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The Day Alzheimer's Came
Author: Brandi

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There once was a day, a day when Alzheimer's came
into the body of my grandmother, her memory it chose to maim
as a little kid, she was always there, looking at me with care,
but now there is no recognition of me in her stony stare
she was once, it seemed, so strong,
now she cant remember the lyrics to her favorite song
all her memories are lost,
but Alzheimer's doesn't care the cost.
she has to be force fed, and cannot dress herself,
all her independence is put on a dusty shelf
she cannot remember mine or others names,
though they always stay the same
people say that i resemble her,
though i can hardly remember,
i can hardly remember her in her sane mind,
and i would like to know this woman that people say i resemble all the time
she acts like a child, and i know my grandma is gone,
i cant help but miss her, its hard to move on
my grampa seems much older than he is,
i scarcely see that old smile of his
im afraid my grandma depresses him,
after all the woman that he loved will never be the same,
ever since that day, that day when Alzheimer's came.

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Comments on this poem/writing:

Brandi (62.30.218.103) -- Tuesday, May 27 2003, 10:38 am

I understand

Your poem struck a chord with me Brandi, as my mother is beginning to show signs of Alzheimers or similar syndrome.( not diagnosed yet) Although she can do most things for herself at present, her memory is failing and is she beginning to spend a lot of time in a fantasy world. As time goes by I know she can only get worse,and I hate to think how she will end.

A nicely written poem....you get your story over well.
Brandi (205.188.209.43) -- Tuesday, May 27 2003, 08:29 pm

thanx

thank you, uh, brandi is it? interesting.... yes my grandma went "downhill" rapidly yet ive heard others lose their memory slowly. alzheimers is the worst kind of sickness for the caretaker of the patient. all you can do is be there for them.
Capricorn (62.30.218.103) -- Tuesday, May 27 2003, 11:37 pm

It's me!!

The message above is from me....Capricorn! Don't remember writing Brandi!! Hope my brain is Ok!
Terrie (65.148.232.162) -- Friday, July 18 2003, 07:12 am

fading memories...

my father-in-law was diognosed w/alzheimers .his mind has no memory from the time alzheimers set in and inhabited his body. prisoner of his own self.w/alzheimers you need help 24/7 or at least respite care.so the care provider can keep their sanity. alot of my patients that come in for different procedures come from all ages , stages and walks of life.society has always classified it as a disease that affects the elderly...not true.....there are many stages to alzheimers...all are very sad...i feel your sadness...your writing was very well illustrated...it's clarity and volume were top notch.
i was very impressed with it..it got my attention.....keep up the good work...
Ben (67.123.244.245) -- Friday, July 18 2003, 05:20 pm

I would like to know this woman who.....

I like your writing, Brandi, something in it shows that you care. And sometimes all you can do is to just be there. Thank you for your touching poem.
brandi (152.163.252.230) -- Friday, July 18 2003, 07:53 pm

wow

i guess i should check these poems more often... thanks a lot u guys u dont know hoe good getting comments back feels. so thanks u guys
 
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