Went for one of our long drives tonight. Just my son & I. I talked his ear off, about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. Most importantly he talked back & even initiated conversations.
Jist of it is this: when they’re in the “normal” cycle or period, cram as much information into them, talk about politics, sports, books, movies, other family members, even alittle about the past, what he / she went thru. It really is therapeutic for them to TALK.
I’ve established a repoir with my son and he seems to finally appreciate my dry sense of humor. Do not baby them and do not be afraid to walk on egg shells with them. He was driving, he went over a huge curb, and I said “there goes my tire, hope you got the cash”. He cracked a small smile.
We ended the night by me asking him, “if you slip back again, what do you want me to do”? He said, “call the police mom, especially if you don’t hear from me that same day, because you know I respond to you right way”. He also said, “I may be mad at you but it’s because I’m sick. Have the police take me to ER”
Talk to your loved one as much as possible, especially when they’re stable and can absorb. Don’t let their brain just sit and think.