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The Long, Slow Train to Crazytown

It begins not with a bang…     but a whisper Clara began to deteriorate shortly before her 80th birthday.  Living on her own was no longer possible and she went to live with her youngest daughter. When she attacked my uncle with a telephone.. well, that was that, and decisions had to be made for more consistent care capable in dealing with dementia. Evelyn was diabetic, and Evelyn loved sugar. There was never a time that I visited that there wasn’t a freshly baked cake.. or a fridge full of Dr. Pepper’s.  Throughout her later years, Jane constantly worked on her diet, delivered healthy meals, removed the stashed Ho Ho’s and Little Debbies, and replaced the sugar laden soft drinks with diet versions. The dementia set in anyway and worsened throughout her journey into more specialized care facilities. Her life ended in an Alzheimer’s ward at a nursing home even though her diagnosis was diabetic dementia. At 70, Charles developed a toxic reaction to corn. Corn, corn starch, corn by-products and additives, corn sugars and …