I’m still the same me but I get tired and cranky too often. I forget words and names. My voice sounds scratchy a lot of the time. I have bruises from getting injections or bumping into things. I listen to you teach me something but in a few minutes I need you to teach me again. I walk slowly. I hurt a lot all the time. I don’t go out as often as I’d like. I try not to, but I end up taking a nap almost every day.
I get short of breath from doing little things. I feel dizzy or weak sometimes and I have to sit down. I can’t walk long distances. When I say I need to take my meds, I mean it. I have trouble swallowing sometimes so I really can’t talk on the phone when I’m eating my meals. I take a long time to swallow my pills. I get frustrated, sad or angry for things you don’t understand.
But it’s still me – funny, talking too much, smiling a lot, wanting to help out, loving hugs, being odd, being myself. Thanks for sticking with me my friends! I love you for it.