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‘Round and ‘Round

If I knew English literature better, or maybe the humanities, I perhaps could find an appropriate analogy.  But I’m at a loss.

I’ve been thinking about Dad and his circular thinking.  How he won’t let anyone help him with just about anything of importance because he insists he is working on a plan, yet his thought process is just going around and around, only occasionally taking twist or a turn, but still he seems to manage to land in the same spot where he started.

Going ’round and ’round…. (image: http://imgur.com/gallery/3LEZzyP)

Some seniors tell stories over and over, or ask the same questions, so this must be my dad’s version.  Seems like it should be a metaphor for something….

I tried googling, but got sidetracked, reading about whether or not people really walk in circles when they are lost (one could say that Dad is kinda lost):

…people circle when their internal sense of “straight ahead” becomes corrupted by random errors in their sense of touch, balance or spatial awareness. Small errors lead to random walks, while larger errors cause circling. And that has a massive impact on their ability to get, well, anywhere.

Despite walking [blindfolded] for 50 minutes, most of these people never made it very far. Within a few minutes, their average distance from the starting point levelled off so that they were usually around 100 metres of it.


When I think about this too much, all I get are strange geometric figures like Penrose Triangles or Mobius Strips, and this song that starts going through my mind, having grown up in the seventies 🙂


3 thoughts on “‘Round and ‘Round

  1. Sometimes when you describe your Father’s actions the word dementia crosses my mind.
    Dementia begins a decade or more before it is diagnosed. When they finally diagnosed my brother with dementia he was doing many of the things that your Father is doing. I really do not know if your Father has the beginnings of dementia, but I know there is a lot of anger associated with dementia. A lot of leave me alone and let me do this my way – which is often what my brother said at the beginning of is journey into dementia. The brain is so complicated, no one can really figure out why people act the way they do. Hope things get easier with your Father, I know this is frustrating you very much.

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    • Oh absolutely, he has his own version of dementia, which is very very different than Mom’s version of dementia, which can make it hard. He also has Parkinson’s, and I know that not only do they have this particular type of stubbornness as a part of coping, but people with Parkinson’s seem to get a certain type of dementia.

      Really good point about the anger on their part. I know that Dad is really angry, and I think that part of this process often isn’t realized. We are both frustrated I guess!

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      • My Father was an angry person, it was very hard to deal with him. Have much sympathy for your problems with your Father. Will not throw that stupid line at you that everyone throws at me – “Hang in There.” What else can you do!?!

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