Lauren With a Side of Lewy

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By Online Dementia JournalMarch 19th, 2020

Lauren With a Side of Lewy

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by Lauren U,

PAC Core Team Member


This month I celebrated my anniversary with Eddy. Together 21 years, married for 11. It's a good marriage. We make a fine team. We are enjoying our new yard and huge garden. Eddy works hard to plant, grow and sustain veggies. His goal is for our garden to provide us with 50% or more of our produce needs. All excess will go to a local food bank. Our small citrus grove is giving us oranges, lemons, and kumquats. Teepa had her first lemon right off a tree. She also tried a kumquat for the very first time. She did not expect to like it, but she did! Kumquats, by the way, are the finest food ever. The experiment with Teepa and my seaweed snack was less successful.

Some moron broke into Teepa's car and stole her backpack. I apologize for the State of California.

We had two full days of PACtivity. Lots and lots of people. Many people recognize me. It's lovely to know I can still be helpful and useful. I like meeting all the people and appreciate their kind words. Folks are reading my ODJ, Side of Lewy articles and following my adventures. There was waaaaaay too much easy chocolate access.

After PAC work days, Teepa and I had some play time. That woman made me hike, all uphill, for 5,000 miles. I'm glad we did it. But seriously woman, 50 miles?! We went on some long road trip adventures. There were many twisty and sharp turns. She and I talked about anything and everything. There was singing and harmonizing. We make each other laugh. There were some scary moments, like the guy with the fangs in the car.

I always love spending time with my friend Teepa. We're good together and we're good for each other.

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!


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