Hello, Hello, Hello!!!

The sun was just coming up & I was in a wonderful blissful sleep dreaming about who knows what when all of a sudden I felt this body very close to mine, way to close for my likings at that time of the morning. I suddenly went from a quiet, blissful sleep to a heart racing fear of what was trying to get into my bed!!! My eyes opened very quickly & to my surprise there was the beautiful Maggie saying Hello, Hello, Hello!! Now that is Maggie’s usual greeting night & day, whoever you maybe you get the hello, hello, hello!

After I gathered myself & woke up a little more I tried to explain to the extremely demented Maggie that it was way too early for her to be up & worse still to be up & attempting to get into the wrong persons bed. You see, even though Maggie has severe dementia she is not one bit aggressive & is absolutely gorgeous. She has certainly gone back into her childhood days & ways & although I’m sure it is very sad & unsettling for the family to watch, she is certainly a pleasure to have & to be around. She was not at all convinced by what I was telling her & knew without a doubt she was in the right house!

As I lay there & wondered to myself what the heck I was going to do next as she also mentioned to me in “conversation” that she needed to go to the toilet, I quietly snuck my hand that wasn’t holding hers under my doona & pressed the emergency call button which was hanging around my neck. I knew if she saw me pressing any buttons she would catch on to the fact that I was getting some “friends” to come & see us. Before too long two staff members walked into my room & encountered a situation they certainly weren’t expecting to find. Both of them had a chuckle & attempted to explain to Maggie that she was in the wrong house & her house was down the hall!!!

‘No, no, no’ she tried to explain to them, ‘ I live here with my friend’……….more laughs were heard. Anyway, after a short discussion & some light convincing Maggie’s feet were firmly planted on the ground again & off she went to see if they were right about her house being down the hall!

Well, there I lay all on my own again with still about thirty minutes before I had to get out of bed myself but I knew there was no way that I was going to go back to sleep. I started to think about Maggie & wondered what she was like as a little girl. I thought to myself, I bet she was the one that made everyone laugh & have a smile on their face. Then I thought I bet she was a real mischievous teenager, giving her parents plenty of cheek. Even as a grown woman with a young family of her own she would have been happy, laid back & ready to take on whatever it was the world sent her way. You see, I don’t know about you, but so often I look at people like Maggie, who wouldn’t  have remembered that she had tried to get into my bed, by the time she got back to her ‘house’ & I see them simply as they are today. But, I feel so challenged on so many occasions living in ‘the establishment’ to remind myself that all the ‘Maggie’s’ I live with we’re once healthy little boys & girls & then young adults & then in most cases older adults & they just happened to be the unlucky ones that the dreaded “D” word, dementia, decided to hit.

I am glad I had that experience with Maggie, (even though it was a little unnerving initially) as it forced me once again to remember how precious life is & to never take a day for granted because none of us, not one, have any idea what is in store for us around the corner! It also was a good reminder to try & be more patient with the many ‘Maggie’s’ I live with as they never chose to walk this road that just happened to be mapped out for them!

So to Maggie I say Hello, Hello & Hello (even if it is at 5:45 in the morning!!!!!)

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11 thoughts on “Hello, Hello, Hello!!!

  1. Hello Jenny, I so loved your Maggie story and the wonderful insight it brings to us all. Thank you for sharing,and reminding us to be thankful for each day. love Lindy.

    1. Thanks Lindy, it’s so true though isn’t it it often takes little events like that in life to remind us what is important! Thanks for supporting my blog, I appreciate it a lot! Jen

  2. Hi Jennie just love the livingwiththeoldies blog page, bless Maggie and all friends in the establishment and bless you too Jennie
    Love Jan

    1. Thanks Jan for your support, you are wonderful in the way you are following my blog & it is a great way for me to share some of my experiences here where I’m living!!

    1. I know, funny now, but at that time of the morning I struggled to laugh but how can you not when it is the beautiful Maggie!!

  3. Thanks Lisa, your support of my blog means a lot to me & I just love sharing with others about my funny & fun experiences!!! We need to do a catch up soon, get this H S C out if the way & then we can play! Hey?!!

    1. I think your the best too Mr Camm $ I know you would just want to grab ‘Maggie’ & give her one tight Brett Camm I love you squeeze!!

  4. Jen, I meant to comment on this ages ago. A fright for you I’m sure, but a funny story nonetheless. I must admit, it did remind me in a round-about way of a frightening wake-up I had once in a hotel bed in Noumea, New Caledonia when my room-mate was screaming about a man at the end of the bed!!

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