Lauren With A Side of Lewy: Dichotomy
by Lauren U,
PAC Core Team Member
It has been a very busy few weeks for the U family. We are getting an entirely new back yard design. Everything except two trees has been removed and dug up and out. Exciting but also stressful. I'm forced to get dressed and out of bed. I have to be social, friendly, and reasonable with the work crew. I don't want people who are temporarily in my life to know about any diagnoses or any details about my life. It's unnecessary. Boundaries.
I spend as much time as possible upstairs, in my room, in my bed, with my dogs. The world outside requires too much energy, focus, attention, and interaction. At the same time, I look forward to special upcoming events, four of which are in my future. I like to have something to look forward to, something fun and different from usual.
My routine daily life is quiet and isolated. I prefer it that way. I also crave adventure and frolic. I want everything to stay the same. I want everything to be different.
Lauren U is a member of the Positive Approach to Care (PAC) Core Team. She was a registered nurse with the ANCC Board Certification in Psychiatry for 30 years. Now she is the keeper of the frolic. Lauren has been living with Lewy Body Dementia (love how they add "with behavioral disturbance") for over five years. She currently lives in Northern California with her professor husband, Eddy. PAC agrees with Lauren – that she is delightful!