Today, my wife went to do water aerobics and left me at home. I enjoy these brief periods alone. Well, alone with my constant companion, my miniature poodle named Marcel. I any case, I was thinking, reflecting, accessing, and in general, doing a mental inventory of where I am. I quickly slipped into a quiet mood. I was comfortable, not worried or threatened, and also not particularly connected to the world around me. My mind was on my Navy days and I was happy.
When Marcel let me know that my wife was home, I was jarred back into the present. I had to interact with her. I had to answer and ask questions, pay attention to her replies, and help her with packages. While it is an effort for me to be engaged with people, I believe it is good for me. I believe that, without that human contact, I would quickly slip into a malaise that would overcome me.
Just the same, I enjoy the quiet of being alone and I enjoy being in that comfortable place in my mind. So you see, it is my interface with people that keeps my dementia at bay. That and all the drugs I take. But, I did read an article on the Lewy Body Dementia website that the Alzheimer's drugs, Namenda and Arercept, taken early in the disease, have a great effect for a longer period of time. So, people and medicines keep me going. More to come.