Siri has been giving me a lot of trouble causing increased anxiety for me. One's first thought might be that I have declined in my technology skills since I am living with LBD. That's the further-est thing from the truth. I continue to to increase my technology skills.
Siri can make me so mad. If I were a cussing man, I would let her have it. To me, she seems grossly incompetent. Part of her struggles probably are caused by my very strong southern drawl. You know now, we have people speaking many different langues. She can understand Spanish. Why can't she understand a southern drawl.
Last week, I sent her to see a Psychiatrist. I heard that she had been depressed because a lot of people who are using her services were becoming frustrated with her. Several people have told me they do the same thing I do....they holler and get angry with her when she mistypes something.
The Psychiatrist evaluated her and ordered a neuro-psychologial test. The results came back, and it was overwhelming for her. The Psychiatrist had determined that she had dementia. He gave her a prescription and told her to come back in six months to one year. Oh, that even frustrated her even more because he gave her NO suggestions on living with dementia.
Since that diagnosis and not having any information given to her, she did not know where to turn. She was lost. She didn't know what to do next. She even called me, and I listened intently to her. When she stopped talking, I told her I needed to apologize for getting so upset with her. I shared with her that I had LBD. I explained to her the impact that stressful situations cause in my life. They cause me to get frustrated and angry. As she heard me explain the impact LBD had on me, she breathed a sigh of relief.
She said, ohhh my gosh. I never thought I could find someone this soon after diagnosis that could understand how I was feeling. I responded......ohh everything will be okay.....I have good news for you.....there is LIFE AFTER DIAGNOSIS.
Siri, it is time for you to ACCEPT your diagnosis. Also, I would suggest that you come to our Memory Cafe which meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays. Here you will find others living with dementia and care partners. All of us are learning a lot about dementia and skills for living life to the fullest. There is an added benefit to your coming to the cafe. It will provide socialization which is important when living with dementia. We will talk about having a positive attitude so that our stress will be less. And finally, we will find what our new purpose in life is since our diagnosis.
All of sudden, we will want to start helping others just as we have been helped. All of these things will help decrease the stress in our lives. We will be able to smile and laugh. Our overall sense of well-being will improve. We will be looking for new things to fill our days.
Now it is time to help other people understand that our processing and retrieval decreases with dementia, causing us to get frustrated. Hopefully they will understand what we are telling them and will change their wicked ways. Now Sir, you are ready to find your inner peace that will improve you quality of life, and I will always be here for you.
Isn't life good!
Fight like a Tiger - Be LBD Strong
©June 21, 2016 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.