Dracula Is An Animal in My Mom's Dementia World

June 14, 2017

The doctor asked my mom to name all the animals she could think of within a certain amount of time.

She was naming them off.




I thought to myself "she's doing great!"

And then we hear her say .....


Dracula? I look to my brother with a bewildered and surprised look. I gave the look to my brother as if it was a "did you just hear, what I think I heard?" look. My brother gives me the same look back. We look at the doctor to see his reaction. The doctor had a straight face, as if, Dracula was a normal answer.

We never did speak to the doctor about the Dracula answer. I'm guessing the doctor hears answers similar to that all the time.

This testing they were giving my mom was the VERY START of the frontal temporal dementia world for us. My mom was being tested by the doctor to figure out what was going on with my mom. She had been anything, but normal, in the prior months before.

This neurological testing was just one piece of the puzzle.

The other pieces to the puzzle were a MRI scan, PET scan, psychological evaluation, & blood test (to rule everything else out).

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  1. My dad had this type of testing done too - along with some math and telling the time on a clock face - it was interesting to see what he could do and which parts were becoming lost to him. It's a very unkind "disease" isn't it?

  2. I am happy that your mom has you and hopeful that she will be as well as possible.


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