Alzheimers Disease or dementia is a condition that scares me more, far more, than the cancer that was supposed to have claimed me some years ago.
I once worked doing 'foreigners' driving for an undertaker. It's a long story involving me doing a favour for a friend. One day - perhaps - I might blog about it.
Whilst I never tell jokes about dementia and whilst I have a healthy respect for people at a time of bereavement I am also aware that caring for people with dementia and being an undertaker require one to have a well-developed sense of humour if one is not to succumb to mind-numbing heaviness of heart and even depression.
A few weeks ago I posted on Eagleton Notes about Kestrels on Lewis. The reason that has stuck in my mind - indeed preyed upon it - is that I was so sure that I'd never previously seen a Kestrel on Lewis despite having posted about one a few months previously. How could I have forgotten? What else had I forgotten?
Now, unlike my Brother CJ, and my Uncle who had a photographic memory, I have never had a good memory. In fact I have always had an appalling memory. I have to make lists of everything especially things I may need when shopping. Then, of course, I have to remember that I've made a particular list and in the case of a shopping list I have to remember to take it with me [I now use my iPhone for shopping lists which partly gets over that problem].
I was thinking about all this this evening when I put on a DVD whilst I was having my dinner only to discover that it's the umpteenth DVD I've put on that I've already seen. Of course I can't recall the ending any more than I could recall the endings of the others. So I can at least watch it again with a degree of enjoyment.
When I started this post I had some idea in my mind of where it was going and what it was supposed to lead to and how I was going to tie it into being thankful. Now I've forgotten.
Ah well at least I can be thankful that I've always had a bad memory so I have less concern about the possibility that not being able to recall things now is related to age or illness.
For that I am truly thankful.