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Portrait of Alzheimer's | by GollyGforce - Living My Worst Nightmare
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Portrait of Alzheimer's

A lot of you know my grandfather suffers from Alzheimer's. He was a diehard shutterbug and spent a lot of time with me 'talking light', which no one else in the family had interest in. I took my new camera to share with him on Monday and he was excited to check it out, but had to finish eating his dinner first. (dinner is critical for him, he gets very upset if he misses any but he says it's all horrible tasting).

Unfortunately just as he was finishing dinner he went into a brain seizure. This was a bad one, he had more body spasms than normal and it lasted over 1/2hr. He tried to come out of it a few min into and I took his hand and talked to him, he would try to squeeze and even tried to talk, but it just came out as a growl. He did shake his head no twice to questions which told the nurses he was going in and out of it. Usually he is completely non-responsive, they last from 5min to 15min, and when he comes out he picks back up as if nothing had interrupted him. This time was different from any that I have seen before, and worse yet, this time he knew something happened and it scared him.

It was the first time my daughter had witnessed one, but she had heard about it enough she knew what was happening and didn't freakout. After he came out of it he was very tired so we helped him get comfortable and ready for sleep. As we were leaving he smiled and told Cass he loved her, and told me to bring the camera back next time.

I took this shot during his seizure to see if the shutter sound would trigger a response, it didn't.

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Taken on January 7, 2013