I am not quite sure where I am. Reagan "very quickly and simply said, 'Now, Ronnie, your clothes are down at the end of this room and you go down and you will find out where they are'. Hutton and said, "John, do you see what I mean? Then came the Mayo Clinic, and the diagnosis of degenerative cognitive dementia, or Alzheimer's disease. At moments, he couldn't even remember having lived in the White House; then, for a time, he would seem almost normal.
He knew the time had come to go public. On Nov. For Nancy Reagan the ordeal had begun. But it is a "really very cruel disease, because for the caregiver," she said, her eyes reddening and her voice breaking, "it's a long goodbye. The princess told Mrs. Reagan what to expect in the years to come: the mood changes, what it would be like when your loved one can no longer talk and doesn't recognize you, how to care for someone who has grown incontinent, how to stimulate swallowing by patting the throat or touching the chin.
Nancy was, "of course, devastated, but very brave," Princess Khan told Newsweek. There was less and less time for travel and shopping, even for social chitchat on the phone. It took the pressure off. She didn't have to talk about how she was doing.
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She wasn't doing well. There were doctors and nurses and maids around the clock, but Nancy was always the one in charge. She tried to create a life for her husband that would offer a semblance of pleasure and purpose and at least preserve his dignity. Some of his old joys had to go. Reagan could no longer ride his favorite horse. And all he said, in his time of need, was, 'It's OK, John.
No more brush cutting or posthole digging for the Gipper. He walked in the park now, or whacked golf balls at the Los Angeles Country Club. He was, as ever, polite and courtly and greeted everyone with a nod or wave or a smile. And he was always beautifully dressed. Alzheimer's patients are soothed by routine, and Nancy created one that seemed as normal as possible. She would send her husband to his office for several hours a day.
He would sign papers and look busy, though he mostly thumbed through picture books and the comics. Nancy's own pleasures were few. During the O. Simpson trial, social chronicler Dominick Dunne gave her daily briefings at lunchtime on the machinations in and out of court. Friends began to notice her exhaustion. She looked rail-thin. She was uncomplaining but "sad," recalled Sheila Tate, a former aide to Mrs. In their king-size bed at St. Cloud Road in Bel Air, Reagan would still clasp her hand in the night as he dreamed, but she would worry. Her own children were still distant from her.
Young Ron, a film and TV producer living in Seattle, rarely visited, and daughter Patti had been writing biting fiction that thinly disguised her anger at her parents. After her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Patti joined the fold, but reconciliation with her mother was not instantaneous or easy. Maureen, Reagan's daughter by his first marriage, to actress Jane Wyman, was attentive to her father, visiting about twice a month and speaking out to increase public awareness of the ravages of Alzheimer's.
But by Maureen lay in a hospital, dying of cancer. Nancy seemed alone. In , as he turned 90, Reagan fell and broke his hip. Physically, he recovered. His body, as always, was a fountain of youth. His doctors said he had the bones and tissues of a to year-old. But when Reagan went home from the hospital after the hip operation, he never left the house again. Nancy stayed by his side. She essentially cut off contact with outsiders. She never wanted to be more than five minutes away from the house; she did not want her husband to die alone. After he broke his hip, "we really expected that that was it.
We literally believed he had three months to live," said the family insider. If she did venture out to lunch or dinner, she would soon excuse herself and say that she had to get back to her "Ronnie. The years passed, and a certain resignation set in. Her sadness, Sheila Tate noticed when Nancy occasionally touched base with her old friends, seemed to have turned into acceptance.
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Nancy was ready for her husband to die. At some point after he became infirm and began to sleep in a hospital bed at home, he ceased to recognize even Nancy. The disease just keeps up its relentless march. Reagan never would have wanted to have gone on like that.
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He wasn't a Republican who thought that all life was life, no matter what. That wasn't living. Nancy's life was not altogether joyless and certainly not meaningless.
She had become close to her once rebellious daughter Patti, talking on the phone every day. Nancy put her considerable shrewdness and drive into the cause of Alzheimer's research. Despite a well-publicized penchant for astrology, Nancy had always had an intellectual side her lunch confidantes in Washington had included James Billington of the Library of Congress and former CIA director Richard Helms.
As a girl, Nancy had admired her stepfather, Loyal Davis, a pioneer brain surgeon. Still, she was stepping into a controversial area. The Republican right was dead set against using embryonic tissues for stem-cell research, and President George W. Bush has ordered strict limits. In Washington briefly to accept an award last year, Nancy took President Bush's chief of staff, Andy Card, aside at a dinner party and pressed him for a change of heart by the administration.
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A joint resolution prohibiting the sale to Saudi Arabia of certain defense articles and related defense services. The Senate sustained the veto on Jun 5 by vote No. Veto overridden by the House on Sep 29 by vote No. Veto overridden by the Senate on Oct 2 by vote No. To authorize appropriations for certain maritime programs of the Department of Transportation and the Federal Maritime Commission, Fiscal Year To amend the Independent Safety Board Act of to authorize appropriations for fiscal years Veto overridden by the House on Nov 12 by vote No.
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Prohibits the Secretary of Agriculture from imposing a milk assessment. Veto overridden by the House on Oct 25 by vote No. Veto overridden by the Senate on Oct 25 by vote No. To continue in effect the current certification requirements with respect to El Salvador 2. The Senate sustained the veto on Mar 24 by vote No. To provide water and settle water rights to the Papago Tribe of Arizona.
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