I walked the psychological tightrope between keeping his life stimulating and keeping it simple.
Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows, Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, p. 85
I think about what it means to have “quality” in how I live out my life with Alzheimer’s disease. So I look for what the quality is in each given day.
A View From Within, Thaddeus Raushi, p 92-93
Today is today. So I must search out and take on my attitude for what exists today. Tomorrow I will work on tomorrow’s attitude.
A View From Within, Thaddeus Raushi, p 99
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past; we cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and this is our attitude. I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.
A View From Within, Thaddeus Raushi, p 97
The mornings for me are always the same. In disarray. At first light, I must focus on the five Ws: the who, what, where, when, why, and how of life, as if rebooting my faithful MacBook Pro before tossing the covers and organizing the scattered files of my mind. I do it out of instinct, but there’s always the depression, fear, and angst to walk through, and that’s just on the way to the bathroom where, on doctors’ advice, I’ve begun labeling the toothpaste, liquid soap, and rubbing alcohol. I have attempted often to brush my teeth with liquid soap, and on two occasions gargled briefly with rubbing alcohol.
On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's, Greg O'Brien and Lisa Genova