jmgoyder

wings and things

Flights of fancy

on August 4, 2016

A few weeks ago, Anthony told me he had been running all morning.

Me: How far did you run?
Anthony: Eighteen miles.
Me: Well, it’s no wonder you’re so exhausted! You must have overdone it. You’re not a spring chicken any more, you know, Ants!
Anthony: Shut up (smiling)
Me: Well bravo anyway. Have a nap if you want. You deserve it. I could never run that far!
Anthony: No, you couldn’t.

I love these flights of fancy, these ‘fabulations’ and, even though I know they are a product of Anthony’s Parkinson’s disease dementia, they don’t differ so much from what we all experience sometimes. Often I will wake up in the morning with what I call ‘adventure dreams’ still hanging around in my psyche, waiting for the next chapter, or a conclusion.

For someone who can barely walk now, it’s beautiful to know that Anthony thinks he can still run.


14 responses to “Flights of fancy

  1. I think it is great that he has these moments

  2. Terry says:

    Love your attitude in this post M hugs

  3. I think we all dream of adventures but some of us are lucky enough to still have them. hugs x

  4. susanpoozan says:

    So pleased for you both.

  5. I think it’s beautiful as well. I love that he went for a run.

  6. Judi Lynn says:

    Anthony’s spirit runs free even when his body can’t. Good for him!

  7. “Flights of fancy”, not such a bad thing, considering.

  8. judyrutrider says:

    My 91 year-old mom, who has had peripheral neuropathy for decades, still runs in her dreams. I wonder if her feet twitch like my dog’s do when she’s dreaming.

  9. He is a marvel, I’m glad he can still run even if it’s in his head, he’s still running somewhere. Hugs Jules 😀

  10. ksbeth says:

    you have the best attitude )

  11. Your post made me think of the bible verse Isaiah 40:31

    “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” Thinking of you… Diane

  12. lensgirl53 says:

    I can always relate your conversations with Anthony to my own with my mom. I think it is the only way to deal with the ordeal of dementia…..is to go along with whatever their minds have concocted so that they still think they are the person they once were or had hoped to be. I believe it is a blessing in a way to help them cope. They really believe what they say. My mom told me that she and her husband went to lunch the other day. Now mind you, she has not left the nursing home since she has been there. Last month marked her first anniversary of being there. Blessings to you as you walk this life with your love.

  13. Wonderful how you are able to buy into his fantasies so easily. Not everyone can do that. I send you hugs.

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