Sep 4, 2010

Year's review

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves," Chief Seattle, Chief of the Suquamish.

So, 365 days of writing this blog. Actually, it has been a bit over a year since it originated because of a few missed days with travel. So, what has the year brought us? Ups and downs, celebrations and sorrows, accomplishments and setbacks --- much like any year; except that this year we have been dealing with a terminal and progressive disease. Dwane seems about the same to me cognitively as he was one year ago, but with the characteristic fluctuations of lucidity common to Dementia with Lewy Bodies. Physically I see much decline, in spite of having gotten him into PT (physical therapy). That has helped, but his physicality seems to be diminishing and slowing. He is generally congenial, of which I am so grateful. That is a major difference; not so often the belligerence that was so present early on. I am glad that we completed one of his "bucket list" items this year; going to Sagamore, summer home of Theodore Roosevelt. The upcoming hunting trip will be another item. We focus on quality of life, ease, fun. In spite of it all, our life is very good.

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