Frances H. Kakugawa
Hawai‘i Herald Columnist

Dear Frances,

It was good being at your presentation again. When I first heard you a few years ago, I was at a critical point in my journey. My husband had taken a 30-day Amtrak train vacation cross-country before his illness. He wanted to take that same trip with me, so after retirement, we started the trip. There were no signs of his mild cognitive impairment.

Everything was beautiful until about 3:30 a.m. on the first morning of our 30-day trip. He climbed down from his berth every five minutes to go to the bathroom located across from our berth. He got lost each time and tried to go into other berths. I became very furious with him, which agitated him more. I simply didn’t know what was going on.

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