Friday, July 30, 2010

Lazy days of summer

Well, the heat has been unbearable here lately. And, it looks like high 90's and 100's are in the week to come. Last weekend, we went to a professional tennis tournament in Atlanta. It was 96 degrees and on the tennis court it was registering 140 degrees! We weren't that far from the court, so you can just imagine how hot we were. After 10 minutes in the stands, our clothes were soaked through. When we left our seats and came back, you couldn't sit on them they were so hot. Thank God they were wood, or we would have never been able to sit down. Ralph poured some water on the wood to try to cool it down and it actually boiled!! I know the tennis players are in a lot better shape and much younger than I but I don't know how they do it. One player did have to get an IV of fluids after his match -- I'm thinking others must have as well. The newspaper said that there were 39 people in the stands that had to have medical attention due to the heat and several were taken to the hospital over the course of the tournament.

Yesterday, we played golf but we rented a cart and didn't walk. It was still hot, but not bad when you are riding in a cart.

I've had a couple of "writing assignments" if you will for things for the Alz. Assn. lately and they have been really tough for me. Getting words out (even doing this blog) is getting harder and harder for me to do. I know what I want to say, I just can't get my thoughs collected enough to put on paper. It takes way too long to do it. Thanks to Alan and Jennifer for being my editors on one piece --- it's so frustrating to me. I think that is why I haven't been posting much, it is just too hard to get the thoughts out in an intelligent way......people already think you are stupid if you have Alzheimer's ......by reading my writing and it not making sense will add fuel to that fire!

So, thanks for reading even I don't make sense some time.

6 comments:

trish said...

Kris:

I'm assuming that you went to the Atlanta Athletic Club to see Andy Rodick and Johnny Isner play. We live just a few miles from there. Emily and I went shopping last Saturday and got caught in the Tennis traffic. It did not occur to me how hot it would be in the stands. Next time you're in Atlanta give us a call and we can get together!

Trish

Anonymous said...

Kris,

I am not yet sure if this is my dx. but some symptoms and a CT make it seem likely. It is harder to function at work too! I have hope when I read your blogs, and I SO admire your courage.

Anonymous said...

Kris Your not stupid and none of us with Alz. are stupid amd everyone that thinks so should get ALZ and then see what they say...

Anonymous said...

I have a form of dementia too. I understand completly where you are coming from. It is so difficult to get the thoughts in my head to come out the way I want. I enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the encouraging words you are an inspitation to many. It takes a mountain of work to try to act normal. Bless you.

Sandy

Marty said...

Kris, thanks for having a website for those with dementia--not just their caregivers. I wonder sometimes if you feel doubly victimized by being considered "a burden" to your family. What a lousy deck of cards. Thanks for raising awareness for research!!

BJ Gouedy said...

No matter if you sometimes choose the wrong words, keep writing.