I feel this quote can be applied to dementia and if followed can have a huge impact on the quality of life that we have. I know for me, mornings are very difficult. I never know from one day to the next how I will sleep. Sometimes, I get six to eight hours of sleep and other times, I only get two to four hours of sleep. Mose likely, this is due to the REM sleep disorder seen in LBD. Throw in the osteoarthritis in my fingers, the degenerative arthritis in my knees and the degenerative disc disease in my cervical and lower back often makes moving in the morning very difficult. Throw in the balance issues from dementia with Lewy bodies (LBD) and sometimes it seems as if it would be better to stay in bed.
Life is a balancing act. We must take the hand that we are dealt and make the most of it. On those days mentioned above, I may get off to a slow start; however, I will attempt to quickly recover and move on with making the day the best that I can. I immediately think of ways to overcome the battles that I might have with LBD including the Parkinsonism, and other health issues. Doing this allows me to transcend these health issues and focus on being the best that I can be for that day. I can only do that by getting outside of myself.
This enables me to maintain a positive attitude that is essential for living with dementia well. I have found that in doing this, opportunities open that I had never anticipated. There are always people living with dementia or other chronic and terminal illnesses that can use a kind word or a listening ear. I do not drive anymore; but, I can call elderly or sick people and check on them.
I suggest that giving back to others is a foundation for living life to the fullest.
Be LBD Strong!
©2015 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.