This is dementia. It's not just a memory problem.
What you read in this blog is purely my own personal experience in dealing with Lewy Body Dementia every day.

This is not meant to offer any medical or legal advise.
I have no professional training in care giving or experiences in formal writing.
I'm just a woman that loves her husband deeply and wants to provide him with the best quality of life he can and chooses to have.
My prayer though this is "Lord, What am I learning from this; how can I use it help someone else and to glorify You?"
If just one person finds comfort in this public blog. I will feel like it was a success.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

All Blinged Up and Nowhere To Go

I think I have mentioned one time (or maybe 2) before that Hubby has a collection of old junk jewelry and watches.
There was a time in his life when he bought and sold jewelry and scrap gold.
Now probably to many this sounds like a wonderful opportunity to grow my collection of my own bling, but truth be told, I'm not much of a bling kinda gal. I learned to avoid this when Hubby actually had to sell some of mine because we needed the money. Food was more important than a shiny bobble.
I have a few pieces I like but usually, when I do wear my bling, it consists of mostly costume jewelry.
Hey if I lose it, I just run out and spend another $1 on something new. :)
Besides, I'm a gal that likes to work with power tools and many times jewelry hinders me so I only wear it occasionally.

Hubby, however, likes his bling. He had some custom made pieces and sold them after he tired of them.

*Hubby used to be a car dealer so buy and sell is in his blood

Since Hubby's decline with his Lewy Body dementia he has little to no interest in any of the things he used to do.
In the past I've tried countless times to get him interested in things but realized my pressing only distressed him which in turn stresses me and neither one of us need that.
Hubby does have an occasional interest in scavenger hunting. He searches through the drawers and cabinets.I don't always know what he is looking for and when I ask he normally just says looking. So OK.
He pulls out every piece of paper and every item he comes across. A baggie full of change can easily find it's way into the floor also.
Oh well, Hubby is happy, I think.

Hubby came across a 'gold mine' one day when he found his misc scrap jewelry and watches.
He was so very pleased. He put them all on his over bed table for display and survey. He asks me to come and look at them and tell me what they are or what I can see about them. He asks if I know where he got them, to which I answer I have no idea as I was not with him when they were bought.
Some pieces I don't think I want to know where because, they are teeth caps!!

I will openly confess that his obsession with these items can irritate me when I'm having an exceptionally bad caregiving day. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I have been asked to set the hands on a watch that does not work!


I did manage to get one of the watches he had, operational by inserting a new battery in it. GO ME!!
Happy Dance!
This did not, however, prevent me from having to continue to set the non functioning watch (non battery type).
Oh well.
moving on...
Like I said, Hubby enjoys wearing his bling.
He found his fathers dog tag from his service during WWI
Hubby wears it along with a necklace.
I've noticed Hubby wearing different rings at various times. A dented wedding band (not his) a High school class ring (again, not his) rings without the gems in them, etc.
But this morning I woke to Hubby wearing 2 watches on one arm. He even thought this was a funny sight and asked me to release him from them LOL!

Does anybody know what time it is?


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