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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: 56    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   

Monday the 23rd of January 2008
Dear Diary,
I long for the days when the two of us were happy and healthy. Where I didn't have to keep an eye on my dear Petunia. To make things easier for her, today I spent the day with Petunia making notes to place around the house. They are everywhere, on all the drawers, all the cupboards and on every type of container possible. I knew she found it embarrassing, she hates asking for help, she has too much pride.
Petunia and I were talking about the future. She was saying how the future is scary, it will be filled with long and lonely days that she will not be able to remember anything. Her recent memories were already fading but yet she remembers her childhood like it happened only yesterday. While we were talking about her future we played around with the idea that when things get too bad then Petunia will move into a nursing home. I told her that I will do everything possible to keep her out of there for as long as I can.
It was her 86th birthday about a week ago. Our daughter Sarah gave her mother a scrapbook filled with photos of everyone enjoying themselves. Under each picture was a small piece of script describing everything that happened that day. Petunia said that it was the best present she could have been given so that when she's having a bad day and has forgotten everything, then she can take a peek in the album and look at the great life she has lived.


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