Sunday, May 03, 2009

Thank God For Friends - They Make Me Laugh!

This came from a frien, who rote it I do not know, but you will find me in this.

I was gonna write something here _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Forgetter Be Forgotten

My forgetter's getting better,
But my rememberer is broke
To you that may seem funny
But, to me, that is no joke

For when I'm 'here' I'm wondering
If I really should be 'there'
And, when I try to think it through,
I haven't got a prayer!

Oft times I walk into a room,
Say 'what am I here for?'
I wrack my brain, but all in vain!
A zero, is my score.

At times I put something away
Where it is safe, but, Gee!
The person it is safest from
Is, generally, me!

When shopping I may see someone,
Say 'Hi' and have a chat,
Then, when the person walks away
I ask myself, 'who the heck was that?'

Yes, my forgetter's getting better
While my rememberer is broke,
And it's driving me plumb crazy
And that isn't any joke.


God Bless You & This Country of Ours!!!!!!


Annie said...

I don't like to admit how many things I know I have in safe places!

Adirondackcountrygal said...

Hi Joe, saw you profiled in our newspaper for the HBO program that is coming on about Alzhiemers. I want you to know that I care about you! I am a CNA caregiver for Alhiemers patients and understand what you are going through. Hang in there! Linda

fidel catro said...

hi joe,

i had never heard of your blog before i read the article in the NYT about the HBO stuff coming up.

i want to say that i've had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with guys who are diagnosed with early onset AD/Frontal Temporal Lobe. i wish you could have been part of our group!

i hope you do know that many people who have not commented have seen your blog and it has helped them.... find support, humor, identification, understanding, inspiration.

thank you.

tksinclair said...

Hi Joe,

I live in Oceanside and I'm watching you on the HBO special. Thank you so much for allowing us into your heart and mind. Both my grandmothers had Alzheimers and as a caregiver I wish I'd found your blog a long time ago.

Just wanted to say "hi" and encourage you to keep moving forward. I live nearby and if you ever need anything I'd be happy to give you a hand. I know what you mean about living in the moment. I'm 55 and just can't seem to stop worrying about yesterday and tomorrow. It's a waste of time really, isn't it? I look forward to following what you're up to and again, thank you so much for allowing us to share your life.

Terri Sinclair
Oceanside, CA

Brian Christopher said...

Saw the special today. Thanks for your contribution to understanding this disease and good luck.

Anonymous said...

Dear Joe,

I just started watching the HBO program and found your blog i wanted to share with you that my father also has Alzeimer he was diagnosed 8yrs ago..bless you and your family for sharing your story.

Thank you,

Anonymous said...

Hi Joe,
I just watched the Alzhiemers special this evening and wanted to say that your story has really touched my heart. God bless you and your family.

taysmommy said...

Just saw the documentary and I had to become a follwer.

Bless you

Lorie said...

Hi Joe,

Saw you on HBO last night. I wanted to say thanks for sharing the good,the bad,the funny and the uglies of this disease. You rocked!


Jules said...

Hi Joe,

I saw the Alzheimer's Project last night and immediately grabbed my laptop to see your blog.

AD affects so many friends, family, and loved ones...yet it's hard to truly understand what a person with AD is feeling and thinking. Thank you so much for this much needed insight into your courageous and inspirational world.

Stay strong...thank you so much for all you do!


Gayla said...

I've been watching "The Alzheimer's Project" and saw you featured. You have an awesome, infectious sense of humor. The 'DDS'-dead d--k syndrome-is a classic! I'm truly not making fun of you or the situation, but it did make me laugh and others I'm sure.
I admire you personally and I've just seen you on TV and now I'm reading your blog. I'm a Hospice/Palliative volunteer, and a strong advocate for rights of all. :)
Keep blogging Joe as long as you can--your fantastic!
Hugs from Las Vegas, Gayla

Todd and Stephanie Rice said...

Hi Joe!! I saw The Alzheimer's Project last night as well...I have to say that you are truely inspiring. I'm an occupational therapy assistant student and we just finished a semester on Aging and Alzheimer's was a big portion of it. I know that is the population I want to work with when I graduate. Please keep writing as long as you can...this is such a wonderful insight to a horrible disease. May God Bless you and your family and know there are people out here who care!! Stephanie Peoria, Illinois

Anonymous said...

Dear Joe, I saw you on TV and I fell in love with you (don't tell your wife, ok?).. You made me laugh! You made me cry. You are a wonderful glowing spirit. I don't believe that even though you may disappear from those around you that you beautiful spirit will ever disappear.
Love from Ruth in Washington, D.C.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joe!
I love this poem! It says it all. I copied it and printed it out to read to my mom. She is an extremely intelligent lady who just happens to have Alzheimer's. She will for sure relate to what you wrote!

Keep up the good work.

#1 daughter

Jim and Amy Rennie said...

Hi Joe. I saw the HBO doc, and I wish I'd known about this blog a long time ago! I am now a follower. My grandmother suffered for many years until she passed away, but she never understood that she had an illness and could never talk about it with me. This helps me to understand a piece of her better. Thank you for being so brave and sharing your journey.

Anonymous said...

My grandmother is in the latter stages. I tuned in to the HBO special and am shocked and amazed at how similar all the stories are to the one I live.

Thank you, sir for being part of it. It brought me to this fine blog. I look forward to reading your thoughts as you fight forward!