PSP Story With A Touch Of Humor.
My youngest, Melissa, age 20, returned to college a few weeks ago; she lives on campus.
Tuesday this week, I woke up at 6:30, feeling refreshed for the 1st time in weeks. I made my coffee and thought about the day ahead, while sipping my first cup.
I've found a sense of humor is essential in life, even more so, later in life. I did stand-up comedy for a few years in the mid-2000's, did lots of improv, but especially found ways to soothe the teenage angst of my young daughters with gentle humor...as well as help not take myself so seriously. And lots of practical jokes, me usually being the insigator.
Melissa was never a morning person; a lot like waking a bear from hibernation; grrr:). Feeling so refreshed myself, I decided to have some fun and started sending her text messages to "get-up and get going".
I did not expect to receive any replies to my texts, and if so, annoyed ones, which was the point. To my delight, her responses were sweet and tender. So we started sending these touching mother/daughter texts to each other. I thought to myself "college is sure doing her good!".
Shortly after 7:00, my best friend called. We've known each other 30 years. She knows I'm not a morning person either and teases me a lot about it. I answered the phone and said "You know better than to call me this early in the morning...what are you up to?".
I heard only silence, then thought, oh boy, maybe someone's died in her family or she's in some other crises. Then she said, "But Judy...it's only 7:00 at night." Huh???????? I grabbed the clock and put it right in front of my eyes, it was 7:05 in the evening.
With some big med changes over the past month that make me sleepy & a few falls on Monday, I was especially exhausted. I then realized I'd laid down around 1:00 in the afternoon on Tuesday for a "nap".
I told her there was something I needed to do & I'd call her back. I called my daughter, Melissa, and could hear lots of commotion; she was having dinner with her friends. I explained my time of day confusion...she burst into giggles as she told her friends, who also found this quite funny.
The joke was on me:)
With PSP, I do have dementia along with all the other symptoms as well as feeling tired, tired, tired all the time. I've experienced confusion and/or disorientation about day & time, names, etc., but not for that long of a period of time. I totally believed it was early morning. Completely. We will have giggles about this for some time to come:)