimensional cube.

Someday my memories will elude my grasp. But not on that day. And not today.

Today I remember.Today with Pooh



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