Wow! Something So Little Made My Day!
October 12, 2017 11:24am CST
It is amazing how something so small can be a marvelous event. My sister sent me a text this morning notifying me that she was sitting and chatting with our dad at the nursing home. Sis's house and my house are only a mile away from the nursing home, and that short distance means we pop in to see Dad all the time. Dad is 96 years old and suffers from dementia. After months of Dad never uttering our names and not showing any sign of recognition when my sister and I visit Dad, I said to Sis, "I think Dad merely thinks we are just some nice ladies who have come to visit him." This morning, I called my sister after I read her text, and she put her phone on speaker. After a bit of chatting with Sis, my dad said, "Is that my daughter Debbie on the phone?" I am over the moon that Dad recognized my voice and stated my name. I think Dad still may know that my sister and I are what he always called us, "my girls." Photo: My dad holding me.
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• United States
@Corbin5 With my Granny she got to the point that she did not recognize her own daughters but thought that her granddaughters were her daughters. I know it is hard to deal with. I am glad you got to spend some time with him while he was in his right mind.
• United States
Wow, that is amazing. I guess they go in and out of memory then. But he still remembers you both. That is great. And for that, how could you feel anything but elated. Even though he has dementia, I am sure he loves you both tremendously.
• Genova, Italy
Of course, for him you are "his girls" (maybe he remember when you're teenager). It's nice when your father recognized you. With his 96 years and a disease, it is not by all. For you, I think great satisfaction, right?