Sunday, March 7, 2010

I was expecting someone a bit younger...

There has been some family drama that I can't really delve into all the details on. I typed up the entire thing and read back through it and thought about how those people would feel if they knew I wrote it.

I will say this, though. I have adopted an 85 year old. We don't know for how long, but the situation he was living in was no longer available or welcome. So, my grandfather is living with me. So far, it is until Thursday, but just tonight he mentioned that he thought it would be for several months. I don't disagree, but am hopeful that the household situation in his previous home will resolve itself.

However, you know what this means, right? Fun crazy old people stories! Remember Conversations with Grandma? Well, I promise that this will not be any less hysterical. My grandfather is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Not the sad stages, for the most part he is fairly normal. But, he has been diagnosed and eventually will start to deteriorate. The majority of his memory loss right now is in language, so he forgets words. And when he forgets words, he whistles. So, a conversation with him is often a tad vague.

"The other day I (whistle) and boy was that fun."

And you wonder what exactly he did because, let's be honest, the whistle kind of always makes it sound dirty. Then I just get grossed out and need to excuse myself to vomit.

It is obvious that he knows he is here for reasons that are unpleasant and it makes me sad to think he felt unwelcome. So, we are doing our best to make sure he feels like this is home, for however long he needs to stay here. The dogs overwhelm him a bit when they are crazy, but once they settle down, he loves them and pets them and talks to them. It is quite cute and they LOVE the attention.

So, for now he will be with us and I promise to have hilarious stories once he settles in and makes himself at home. Oh, wait, my house smells like Ben-Gay and he is yelling about all the barely dressed women on the Oscars. I think he is at home.

1 comment:

Bradshaw said...

I'm excited to hear how it all pans out. :)