Thought this video was interesting.
First of all, kudos to that medical records department in still having a file that old. And also for accidently misplacing it, so that someone cleaning house wouldn’t toss it!
Auguste was terribly young to have dementia, just 51. It seems to have started with some erratic behavior and then came the memory troubles.
I’m rather surprised that a hand written document of that age is legible. I can’t read half of what the physicians I work with wrote yesterday, much less over 100 years ago. Of course penmanship was considered something of an art in those days. Perhaps the original is just as legible as today’s chicken scratch then.
“I have lost myself.” I don’t think I’ve heard a more accurate description of dementia. Which reminds me of a bit from a book entitled Memoirs of a Geisha. It says that a poet had written a poem called Lost and carved its words into the stone path of the temple. And then scratched all the words out. “You cannot read Lost, only feel it.” I think that applies to dementia as well. We can read about and study it all we want, but we aren’t going to truly understand it until we experience it ourselves. But at that point, we will think everyone’s name is “Auguste,” so we won’t be able to write our Lost poem anyway. Dementia is terrible. I wish whole heartedly we could find a true cure.