Lyn was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at 40.
Lyn is intellectually disabled.
Lyn is my sister.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
1, 2, 3, Repeat
I recently mentioned that Lyn is struggling to count. Mom confirms that this change is here to stay and getting worse. Mom writes:
"When I washed her hair this morning she wanted the top twisted. I take 6 rows and twist them and clip with little clips. She brought out 8 clips. I said to get 6 and put the rest back. She struggled a couple of times then told me to "use what I wanted" After I did the hair, she put the other 2 away. Then just before we left, I asked how much money she had just in case they went to Tingley and rode the little train. She said "enough." I asked her to count because I didn't want her to get down there and find herself short. She pulled out a wad of bills. I asked if she had a $5 bill. She didn't. So I said "Let's count to see how much you have." She began four times to try to count and couldn't get past 3. I could tell there were more than 10. She began to be frustrated. I said that I thought she had enough and distracted her with getting Nikka's toy. When we left a few minutes later, it all was forgotten." Lyn's numbers are falling away.