Monday, October 13, 2014

Day 12 - Do You Know Me?

In trying to make the weekend a little less stressful, yesterday I shared a brief entry from my journal.  I also wrote the following piece, “Do You Know Me?” which is the basis for the title of the past two days’ posts:

Do You Know Me?

Do you know me…
Really know me?
Deep inside…
The real me!

Do you hear me…
Really hear me?
What I say…
My thoughts,
My opinions!

Do you listen…
Really listen?
Sense my feelings,
My desires,
My wants,
My needs!

Do you KNOW…
Do you HEAR…
Do you LISTEN…
Do you CARE?

Know me!
Hear me!

LOVE me!!

Is that too much to ask?

(written by B. London)

These two pieces I have shared this weekend were a cry “back then” to be seen, heard, listened to, recognized, loved, and respected!  But, as I read back over them for posting on this Day 12 of the 31 Days of Dementia’s Demands – these particular words begin to hit a mark in my heart: "I am a person, too; and this person also deserves respect, love, and all of that!”  And I am thinking, perhaps this is how the person with dementia feels?!  Hmmm!  That is something to ponder, isn’t it?!  Perhaps I am learning along this journey afterall!

Thank you for taking this journey with me!


  1. Beautiful poem! Those words do speak life, don't they? Thanks for continuing to share your story.

    1. Thank you for commenting on my post! I love writing and have really enjoyed doing this 31 day challenge! My problem is I get frustrated trying to copy and paste my stuff and it doesn't LOOK like I want it to (like how the words of the poem have the white background). I can see where to uncheck it but it doesn't work!!! Oh, well...and I also feel bad that I am NOT getting to READ others blogs that often...Oh, well!!! Appreciate your reading and commenting!!!

  2. Love the poem and can so relate to it! And you are right, that is how the person with dementia feels too I believe. They just want to be heard and accepted. They don't want to feel so out of control. Sometimes I see the fear and confusion in my mom's eyes and it really hurts. I just want to protect her from this horrible disease.

    1. Thanks for your comment! Funny how reading over things can really put a new light on them?! Glad we can share in this journey!

  3. The person with dementia has no control over how they think, feel, what they say or how they act. That is what makes it so hard!

    1. For sure! That was the hardest thing for me to realize in the beginning; I still have trouble believing that...I KNOW it is not his fault the way he acts - and I am getting better at handling it...this blog has helped and reading back over the book - The 36-Hour Day - and other informational sites online have been helpful!


Thank you for stopping by to read my post today! I appreciate your reading and commenting - your comments are a welcome encouragement for me to continue one of my favorite things - writing!

You are special to me; and your words help in more ways than I can number...Thank you just isn't enough!