Papa’s brain is broken …


Part of Papa’s brain is broken …

I placed a pile of dried beans on our dining room table, then took away a few at a time. “What are you doing?” our grandchildren  asked. “It’s a way to show you all  what is happening to your grandfather’s brain. Slowly, parts of it are disappearing like these beans.”

I continued;  ‘Papa has an illness that makes him act like he does. It isn’t catching. The rest of us are not going to get it but it’s like having a broken leg. When you break a leg, it is hard to walk the way you did before, right? Well, only little pieces of Papa’s brain are broken. Because of this, he can’t remember what you told him last week. Because of this, he forgets how to use the remote for the television. Because there is a part of his brain that is not working properly, it makes him fall asleep when you are telling him something important. BUT, the part of his brain that is meant for loving, works well and Papa loves you all very much.”

“Why doesn’t he go to the doctor?” one of them asked.

“He has been, my darling.”

“So what did the doctor tell him to do?”

“He gave Pappa pills to take.”

“Will he get better?”

“He probably won’t  get better, but the pills might help him stay the way he is right now.”

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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

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