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Floating Away From Those You Love

Novel By: elleswish
Health and fitness

For school I was asked to write seven diary entries from somebody who has alzheimers or who knew somebody with the disease. This is what I wrote. The biology teacher that assigned the work to us, cried when she read it and later asked if she could publish it in the annual school magazine. That doesn't happen very often. View table of contents...


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Submitted:Apr 24, 2010    Reads: 60    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   

Tuesday the 26th of January 2007
Dear Diary,
It's getting worse. I lost Petunia again today but this time it was longer than ever before. I lost her for a whole day. I am starting to worry if I can look after her by myself, I think I might need help.
Today I left Petunia watching a program on the TV while I went outside and got the paper from the paper boy. I must have only been gone five minutes but when I returned, I saw that she was no where to be found. As usual, I searched the house but couldn't find her. Outside there is a large garden that is filled with small nooks and crannies. It took me a while to search the whole garden but by the time I had finished I was in a mad panic as I had not found her yet. I decided that I would need some extra help on this because it seemed more serious than ever before.
All our friends and family helped me search the whole town but we could not find her. After searching all through the night we finally found her at the edge of the forest.I had that feeling you get when you lose someone that you're close too, no matter how small a time they were lost, it gives you a feeling you can't describe, one of pure worry, guilt, anger, depression and many more emotions. Thankfully we found Petunia again and she was safe and sound.
Many people come up to me and give me their sympathy for myself and my wife, but that doesn't mean anything to me, what about those who can empathise? Those are the ones I would like to talk to. Those who understand and have been through what I am going through.
Lately I have been working alongside my Son-in-law to modify our house so it is less harmful if she ever falls over. I don't want things to get any worse than they already are.


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