Oreo Speedwagon

I saw this cartoon on Facebook. It got me thinking about mom and her misunderstanding of lyrics she’d heard. It started with CCR’s “There’s a Bathroom on the Right” (“There’s a Bad Moon on the Rise”), through Jimmy’s ” ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy” (” ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky), all the way up to 3DD “F*ck Me Like That” (“If I could Be Like That.”)

She couldn’t understand The Song That Ate The World — a.k.a. “Smooth” — so I was reciting the lyrics as Rob was singing them. She accused me of making them up. I told her if I had made those up, I would be driving a nicer car.

Which leads to the cartoon. I still don’t know why I was talking music to her, but silly me, I was. I said something about Michael Stipe and his classic Muppets appearance. I said that I have always liked Stipe and his music.

Mom: I thought he was that guy you don’t like from the band you don’t like.

Me: You’re thinking of Scott Stapp and Creed. Michael Stipe is from REM.

Mom: Oh, I know that band. REM Speedwagon.

Me: Mom, please. Let’s not do this.

Refrigerator / Washer — same thing

Living with someone suffering from dementia is never boring. Tragic, frustrating, absurd, funny — yes. Never boring.

Mom has suffered from dementia for 14 or 15 years. It’s not a condition that gets better. It’s a slow, downhill slide. It became noticeable when she had surgery in 2001 or 2002. The anesthesia and the beta blockers she was given really altered her and my mom never really came back to herself.

Several years ago, she had a heart attack. That mentally alters just about everyone. She slid further. Last year she suffered another one and once again she slipped further away.

Over the years, she has suffered the loss of a husband and the loss of a son. Again, that’s something known to cause stress and affect memory.

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