Apple, table, penny .
These three words factor in to every appointment with the neurologist. Apple. Table. Penny. Can you remember them? He starts his assessment giving Mummy the same three words every single time. Apple. Table. Penny. From one appointment to the next the words don't change, but the degree of success she has retaining them certainly does.
Yesterday I told Mummy that she had surgery the day before (6 April 2011) no fewer than 20 times. That story line was the day's 'apple, table, penny' exercise. Sometimes, I had to share that information more than once in the span of 5 minutes. Apple. Table. Penny. Over and over and over again. Apple. Table. Penny. And yet, every time she heard the 'news', it was just that, new. "So where was I?" Apple. Table. Penny. Me: "Well, either you were right there, or you sent the eyeball and you stayed at home. (smile)". Her: hearty laughter. Apple. Table. Penny. Apple. Table. Penny.
At dinner time she was confused by the eye patch. "What is all this?" Apple. Table. Penny. "You had eye surgery yesterday so that's there to protect the eye." Her, "Surgery? That is very odd. Where was I?"
Apple. Table. Penny. Apple. Table. Penny. Pray that you can remember those three simple words. Apple. Table. Penny.