Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What Should People Know About You?

 I am very, very busy with college. There was a massive charity event last week, a paper due yesterday, another major paper about group dynamics, a case study test tomorrow and a final exam about cognitive issues and therapeutic care on Friday. Then 2 weeks off! yippee!

I am in something like survival mode.

I found one question for the paper I handed in today thought provoking. (and remarkable hard to separate myself from my past reality in order to answer it for marks). 

The topic was about the signs, stages and care of someone with Alzheimer's Disease or other dementias and the impact of the disorder on the family and individual. 

How would you answer this  final question ?

If you could not speak for yourself, what would you want the  people caring for you to know about you? (three points)

1)
2)
3)

So what do you think? Easy or Hard to answer?


4 comments:

Barb Polan said...

This is interesting: my daughter was diagnosed w type 1 diabetes just after 4th grade ended. For 5th grade, she had a brand-new teacher who asked each kid to make an about-me poster with 3 important pieces of information about him/herself. Millie belabored the project. She knew the 3 things right away, but the order bothered her. She loves horses and "loves" music; in truth, she is an exceptional singer and musician. On her poster, she buried having diabetes in the middle: (1) loves horses (2) has diabetes and (3) is a musician. Diabetes was in the middle because she didn't want her teacher to think it was so important, but she knew it was more important than being an afterthought at 3. Mine: (1) I am very independent, (2) I had a stroke and although I have lost some executive functioning skills, I am still smart and able to organize and coordinate things and (3) I love to laugh.

Elizabeth, John and Jack said...

Well, since I've been there done that...it's easy now, but way more involved than 3bullet points. I had almost a year to prepare for my high risk brain surgery and while I had hoped it would go smoothly, I knew the risk that I may not be able to communicate my wishes afterwards. I made list after list of what my husband could do to honor my wishes in case I couldn't. We had many discussions about what I wanted under all kinds of different circumstances. Thankfully, I was able to communicate after and so my planning was not needed, but my list was long and detailed...way more than 1,2,3. If looked more like : if this, then I want that.

Rebecca Dutton said...

I don't know how I would answer this question.

Linda said...

Rebecca .. I think it is hard to answer too. There is so much about who we are now, who we were in the past, what we like and don't like, what are our values. How do you sum it all up?

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