By Elizabeth Tierney

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clinically determined with dementia in 1997, my husband, Jim, lived at domestic in the course of his ailment and died there in January 2006. I want this tale have been fiction, however it isn't. DIGNIFYING DEMENTIA is either a love tale and an try to succeed in out to others who're residing via or who will pass though an identical tragedy.
it's written within the wish that others could gain advantage from what I discovered because the caregiver of a dementia sufferer. purely then will Jim s merciless disorder serve a few function, since it may also help others believe much less lonely, bewildered, indignant or pissed off than I did, shorten the dreadful studying curve, or motivate others to invite extra questions and make fewer assumptions. and since it could remind contributors of the health and wellbeing care that dementia sufferers and their household are people who deserve admire, kindness, empathy and persistence, so usually misplaced in our fast paced society.
The diagnostic procedure I describe used to be painful and disappointing; maybe another individual s caregiving event may be more uncomplicated. taking care of Jim was once laborious; probably another individual s may be much less draining.
this isn't a scientific textual content; it's the tale of our adventure with dementia and the teachings I discovered as i attempted to be Jim s voice, to take care of his dignity and to take care of him and for me.
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Is he one of the notables? UNKNOWN MAN: CADI: No. you’re in charge of directing his affairs? UNKNOWN MAN: CADI: That’s so. Then he’s an employee. UNKNOWN MAN: CADI: They claim he has. They claim he has a trade but he does not make anything. UNKNOWN MAN: CADI: He makes nothing. No. Has he influence? qxd:Tawfiq_Hakim 52 4/13/08 4:12 PM Page 52 The Sultan’s Dilemma UNKNOWN MAN: Yes, CADI: on his acquaintances. Has he many acquaintances? UNKNOWN MAN: Yes—many. CADI [thinking in silence as he passes his fingers through his beard]: Yes.

WINE MERCHANT forward. qxd:Tawfiq_Hakim 4/13/08 4:12 PM Page 45 Act Two SLAVE TRADER: VIZIER: Silence! Silence! Honorable people! You are today present at a great and unique occa- sion, one of the most important in our history: a glorious Sultan asks for his freedom and has recourse to his people instead of to his sword—that sharp and mighty sword by which he was victorious in battles against the Mongols and with which he could also have been victorious in gaining his freedom and liberating himself from slavery.

Thirty! At a sum of thirty! Thirty thousand dinars! [whispering]: Thirty thousand dinars to be thrown into the sea! What a madman! [shouting at the top of his voice]: Thirty thousand dinars! SLAVE TRADER Thirty! Any better bid? No one? No one bids more than thirty thousand dinars? Is this all I’m offered as a price for our great Sultan? SULTAN VIZIER: [to the VIZIER]: So this is the height of noble, patriotic, appreciation! Your Majesty, those present bidding here are mostly the miserly mer- chants and well-to-do, those whose nature is niggardly, whose one desire is profit, and who begrudge spending money for the sake of a lofty purpose.

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