“There’s someone at the door… “ (Memoirs w/ Hokte)

A little history over my grandmother. She is 87 years old. Anyone that knows her, knows she’s a joy to be around. She was always helpful and caring. Also let me tell ya… the woman is funny. She’s quick with the one liners, you wouldn’t even expect it. (Lol) I can go on forever about my grandma but this is a good introduction for now.


A typical evening with grandma consist of us watching the evening news, playing Wheel of Fortune, and eating whatever it is for dinner. Afterwards she usually watches anything on OETA, while I go for a run or watch tv in my room. This has been our routine for years. Now some days are different because of her condition so it’s always interesting to see how things play out…..

Last night proved to be something different than usual. We both went to bed around 10 o’clock. I always have to double check to make sure she took her medicine. She has a habit of telling you she did something but in reality, she never did it. So I do my routine inventory check to make sure she’s taken her medicine and that she had put her hearing aids up. I haven’t been getting decent sleep here recently. So I just so happen to be up around 12:30 when I heard grandma get up and out of her room.

All I could hear her say was that someone was knocking at the door. I replied “No there isn’t. I didn’t hear anyone knocking… No one is there.” She continue to hurry past me implying that there’s someone was at the door. I rushed to the front as she opened the door, luckily no one was outside. With that being said I had to check the windows and check the backyard to make sure no one was trying to break into the house. Our neighbors have recently had their cars broken into and you just never know these days what could happen.

After she shut the door, she just figured they had walked away…. Turns out no one was there to begin with. Once the commotion settled down my mother had asked me what happened. I guess I had waken her up while I was checking the windows. That’s when she told me, “Jess there was no one there.”

So it hit me last night as it has numerous times about my grandmother’s condition. After last night I opened the computer and started my research over the effects of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. I first recommend looking onto the website https://www.alz.org . The Alzheimer’s Association has numerous resources. I’ve also included a link that helped me understand the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia from the AARP. https://www.aarp.org/health/dementia/info-2018/difference-between-dementia-alzheimers.html?CMP=KNC-DSO-Adobe-Google-Health-Dementia-HEA-DMT-Sitelink&ef_id=EAIaIQobChMI57_i6-DO4wIVhp-fCh2GjwLEEAAYASABEgKto_D_BwE:G:s&s_kwcid=AL!4520!3!344150821138!b!!g!!%2Balzheimer%27s%20%2Bdementia.

After my readings for today I understand just a little bit more than I did coming into this care taking. It’s one thing to say you know someone with Alzheimer’s but its also another thing to experience first hand as a care taker.

Over all today was a good day with my grandmother. Here’s to another day with Hokte a blessing over all. We’ll see what awaits us tomorrow!

Published by JustJess

My name is Jessica Arkeketa. I am a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma. I currently reside in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. I’ve always had a passion for writing but never made an effort to make my writing public. Also this is a helpful resource to help me cope with my aging grandmother.

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